The 2012-2013 Giving Register

By Hannah Wallace August 31, 2012

The 2012-2013 Giving Register: 290 Great Causes

Our annual register of local charities provides a glimpse of our community’s generous spirit, highlighting 286 organizations that provide aid, nourishment, shelter, guidance and inspiration, all to make our little corner of the world a better place.

This year, the bulk of our list reflects our new partnership with The Giving Partner, an online tool to help donors learn about local nonprofits overseen by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Manatee Community Foundation and The Patterson Foundation. The organizations here (indicated by ) were among the very first nonprofits to go through The Giving Partner’s extensive submission process. You can read much more about them in their profiles on

Likewise, many of these nonprofits also use You’d Be Perfect for This, a project of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation linking local nonprofits with prospective volunteers. If you’re interested in rolling up your sleeves for a local cause, look for organizations with the YBPFT logo , and then go to to see what you can do.

Keep in mind, these are only some of the charities in an area blessed with thousands of 501c3 organizations. To all of them we say, thank you for your service, and keep up the good work.

(Our list includes all organizations with Giving Partner profiles completed or in-process on July 1, 2012.)

To learn more about The Giving Partner, visit or contact Susie Bowie at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County ([email protected]); for more information about, contact Kelly Romanoff at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation ([email protected]).


Animals and Environment

Arts andCulture



Human Services


Public Services





Animals and Environment

Animal Rescue Coalition

1408 State St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 957-1955

Executive director: Brenda Terris Mission statement: To end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats by means of a proactive spay/neuter program, a feral cat program, a comprehensive adoption effort and various other initiatives designed to recognize the profound benefits to people of animal companionship.

Big Cat Habitat and Gulfcoast Sanctuary 

7101 Palmer Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 371-6377

Safe haven for big cats, bears and other animals. Executive director: Kay (Rosaire) Ross Mission statement: To provide a permanent home for exotic, endangered and other animals in need; to provide a close encounter with exotic animals in an entertaining and educational environment; to foster appreciation for animals and habitat preservation.


Cat Depot 

2542 17th St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-2404

Executive director: Shelley Thayer Mission statement: To save lives, find loving homes, and provide the resources and education to improve the destiny of homeless cats.


The Children’s Garden

1670 10th Way

Sarasota, Fl. 34236

(941) 330-1711

Executive director: Joan Condon Mission statement: To keep kids connected to nature by providing a whimsical interactive garden to explore, wonder, imagine and learn the magic of gardening.

Conservation Foundation of The Gulf Coast 

400 Palmetto Ave.

Osprey, FL 34229

(941) 918-2100

Executive director: Christine Johnson Mission statement: To protect the character, Integrity and biodiversity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and watersheds of Florida’s Gulf Coast.


Crowley Museum and Nature Center 

16405 Myakka Road

Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 322-1000

Executive director: Laney Poire Mission statement: To facilitate the enjoyment and understanding of Southwest Florida nature and history; to foster responsible stewardship, and to promote environmental awareness.

Dolphin Biology Research Associates 

708 Tropical Circle

Sarasota, FL 34242

(941) 349-3259

Program director: Randall Wells Mission statement: Research related to the behavior and ecology of bottlenose dolphins.


Fairy Tale Endings 

2703 Fort Worth St.

Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 320-8242

Executive director: Rhys Miller Mission statement: Dedicated to helping financially struggling families in Sarasota and Manatee counties keep their pets and provide proper care through financial aid, product and service donations, education and outreach.

The Founders Garden Club

5260 Heron Way

Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 487-7746

President: Ann Moore Mission statement: To stimulate interest in horticulture and the artistic use of plant material; to promote the protection of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and birds; to encourage civic beautification; to foster education regarding conservation of natural resources.


Honor Animal Rescue


4951 Lorraine Road

Bradenton, FL 34211

(941) 302-0933

Executive director: Dari Oglesby Mission statement: To assure compassionate and humane treatment of all animals in the community; to help animals and owners in need of assistance; to honor animals and those who take care of them.

Humane Society of Manatee County

2515 14th St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 747-8808

Executive director: Amy Van Dell Mission statement: To lead Manatee County in creating a no-kill community where animals receive the compassion and respect they deserve.


Humane Society of Sarasota County 

2331 15th St.

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 955-4131

Executive director: Kristi Bratzke Mission statement: Provides abandoned pets with care and shelter while promoting responsible pet ownership and securing permanent homes.

Lemon Bay Conservancy

2980 Placida Road, Suite 201

Englewood, FL 34224

(941) 830-8922

Director of development: Vanessa Smith Mission statement: Dedicated to the preservation, protection and acquisition of natural areas important in maintaining the ecological balance of Lemon Bay, Charlotte Harbor and adjacent waters.

Lemur Conservation Foundation

P.O. Box 249

Myakka City, FL 34251

(941) 322-8494

Executive director: Lee Nesler Mission statement: Dedicated to the conservation of the primates of Madagascar through captive-breeding, scientific research, education and reintroduction.


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

811 S. Palm Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-5731

Executive director: Thomas Buchter Mission statement: To further the understanding and appreciation of plant life, with emphasis on epiphytes, and to provide enjoyment to all who visit the Gardens.

Mote Marine Laboratory

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 388-4441

Executive director: Kumar Mahadevan Mission statement: The advancement of marine and environmental sciences through research, education and public outreach, leading to discoveries, revitalization and sustainability of our oceans and greater understanding of our marine resources.

People for Trees

3597 Froude St.

North Port, FL 34286

(941) 426-9752

A local, native tree advocacy group founded in 1997. Executive director: Alice White Mission statement: Spreading the word about the importance of protecting and maintaining a healthy native tree canopy through education and tree plantings.


St. Francis Animal Rescue of Venice

1925 S. Tamiami Trail

Venice, FL 34239

(941) 492-6200

No-kill shelter. Board chair: Amy Berke Mission statement: To rescue abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens and provide them with shelter, food, medical care and love for their entire lives or until they can be placed in responsible, loving homes through adoption; to support local spay/neuter programs and educate people about responsible pet ownership.

Sarasota Audubon Society

P.O. Box 52132

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 364-9212

Executive director: Jeanne Dubi Mission statement: Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment.

Sarasota Bay Watch

1800 Second St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 953-5333

Executive director: Andre Mele Mission statement: Dedicated to preserving and restoring Sarasota Bay’s ecosystem through education and citizen participation.


Sarasota In Defense of Animals

P.O. Box 15653

Sarasota, FL 34277

(941) 924-2505

Executive director: Elise Matthes Mission statement: To provide a forum for the protection of animals, operation of a no-kill animal sanctuary for lifetime care of up to 400 abandoned and homeless domesticsanimals; to provide enhancements for rescue and adoption of stray/homeless animals in custody of the Sarasota County Animal Services Shelter and to advocate a no-kill community where no adoptable animal is put to death.

Sarasota Garden Club Inc.

1131 Boulevard of the Arts

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-0875

Volunteers interested in gardening and floral design. Executive director: Ginger Vance Mission statement: To encourage skill in gardening and floral arts, foster civic beautification, support conservation and public awareness of conserving green space, and to oppose actions that damage the environment.

Save Our Seabirds

1708 Ken Thompson Parkway

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 388-3010

Executive director: David Pilston Mission statement: Dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured birdlife and the education of the public with the goal of minimizing human impact on birdlife.

Sea To Shore Alliance

4411 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 490

Sarasota, FL 34233

(727) 954-3390

Executive director: James Powell Mission statement: To improve the health and productivity of coastal environments for the endangered species and human livelihoods that depend on them.

Seniors For Pets

1811 Englewood Road, Suite 305

Englewood, FL 34223

(941) 473-0778

Believes that no one should have to choose between keeping a beloved pet and paying basic living expenses. Executive director: Carolyn North Mission statement: To assist financially needy senior citizens with annual veterinary exams, vaccinations and flea/tick and heart-guard medications for their companion pets.


Suncoast Humane Society

6781 San Casa Drive

Englewood, FL 34224

(941) 474-7884

Executive director: Phillip Snyder Mission statement: To reduce the numbers of homeless animals and improve the quality of human life through animal companionship.

Wildlife Center of Venice

3252 Border Road

Venice, FL 34292

(941) 484-9657

Executive director: Kevin Barton Mission statement: To rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned wildlife; to educate the public about our native wildlife and proper procedures upon discovery of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.

Wildlife Inc.

P.O. Box 1449

Anna Maria, FL 34216

(941) 778-6324

Provides audience-centered, content-specific classes and workshops for schools, and interested civic and public groups, using non-releasable “education birds” and customized materials. Executive director: Gail Straight Mission statement: To provide treatment and care for injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning all native species back to the environment; to heighten awareness and promote discussion of rational trade-offs between the needs of the natural and human environments in an era of rapid change.


Arts and Culture

Art Center Manatee

209 Ninth St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 746-2862

Executive director: Mary Roff Mission statement: To provide a welcoming, professional environment, educate novice and experienced artists of all ages, provide galleries to exhibit and market original artwork, and enhance the visual arts in Manatee County through special events and outreach programs.


