Venice MainStreet Completes Strategic Consulting Opportunity with The Patterson Foundation

Venice MainStreet Completes Strategic Consulting Opportunity with The Patterson Foundation

The following information was provided by The Patterson Foundation on 8/26/2021:

A five-week consulting opportunity for nonprofits provided by The Patterson Foundation recently culminated in a virtual knowledge sharing session, where five regional organizations discussed best practices they have adopted for strategic decision-making for their programs, products, and services. The organizations took part in the session by participating in Advancing Mission Thrivability, an opportunity created by The Patterson Foundation to help nonprofits make mission-focused, economically informed decisions.

During the two-hour virtual session held Aug. 19, organizations discussed approaches they learned and demonstrated during Advancing Mission Thrivability. When asked about ways to navigate future challenges, organizations expressed the importance of maximizing revenue from multiple sources during times of lower attendance or donations. The nonprofits also emphasized the value of having the confidence to implement specific strategies for generating revenue. Additionally, they stressed the need to develop plans for what may happen, not what is expected to happen — a point highlighted by the impact of COVID-19 and other unforeseen challenges. Each nonprofit came away from the individualized consulting sessions with a better understanding of their unique strengths and opportunities for optimization, along with ways to plot an effective course of action.

“As these five organizations participated in Advancing Mission Thrivability, we were eager to learn how each would benefit,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “The feedback from the knowledge sharing session affirms that each organization strengthened their capacity to make sound decisions in this ever-changing world.”

Advancing Mission Thrivability strengthens nonprofits by sharing mission-centric, economically informed approaches to decision-making that will guide them in increasing their effectiveness while becoming an even greater asset to the communities they serve. As part of this opportunity, The Patterson Foundation engaged No Margin, No Mission — a national consulting firm and social enterprise. The consulting sessions were tailored to the individual considerations of each organization to help them focus on applying these approaches to their work.

The organizations that participated in these consulting sessions are:
● Lemur Conservation Foundation
● Military Heritage Museum
● Multicultural Health Institute
● Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast
● Venice MainStreet

Advancing Mission Thrivability is part of The Patterson Foundation’s Nonprofit Thrivability initiative. This initiative connects nonprofits with expertise and resources to learn concepts such as strategic decision-making while adopting and implementing entrepreneurial principles to generate enough revenue to support and eventually grow their operations.

To learn more about Advancing Mission Thrivability, visit thepattersonfoundation.org.

About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations, and communities. The Foundation focuses on issues that address common aspirations and foster wide participation, along with ways organizations learn and share as they evolve. For more information, please visit thepattersonfoundation.org and connect with @ThePattersonFdn on Twitter.

Photo credit: The Patterson Foundation

FantaSea Venice

FantaSea Venice

By Venice Art Center

FantaSea Venice is a public arts project in which the Venice Art Center partnered with FantaSea Venice Sponsors and FantaSea Artists to create unique designs for 22 fiberglass mermaids and 30 fiberglass seahorses. These one-of-a-kind sculptures will be adorned by the most talented artists in our region. The Venice Art Center matched sponsors to artists and a plaque will be placed at the base of each sculpture to indicate the name of the sponsor, artist, and the sculpture’s individual name. The sculptures will appear in approved locations around Venice, Florida on city streets, parks, lobbies, businesses, etc. until early March of 2023. There will also be multiple public activities, fundraisers, and entertaining events associated with this project.

FantaSea Venice will be the third public art display of this nature that the Venice Art Center has produced. These events are modeled after “Cows on Parade,” which occurred in Chicago in 1999. Hundreds of cities followed suit with similar campaigns, and each experienced an increase in tourism, individual business revenue, and community participation.

The 2004-2005 “Pigs in Paradise” and the 2012-14 “Sea Venice” public arts projects were a large success and accomplished all these goals. The Venice Art Center will utilize this successful experience coupled with new and innovative ideas to make FantaSea Venice an even greater success. FantaSea proceeds benefit the Venice Art Center in support of its programs, the arts, and tourism for the community of Venice, Florida, and our local artists.

To learn more about VAC classes, exhibitions and events visit VeniceArtCenter.com. To learn more about FantaSea Venice go to FantaSeaVenice.com.

