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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.

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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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Hatter: A whole-family approach to ending cyclical poverty

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03/13/2018

This week, at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County's 2Gen Summit, more than 240 leaders from nonprofit organizations, civic groups, public schools, the private sector and local government are gathering to determine how Sarasota and Manatee counties — and their communities — can honor, ...

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Editorial: 2Gen Summit focuses on helping families

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03/13/2018

Sarasota and Manatee counties have been local laboratories for testing and enhancing a two-generation approach to strengthening families and improving the lives of individuals, so it’s fitting that on Tuesday and Wednesday our region will host a 2Gen Summit.

Local educators, social-service providers, philanthropists, analysts, government workers and policy-makers and others will gather for two days to share thoughts, ask questions and discuss how communities can help low-income family members help themselves by advancing their education, escaping poverty and building better futures for themselves — and for generations to come.

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Expanding the Classroom with EdExplore

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02/28/2018

At its inception, the Community Foundation and the Patterson Foundation teamed up to ensure students’ access to EdExplore’s programs. Committing to $500,000 each, distributing $100,000 annually over the course of its first five years. They recently announced that they will both be committing another $500,000 each over its next five years. 

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Altruism Finds a Home

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01/24/2018

The Patterson Foundation will match every $500,000 that is raised in the community through the Season of Sharing with an additional contribution of $100,000. There will be no cap on this offer, and it stands until the end of this month.

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$1.5 Million in Donations to Help House Homeless

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01/22/2018

A group of Sarasota donors recently committed $1.5 million to help find housing for the chronic homeless in Sarasota. The donation strengthens a new city-county program, hashed out over more than a year and launched this month, to help single homeless adults work toward lives of stability and independence. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation are working with the donors, and Jon Thaxton, Gulf Coast’s vice president of community investment, is the lead coordinator. 

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