Art Center Sarasota

707 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-2032

Executive director: Sarah Ford Mission statement: Promotes the importance of creativity as an essential element of a thriving community. Through innovative and inclusive art exhibitions, art education programs and services, Art Center Sarasota connects people as artists, audiences and lifelong learners.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 306-1200

Presents nearly 50 performances annually featuring national and international musicians in concerts ranging from classics to Broadway and pops. Executive director: John Alan Fischer Mission statement: To present live concerts for the enjoyment and cultural enrichment of audiences in Sarasota and surrounding


Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-5118

An advocate for arts and culture in Sarasota County. Executive director: Jim Shirley Mission statement: To create an

environment where the arts flourish, through advocacy, promotion, coordination, education and access.

Asolo Repertory Theatre

5555 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 351-9010

The first State Theater of Florida. Founded in 1959, Asolo Rep has earned a nationally recognized reputation as one of the country’s premier regional theaters. Executive director: Michael Edwards Mission statement: To entertain, engage and inspire through the highest quality professional repertory theatre and educational programs; to present audiences with a world-class theatrical experience, and to provide an array of festivals, tours and educational programs that will stimulate the appreciation of the arts throughout Florida.

Banyan Theater Company

P.O. Box 49483

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 358-5330

Presents its 12th summer season in 2013. Executive director: Jerry Finn Mission statement: To stage exceptional productions of fine dramatic literature in the summer, including works by acknowledged masters and accomplished current playwrights.

Belle Canto

771 Fordingbridge Way

Osprey, FL 34229

(941) 966-5904

Executive director: Judy Sokal Mission statement: To share a passionate celebration of women’s voices to entertain, enrich, inspire and educate audiences with the finest choral repertoire through diverse and creative programming.

Charlotte Players

1182 Market Circle

Port Charlotte, FL 33953

(941) 255-1022

Executive director: Sherrie Moody Mission statement: To provide the highest quality theater arts for the community’s diverse culture through performance, education and community involvement.

Circus Sarasota

8251 15th St. E., Unit B

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 355-9335

Florida’s only nonprofit resident circus, with year-round impact through its three community outreach programs: Laughter Unlimited, Big Top Education and Sailor Circus. Executive director: Pedro Reis Mission statement: To pay homage to a community legacy by broadening the artistic contribution of the circus through education and human service outreach programming, and by enriching, educating and entertaining audiences of all ages.

Crosley Estate Foundation

8374 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 722-3244

Restores the Crosley Estate Mansion, the original carriage house, the grounds and the boat dock. Director and president: Martin J. Katz Mission statement: To raise funds for the restoration, preservation, maintenance and operation of the Crosley Estate.

Fine Arts Society of Sarasota

P.O. Box 1432

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 330-0680

President: Kathleen France Mission statement: To promote and stimulate the appreciation of the arts in Sarasota County; to establish a permanent collection of qualified works by nationally recognized artists of Florida; to provide grants, awards, scholarships and prizes for talented and qualified organizations and students.


Florida Studio Theatre

1241 N. Palm Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-9017

Now in its 38th season. Executive director: Richard Hopkins Mission statement: To make theater accessible and affordable to as many people as possible; to reduce social barriers; to present theater that challenges with as much gusto as it entertains; to be a positive, vital change agent in the community; to operate within and for the public trust.

Fuzión Dance Artists

8437 Tuttle Ave., Suite 160

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 345-5755

Sarasota’s first contemporary dance company, presenting performances, educational outreach, weekly dance classes and more. Executive director: Leymis Bolaños Wilmott Mission statement: To bring the art form of contemporary dance to the community through performance and education, while collaborating with artists and community groups to further enrich the human experience.

The Glenridge Performing Arts Center

7333 Scotland Way

Sarasota, FL 34238

(941) 552-5325

A 260-seat performing arts hall that presents live theater, concerts, dance and lectures. Rents to other organizations for recitals, meetings, concerts. Executive director: Ben Turoff Mission statement: To present the finest and highest quality entertainment possible in a variety of productions ranging from classical music and jazz to Broadway, comedy, drama, lectures, films and dance.


Gloria Musicae

P.O. Box 52987

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 387-6046

Professional vocal ensemble. Executive director: Rachel Assi Mission statement: Celebrates the excellence of choral music through innovative, stimulating performances that both educate and entertain the public.

Hermitage Artist Retreat

6660 Manasota Key Road

Englewood, FL 34223

(941) 475-2098

Executive director: Bruce Rodgers Mission statement: To nurture creativity, preserve Florida history, protect native ecology and serve the Gulf Coast communities.

Jazz Club of Sarasota

330 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 111

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-1552

President: Bill Beckman Mission statement: To promote, perform and preserve jazz.

John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

5401 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 359-5700

Executive director: Steven High Mission statement: To engage visitors with our collections, exhibitions, cultural programs and the Ringling Estate.

Key Chorale

P.O. Box 20613

Sarasota, FL 34276

(941) 921-4845

Executive director: Richard Storm Mission statement: Dedicated to performing and promoting choral music of the highest quality.

La Musica

P.O. Box 5442

Sarasota, FL 34277

(941) 346-2601

Annual international chamber music festival. Executive director: Sally R. Faron Mission statement: To perform chamber music of the highest quality and to provide outreach programs for students.

Lemon Bay Playhouse, Inc.

96 W. Dearborn St.

Englewood, FL 34223

(941) 475-6756

Englewood’s only community theater. Managing director: Maggie Deitsch Mission statement: To enrich Englewood and surrounding communities through theatrical productions, volunteer opportunities, education and training in the performing arts; to provide a venue for other cultural activities.

Lillette’s Foundation for the Arts

P.O. Box 19643

Sarasota, FL 34276

(941) 556-1330

Provides scholarship assistance to students pursuing the performing arts. Executive director: Lillette Jenkins Wisner Mission statement: To promote knowledge and continued development of promising students studying the performing arts while assisting with their financial needs.

Longboat Key Center for the Arts

6860 Longboat Drive S.

Longboat Key, FL 34228

(941) 383-2345

A division of Ringling College of Art and Design. Director: Jane Buckman Mission statement: Aspires to be a preeminent cultural institution committed to quality educational programming, exhibitions, lectures and events that serve to enhance the artistic and creative exploration of individuals and groups from the local community and beyond.

The Manatee Players

102 Old Main St.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 749-1111

Executive director: Janene M. Witham Mission statement: To represent, enrich, stimulate and promote the arts by providing entertainment, education and an artistic outlet.

North Port Art Center

5950 Sam Shapos Way

North Port, FL 34287

(941) 423-6460

Executive director: Carol Neagles Mission statement: To provide artist support programs, art classes, art exhibits and cultural events.

The Perlman Music Program Suncoast

P.O. Box 3407

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 955-4942

Executive director: Elizabeth Power Mission statement: Encourages artistic development and camaraderie among young international string musicians via a nurturing, noncompetitive and world-renowned music education program.

The Players

838 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-2494

Executive director: Michelle Pingel Mission statement: Dedicated to presenting a diverse and entertaining slate of high-quality, volunteer-driven theatrical productions that are educating, stimulating and enriching to the entire community.

Professional Learning and Theatrical Organization (PLATO)

25 N. Pineapple Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-5454

Headquartered in the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, PLATO stages professional shows, offers theatrical training, a speaker’s bureau and an Arts Lovers League support arm between local schools and professional arts. Executive director: Kyle Ennis Turoff Mission statement: To provide professional theater, theatrical training and community outreach.

Sarasota Ballet of Florida

5555 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 359-0099

Executive director: Mary Anne Servian Mission statement: To enrich lives, captivate emotions and strengthen community through the art of dance; a commitment to artistic excellence through the presentation of the highest quality classical and contemporary dance; the encouragement of choreographic talent; through the ongoing expansion of educational programs and opportunities for community outreach and service; and the participation in joint ventures with other regional and national arts organizations and dance companies.


Sarasota Chalk Festival

540 S. Orange Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 374-4790

Executive director: Denise Kowal Mission statement: To bring diverse people together to celebrate, be inspired by and participate in the cultural and performing arts.

The Sarasota Choral Society

5317 Fruitville Road, Suite 147

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 371-5574

Volunteer choir founded in 1944 to sing the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah locally with professional soloists, orchestra, organist and director, and volunteer choir. Executive director: Paul Weber Mission statement: Supports choral singing, with an emphasis on Messiah; awards student scholarships. All singers are welcome.

Sarasota Concert Association

838 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-0040

Celebrating 68 years of the finest classical music at the lowest prices. President: John Goodman Mission statement: To bring the finest classical music at the lowest prices to the greater Sarasota community.


Sarasota Concert Band

6858 Sagebrush Circle

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 364-2633

Executive director: Linda Keefe Mission statement: To promote good band literature with formal concerts that showcase music in superior performances; to keep this particular genre alive and well-understood; to entertain community members with event-related concerts; to help local students by offering opportunities to perform (as soloists and as band members), do volunteer work and compete for scholarships; to provide fun and life enrichment for our musicians and the community.

Sarasota Film Festival

332 Cocoanut Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 364-9514

Executive director: Tom Hall Mission statement: To celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers with an international film festival and yearlong programs for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of the community.

