Gladdening Light Inc.
1350 College Point
Randall B Robertson
Winter Park FL 32789-5700
Contact Information
Address 1350 College Point
Randall B Robertson
Winter Park, FL 32789 5700
Phone (407) 647-3963
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Donate with a credit card https://gladdeninglight.org/support/
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Mission
Mission

GladdeningLight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit spiritual initiative whose mission is to explore transcendent elements of art through hosted conferences, exhibits & public performance, cloistered retreat, and pilgrimage.  GladdeningLight is open to all and representative of thoughtful spiritual seekers both inside and outside traditional religious practice.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Randall B. Robertson
Board Chair Ms. Elaine Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History
IRS Ruling Year 2010
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph
 
 
Projected Revenue $65,000.00
Projected Expenses $65,000.00
Statements
Mission

GladdeningLight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit spiritual initiative whose mission is to explore transcendent elements of art through hosted conferences, exhibits & public performance, cloistered retreat, and pilgrimage.  GladdeningLight is open to all and representative of thoughtful spiritual seekers both inside and outside traditional religious practice.

Impact
Accomplishments
 
1) Moved GladdeningLight programming onto the campus of Rollins College
2) Expanded our audience to more fully embrace the college's academic community
3) Brought in the nation's leading film critic from The New York Times to speak, as well as another prominent speaker -- a two-time Oscar winner, on our 2018 symposium of music and the movies
 
Goals
1) To make the symposium more financially self-sustainable
2) To search for endowment of the symposium speaker series
3) To work with the Cornell Fine Arts Museum on a future art speaker lecture series, apart from the annual symposium
Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? No
Needs
The GladdeningLight annual symposium is set up to be self-sustaining, with ticket prices ranging from $25 (single event) - $220 (all weekend), however expenses have resulted in an operating deficit in prior years. GladdeningLight has no overhead and no salaries; prior deficits have been offset by private contributions provided by the founder, resulting in no operational debt.
 
As GladdeningLight has grown in stature, so has the reach of our ambitions alongside demands from our audience for more world-class artistry and notable speakers. Talent fees have climbed while the commitment to keep ticket prices manageable has stayed consistent over the years. A move to Rollins College in 2017 came with a quid pro quo to allow students, faculty and administration free admission to all events. While Rollins provides the use of their facilities at reduced rates, they provide no financial support to GladdeningLight and require an outlay for custodial, security and insurance with extra expense as the end result.
 
These expenses point to the need for outside grants and other diversified sources of funding. It is incredibly important to GladdeningLight that admission fees remain low, and scholarship opportunities exist, and to that end, we seek financial grants and/or sponsorship of speaker fees.
Background
Founded in 2011, GladdeningLight began as the passion project of Executive Director Randall Robertson. In its initial year, GladdeningLight executed its first Symposium, funded largely by private donations. Subsequent years saw a continually growing audience and the need for additional collaborations. While still operated out of a small home office, in its fourth year, GladdeningLight first partnered with a large area arts organization , the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, to sponsor Reverie, a sculpture exhibit in conjunction with the annual Symposium. In this year, over 250 attendees experienced GladdeningLight's programming, assisted by two dozen volunteers and a board of four. In 2017, GladdeningLight staff and board began exploring other funding opportunities, including grants from Orange County, the State of Florida, and private foundations.

Now in its eighth year, GladdeningLight brings cultural events to Central Florida that bridge the worlds of art and spirit. Programming appeals to mindful individuals who might have practice yoga or meditation, who love art, and want to meet others who appreciate art that is inspired. Partnerships with area museums (including the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and the Polasek) have served to strengthen exhibitions, and a joint production with the Bach Festival Society was presented to sold-out audiences for multiple performances in 2016.
 
GladdeningLight is event-centric, helping bring people together to hear stimulating lectures on art and theology while promoting further dialogue. Our signature event, the annual symposium, brings artists, performers and authors of world-renown together for three days each winter. What began in the Winter Park Civic Center in 2011, outgrew to All Saints Episcopal Church and now resides in the broader campus environment of Rollins College. GladdeningLight has attracted attention with in-depth profiles in area print and broadcast media, and appeals to seekers throughout the world among thirty-three states, across Canada, Western Europe and the Americas.
CEO Statement
There is no other organization in the country quite like GladdeningLight.  It isn't meant to run counter to places of worship, rather to complement religion with breakout cultural programs that give pause to think about spirituality in new ways in secular society.  Born out of a desire to experience the divine beyond traditional religious structures, the organization places a strong emphasis on bringing people together into physical space.  This is where growth happens through collective witness to transcendent works of art, music and poetry coupled with scholarship and theology.
 
