Simple Living Institute, Inc. was started in 2002 by a group of Central Floridians wanted to create a stronger community that valued the environment, personal health, and had a vision for a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Our first brainstorming session was held on a blanket at Langford Park in downtown Orlando. Shortly after bringing our ideas together, we incorporated the Simple Living Institute, Inc. as a nonprofit organization and applied for 501c3 exempt status from the IRS.
Since incorporation, we've been reaching out to the community by hosting educational programs at community parks and universities, and at a property leased to us that we have dubbed "the Econ Farm." We have also been active with other like-minded organizations, participating in their local events and programs whenever possible.
After a five-year probationary period, Simple Living Institute, Inc. was granted final exempt organizational status by the IRS in April of 2007, becoming an official 170(b)(1)(a)(vi) public charity governed under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Our official mission is:
•to scientifically research and develop working organic farms with effective soil, water, plant and wildlife conservation;
•to publish findings for the scientific and general community;
•and to provide cooperative education experiences empowering individuals and organizations as responsible stewards of their well-being and the environment.
In short, we strive to create opportunities for sustainable living in our community.
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In The MediaView our complete Media page.
"Back To Basics: Living With Voluntary 'Simplicity'," by Allison Glock
Founders of Simple Living Institute, Tia and Terry Meer, were one of several simple livers around the nation featured in this article about going back to basics.
Excerpt: Overwhelmed by consumerism and sobered by the economy, more Americans are embracing the less-is-more philosophy of "voluntary simplicity," trading possession obsession for personal fulfillment.
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Simple Living Institute Board of Directors
Our board of directors serve on a volunteer basis; no board member receives compensation of any kind from our organization. Thank you, board members, for your continued service to our organization and community!
Tia Meer, Founder & President >bio
Mark Mulligan, Vice President >bio
Laina Shockley, Founding Member & Treasurer >bio
Rosan Calebello, Secretary >bio
Andrew Landis, Central Florida Sustainable Food Project >bio
Shirley Silvasy, Founding Member & Organic Growers >bio
Shayla Dougher, Volunteer Coordinator >bio
Terry Meer, Membership >bio
Tom Carey, Market Gardening >bio
Lauressa Nelson, Director
Russ Rice, Director
Non-Profit DocumentationAll documents are in .pdf format (requires Adobe Reader)
2011 Financial Summary (.pdf)
2010 Financial Summary (.pdf)
2009 Financial Summary (.pdf)
IRS Non-Profit Determination Letter (.pdf)
IRS Non-Profit Status Confirmation Letter (.pdf)
State of Florida Documents
Corporate Charter (.pdf)
Fictitious Name Registration (.pdf)
Certificate of Sales Tax Exemption (.pdf)
Registration to Collect Sales Tax (.pdf)
Letter of Compliance with Solicitations of Contributions Act (.pdf)
Simple Living Institute, Inc.
PO Box 781741
Orlando, FL 32878