Sarasota Film Society

10715 Rodeo Drive, Suite 8

Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

(941) 364-8662

Owns and operates Burns Court and Lakewood Ranch cinemas, presenting quality films from around the world. Executive director: Barbara Caras Mission statement: To exhibit international, independent and American films to foster a greater understanding of the world by exposing audiences to the rich cultural lessons films have to offer.

Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA

2700 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 309-SMOA (4662); (877) 498-SMOA

A division of Ringling College of Art and Design. President: Wendy G. Surkis Mission statement: To interweave exhibitions, educational programs and community outreach initiatives to engage a diverse audience and serve as a destination for creative discovery and discourse.


Sarasota Opera

61 N. Pineapple Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-8450

Annually presents world-class artists and operas. Executive director: Susan Danis Mission statement: Produces outstanding opera true to the vision of the composer to entertain, enrich and educate the community and opera lovers from around the world.

Sarasota Opera Guild

64 N. Pineapple Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-8450

President: Mary Cook Mission statement: To foster, promote, and increase knowledge and appreciation of opera in the community in conjunction with the Sarasota Opera Association; to encourage and assist young singers; to sponsor projects to raise funds for the opera.

Sarasota Orchestra

709 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 953-4252

Executive director: Joseph McKenna Mission statement: To promote symphonic and chamber music locally, statewide, and nationally by presenting performances of the highest artistic excellence, providing broad-based education programs of superior quality and making both available to the broadest possible constituency.

Sarasota Orchestra Association

709 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 685-0425

Support arm of the Sarasota Orchestra. President: Anne Scott Mission statement: Supports the Sarasota Orchestra by promoting musical knowledge, education and appreciation; encouraging and assisting young musicians; raising money for the orchestra and its Youth Orchestra Program.

Sarasota Season of Sculpture

5581 Axminster Drive

Sarasota, FL 34241

(941) 928-4445

Organizes and produces an international exhibition of large-scale sculptures along Sarasota’s bayfront. Executive director: Susan McLeod Mission statement: To accessibly display and encourage quality public art for the purpose of enriching the cultural and educational experience of residents and visitors.

Van Wezel Foundation

777 N. Tamiami Trail, Third Floor

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-5578

Executive director: Monica Slater Van Buskirk Mission statement: To enrich the lives of members of the Gulf Coast community, with an emphasis on children, through the performing arts while supporting the needs of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Venice Art Center

390 Nokomis Ave. S.

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 485-7136

Begun in 1958, offering local and nationally recognized exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, glass, photography and more, lectures, art classes for all ages, fine art sales and a gift gallery. Executive director: Mary Morris Mission statement: To provide cultural resources to the community and to encourage the knowledge and appreciation of visual art in all its forms.

Venice Symphony

P.O. Box 1561

Venice, FL 34284

(941) 488-1010

Executive director: Doug Kerr Mission statement: To provide funding for symphony performances, which provide education and cultural richness.

Venice Theatre

140 W. Tampa Ave.

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 488-1115

Award-winning arts organization has been providing entertainment, education and outreach since 1950. The third-largest community theater in the U.S. Executive director: Murray Chase Mission statement: Making a dramatic impact on all stages of life.

Visual Arts Center

210 Maud St.

Punta Gorda, FL 33950

(941) 639-8810

Executive director: Michele Valencourt Mission statement: To bring together all interested in the visual arts; to promote knowledge, appreciation and development of visual arts in the community and Southwest Florida.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida

1646 10th Way

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-1505

Executive director: Christine Jennings Mission statement: To produce shows that celebrate the African-American experience, attract diverse audiences, support and develop African-American artists, and build the self-esteem of African-American youth.



Ave Maria University Preparatory School

6289 Verna Road

Myakka City, FL 34251

(941) 322-1601

Executive director: Mary Gilchrist-Cottrill Mission statement: In imitation of a providing God, Ave Maria Prep maintains a safe and caring atmosphere where students and staff are valued for their God-given gifts and dignity.

Cardinal Mooney High School

4171 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 371-4917

Executive director: Steve Christie Mission statement: Provides a quality education centered in Gospel values.

Duette Education Foundation

40755 S.R. 62

Duette, FL 34219

(941) 721-6674

Executive director: Donna King Mission statement: Working toward the hope that one day a new school will be built on this campus, and the current building will become a museum to preserve the rich history of this community.

Early Learning Coalition Of Florida’s Heartland

2886 Tamiami Trail, Suite 1

Port Charlotte, FL 33952

(941) 255-1650

Executive director: Anne Bouhebent Mission statement: To support families and children in accessing high-quality early care and education services via school readiness and voluntary prekindergarten programs. The ELCFH also serves as a point of access to resources and referrals for health care and family support services.


Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County

1750 17th St., Building L

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 954-4830

Executive director: Janet Kahn Mission statement: To integrate leadership and community resources to promote high-quality early education and family support.

Education Foundation of Sarasota County

1960 Landings Blvd., Suite 120

Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 927-0965

Executive director: Susan Scott Mission statement: To invest in every child’s success through the generosity of the community, so that every child will be prepared for tomorrow’s world; to increase the graduation rate, help all students become better readers and prepare students for success in the workplace and global economy; to serve as the leading advocate for Sarasota County’s public schools.

Forty Carrots Family Center

1500 S. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 365-7716

Executive director: Cheryl Andrews Mission statement: Dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the field.


Gulfcoast Wonder and Imagination Zone (G.WIZ)

The Blivas Science and Technology Center

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 309-4949

Executive director: Sarah Rankin Wilson Mission statement: To be the gateway for lifelong adventures in science.

Habitude Incorporated

1045 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 602

Longboat Key, FL 34228

(941) 228-7345

Executive director: Martin Hurwitz Mission statement: To help at-risk students tap into their own strengths and abilities and develop the skills and qualities needed to make their lives successful, through a program of life coaching and academic tutoring.

Incarnation Catholic School

2911 Bee Ridge Road

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 924-8588

Executive director: Regina Housel Mission statement: To provide an education of excellence while fostering the teaching mission of Jesus Christ to grow in faith, knowledge and love of God.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

Bradenton, FL 34211

(941) 756-0690

Executive director: John M. Ferretti, D.O. Mission statement: To prepare students to become osteopathic physicians, dental and pharmacy practitioners through programs of excellence in education, research, clinical care and community service to enhance the quality of life through improved health for all humanity.

The Literacy Council of Sarasota

1750 17th St., Building D

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 955-0421

Executive director: Shon Ewens Mission statement: Builds a more literate community by helping adults improve English language communications skills through individual and group instruction.

Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County

Venice Public Library,

300 Nokomis Ave. S.

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 488-8994

President: Nancy Pike Mission statement: To provide one-on-one tutoring and small group classes for English as a second language (ESL) and basic literacy at no cost to the adult learners.

Manatee Education Foundation

P.O. Box 9069

Bradenton, FL 34206

(941) 708-8770

Director: Mary Glass Mission statement: To provide funding for innovative programs and enhanced educational opportunities for the teachers and students of Manatee County public schools beyond allocated state dollars.

Manatee Technical Institute Foundation

5603 34th S. W.

Bradenton, FL 34210

(941) 751-7900

Assistant director: Linda Agresta Mission statement: To meet and exceed the community’s training and educational expectations.

New College Foundation

The Keating Center

5800 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 487-4800

Raises funds for scholarships, faculty chairs, classroom buildings, dormitories, the college endowment, student and faculty research and many other needs. Interim executive vice president: Clint Monts De Oca Mission statement: Provides private financial support for New College of Florida, helping maintain the college’s outstanding student-faculty ratio.

New College Library Association

5800 Bay Shore Road TKC

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 487-4600

Raises funds for the Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College of Florida and sponsors educational forums as an affiliate of New College Foundation. Mission statement: To provide enhancement funding for the Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College of Florida and intellectual stimulation for the greater community.

ORT America

4370 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 316

Sarasota, FL 34231

(541) 501-2090

The principle of teaching indi-viduals to live independently has guided ORT since its inception in 1880. Executive director: Andrew Polin Mission statement: ORT believes that education and technology are a path to self-improvement.

Out-Of-Door Academy of Sarasota

444 Reid St. (preK-6) and 5950 Deer Drive (7-12)

Sarasota, FL 34242

(941) 349-3223

Independent college preparatory school. Executive director: David Mahler Mission statement: Provides an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and to build character through a balanced program of academics, the arts and athletics.

Pierian Spring Academy

1750 17th St., Building L2

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 716-2471

President: Barry Levin Mission statement: To bring people together for college-level adult education.

Ringling College Library Association

P.O. Box 4071

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 925-1343

Acts as a catalyst for the education growth of students, faculty and community. President: Christine P. Johnson Mission statement: Dedicated to the ongoing developmentof Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library.

Ringling College of Art And Design

2700 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 351-5100

Executive director: Larry Thompson Mission statement: Private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the bachelor’s degree in 14 disciplines: advertising design, business of art and design, computer animation, digital filmmaking, fine arts, game art and design, graphic and interactive communication, illustration, interior design, motion design, painting, photography and digital imaging, printmaking and sculpture.