While experiences have included small retreat work and trips to art destinations in other cities, the bread & butter of GladdeningLight is its annual symposium, occupying a perfect niche in Orange County's cultural offerings each winter, around the last weekend of January, well after the holidays and before Rollins College's Bach Festival and Winter with the Writers conference.
 
In 2018 GladdeningLight is at a tipping point, where the self-funding of the organization cannot continue forever.  And now is the time when the organization's vision and impact are soaring.
 
In the words of the Bach Society's Artistic Director John Sinclair, "If you don’t know Randy Robertson…where have you been?  Because he has made such an impact on this community.  I can hardly think of anyone who’s had as much of an impact.  I’ve always believed in the spirituality of the arts and how they intersect.

You know—if you study music history, you come to understand it’s influenced by architecture and artwork.  And throughout classicism, of course it is all about structure just like the artwork.  Then of course you get into the romantic era and especially the impressionists when composers actually give homage to the painters, imitating the painters in their sound painting.

And then add in the world of dance and the world of literature.  It’s such an actual intersection.  Most people don’t have the renaissance spirit—the intellect and the spirituality together -- to try to combine those for the rest of us to enjoy.

And that’s what Randy is.  He’s been able to almost fuse those together.  He has this wonderful program of GladdeningLight, where throughout the year he presents things for us.  Randy is such an asset; I don’t know what we’d do without him.  Except for, I can tell you, our lives would not be quite as good."

Board Chair Statement While the organization began as a personal vision with Randy Robertson, there has always been a disciplined structure to it. We utilized the services of a well-established law firm to incorporate and guide our process of application for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. We positioned our CPA as the organization's treasurer who encouraged us to post our Form 990 onto the GladdeningLight website each year for total transparency. We have a working board of trustees who meet regularly and all commit personal support, helping fund the organization each year. And we have established a National Council of notable names who provide input and lend gravitas to our ongoing mission.

The challenge has primarily been convincing all the allied interests -- arts institutions, houses of worship, academics, the mainstream media, the general public -- that we are not about converting people to a religious point-of-view nor are we competition with church, but instead occupy that meeting point, the nexus of conversation about art and spirituality.

"In the midst of today's disappointments, confusion, meanness, disillusion and sadness -- it's such a joy to have a purpose that focuses on light and direction toward unity, caring and kindness -- with creativity woven through it all. The impact of GladdeningLight is immeasurable. I am so grateful for the vision of GladdeningLight that is being shared with so many, and excited about our future."
NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Primary Organization SubType Humanities
Secondary Organization Type Religion- Related
Secondary Organiztion SubType Interfaith Coalitions
Tertiary Organization Type Education
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
FL - Orange
While activities are restricted to Orange County, GladdeningLight has national and international reach, with participants consistently coming from as far away as Oregon, California, New England, the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South and Southeast, as well as across Canada. In our history we have seen occasional attendance from Central and South America and Western Europe.
Goals
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
GladdeningLight envisions a kinder, more thoughtful, empathetic world, where individuals of any religious background (and those from none at all) can join together to experience the transcendent nature of magnificent art. Through these experiences, attendees will feel connected to their fellow citizens, foster dialogue around the greatest philosophies of the nature of our existence, and be moved to make meaningful change in their own lives and communities. To do this, we must reach more individuals through broader, stronger, and more frequent programming. To that end, GladdeningLight has a bevy of ideas for new programming.
 
There is no dearth of creative ideas for GladdeningLight programs. Once the Enzian Theater has completed its expansion, a proposed monthly GladdeningLight film night is planned in their smaller auditorium where provocative films with a moral/spiritual component can be screened followed by group discussion in the Eden Bar next door.
 
Rollins College has offered to host a series of lectures in Knowles Memorial Chapel on campus where a work of art from the Cornell's private collection would be moved into place and a theological lecturer invited to address the nature of it in a free public address. This series has no current funding in place.
Ultimately, the long term viability of the symposium is paramount. There is a built-in audience that plans their winter calendar around this event, and it needs to continue. As of now, there is adequate funding to make that work for three more years; grant funding is essential for it to continue beyond that time.
Strategies
HelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? GladdeningLight is about aesthetic communion in space considered safe & sacred and doesn’t possess a conversion agenda.

