Top Accomplishments in FY13-14:
1. Continue to raise funds to achieve the mission of the organization, including increasing fundraising revenues through existing and new events and successfully landing grants through focused grant writing efforts.
2. Transition the organization from one that has not traditionally employed staff to one that does.
OCYT is able to leverage a strong relationship with the City of Orlando and strategically invest community, grant and philanthropic support in the City’s Families, Parks and Recreation (FPR) programs and facilities because, by virtue of its By-Laws, several Board positions, including the Board Chair, must be comprised of senior leadership of the City’s FPR Department. This also leverages significant City staff support provided in-kind to OCYT. In the near term, two key building blocks for future success are: 1) improve communication capabilities/branding of OCYT (and the City programs it supports) to increase contributions; and 2) improve capacity to leverage and administer increasingly complex sources of funding by adding staff in the areas of grant writing, donor development, and marketing, through a combination of City and grant/donor funding.
OCYT supports the City’s Recreation Division, which offers safe, affordable after school programs and summer camps for over 2,000 children each year at 15 recreation centers. 89% of attendees are from low or very low income families. The programs include a diverse array of activities, such as homework time, computer lab, arts and crafts, and fitness. In addition, approximately 200,000 people benefit from the Division's athletics programs and facilities, including youth football, basketball and baseball leagues and more than 100 ballfields, pools, basketball courts, gymnasiums, fitness centers, and tennis courts. OCYT also raises funds to support the two senior centers operated by the Recreation Division. These sites feature a wide range of programming. The Trust supports these programs and facilities by raising dollars to cover the cost of supplies, equipment, special programs, field trips for children, scholarships and more.
Over 2,000 children attended the City's after school programs and summer camps in 2009 and some 200,000 people utilized the City’s athletics programs and facilities.
The Orlando Community & Youth Trust, Inc. collaborates with a wide range of organizations including but not limited to: New Image Youth Center, Inc., Simeon Resource and Development Center for Men, Inc., Orange County Healthy Start Coalition, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Heart of Florida United Way, Health Council of East Central Florida, Florida Health Care Coalition, Florida Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry for the State of Florida, St. Johns River Water Management District, and Department of Environmental Protection.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Parramore Kidz Zone is a nationally recognized program operating in Orlando's highest poverty neighborhood. The program is designed to reduce high school drop-out rates, juvenile crime, and teen pregnancy. Independent evaluations show it has been effective at achieving these goals. The initiative is implemented by a coalition of nonprofit and faith-based groups, government agencies, and neighborhood residents, with leadership provided by the City's Mayor.
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