Rotary Futures College Resource Center

1 Indian Ave.

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 480-3178

Community-based post-secondary resource center for students of all ages in the Venice area. Executive director: Kim Kindell Mission statement: Linking education, career and life opportunities.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School

315 41st St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 746-2121

Executive director: Janet Pullen Mission statement: To provide a superior academic program that prepares each student for a college or university compatible with the individual’s academic ability, interest and needs; to instill in each student a love of learning, an active respect for all members of the school community, and a fundamental sense of integrity; to provide a nurturing environment which values independence and self-worth, physical health, spiritual awareness, and responsible global citizenship.

Sarasota Christian School

5415 Bahia Vista St.

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 371-6481

Executive director: Jeffrey Shank Mission statement: To honor God by developing academic abilities and broadening educational experiences while deepening Christian faith through partnership with the home, the church and the community.

Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL)

1001 Boulevard of the Arts

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-6404

Celebrating its 42nd season, SILL offers 88 lectures featuring U.S. policy experts on global issues and world-renowned musicians. President: Joy McIntyre Mission statement: Dedicated to excellence in adult education for those interested in contemporary global policy issues as well as music performers and their works.

Sarasota Military Academy

801 N. Orange Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 926-1700

Executive director: Daniel Kennedy Mission statement: To provide high school students the highest quality education possible, incorporating the principles of leadership, discipline, patriotism and honor in a military environment.

South Florida Museum & Bishop Planetarium

201 10th St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 746-4131

Executive director: Brynne Besio Mission statement: To engage and inspire learners of all ages; to protect, interpret and communicate scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and the universe.

St. Martha Catholic School

4380 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 953-4181

Junior kindergarten through eighth grade. Pastor: The Rev. Fausto Stampiglia Mission statement: To provide each student with diverse opportunities that develop faith and knowledge.

State College of Florida


P.O. Box 1849

Bradenton, FL 34206

(941) 752-5390

Executive director: Peg Lowrey Mission statement: To secure and manage the private resources to enhance educational opportunities for the State College of Florida.

University of South Florida Foundation

8350 S. Tamiami Trail SMC C325

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 359-4737

The legal conduit for the solicitation, acceptance, investment and distribution of all private gifts made to the University of South Florida. Executive director: Joel Momberg Mission statement: Promotes higher education in general, and specifically encourages the advancement of teaching, research and public service through private support for the university’s academic and student development endeavors.

Venice Christian School

1200 Center Road

Venice, FL 34292

(941) 496-4411

Executive director: Jerry Frimmel Mission statement: To educate children academically, spiritually, physically and socially with a Biblical world view in partnership with families, local churches and the community.



Advocates for Better Hearing

4221 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 922-1242

An interactive showroom for the hard-of-hearing and deaf that demonstrates most of the available assisted listening devices, such as amplified or captioned telephones, “hearing televisions” or multi-sensory doorbells. Some equipment is free through state programs. President: Flo Innes Mission statement: To provide the hard-of-hearing and deaf with the latest assisted listening devices, services and technology available to support more meaningful communication and lifestyles.

All Children’s Hospital Guild of Sarasota/Manatee

5881 Rand Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34238

(941) 350-1722

President: Kay Aidlin Mission statement: To advocate, volunteer and fund raise for the children and families of All Children’s Hospital; to support the Outpatient Care Centers in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch and the main hospital in St. Petersburg, through increasing community awareness and fund-raising events.  


Alzheimer’s Association—Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

3277A Fruitville Road, Suite 1

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 365-8883

Executive director: Gloria Smith Mission statement: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

American Cancer Society

2970 University Parkway, Suite 104

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 328-3750

Executive director: Cynthia Dunlap Mission statement: Dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

(800) 257-6941 ext. 8189

Regional director: Whitney Carney Mission statement: To build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

American Lung Association

8950 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N., Suite 205, St. Petersburg, FL 33702

(800) LUNG-USA

Fights the diseases and environmental poisons that harm the lungs of people in the Gulfcoast area. Regional director: Jolene Bivens Mission statement: To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Arthritis Foundation, Southwest Region

408 12th St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 708-8901

President: Anne Forrest Mission statement: To improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.


Beyond The Spectrum

7037 Professional Parkway E.

Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 907-3443

Behavioral therapy services. Board president: Catherine Peabody Mission statement: To serve the children and families in the community affected by autism and related disorders.


Center for Building Hope

5481 Communications Parkway

Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 921-5539

Provides free psychological, educational, nutritional, exercise and other support services to cancer patients and their loved ones. Executive director: Carl Ritter Mission statement: To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare

1565 State St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 927-8900

A system of integrated psychological, medical and social services programs that help individuals regain health, nurture positive relationships with their families, and contribute positively to their community. Board chairman: Jack Donoghue Mission statement: To prevent substance abuse, promote mental, emotional, physical and social wellbeing, and assist individuals of all ages in leading healthier lives.

Community AIDS Network

1231 N. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 366-0461

Comprehensive Care Clinic providing medical, dental, case management and therapy services for people who are HIV positive. President and CEO: Michael Cuffage Mission statement: To provide a continuum of medical, social and education services essential to the health and wellbeing of those infected with HIV disease and to enhance public awareness and prevention of HIV.

The Community Pharmacy of Sarasota County

225 S. Tamiami Trail

Nokomis, FL 34275

(941) 445-5687

On-site pharmacy and advocacy offices in Nokomis and Sarasota; annually dispenses and advocates for more than $1 million worth of routine prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and medical supplies to uninsured Sarasota County residents. Executive director: Kimberly Chmielewski Mission statement: To improve access to routine prescription medication so that uninsured Sarasota County residents do not have to choose between food and life.

Dattoli Cancer Foundation

2803 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34237

(800) 915-1001

Dedicated to educating men and women about prostate cancer. Development director: Ginya Carnahan Mission statement: To raise awareness about the widespread incidence of prostate cancer and the need for annual screening; to provide current and accurate information about diagnosis and treatment options for men newly diagnosed as well as those experiencing a recurrence; to support ongoing research of Dr. Michael Dattoli.

Ear Research Foundation

1901 Floyd St.

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 365-0367

Executive director: Jennifer Moss Mission statement: To perform clinical research for the purpose of advancing treatment techniques for hearing, balance and dizziness problems; to train physicians through fellowships or CME conferences as well as educate the public on hearing and balance disorders; to provide free screenings and discounted medical care for indigent patients, especially children.


Englewood Community Care Clinic

6868 San Casa Drive

Englewood, FL 34224

(941) 681-3765

Executive director: Beth Harrison Mission statement: To provide no-cost episodic medical services to the uninsured and working poor in the Englewood area.

Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida

1900 Main St., Suite 212

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 953-5988

Executive director: Alison Haskins Mission statement: Dedicated to the prevention and control of epilepsy and to assisting persons with epilepsy to overcome the problems associated with the disorder, to achieve maximum potential, independence and self-sufficiency.

The Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee Sarasota

P.O. Box 110025

Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211

(941) 928-0682

Executive director: Mary Smith Mission statement: To provide caregiver support, training, education, information and advocacy to families raising and caring for a child or children with disabilities and special needs; to support the communities of Manatee and Sarasota through a variety of events, programs, and specialized services.

The Florida Center For Early Childhood

4620 17th St.

Sarasota, FL 34235

(941) 371-8820

Executive director: Kathryn Shea Mission statement: To promote the healthy development of young children, their families and the communities.

Genesis Health Services

3333 N. Washington Blvd., Suite 3

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 957-1970

Healthcare clinic providing medical, dental and behavioral healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured. Executive director: James McCloud Mission statement: To ensure that all families have access to affordable, quality healthcare, with a focus on preventative protocols, in order to prevent the onset or progression of serious illness.

Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County

2424 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 210

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 714-7541

A community coalition dedicated to enhancing maternal and infant health care. Executive director: Frederick Leonard Mission statement: To assure that all women and infants have access to prenatal and pediatric care, as well as parent support to promote healthy birth outcomes, positive parenting and optimal child development; to provide

the highest quality of care coordination and wrap-around services to pregnant women and children from birth to three years of age.


Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County

1750 17th St., Building A

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 373-7070

The only nonprofit organization in Sarasota County with the responsibility to assess maternal-infant-child needs every five years and respond with a targeted action plan for prioritizing and meeting the needs of at-risk pregnant women, infants and new parents. Executive director: Jennifer Highland Mission statement: To improve the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, infants and young children.

Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota

4900 Ocean Blvd., Suite 402

Sarasota, FL 34242

(941) 706-4312

Local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, the nation’s leading education, advocacy and support group for people with hearing loss. President: Edward F. Ogiba Mission statement: To help the 110,000-plus people with hearing loss in Sarasota and Manatee counties improve their hearing and communication skills; to advocate for greater hearing access in the community.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

5625 Strand Blvd., Suite 504

Naples, FL 34110

(239) 591-2825

Executive director: William Rice Mission statement: To find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

Lou Gehrig’s Disease Association of Southwest Florida

P.O. Box 11104

Sarasota, FL 34278

(941) 955-4771

Offering support groups, equipment loan closet, resource library and respite care. Executive director: Sandra Katz Mission statement: To promote public awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), raise funds to provide services to people with ALS and their families and assist researchers in finding a cure for the disease.

Manatee Glens Corp.

391 Sixth Ave. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 782-4299

Executive director: Mary Ruiz Mission statement: Specializes in mental health and addictions so that health and wellness are possible for every family.