Artists engage the social construct and turn the planet onto a new axis. They craft social commentary with subtlety to render eloquence. No politician’s speech can rival a turn of phrase from the minstrels of our age. Honesty and courage are requirements.

Bob Dylan just won the Nobel Prize for Literature. A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall screams to the heavens in the here & now. Chimes of Freedom continues to lift the forsaken. Ballads resonate to the ends of the earth. GladdeningLight is nourishment in troubled times.
Capabilities
HelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? GladdeningLight founding director Randall B. Robertson enjoys a strong bond with principals at Rollins College who will impact the organization's future. He & his wife have taken steps to socialize with the college president and his wife, enabling stronger rapport. Additionally, Mr. Robertson is the former board chair at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, having just completed his three-year term of service last year.

Beyond our staff resources and staunch group of volunteers called The Radiators, GladdeningLight's greatest asset is its partnerships. Through relationships with area arts organizations including Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, and the Albin Polasek Museum, GladdeningLight can draw on the expertise of multiple artistic and administrative staff. These collaborators lend their knowledge and guidance to our co-presented programming, offering reliable experience and capability to execute our programs.

Additionally, GladdeningLight enjoys the benefits of a supremely qualified National Council, which serves in an advisory role to the organization. This council -- made up of prominent individuals such as Barbara Brown Taylor, who was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People and recently merited another Time cover story, and John Dominic Crossan, likely the most respected living scholar on the historical Jesus -- provides advisory assistance to GladdeningLight, reviews programming decisions, and is available as a national social peer network.
Indicators
HelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
GladdeningLight's focus is on the patron experience, spirituality, and mindfulness, so it is imperative that these traits be measured to determine our progress toward our goals. Annually, GladdeningLight solicits feedback from program participants, including comprehensive online surveys that provide free-form space for anecdotal/narrative based comments, a Likert-scale rating their experience from poor to excellent, and inquiry to seek their impressions of our organization as a whole.
 
We strive for increased annual impact and so, quantitatively, GladdeningLight will measure success through the number of attendees at our programs and individuals engaged with our work. In the prior year, we have reached between 500-700 individuals at our annual symposium, and an additional 400 through collaborative programming with other arts organizations, through our digital presence, and in the broader community. It is our short-term goal to increase our overall reach (the total of all of these potential programs) to 2,000 in the coming 2018-19 cultural season, with increasing attendance in each year beyond that. 
 
GladdeningLight staff will compile and review data from these measurement tools (patron feedback mechanisms, attendance, patron data, etc.) and report to its Board of Trustees. Together, the staff and Board (along with its Advisory Council) will evaluate the findings and determine what adjustments in programming should be made to support further progress.
Progress
HelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? In its near-decade presenting annual symposia, GladdeningLight has experienced incredible progress in pursuit of its goals. Patrons report in their feedback that our work continues to be academically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually stimulating. Word of mouth continues to grow, as more and more academic groups, religious groups, and arts communities express desire to be involved in our work. From our humble beginnings presenting a handful of programs on our own, we have grown -- now working hand-in-hand with some of the largest and oldest arts institutions in Winter Park and Central Florida.

Our attendance has been on an exponential trajectory, up from a few hundred in our first year, approaching 1,000+ in recent years. Participants and volunteers share testimonials just like this one:

"So many of us have been damaged—or just plain disappointed—by the spiritual food we have been offered that it can be hard to trust anyone with our undefended souls. Randy Robertson has earned my trust. Every time I attend a GladdeningLight event, I come home gladder than before, ready to reflect the light I have seen—and deeply grateful to those who fund this bright vision at the place where art and spirit meet." - Barbara Brown Taylor

To continue toward reaching our goal, GladdeningLight must continue to expand not only its programming offerings and quality, but its reach.
Programs
Description The cornerstone event at GladdeningLight, staged on the campus of Rollins College and sponsored by the president's office and the dean of religious life.  The symposium brings a nationally-known theologian and author together with artists and musicians for presentations around art and spirituality.  Past symposia have coincided with art exhibitions at Winter Park museums, film screenings on campus and music in Tiedtke Concert Hall. 
Population Served Adults
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The symposium has grown from around 100 participants to up to 700 participants (in 2016).  In order to achieve a fixture of stability, the reach of the conference needs to hover upwards of 600 participants.  More impact upon the Rollins community will help attendance (though not revenue), as GladdeningLight becomes more firmly established on campus.
 
