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Community Foundation Boot Camp

Monday, September 17, 2018 (All day) to Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (All day)
Sarasota, FL
Community Foundation of Sarasota County, 2635 Fruitville Rd.
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The two-day Community Foundation Boot Camp program offers a comprehensive overview of the structure and operations of a community foundation.  It is an ideal in-depth introduction to community foundations for new community foundation staff, community foundation board members, or other community foundation staff looking for a good refresher. Topics covered include:  

  • History, purpose
  • Board governance
  • Gifts and funds
  • Asset development
  • Grantmaking
  • Community leadership
  • Finance and investments
  • Legal Issues
  • Operational sustainability
  • Lifecycles of community foundations

The training will be provided by our colleagues at the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA).  IPA, thanks to ongoing support from Lilly Endowment Inc., offers a training and technical assistance program for community foundations, known as GIFT, and has a comprehensive curriculum and experienced trainers.


Day 1: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm with a reception immediately following
Day 2:   8:30 am – 4:00 pm


  •     Members: $450/person
  •     Non-members: $650/person


Rosemary Dorsa
Vice President, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance
Director, GIFT Technical Assistance Program

Rosemary has spent her career in the philanthropic sector.  In her current role, she provides leadership to the GIFT program which provides board and staff training, consulting, and networking opportunities for over 90 community foundations in Indiana.  Prior to joining GIFT, Rosemary was with Central Indiana Community Foundation from 1993 to 2010, serving in various roles including Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Partnerships and Community Initiatives.  She also worked for the United Way of Central Indiana and Community Centers of Indianapolis.  Rosemary has served on numerous not-for-profit boards including Indiana Humanities, Indianapolis Parks Foundation, TechPoint Foundation and the Lacy Leadership Association. 

Terri Johnson 
Associate Director, GIFT Technical Assistance Program

Terri began her position with Indiana Philanthropy Alliance in 2013.  Terri works with other GIFT staff to provide training and on-site consultation for the boards and staff of the 94 community foundations in Indiana. She provides technical assistance in all aspects of the community foundation field. Prior to this position, she spent ten years as the Executive Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF) in Rochester, Indiana. In this role, she oversaw the operations and financial management of the NICF, which serves Fulton, Miami, and Starke counties in north central Indiana. Under her leadership the assets of the NICF doubled to more than $23 million.


If you will be attending from out of town, Florida Philanthropic Network has organized a room block with a discounted room rate of $109/night. The room block will close on September 2

Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota
3470 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, Florida 34237
1.1 miles to Community Foundation of Sarasota County


The Community Foundation of Sarasota County parking lot can only be accessed by heading West on Fruitville Road. After passing Tuttle Avenue, there you will pass Briggs Court, Briggs Avenue, and then a string of four brown houses on your right. The Community Foundation will come up immediately after the string of houses on your right.

We must have at least 30 registrants by Wednesday, August 1.  The event will be cancelled at that time and refunds issued if we haven't secured the minimum number of registrants.

DEADLINE to register Wednesday, August 1

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