Manatee Hope

3821 E. S.R. 64

Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 745-5111

Executive directors: Kathy White, Lena Thoresen Mission statement: Bridges the gap between families with no insurance and much-needed physical and mental health services.


Mental Health Community Center

240B S. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 953-3477

Educational programs offered at no charge to the community at large and offers daily programs of support, education, training and socialization to reduce isolation. Executive director: Carolyn Eagen Mission statement: To continue to serve as a valuable resource by “Touching lives and making them better” and by bringing awareness, and acceptance and better quality of life for individuals, their families, caregivers and the community.

Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation

12902 Magnolia Drive, UTC-FOUND

Tampa, FL 33612

(800) 456-3434

Dedicated to cancer research, patient care and community education throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties, List Mission statement: To fund Moffitt Cancer Center’s contribution to the prevention and cure of cancer through philanthropic donations.


Multicultural Health Institute

3277 Fruitville Road, Suite C-1

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 906-9484

Executive director: Lisa Merritt Mission statement: To level the healthcare playing field by promoting, educating and helping to insure equal healthcare access and treatment for individuals and communities who are traditionally uninsured and receive a poor quality of care.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

6989 Professional Parkway E.

Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 951-7890

Executive director: Gerald Weinberg Mission statement: A dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering more than 40 neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million American adults and children.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Florida Chapter

2701 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 100

Maitland, FL 32751

(407) 478-8880

Provides emergency financial assistance, medical equipment, counseling, education seminars and family support services to people affected by multiple sclerosis. Director of operations: Lisa Romero Mission statement: To end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.

Neuro Challenge Foundation

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Institute for Advanced Medicine

5880 Rand Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34238

(941) 926-6413

Executive director: Judith Bell Mission statement: Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers through service, education and research.

Phelan McDermid Syndrome Foundation

P.O. Box 1016

Venice, FL 34284

(941) 485-8000

Executive director: Susan Lomas Mission statement: To improve the quality of life of people affected by PMS worldwide by providing family support, accelerating research and raising awareness.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

736 Central Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-3913

Executive director: Barbara Zdravecky Mission statement: To ensure the rights of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing medical services, education and advocacy.

Roskamp Institute

2040 Whitfield Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 752-2949

Executive director: Michael Mullan Mission statement: To conduct scientific research to discover safe and effective new drug therapies to successfully treat diseases of the mind and to promote healthy aging.

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc.

1515 S. Osprey Ave., Suite B-4

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 917-1286

An independent not-for-profit organization that primarily supports Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. Also awards grants to other Sarasota County not-for-profit healthcare organizations to meet the community’s changing needs. President and CEO: Alexandra (Alex) Quarles Mission statement: To improve the delivery of healthcare for the Sarasota area through the acquisition and utilization of philanthropic funds.

Stroke Association of Florida

P.O. Box 25082

Sarasota, FL 34277

(941) 346-1122

Executive director: Kim James Mission statement: To reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by educating the community about stroke risks, prevention, signs and symptoms and to provide local resource referrals to stroke survivors and their caregivers.

Suncoast Communities Blood Bank

1760 Mound St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 954-1600

Executive director: Scott Bush Mission statement: To help save lives by providing a reliable supply of quality blood products and services to the healthcare facilities in the communities.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

P.O. Box 12848

St. Petersburg, FL 33733

(877) 506-6927

Executive director: Gina Kravitz Mission statement: To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

Team Tony Brain Cancer Foundation

P.O. Box 5827

Sarasota, FL 34277

(941) 320-3366

Executive director: Tony McEachern Mission statement: Pairs cancer survivors with a cancer fighter to ensure those impacted get the support they need.


Tidewell Hospice

5955 Rand Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34238

(941) 552-7525

Brings expert pain control, symptom management and emotional support to patients and families who are living with advanced illness. Executive director: Gerry Radford, CHE Mission statement: To help people live well by providing care, comfort and compassion.

United Cerebral Palsy

2203 30th Ave. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 201-1466

Executive director: Norma Israel Mission statement: To provide people with disabilities the assistance and support necessary to enable them to live valued lives in the community.

Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic

21450 Gibralter Drive

Port Charlotte, FL 33952

(941) 766-9570

Executive director: Suzanne Roberts Mission statement: To provide no-cost volunteer medical, pharmacy and wellness services to the underserved in Charlotte County.


We Care Manatee

4808 26th St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34207

(941) 755-3952

Executive director: Jill Gass Mission statement: To promote and facilitate the provision of free specialty and primary medical care to low-income and uninsured residents of Manatee County.


Human Services

Adopt-A-Family of Manatee

P.O. Box 1553

Bradenton, FL 34206

(941) 748-4424

Executive director: Kim Duty Mission statement: To help provide Christmas gifts to the children of qualified struggling parents in Manatee County.

All Faiths Food Bank

8171 Blaikie Court

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 379-6333

Executive director: Sandra Frank Mission statement: To feed the hungry, reduce food waste and educate the community on the issues of hunger and nutrition.

Also Out Youth

1470 Boulevard of the Arts

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 951-2576

Celebrating its 20-year anniver-sary as the leading provider of LGBT youth services in Sarasota. Services available include a drop-in center, peer support group, social events, HIV testing and a 24-hour crisis emergency line. Executive director: Susan Westcott Mission statement: To support and promote the safety, health and personal growth of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning youth and their allies; to end all forms of violence, harassment and discrimination based on real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity; to enhance self-esteem, promote healthy dialogue and increase awareness of sexual minority issues.

American Red Cross Southwest Florida Chapter

2001 Cantu Court

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 379-9300

Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. CEO: Megarie van Sickel Mission statement: Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Anna Maria Island Community Center

407 Magnolia Ave.

Anna Maria, FL 34216

(941) 778-1908

Executive director: Pierrette Kelly Mission statement: To empower and inspire people of all ages, especially youth, by educating minds, strengthening families, building healthier bodies and fostering volunteerism.

Baby Basics of Sarasota

P.O. Box 15485

Sarasota, FL 34241

(941) 684-0009

Board chair: Sandra Slaminko All-volunteer organization Mission statement: Provides and distributes diapers and kindness to working poor families who do not receive governmental cash assistance, keeping babies happy and healthy.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Sun Coast

101 W. Venice Ave., Suite 34

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 488-4009

Executive director: Joy Mahler Mission statement: To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County

6220 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 201

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 761-2582

Executive director: Carl Weeks Mission statement: To enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

P.O. Box 4068

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 366-3911

Executive director: Bill Sadlo Mission statement: To enable all young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Open to all young people aged six to 18 and never turning away a child due to the financial circumstances of the family.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice

1000 Pinebrook Road

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 488-5581

Social service agency that provides assistance to those in need in the 10-county area of Southwest Florida. In 2011, the agency helped 39,812 people through a variety of programs and services. Executive director: Peter Routsis-Arroyo Mission statement: In devotion and adherence to the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church, Catholic Charities seeks to serve and empower all in need, regardless of race, nationality or creed.


Charlotte County Habitat For Humanity

1750 Manzana Ave.

Punta Gorda, FL 33950

(941) 639-3162

Executive director: Mike Mansfield Mission statement: A Christian housing ministry committed to homeownership by a needs-based partnership with low-income Charlotte County residents, building safe, affordable, quality housing, using volunteers and no-profit mortgages and strengthening lives and neighborhoods.


Charlotte County Homeless Coalition

1476 Kenesaw St.

Port Charlotte, FL 33938

(941) 627-4313

Executive director: Angela Hogan Mission statement: To prevent homelessness and hunger by providing shelter, food and assistance to individuals and families; to change the personal and societal conditions that lead to homelessness.

Child Protection Center

720 S. Orange Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-1277

Executive director: Douglas Staley Mission statement: Child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment.


Children First

1723 N. Orange Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 953-3877

Executive director: Philip Tavill Mission statement: Strengthening children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and wellbeing.

Children’s Guardian Fund

P.O. Box 49722

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 504-9515

Board president: Jasmine Candlish Mission statement: To raise funds to ensure that every abused, neglected and abandoned child in the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida has a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem and that financial assistance is available for the child’s health, educational and social needs.


Community Coalition on Homelessness Corporation

701 17th Ave. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 747-1509

Executive director: Adell Erozer Mission statement: To provide, coordinate and facilitate services to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Manatee County.


Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities

4405 DeSoto Road

Sarasota, FL 34235

(941) 355-8808

Creates solutions and changes the lives of children, teens, and adults with disabilities by providing services and programs including early childhood intervention, occupational habilitation, workforce development, employment opportunities and community living. President and CEO: Marla Lacey Doss Mission statement: Empowers the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities, one person at a time.


Community Mobile Meals of Sarasota County

421 N. Lime Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 366-6693

Executive director: Terry McGannon Mission statement: To furnish a low-cost, hot meal to individuals in their homes, who, because of age, physical disabilty, financial need or incapacitation are unable to prepare a meal for themselves.


Community Youth Development of Sarasota County

4430 Beneva Road

Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 922-5126

CYD believes that young people will make positive choices if given the opportunity and support from adults. Executive director: Karen Bogues Mission statement: Community Youth Development empowers youth as leaders in service to their community.

Easter Seals Southwest Florida

350 Braden Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 355-7637

Executive director: William Waldo Mission statement: Creates solutions that change lives for children, adults and families through high-quality therapeutic, educational and support services.

