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Scholarships Available to Strengthen Nursing Workforce on the Suncoast

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03/07/2020

The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) is offering up to $150,000 in scholarships to encourage more nurses and prospective nursing students to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) and ensure safe, high-quality nursing care in the Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee and Desoto counties region.

Sarasota County Foundations Join A Force For Good

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01/08/2020

Sarasota County Foundations Join Together in a guest editorial focused on a Force for Good—amplifying the “ripple effect” created by Chuck and Margie Barancik. Read how Roxie Jerde, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Mark S. Pritchett, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Debra Jacobs, The Patterson Foundation, and Carol Butera, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, honor the Barancik’s legacy.

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

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09/28/2018

Mike Kennedy has been appointed Senior Vice President of Community Investment for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.  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. 

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Jerde: Joining together to give

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04/29/2018

Since 2012, donors throughout our region have shown their love for local nonprofit organizations by providing more than $28 million in unrestricted funding through the Giving Challenge, a 24-hour regional day of giving presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Huge thanks and gratitude are owed to The Patterson Foundation, which has incentivized donors to give over the past six years with more than $11 million in matching funds.

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Silverberg: With Giving Challenge, anyone can be a philanthropist

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04/27/2018

The 24 hours beginning at noon Tuesday could be the richest day for nonprofit organizations in the history of Southwest Florida. More money will be changing hands during that time frame, and it’s all to benefit charitable causes.


But the idea behind the Giving Challenge, supported locally by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Manatee Community Foundation and The Patterson Foundation, is to offer even small givers a chance to get in on the act. 

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Local nonprofits gear up for the 2018 Giving Challenge

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04/13/2018

More than 630 local nonprofit organizations from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties are preparing to participate in the 2018 Giving Challenge, presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Starting on May 1 at noon, the online 24-hour “give day” allows people to support nonprofits and have their donations matched dollar for dollar, up to $100 per donor for each organization they give to, through the Patterson Foundation. 

The Giving Partner is a partnership of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Manatee Community Foundation and the Patterson Foundation.

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Giving Back: Giving Challenge offers you a chance to be informed and engaged in your community

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04/10/2018

During the 2018 Giving Challenge from May 1-2, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is giving nonprofits and individuals the chance to go big. Each donation made on the online platform found at GivingPartnerChallenge.org will raise unrestricted dollars supporting local organizations addressing health, human services, education, environment, animal welfare and the arts. As in previous years, millions of dollars will likely be raised, and each of us has the opportunity to decide which organizations of the more than 600 we wish to support.

Honoring the heroes of the Vietnam War

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03/30/2018

Brockman joined his fellow veterans and their families on March 29, Vietnam Veterans Day, at the Sarasota National Cemetery’s Patriots Plaza to be honored and remembered for their service during one of the country’s most controversial wars.

The Welcome Home, Southwest Florida celebration to honor Vietnam veterans was a partnership between Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Manatee Community Foundation and Tidewell Hospice.

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EOD Receives Grant from Community Foundation

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03/26/2018

The McCauley-Brown Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County recently awarded Embracing Our Differences a $5,000 grant to help enhance its year-round educator workshops. A key component of its education initiatives, Embracing Our Differences' annual teacher workshops and retreats provide area educators with skills, strategies and resources to provide curricula and lesson plans relating to art appreciation, character building and diversity education.

Sarasota Housing Authority talks affordability

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03/21/2018

That's why, last week, Russell helped bring an expert in the field of affordable housing to Sarasota. In partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County's 2Gen Summit, the Housing Authority hosted a meeting led by Stacy Spann, executive director of the Housing Opportunities Commission ...

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How to change the trajectory of low-income children? Help the parents.

Release Date: 
03/14/2018

“I've learned the steps to help my child's education,” Pineda said Wednesday at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County's Two-Gen summit at the Lee Weterington Boys and Girls Club. “They will one day go to college.”

Pineda sat alongside more than 230 leaders who convened in Sarasota this week for the two-day conference on how organizations working with children can achieve better results by extending services to parents as well. The strategy – known as the “two-gen approach” – has gained traction nationally as an effective method in tackling generational poverty and its effect on children.

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