Hints

SHARK SPOTTING LOCATION HINTS

West Venice Avenue (5 sharks)
Dedication plaque- 200 West Venice Avenue by children’s splash pad fountain
#1 Megalodon Shark, 200 West Venice Avenue- Centennial Park gazebo
#5 Bull Shark, 310 West Venice Avenue- FourThought Private Wealth building, next to Rose & Leo boutique
#6 Sandbar Shark, 303 West Venice Avenue- near Celebration Corner and Lisa’s Classic Rose stores
#7 Hammerhead Shark, Near 237 West Venice Avenue- Founders Walkway with mural connecting Venice Ave. with Miami Ave.
#10 Blacktip Shark, 141 West Venice Avenue- SunBug boutique

Nokomis Avenue N (1 shark)
#2 Tiger Shark, 110 Nokomis Avenue N- near Michael Saunders & Company real estate office

Tampa Avenue W (2 sharks)
#3 Snaggletooth Shark, 100 Tampa Avenue West- Michael Biehl Park next to Venice Theatre
#4 Lemon Shark, 238 Tampa Avenue West- San Marco building

Miami Avenue W (2 sharks)
#8 Nurse Shark, 312 Miami Avenue West- First Baptist Church
#9 Bonnethead Shark, Intersection of Miami Avenue West, Ponce De Leon and Nokomis Avenue- Fountain Park

The Patterson Foundation Offers Local Nonprofits Strategic Decision-Making Consulting Sessions

The Patterson Foundation Offers Local Nonprofits Strategic Decision-Making Consulting Sessions

The Patterson Foundation has selected five regional nonprofit organizations to receive five weeks of 1:1 consulting through their participation in Advancing Mission Thrivability. Through this opportunity, these nonprofits will learn about strategic approaches to making mission-focused, economically informed decisions for their programs, products, and services.

Nonprofits make difficult decisions daily regarding operations, staffing, service delivery, financial management and more that ultimately impact the communities they serve. The Patterson Foundation created the Advancing Mission Thrivability opportunity to strengthen nonprofits by sharing mission-centric, economically informed approaches to decision-making that will guide them in increasing their effectiveness while becoming an even greater asset to the communities they serve.

“Through Advancing Mission Thrivability, The Patterson Foundation is providing regional nonprofits with keen insight and proven methods on making sound decisions in today’s rapidly evolving environment,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “The organizations selected have already demonstrated their desire to be excellent. We look forward to learning how they benefit from the consulting sessions with No Margin, No Mission.”

Dozens of regional nonprofit organizations have participated in online learning sessions through Advancing Mission Thrivability. These courses were presented by No Margin, No Mission — a national consulting practice and social enterprise. During each session, nonprofits learned how to strengthen their organizations by making decisions aligned with their mission focus and economic considerations.

Following the completion of four of these online sessions, several participating organizations committed to embracing this decision-making approach are given the opportunity to apply for an additional learning opportunity. The Patterson Foundation has engaged No Margin, No Mission to provide 1:1 consulting to five more nonprofits over the next five weeks, in which the organizations will examine decisions for their own specific programs.

The organizations participating in this extended consulting opportunity include:
Lemur Conservation Foundation
Military Heritage Museum
Multicultural Health Institute
Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast
Venice MainStreet

Organizations with an active profile on The Giving Partner are eligible to participate in Advancing Mission Thrivability. The Giving Partner, formed by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, is a database that connects prospective donors with more than 700 nonprofits in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. Grantmakers and other donors use the directory as a trusted resource to inform their giving.

Advancing Mission Thrivability is part of The Patterson Foundation’s Nonprofit Thrivability initiative. This initiative connects nonprofits with expertise and resources to learn concepts like strategic decision-making while adopting and implementing entrepreneurial principles to generate enough revenue to support and eventually grow their operations.

To learn more about Advancing Mission Thrivability, visit thepattersonfoundation.org/advancing-mission-thrivability.

About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations, and communities. The Foundation focuses on issues that address common aspirations and foster wide participation, along with ways organizations learn and share as they evolve. For more information, please visit thepattersonfoundation.org and connect with @ThePattersonFdn on Twitter.