Englewood Helping Hand

700 E. Dearborn St.

Englewood, FL 34223

(941) 474-5864

Social services agency that provides FL ACCESS assistance, which includes rent, mortgage, electric, water and food. Executive director: Victoria Rice Mission statement: To function as a human services agency that provides local residents with the opportunity to receive assistance without having to travel great distances.

Families Against Addictive Drug Abuse

5317 Fruitville Road, Box 121

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 256-5092

Executive director: Carl Weinrich; founder, Cindy Harney; co-founder, Ruther Lyerly Mission statement: To reduce the abuse of prescription drugs and the use of illicit drugs in Florida through education, networking and advocacy from the community level upward.

Family Partnership Center

602 Third St. E.

Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 756-3007

Executive director: David Potter Mission statement: To strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect in at-risk families through comprehensive parenting education and support services.


Family Promise Sarasota

P.O. Box 48199

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 952-1800

Executive director: Wendy Fitton Mission statement: Coalition of faith communities that assists newly homeless children and their parents with shelter, meals, basic needs, for 30 to 90 days, helping them find work, save money and get back into housing again.

First Step of Sarasota

1970 Main St., Fifth Floor

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-5333

Executive director: David Beesley Mission statement: First Step of Sarasota prevents and treats alcohol and drug addictions and associated disorders and fosters fully functioning, productive individuals by offering a full array of services in partnership with our community.

Foundation For Dreams

16110 Dream Oaks Place

Bradenton, FL 34212

(941) 746-5659

Camp programs focusing on each child’s abilities and specifically designed to strengthen their social skills, self-esteem and independence in a safe, barrier-free environment. Executive director: Jodi Franke Mission statement: To offer an exceptional camping experience for children with special needs and chronic illnesses, ages seven to 17.


Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida

4780 Cattlemen Road

Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 921-5358

Executive director: Susan Stewart Mission statement: Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.


Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County

201 S. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 366-6646

Empowering girls aged five and up to be self-confident, responsible and well-rounded individuals by delivering research-based, age-appropriate, after-school and summer educational and sports programs designed specifically for girls. Interim executive director: Kay Mathers Mission statement: Dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center

1750 17th St., Building J-1

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 365-4545

Executive director: Phillip King Mission statement: To enhance the social services delivery system for underserved individuals and families so that they may access the services they need to become participating members of the community.

Goodwill Foundation

7501 15th St. E.

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 355-2721 ext. 104

Executive director: Veronica Brandon Miller Mission statement: Turns donations into good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods.

Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association

12254 Hollybush Terrace

Bradenton, FL 34202

(941) 356-9537

Conducts golf events year-round for juniors of all skill levels. Executive director: Wendi Golden Mission statement: Committed to exposing the game of golf to juniors in Sarasota and Manatee counties through affordable, competetive opportunities for all skill levels, ensuring that the values and knowledge gained will prepare them to succeed personally and professionally.


Gulfcoast Legal Services

1750 17th St., Unit 1

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 366-1746

Providing free legal representation in civil matters for eligible, low- and moderate-income individuals. Areas of representation include elder law, housing, domestic violence and family law, consumer law, immigration, public benefits and a low-income tax clinic. Executive director: John E. Dubrule Mission statement: To provide high-quality legal representation to protect personal safety and establish, advance and protect the rights of low-income persons to health, basic shelter, income and quality of life.


P.O. Box 19355

Sarasota, FL 34276

(941) 918-8400

Supporting those affected by childhood cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Executive director: Connie L. Miles Mission statement: To decrease the devastation of childhood cancer families through support programs, emotional-health services and emergency assistance.


Habitat for Humanity Sarasota

1757 N. East Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 487-5525

Executive director: Renee Snyder Mission statement: To partner with God and the community to provide decent, affordable housing for people in need so that they may build better lives for their families.


Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County

280 Alligator Drive

Venice, FL 34293

(941) 493-6606

Executive director: Judith Wilcox Mission statement: Works in partnership with God’s people in need to provide safe, affordable, decent housing by building new, Energy Star-rated affordable homes and by rehabilitating foreclosures in the area.

HOPE Family Services

P.O. Box 1624

Bradenton, FL 34206

(941) 747-8499

Operates confidential, free services that range from a 24-hour helpline and emergency safe shelter to advocacy, safety planning, counseling for adults and children, case/service management, transitional housing, primary prevention programs in area schools and social change strategies. Executive director: Laurel Lynch Mission statement: To promote safety, strength and wellbeing for those affected by domestic violence in Manatee County.

InStride Therapy

1629 Ranch Road

Nokomis, FL 34274

(941) 412-9333

Executive director: Donna L. Blem Mission statement: Partnering with its horses, Instride challenges individuals with special needs to reach their fullest potential.



1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 364-7530

Executive director: Caroline Chambliss Mission statement: To provide a community-based, community-supported, economically viable and consumer-oriented, quality transportation service for seniors and adults with visual impairment.


Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Sarasota-Manatee

2688 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 366-2224

Executive director: Rose Chapman Mission statement: Guided by the Jewish tradition of helping all people, JFCS provides comprehensive counseling and social services to those confronting life’s challenges.

Joining Our Youth (JOY)

P.O. Box 48702

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 360-9207

Mentoring youth aging out of foster care to prepare for the challenges of the adult world. Executive director: Tish FitzGerald Mission statement: Providing unconditional moral support and compassionate listening through mentoring and targeted survices, impacting the confidence and self-esteem of the youth aging out of foster care.


Just For Girls

1011 21st St. E.

Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 747-5757

Helping girls grow up feeling safe, capable and smart with respect for themselves and others. Charter school, before/after school, animal therapy, equine-assisted learning, prevention education. Executive director: Becky Canesse Mission statement: To provide the framework within which girls can aspire to more successful lifestyles, to seek a better education, to secure meaningful and financially equitable employment, and to become responsible and caring members of society.

Legal Aid of Manasota

1900 Main St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-0038

Executive director: Linda Harradine Mission statement: Civil law firm for income-eligible clients who seek equal justice under law.


Loveland Center

157 S. Havana Road

Venice, FL 34292

(941) 493-0016

Executive director: Carl Penxa Mission statement: To help adults with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest.

LSF Sarasota Guardianship Program

P.O. Box 848

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 358-6330

Provides services to clients with developmental disabilities, mental health diagnoses, traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s and other age-related dementias. Executive director: Anne Ridings Mission statement: Protection of incapacitated individuals aged 18 and up from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida, Sarasota Region

1223 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 952-9474

Regional director: Alene Fowler Mission statement: To grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Manasota BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome)

8374 Market St., Box 113

Bradenton, FL 34202

(941) 907-0499

Serving parents, family and friends of children with Down syndrome; has served more than 200 families since 2002. President: Michael Feduccia Mission statement: To provide families with a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking, and to promote understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.

Mana-Sota Lighthouse For The Blind

7318 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 359-1404

Executive director: Chip Willis Mission statement: To advance the individual growth and independence of adults and children with vision loss; to extend educational and training resources in the community and to promote advocacy of and for adults and children with vision loss.

Manatee Community Action Agency

302 Manatee Ave. E., Suite 322

Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 827-2887

Executive director: Barbara Patten Mission statement: Helping people, changing lives in the community through education, partnerships, and delivery of quality services.

Manatee County Family Young Men’s Christian Association

3805 59th St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 798-9622

Focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and serving all ages and incomes by offering programs, including wellness, youth sports, child care and outreach programs. Executive director: Sean Allison Mission statement: To put Christian principles into practice that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Mayor’s Feed the Hungry

P.O. Box 1992

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 350-6075

Chairman: Joel Swallow Mission statement: To feed the hungry primarily during holiday seasons by raising funds to provide food gift card, conducting food drives and community feedings.


Meals On Wheels Plus of Manatee

811 23rd Ave. E.

Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 747-4655

Executive director: Ellen Campbell Mission statement: To assist individuals to live independently by providing nutrition and caring supportive services.

Miracle League of Manasota

8466 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Suite 344

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 225-2966

Executive director: Laura Tellor Mission statement: To provide the opportunity for children and adults with special needs a chance to experience playing baseball in a league-based environment.

Mission: Seniors International

P.O. Box 18194

Sarasota, FL 34276

(941) 927-9112

Seniors helping seniors. Executive director: I. Adams-Smith Mission statement: To offer practical assistance to seniors in difficult moments, and provide support when permanent changes have occurred, enabling seniors to enhance their dignity.

Mothers Helping Mothers

P.O. Box 342

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 953-7572

Executive director: Terry Stottlemyer Mission statement: Provides basic necessities such as clothing and baby items to families in need, free of charge.

National Council of Jewish Women, Sarasota-Manatee Section

9939 Cherry Hills Ave. Circle

Bradenton, FL 34202

(941) 342-1855

Co-presidents Debbie Engleson, Bonnie Sussman Mission statement: NCJW strives for justice by improving quality of life for women, children and families safeguarding individual rights and freedom.