Plans call for a Hilton Garden Inn to be built in Ravaudage on the northwest corner of Winter Park; that will help bring in more out-of-towners who blanch at the room rates for downtown host hotels, the Park Plaza and Alfond Inns.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
An ultimate goal would be to more fully present a comprehensive symposium of the spiritual arts, with not just one or two keynoters but many over the course of three days.  Instead of one signature musical experience, many over the course of the evenings.  Smaller breakout sessions with facilitators who represent accomplished authorship in the field could complement the larger plenary sessions.  Area museums would have exhibits and visiting artists to strengthen the aesthetic component.  Rollins College has the facilities to host such a dazzling array of guest speakers, and GladdeningLight has the vision; all we need is funding.
 
All of the excitement to date would be catapulted into a world-class environment for bridging art with spirituality, and help further place Winter Park in the cultural firmament alongside its museum collections and festivals. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Registration revenue and evaluation results from Survey Monkey
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

“Such a profound gift to my soul, to & for all souls and to the world’s soul.  The gathering of such beauty, people and profound creativity is inspirational.”  Symposium participant Jenai Marilyn

“GladdeningLight has been responsible for giving me access to experiences that have fed and stretched me.  You have led me into beautiful places and introduced me to extraordinary people—and made it possible for me to have real conversations with icons of our generation.  The ripples of your efforts are far reaching. None of us will ever know how many lives you will touch because of your genuine concern, your big ideas and your willingness to put them into action."  Symposium participant Grace Barr

“Met, exceeded my expectations. Fed my heart. A banquet!”  Symposium participant Sherry Robertson (no relation)

Description
A cinematic performance of the silent film classic, The Passion of Joan of Arc, set to a modern oratorio for voices and chamber orchestra, Voices of Light was a collaboration with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.  Held the weekend of November 18 - 19, 2016, a special screen was erected in Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College with the 110-voice choir and two dozen chamber orchestra members positioned underneath.  Audiences were treated to sold-out performances and the rare opportunity to witness a transcendent multimedia experience.
 
Saturday, November 19, 2016 was heralded as A Day Devoted to Joan on the Rollins campus.  GladdeningLight invited the college and broader Central Florida community to a free lecture from SMU's Joan of Arc scholar, Professor Bonnie Wheeler and a follow-up forum with Dr. Wheeler, oratorio composer Richard Einhorn, Bach artistic director John Sinclair and Enzian Theater film historian Henry Maldonado -- in support of the evening performances.
Population Served Adults
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. This was a one-time sponsorship of the Bach Festival Society in order to present Voices of Light.  GladdeningLight underwrote the performances, presenting a grant to the Society for $18,000 with the Society taking on the risk of programming, ticketing and staging.  GladdeningLight incurred additional expense bringing in the Joan scholar from SMU with airfare, hotel and honorarium.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. This program exceeded all expectations -- from partnership to presentation to audience reception.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Randy, Congratulations and thank you for a most moving, inspirational, and educational experience. My thought as the question of the placement of the orchestra and choir was being discussed was that the music provided the voices - the heavenly presence - that inspired Joan. Everything was in the right place to create the most moving spiritual experience I have had in a long time. I loved the panel discussion today. I loved being in the chapel and becoming immersed in Joan's passion last night. You are such a master at creating these experiences. Patty Schoene

What a fabulous experience you orchestrated for us all. It is a joy to come along on your spiritual expeditions and play a part in something so enlightening. Last night was magic. So was the whole weekend. I kept thinking: We few, we happy few! And I keep thanking you to make sure it sinks in. Always happy to help in whatever way I can. It's a privilege. Mike McLeod 

Description This was a small group retreat held August 15-19, 2012 in the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon at Brasada Ranch, a resort property near Redmond.  36 participants gathered from around the country to be with two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and theologian/best-selling author Marcus Borg for four days of small group work and personal reflection.
Population Served Adults
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. This was essentially a fundraiser for GladdeningLight, as the two principal hosts withheld appearance fees and donated their services to the cause, giving the organization a windfall profit opportunity.  Though financially successful, there was some pushback due to the high price tag for participation, $2,675 per person, so we have not undertaken another luxury retreat program since.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Most wonderful. It opened my heart and eyes. Elizabeth Schmidt-Saldebar