Welcome new partner, START of Sarasota County

Welcome new partner, START of Sarasota County

We are happy to welcome another nonprofit partner to Venice MainStreet! Sharing Talents And Resources Together (START) was formed in May 2019 by six individuals who saw an opportunity to improve the lives of people in their community by helping local-based nonprofit organizations. Recent projects have included helping Venice Christmas Angels, VABI Urban Forest, Laurel Civic Association, All Faiths Food Bank, and Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center among others.

START offers volunteer opportunities through its outreach and fundraising activities and social events for its members. The organization thrives on teamwork and camaraderie. If you don’t mind a bit of work and like to have a good time doing it, START is the organization for you! For more information, visit startofsc.org and follow START on Facebook. Contact startofsc@gmail.com; P.O. Box 1695, Venice, Florida 34284.

Welcome Venice Locale to Miami Ave.!

Welcome Venice Locale to Miami Ave.!

We are excited to share the good news about a recent store opening on Miami Avenue West in historic downtown Venice! At Venice Locale, you can find unique, beautifully crafted items made right here in Florida. Shop owners Jim Hitt and Alma Eason can match you up with an artist to create a unique item or gift for you or your loved one. Just bring your ideas and dimensions and they will match you with one of their “partners in craft” to create it.

Shop in store or online for locally made stained/fused glass, home decor, “Local Knowledge” apparel, artisan soaps, small batch soy candles, resin art, metal art, jewelry, knitted and crocheted items, and much more.

Venice Locale is gearing up to be a hub for the community. They offer administrative services, faxes, printing and notary services by appointment. Follow them on Facebook or check their website often for fun classes offered to the community soon. Visit them in person at 121 Miami Ave. W., Venice, FL 34285 or online at VeniceLocale.com.

Helen Moore joins Venice MainStreet’s Board of Directors

Helen Moore joins Venice MainStreet’s Board of Directors

Venice MainStreet is delighted to have Helen Moore join its Board of Directors this summer. She brings her enthusiasm and decades of experience serving the Venice community, which will benefit the organization tremendously. Helen has been a partner of Venice MainStreet for many years and was on its Board of Directors in the 1990s, when the organization was in its early years.

Helen reflected, “Among the reasons I’ve held the organization in high regard for all these years is the Mission, Vision and Purpose statements and the consistent energy, talent and enthusiasm provided by the amazing, small army of volunteers and partners. Their love of our main street area must be contagious because so many people express the same sentiment!”

Many citizens of Venice will recognize Helen for her current Seat 3 position on City Council for the City of Venice, which she has held since 2018. She has served on the Code Enforcement Board, on a citizens advisory group, and spent five years on the City Planning Commission.

Helen’s own Venice experiences started in the early 1980s when her father moved here and she became a frequent visitor. She officially became a year-round homeowner and library card-carrying resident in 1990. By 1992, Helen started her career as a fulltime Realtor and hopes to continue doing so for a long time to come. She soon became involved in the Realtor organization’s activities and made contact with other local organizations. She was a Big Sister and volunteered as a mentor for people awaiting their chance for a home through Habitat for Humanity.

Becoming a member of Venice Area Chamber of Commerce was a great opportunity and venue for Helen to get to know and be known in the business community. She served on the Venice Area Board of Realtors (VABR) Board of Directors for many years and as chair of many committees as president in 2001. She is currently the treasurer of VABR and was honored as Realtor of the Year in 2003 and again in 2019. Helen has also served on many committees and advisory groups for the Florida Realtors organization, its Board of Directors, and as District Vice President for the five-county area. Helen was a charter member of South County Tiger Bay Club and is a huge fan and member of the Board of Directors of Venice Area Beautification Inc., where she currently serves as treasurer.

Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Helen returns there to visit her son and his family as often as she can and to also spend time in Baltimore with her daughter and her family. We look forward to what Helen will bring to Venice MainStreet and are grateful for her commitment to make historic downtown Venice a vibrant, thriving place to be.

Photo credit: helenmoore.michaelsaunders.com

Welcome Emmanuel Lutheran Church!