PACE Center For Girls

3508 26th St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 751-4566

Executive director: Mary Marx Mission statement: Provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

The PARK Foundation (Prescription Addiction Really Kills)

2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 145

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 366-2332

Works with law enforcement, medical experts and educators to bring awareness of the prescription addiction epidemic. President/CEO: Linda Ballou Mission statement: To educate the public about the dangers of prescription medications.

Pet Therapy

3117 47th St.

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 358-2225

Uses pets, children and adult volunteers to brighten the lives of older members of the community and those confined to assisted-living facilities and VA hospitals. Executive director: Kathy Alexander Mission statement: To honor those confined within facilities by reducing stress, increasing social interaction and sensory stimulation, inspiring a sense of purpose and reducing loneliness.


Pines of Sarasota Foundation

1501 N. Orange Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-6293

Executive director: Estelle Crawford Mission statement: To generate financial support for the capital, programmatic and endowment needs of Pines of Sarasota, a senior care campus.

Police Athletic League of Sarasota County

P.O. Box 2400

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 474-3118

Offers after-school programs. Executive director: Thomas Knight Mission statement: To provide a safe environment for kids to participate, learn and achieve while developing positive relationships with law enforcement.

Prism Youth Initiative

926 15th St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 357-0111

Executive director: Shannon Summers Mission statement: Dedicated to supporting, affirming, encouraging, enabling and empowering the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 13-23 of Manatee County.

Project 180 Sarasota

P.O. Box 25684

Sarasota, FL 34277

(850) 445-5682

Executive director: Barbara Richards Mission statement: To reintegrate former offenders into community life as productive, self-sustaining citizens through education, rehabilitation and job skill training.

Project Light of Manatee

1104 14th St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 745-1659

Executive director: Luz Corcuera Mission statement: Dedicated to providing free adult English language and literacy instruction to empower students with the skills and tools they need to fully participate in, and contribute to, the community.

Resurrection House

507 Kumquat Court

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-3759

Executive director: David Proch Mission statement: Dedicated to restoring the dignity, productivity and self-sufficiency of homeless men, women, children and families by providing food, clothing, showers, counseling, medical clinic, etc.

Russian-American Community Center of Florida

2054 S.R. 436, Suite 105

Winter Park, FL 32792

(941) 234-2817

Executive director: Jeffery Gray Mission statement: Devoted

to serving the needs of the Russian-speaking community through educational programs, services and events; supports cultural awareness, promotes Russian history, culture and art, as well as cultural exchange and diversity among all of Florida Russian-speaking communities through shared experiences and mutual values.

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center

2139 Main St.

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 365-0208

Executive director: Olivia Thomas Mission statement: To lead, inform and inspire the people of the community to create and maintain an environment free of domestic and sexual abuse and violence.


The Salvation Army Sarasota Area Command

1400 10th St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 364-8845

Providing food, shelter, counseling, treatment, rehabilitation and financial assistance for those in need. Area commander: Major Phillip L. Murphy Mission statement: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast

3224 Bee Ridge Road

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 926-2959

Executive director: Richard Howell Mission statement: Strengthening individuals and families through professional Christian counseling services.

Sarasota Boxing Club

2211 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34235

(941) 725-1010

Coach: Alan Sleit Mission statement: Provides topnotch professional and amateur training, conditioning and development along with great member support.

Sarasota Family YMCA

1075 Euclid Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 955-8194

Board chairman: Ed Landis Mission statement: Building strong kids, strong families, strong communities.

Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council

1951 N. Honore Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34235

(941) 377-0781

Executive director: Darlene Arbeit Mission statement: To plan, develop, operate and maintain facilities and services to meet the requirements of the elderly of Sarasota and Manatee counties who desire a supportive environment that provides for their residential, social, health, safety and religious needs and to participate with other community efforts in serving the elderly.

Sarasota-Manatee Association For Riding Therapy

4640 C.R. 675

Bradenton, FL 34211

(941) 322-2000

Executive director: Gail Clifton Mission statement: Dedicated to enhancing the physical, emotional and cognitive growth of individuals with special needs through a quality educational and recreational therapeutic horseback riding, carriage driving and equine-assisted activities program.


Second Chance-Last Opportunity

1933 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 360-8660

For 17 years, SCLO has been offering education, empowerment and enrichment opportunities to those who need a second chance in order to make a better life for themselves and their children. Executive director: April Glasco Mission statement: To provide a variety of educational training programs, street outreach and inspirational youth programming to at-risk teens, teen mothers, low-income families and the homeless who face multiple health, social and economic challenges.

Selah Freedom

P.O. Box 21415

Sarasota, FL 34276

(941) 348-4351

Executive director: Elizabeth Fisher Mission statement: To help people pursue whole life health (spirit, soul and body), so they can step into the life they were uniquely created to live, loving and serving others; to restore victims of human trafficking to the life they were meant to live physically, emotionally and spiritually.


Senior Friendship Centers

1888 Brother Geenen Way

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-2122

Executive director: Robert Carter Mission statement: Empowering individuals, families and communities through healthy and supportive aging services, activities, education and volunteerism.

ShamRockers USA

88 Tall Trees Court

Sarasota, FL 34332

(941) 321-6208

Created in 2007 to teach teens to run half marathons around the world. Founder and coach: Diane Lyons Mission statement: To coach kids about the physical determination required to cross the finish line and the fiscal responsibility of covering their expenses through skilled fund raising.

ShelterBox USA

8374 Market St., Suite 203

Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

(941) 907-6036

Provides emergency shelter and life-saving supplies—ShelterBoxes. President: Emily Sperling Mission statement: To deliver humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless by natural or other disasters worldwide.

South County Family YMCA

701 Center Road

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 492-9622

A partnership with other nonprofits as an intergenerational community hub with programs, services and resources available to all persons, regardless of status or ability to pay. President and CEO: Kenneth Modzelewski Mission statement: Promotes Judeo-Christian principles through programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit for all.

Southeastern Guide Dogs

4210 77th St. E.

Palmetto, FL 34221

(941) 729-5665

Executive director: Titus Herman Mission statement: To create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity.

Special Olympics Sarasota County

P.O. Box 2112

Venice, FL 34284

(941) 412-0402

County coordinator: Maggie Riggall Mission statement: To provide sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

St. Jude Church/Hispanic American Center

3930 17th St.

Sarasota, FL 34235

(941) 955-3934

Executive director: Father Celestino Gutierrez Mission statement: Focuses on blending the Anglo and Hispanic communities through social service and faith-based programs.

Suncoast Charities for Children

5317 Fruitville Road, Suite 43, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 371-8820 ext. 1800

Provides funding to select local nonprofit agencies serving children with special needs. (Formerly known as Suncoast Foundation for the Handicapped.) Board president: Jack Cox Mission statement: Serving local children with special needs since 1985.

Suncoast Community Capital Corporation

302 Manatee Ave. E.

Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 744-2666

Executive director: Mike Kennedy Mission statement: To empower people to achieve economic independence and transform their lives through entrepreneurship and financial asset-building.

Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness

1750 17th St.

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 955-8987

Executive director: Richard Martin Mission statement: To prevent and reduce homelessness, promote community awareness about homelessness and advocate on behalf of homeless people and their service providers.

Sunshine From Darkness

P.O. Box 49201

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 308-MIND

Executive director: Marlene M. Hauck Mission statement: Helping to erase the stigma of mental illness through education, advocacy and raising funds for research.


Take Stock In Children of Sarasota County

P.O. Box 48186

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 358-4407

Mentoring program. Executive director: Lisa Bechtold Mission statement: To identify at-risk youth, place them in an environment of success and provide them with mentors and program support/case management to enable them to achieve high school graduation and gain entrance into post-secondary education.

TIFF’s Initiative

4550 47th St. W., Suite 328

Bradenton, FL 34210

(941) 795-1869

Emergency contact information system. President: Christine Olson Mission statement: To inform families first when emergencies happen.


Tri-County Counseling and Life Skills Center

6919 Outreach Way, Second Floor

North Port, FL 34287

(941) 429-3721

Executive director: Thomas Glaza Mission statement: To improve the communities by empowering clients to lead healthier, happier, and more productive lives.

Trinity Charities

7225 Lockwood Ridge Road

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 351-4347

HIV/AIDS service organization providing education, support and financial aid to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Executive director: Hank Hueber Mission statement: To provide educational, prevention and support services related to HIV/AIDS for Sarasota and Manatee counties and the surrounding underserved area.


1750 17th St., Building D

Sarasota, FL 34236

(877) 598-4466

Chair: C.J. Czaia Mission statement: Mobilizes Florida’s Hispanic and associated communities to integrate and access the benefits of the state’s civic, economic and cultural weave.

United Community Centers

P.O. Box 1683

Bradenton, FL 34206

(941) 746-7470

Annually serving 1,500 at-risk youth and their families. Executive director: Patrick Carnegie Mission statement: “Building dreams; changing lives” by providing positive, productive environments filled with educational, cultural, recreational and social opportunities to individual youth, their families, and the entire community, in a safe and supportive setting while maximizing their individual potential.

United Way 2-1-1 of Manasota

1445 Second St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 308-4357

Executive director: Jessica Ventimiglia Mission statement: To generate, provide and assist with the exchange of meaningful information for the improvement of the health and wellbeing of

the community.