Nourishment for our souls. Joyce McNeely

There are not words enough to express my gratitude and appreciation for the ‘Seeing’ experience at Brasada Ranch this past August. It was everything and so much more that I hoped it would be. I am someone who strives to constantly wrap herself in hope – emotionally, psychologically and spiritually – but also a person who needs time to appropriately reflect upon the experiences of my life in order to speak well about them, and continue this journey with quiet joy and hopeful perseverance.
The presenters were inspired. As you know, Billy Collins was the huge draw for me. Poetry is the art form that most enhances, broadens, sustains and nourishes my personal spirituality. Music is a close second. My life is richer and much better because of the whole retreat experience. Sharon Beshoar
Description A Central Florida premiere film screening starring Ewan McGregor at Enzian Theater on March 5, 2017, Last Days in the Desert was offered first come-first served for $10 per person and sold out.  A forum with the Three Wise Guys, hosts of Friends Talking Faith on WMFE-90.7 FM immediately followed the movie, with commentary and q&a from the audience.
Population Served Adults
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. GladdeningLight used the premise of the movie to host a VIP morning brunch at Enzian Theater prior to the screening.  Potential donors were invited to hear from GladdeningLight and stay as complimentary guests for the movie presentation.  $14,500 for GladdeningLight was raised directly from the brunch attendees!
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. A modest program from a budgetary standpoint, serving to reach supporters of Enzian Theater and lovers of film.  This set the stage for future collaborations with Enzian.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Sold out attendance, goodwill and unrestricted funding from key donors
Description A performance art piece conducted by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz in Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College on March 21, 2017 under the sponsorship of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins and GladdeningLight.  Ms. Ortiz, in full Caribbean headdress and regalia, cradled thirty-three people of color in succession as a madonna figure mediating on grief in the wake of injustice.  Admission was free to campus & community.
Population Served Adults
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. On the heels of this well-received performance, the artist moved the production to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC for a one-time presentation with the Howard University gospel choir in May of 2017.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Strengthened the GladdeningLight presence in Knowles Memorial Chapel and partnerships with the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and Rollins College.  The public appreciates free programming from GladdeningLight.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Thank you for all that you did to spread the word and to make last night possible.

I witnessed people in prayer and also people comforting one another as well.

The music was magnificent. Wanda was unforgettable.

I am still processing.

I look forward to continued conversations. Amy Galpin

Thank you, Wanda, for the gift of art. For giving us so much of you tonight.

Randy, thank you for helping us make tonight possible.

We will all remember tonight for some time.

Ena Heller

I just want to say "ditto" to what Randy said. I am still speechless. It will take a bit for me to process it all. That is a good thing! I am just thankful for the gift that Wanda gave us tonight. And thankful to all of the hands and hearts that made it happen. Thank you all for inviting me to be part of something that was very special.

Blessings,

Katrina Jenkins 

 
Description A contemplative concert in Knowles Memorial Chapel presented by the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park on February 19, 2017 & February 18, 2018.  GladdeningLight provided sponsorship underwriting at $2,500 and Randall B. Robertson was invited to speak in 2018 on Music and Spiritual Revelation in the college's Tiedtke Concert Hall between the two shows.
Population Served Adults
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Goodwill sponsorship mention in the concert program and enhanced stature for the organization by way of Mr. Robertson's talk.
Description GladdeningLight has conducted two art pilgrimage trips -- February 22-23, 2014 (Heaven and Earth Byzantine Art at the National Gallery of Art in D.C. at $295 per person that fourteen people attended) and May 22-25, 2015 (Sacred Art from the Medieval to the Renaissance, New York City at $1,500 per person that nineteen people attended).  Both were led by Cornell Fine Arts Museum director, Dr. Ena Heller. 
Population Served Adults
Comments
CEO Comments
GladdeningLight is unique, is passionately devoted to its mission, has vision and is captivating Central Florida.  While programs continue somewhat self-sustaining, the wellspring of funding stemming from its founder is finite.
 
