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Community Foundation of Sarasota County Appoints Mike Kennedy Senior Vice President of Community Investment

September 28, 2018

Mike Kennedy has been appointed Senior Vice President of Community Investment for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Kennedy will assume the role beginning Oct. 4. In this position Kennedy will develop and implement the foundation's overall community investment grant strategy, partnering to ensure the greatest impact is made for the Community Foundation’s donors and initiatives. 

"We are excited to have Mike’s perspective and leadership skills on our team," said Roxie Jerde, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. "Mike has a long background of building key-relationships to advance his organizations’ missions and create better communities for all. With his talents and skills, I am confident he will effectively advance our mission of creating community impact powered by philanthropy."

Kennedy is a proven long-term relationship-builder with more than twenty years’ experience in leadership and business administration in Major League Baseball, local government, community organizations and a local church. Kennedy most recently held the position of Director of Discipleship at Harvest United Methodist Church in Lakewood Ranch, FL. Kennedy directed the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority from 2006 until 2010. He was named to Gulf Coast Business Review’s 40-Under-40 list in 2001 and named one of 2007’s 25 People to Watch by Biz941 Magazine. Kennedy received both a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from Duquesne University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Florida.

“I am thrilled to join the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s amazing team, which is well-known for its compassion, dedication and excellence in partnering with donors to create lasting community impact,” Kennedy said. “The Foundation’s belief that each one of us has the potential to impact a person, a cause and a community inspires me, and the invitation to join the Community Foundation is an opportunity of a lifetime.”

About the Community Foundation: The Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. With assets of over $333 million in more than 1,300 charitable funds, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling $33 million dollars last year in the areas of education, the arts, health and human services, civic engagement, animal welfare and the environment. For more information, visit

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