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Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards more than $320,000 in Grants to Equitably Expand Access to Education and Health Care
Grants will support services among those who face barriers to receiving care and opportunities

SARASOTA, FL – The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has awarded 16 nonprofit organizations grants of more than $320,000 in its second Equity and Access competitive grant cycle.  The support will enhance programs that care for underrepresented and geographically underserved populations within Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties that face longstanding and systemic barriers to education and healthcare services.

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Community Foundation of Sarasota County Appoints Vice President of Knowledge and Equity
Ranata Reeder will balance data with community input to bring awareness to inequities and guidance for building a more equitable region.

SARASOTA, FL – The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has created a new leadership position – Vice President of Knowledge and Equity – to assess community needs, better inform how philanthropy can directly impact the lives of individuals and families, and address long-term charitable investments to improve overall quality of life for area residents. This position will rely on data and input to guide efforts to build a thriving and equitable community in partnership with nonprofit, private, civic and government leaders, as well as conduct a thoughtful review of historic trends that bring awareness of and guidance to address inequities
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Community Foundation of Collier County provides $67,000 grant for trees for Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championship at East Naples Community Park

Naples, FL (April 12, 2021) – The Community Foundation of Collier County (CFCC) has provided a $67,930 grant that resulted in planting trees in partnership with Naples Botanical Garden to create a "Tropical Florida" experience at East Naples Park in advance of the 2021 Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championship starting this Saturday, April 17.

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Duke Energy awards $653,000 in education-related grants in Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Duke Energy is investing $653,000 in educational grants to empower students and educators in Florida.

Twenty-three grants, awarded from the Duke Energy Foundation, will enhance educational programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as diversity, equity and inclusion awareness.

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The Patterson Foundation Welcomes Connor LaGrange as Its Next Fellow

The Patterson Foundation, in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, has selected Connor LaGrange to become its next Fellow. This is the third year of the Fellows Program — a year-long opportunity for aspiring philanthropists to gain experience and learn innovative philanthropic principles while contributing to initiatives that strengthen people, organizations, and communities.

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Lee Wetherington Foundation Surpasses $2 Million in Grants Supporting Local Nonprofit Causes
Knowledge and support from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County help guide Wetherington’s charitable investments.

SARASOTA, FL – Nearly two decades since its inception, the Lee Wetherington Foundation has reached a considerable charitable milestone, surpassing $2 million in grants awarded to local nonprofit organizations across Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties. From donating acreage to state parks to building transitional housing for the homeless, the Lee Wetherington Foundation has awarded notable support to a myriad of causes over the years, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, Forty Carrots Family Center, Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Harvest House, and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Since 2002, Wetherington has gifted more than $2.8 million to the foundation.

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Community Foundation of Sarasota County Appoints Vice President of Philanthropy
Jay Young will oversee efforts to cultivate donor relationships and lasting legacies by connecting philanthropic passions with charitable causes.

SARASOTA, FL – As charitable giving continues to define our region’s growth and spirit, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has appointed a new Vice President of Philanthropy to lead its donor outreach and stewardship efforts. In this role, Jay Young will further the foundation’s commitment to its donors, both current and prospective, by connecting them with local issues and causes and ensuring the greatest results for their philanthropic investments and goals.  


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