Welcome Emmanuel Lutheran Church!

We are delighted to have Emmanuel Lutheran Church join Venice MainStreet as a nonprofit partner. The Church is located on the island of Venice and offers worship services in person (with reservations) or online. It also has many ministries and outreach activities for its congregation to participate in to help the Venice community, as well as surrounding communities and worldwide. Youth programs include Sunday School and youth groups geared toward junior high and high school students, among other programs. Community outreach programs include Bible Studies, Stephen Ministries, Family Promise, Women of ELCA, Music Ministries, Widows Group, Men’s Breakfast and much more.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church has over 850 members and hopes to continue expanding. They invite you to be a part of their journey. The Church is located at 790 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, Florida 34285. For more information contact (941) 488-4942, info@emmanuel-elca.org. Visit emmanuel-elca.org

Made Locally: Colorful Art Wear

Made Locally: Colorful Art Wear

Scarlet Macaw Resort Wear is a women’s clothing boutique as colorful and unique as the exotic bird after which it is named. Located in downtown Venice since 1993, it offers one-of-a-kind, hand painted sweaters and shirts created locally, besides also carrying name-brand fashions and jewelry. If you want to support local business, it doesn’t get any more local than Scarlet Macaw! Located at 225 W. Venice Avenue; 941-483-3500; open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; scarletmacawofvenice.com.

Venice MainStreet interview with Simone Killoren, Artist and Store Manager for Scarlet Macaw:

What do you enjoy about being located in Venice’s historic downtown?
SK: Being in downtown Venice is great because we get to spend time with so many different types of people. We enjoy helping the visitors who stop by for a day, as well as forming relationships with people we’ve seen regularly over the years. It is a beautiful downtown area and we are really proud and honored to have been here almost 30 years!

Who are the local artists who hand paint your art wear?
SK: We have three main artists who paint for us: MoMo, JMP and Peg. I am Simone “MoMo” Killoren, the store manager, and currently do most of our artwork. Jean “JMP” Ploss started out as our stock person but once we saw her artistic abilities, she transitioned over to painting. Peg Matsko, the owner of Scarlet Macaw, loves making big, creative messes whenever she can. We also carry an artist named Victoria who is based out of Bonita Springs, Florida.

What inspires your designs?
SK: Everything! We have sweaters with dogs, bird of paradise, dragonflies, anchors, and so much more. Sometimes I will walk past a flower in bloom and think, “That would look so cute on a sweater!” The following week—there it is! We try to make the sweaters bright and unique since you cannot get them anywhere else (our three main artists only paint for us). For visitors, our designs are often purchased in order to make everyone back home jealous!

What makes Scarlet Macaw a unique shopping destination?
SK: While our hand painted sweaters and shirts are unique to our store, our customer service is really what we are known for. We treat every customer with respect and excitement and truly look forward to helping people look great. You can go anywhere and pick out a shirt, but Scarlet Macaw offers the experience of excellent service and product knowledge so that you leave feeling happy about how you look in your new clothes.

Congratulations, Design Award Winners!

Congratulations, Design Award Winners!

Venice MainStreet has awarded the following Design Awards to downtown district businesses and buildings. The winners are….

2020
The Boutique by the Beach, Outstanding Improvement Award for Calle de las Tiendas Alley Signage
Abby’s on Miami, General Improvement Award, Calle de las Tiendas, Alley Clean-up
Flynn’s on Venice Avenue, General Improvement Award, Calle de las Tiendas, Alley Clean-up
Centennial Park Gazebo, Outstanding Renovation, The City of Venice
Historic San Marco Building, General Improvement, New Awning Installation

2019
Island Plaza, Outstanding Renovation, The Venice Company
Fountain Park, General Improvement Award, The City of Venice

2018
Café Venice, Outstanding Interior Renovation

2017
Legacy Park Completion, The City of Venice
East Venice Avenue Renovation, The City of Venice and Venice Area Beautification, Inc.
Founders Walk Mural, Public Art Project, Venice Area Beautification, Inc.
Venice Theatre, General Improvement, Theatre Door Installation
Tra Ponti Villaggio, Award for New Construction