Of these programs, we consider our flagship event to be our annual symposium, a cultural gem for Winter Park framed by the academic bona fides of Rollins College.  GladdeningLight plans to be around for a long time with a directorship succession plan in place and a wealth of ideas as resources for future growth.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Elaine Johnson
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2018 to June 2019
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair
Board
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Mr. David Holland Holland & Reilly, CPANonVotingNo
Ms. Elaine Johnson Community VolunteerVotingNo
Mr. Perry Nies RetiredVotingNo
Mr. Randall B Robertson Founding Director, GladdeningLightVotingNo
Mr. Kirk Squires Full Sail UniversityVotingNo
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College ebi.rollins.edu,
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Policies
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
Advisory Board
NameCompany Affiliation
Dr. Marcus Borg Retired
Dr. John Dominic Crossan Retired
Dr. Harry H Pritchett Jr.Retired
Ms. Barbara Brown Taylor Retired
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Randall B. Robertson
Term Start Dec 2008
Email randy@gladdeninglight.org
Experience A multimediast, Randall B. Robertson was first drawn to the marriage of art and spirit while studying the Italian Renaissance in college abroad in the 1970s. He applied that passion towards his first performance art piece produced with Newbery award-winning author Madeleine L'Engle entitled The Glorious Impossible, combining the art of Giotto's famed Scrovegni Chapel frescoes in Padua with musical passages of ancient sacred polyphony, classical, contemporary and secular works alongside Ms. L'Engle's narrative on the life of Christ.

Presentation of The Glorious Impossible with Ms. L'Engle throughout North America led to encouragement from theologians John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg to create Phos Hilaron, a performance art "Christmas pageant for thinking adults" that toured the southeast with Drs. Crossan and Borg in 2008 and 2009. Led by a 32-voice chamber choir from Georgia Tech, complemented by CGI composite video and accompanied by the world music of Free Planet Radio, Phos Hilaron played to audiences in Atlanta, North Carolina and coastal Georgia. Prior to the founding of GladdeningLight, Mr. Robertson spent two years at seminary in graduate study of the spiritual arts in New York City.
CEO Salary Range N/A
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 12
Number of Contract Staff 8
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Senior Staff
Title Executive Director
Experience/Biography
A multimediast, Randall B. Robertson was first drawn to the marriage of art and spirit while studying the Italian Renaissance in college abroad in the 1970s. He applied that passion towards his first performance art piece produced with Newbery award-winning author Madeleine L'Engle entitled The Glorious Impossible, combining the art of Giotto's famed Scrovegni Chapel frescoes in Padua with musical passages of ancient sacred polyphony, classical, contemporary and secular works alongside Ms. L'Engle's narrative on the life of Christ.
Presentation of The Glorious Impossible with Ms. L'Engle throughout North America led to encouragement from theologians John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg to create Phos Hilaron, a performance art "Christmas pageant for thinking adults" that toured the southeast with Drs. Crossan and Borg in 2008 and 2009. Led by a 32-voice chamber choir from Georgia Tech, complemented by CGI composite video and accompanied by the world music of Free Planet Radio, Phos Hilaron played to audiences in Atlanta, North Carolina and coastal Georgia. Prior to the founding of GladdeningLight, Mr. Robertson spent two years at seminary in graduate study of the spiritual arts in New York City.
Other
Collaborations In order to better increase our artistic quality, community reputation, programmatic capability, and broaden the reach of our work, GladdeningLight regularly partners with larger arts, cultural, religious, and academic institutions. GladdeningLight is a small staff of one, and therefore, without the resources of larger organization we would be unable to complete this work. Prior partners include Cornell Fine Arts Museum, the Polasek Museum, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Rollins College plus the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, All Saints Episcopal Church and Winter Park Congregational Church.  GladdeningLight is inherently collaborative, actively seeking partnerships with arts organizations to encourage dialogue and participation.
State Registration Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month Sept
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year 2018
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Documents
Form 990s
YearDocument
2017Form 990-EZ
2016Form 990-EZ
2015Form 990EZ for 2015
2014Form 990
2013Form 990
2012Form 990
2011Form 990
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$88,083$116,587$94,375
Administration Expense$28,309$15,604$13,806
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.701.640.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%115%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$10,900$35,696$3,636
Current Assets$8,188$35,399$3,220
Long-Term Liabilities$19,904$9,682$8,861
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets($9,004)$26,014($5,225)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $52,004Earned Revenue $120,117Earned Revenue $61,254
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations, Corporations and Individuals $29,370Foundations, Corporations and Individuals $45,350Foundations, Corporations and Individuals $38,100
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets183%27%244%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
Foundation Comments
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Notes Programs listed here are those that are only activated during a disaster. Some organizations have unified budgeting and do not budget by program. Because of this, some budget fields may be blank or represent an approximation. Organization describes previous experience during the immediate response, recovery or rebuilding phases following a disaster.
Nonprofit Gladdening Light Inc.
Address 1350 College Point
Randall B Robertson
Winter Park, FL 327895700
Primary Phone (407) 647-3963
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Randall B. Robertson
Board Chair Ms. Elaine Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 2010