United Way of South Sarasota County

157 Havana Road

Venice, FL 34292

(941) 484-4811

Through community contributions, supports 30 local agencies delivering help through 39 programs to seniors, special needs adults and children. Executive director: Steve Brett Mission statement: To increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.

United Way Suncoast

1445 Second St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-2686

Advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all, with a focus on education, income and health. Area president: Katie Knight Mission statement: To improve the lives of people and families by mobilizing and uniting the caring power of the community.

Upside Down Foundation

800 S. Osprey Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-3600

Executive director: Greg Truitt Mission statement: Inspiring academic success and leadership through mentoring.


Woman’s Exchange of Sarasota

539 S. Orange Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-7859

Executive director: Karen Koblenz Mission statement: Supporting and enriching a variety of programs for local cultural organizations. Funds for this purpose are realized through a consignment operation in which merchandise is accepted either for donation or for consignment to be sold in its store.

Women’s Resource Center of Manatee

1926 Manatee Ave. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 747-6797

Executive director: Ashley Brown Mission statement: Helps women discover their inner strength and confidence through information, assistance and support.


Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County

340 S. Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 366-1700

President: Janice Zarro Mission statement: Creating personal, social, and professional growth opportunities for all women; providing women with strategies for living that strengthen themselves, their families and their communities.

YMCA Foundation of Sarasota

One S. School Ave., Suite 302

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 951-1336

President: Karin E. Gustafson Mission statement: Donors participate in a variety of innovative giving programs that allow the Sarasota Y to create stellar programs and services that support children and families in the community.



Agape Flights

100 Airport Ave.

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 488-0990

Christian aviation ministry that touches the lives of people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic through the 350 missionaries it serves delivering critical supplies. Executive director: Allen Speer Mission statement: Transporting continuous and critical supplies to the mission field and sharing the news of Jesus Christ through the missionaries it serves.

American Jewish Committee, West Coast Florida Region

1605 Main St., No. 612

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-4955

Established in 1906 to work toward a world in which all peoples are accorded respect and dignity. Executive director: Brian D. Lipton Mission statement: To enhance the wellbeing of Israel and Jewish people worldwide; to advance human rights and democratic values.

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

580 McIntosh Road

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 371-4546

Programs promoting a positive Jewish identity, supporting Israel and strengthening the relationship between the Jewish community and the broader society. Executive director: Howard Tevlowitz Mission statement: To save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee, Israel and around the world.


Public Services

Charlotte Community Foundation

P.O. Box 512047

Punta Gorda, FL 33951

(941) 637-0077

Executive director: Gregory Bobonich Mission statement: To enhance the quality of life in Charlotte County; to nurture a giving community and connecting people who care with causes that matter.

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

P.O. Box 49587

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 955-3000

Executive director: Roxie Jerde Mission statement: Partnering to make charitable giving work in our communities.

Community Video Archives

1235 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 365-7052

President: Annette Scherman Mission statement: To record and preserve a living history of the community and its outstanding people.

Cultural Center of Charlotte County

2280 Aaron St.

Port Charlotte, FL 33952

(941) 625-4175

Executive director: Jim Hageman Mission statement: To enhance the educational, recreational, physical and mental wellbeing of the citizens of Charlotte County and beyond.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Sara De Soto Chapter

1232 12th St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 953-7955

The oldest nonprofit organization in Sarasota; maintains Whitaker Cemetery in Pioneer Park. Executive director: Kim Bonner Mission statement: To promote historic preservation and patriotism.


Denise Amber Lee Foundation

P.O. Box 781

Englewood, FL 34295

(941) 716-4343

Executive director: Mark Lee Mission statement: To promote and support public safety through uniform training, standardized protocols, defined measurable outcomes and technological advances to the 9-1-1 system.

Designing Women Boutique and Estate Services

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 101

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-5293

Nonprofit consignment boutique and full concierge service for estate. Executive director: Pamela Day Mission statement: To grow funding for the programs and endowments of Sarasota’s arts and human services organizations.

Equality Florida

P.O. Box 13184

St Petersburg, FL 33733

(813) 870-3735

Executive director: Nadine Smith Mission statement: To secure equality and justice for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Florida West Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council

945 25th Drive E., Suite 11

Ellenton, FL 34222

(941) 723-3252

Executive director: Paul Smith Mission statement: To create an entrepreneurial food and agriculture economy in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties, while working to maintain and improve surface and groundwater quality, the quality of life in the communities, and maintaining, improving and sustaining native habitats.

Florida Winefest and Auction

P.O. Box 4193

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 952-1109

Four-day premier food and wine event (April 4-7, 2013) benefiting disadvantaged and at-risk youth programs. Executive director: Sandy W. Loevner Mission statement: To provide the children of Sarasota and Manatee counties the opportunity and encouragement they need to realize their potential while providing life skills to become productive members of society.


Friends of Sarasota County Parks

6700 Clark Road

Sarasota, FL 34241

(941) 275-9397

Executive director: Terry Redman Mission statement: To promote, enhance and maintain community support for Sarasota County parks and public recreational lands through activities, fund-raising and volunteer efforts.

Friends of the Selby Public Library

1331 First St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 861-1140

President: Kenny J. DeCamp Mission statement: To support and coordinate with the library in the development of services by raising funds, providing a volunteer base to assist library staff and advocating the use and growth of library resources. 

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

601 Tamiami Trail S.

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 486-4600

Public charity created in 1995 through the sale of the Venice Hospital that has welcomed more than 500 charitable funds established by donors and invested more than $135 million in grants. President and CEO: Teri Hansen Mission statement: Together with donors, transforming the region through bold and proactive philanthropy.


Gulf Coast Heritage Association/Historic Spanish Point

337 N. Tamiami Trail

Osprey, FL 34229

(941) 966-5214

Owns and operates Historic Spanish Point, a 30-acre site listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Executive director: Linda Mansperger Mission statement: To connect people of today with 5,000 years of human history in southwest coastal Florida by preserving and interpreting objects and traditions significant to the region’s past.

Harvey Milk Festival

1331 First St.

Sarasota, FL 34276

(941) 228-4872

Celebrates one of the first openly gay Americans elected to public office with live music, film, performing and visual artists, speakers and vendors designed to engage a large and diverse audience. President: Shannon Fortner Mission statement: To support and foster live music and performance artists, and to promote equal human rights.

Historical Society of Sarasota County

1260 12th St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 364-9076

Executive director: Howard Rosenthal Mission statement: To foster public awareness of the heritage of Sarasota County and the state of Florida, encourage inquiry and research into this history, promote collection and preservation of memorabilia, develop broader appreciation of its historical communities, and protect its historic sites and structures.

Junior League of Sarasota

3300 S. Tamiami Trail, Unit 3

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 953-5600

President: Donna Mateer Mission statement: Organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership.

Laurel Civic Association

P.O. Box 511

Laurel, FL 34272

(941) 483-3338

Executive director: Sandra Terry Mission statement: To combat community deterioration through education, social activities, providing access to safe affordable housing, and acting as a catalyst for bringing in services that have an overall positive and permanent effect on the community and the residents.

Library Foundation of Sarasota County

P.O. Box 2526

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 228-6274

President: Shannon Staub Mission statement: To ensure the community’s libraries’ future as indispensable resources; to complement public tax support, increase awareness of the importance of libraries, and keep libraries in the forefront of technology and services.

Manatee Community Foundation

3103 Manatee Ave. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 747-7765

Executive director: Marilyn Howard Mission statement: Connects the charitable interests of donors with the ongoing needs of the community. Includes Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, (941) 556-5542.

Manatee County Historical Commission

1404 Manatee Ave. E.

Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 748-4501

Chair: Jan Greene Mission statement: To promote Manatee County heritage and history.

Manatee Operation Troop Support

4301 32nd St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 782-0748

Executive director: Linda Craig Mission statement: To support Manatee and Sarasota counties’ troops and their families.

Plantation Community Foundation

500 Rockley Blvd.

Venice, FL 34293

(941) 947-4826

Comprised of property owners and residents of Plantation Community and members and employees of the Plantation Golf and Country Club. President: Lee Williams Mission statement: Supports agencies engaged in the environment, social services, health, cultural enrichment and education; accepts grant applications from 501(c)3 agencies that serve south Sarasota County.

Realize Bradenton

P.O. Box 9114

Bradenton, FL 34206

(941) 350-8563

Executive director: Johnette Isham Mission statement: Collaboratively develops and promotes downtown Bradenton by making it a unique and preferred cultural destination and a model for other communities.

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation

P.O. Box 1754

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 953-8727

Artists, engineers, historians, builders, archeologists, realtors, planners and designers encouraging preservation of Sarasota’s significant landmarks. Executive director: Helena Karabatsos Mission statement: To enhance and preserve the community’s historic places.

Sarasota Area Sports Alliance

P.O. Box 663

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 350-3464

Executive director: Joe DiPuma Mission statement: To support, recognize and promote sports programs and student-athletes in the greater Sarasota community.


SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans For Excellence)

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 202

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-8751

Executive director: Tim Dutton Mission statement: Connects and inspires citizens to create a better community.

Team Punta Gorda

252 W. Marion Ave.

Punta Gorda, FL 33950

(941) 637-8326

Executive director: Nancy Prafke Mission statement: To help make greater Punta Gorda a better place to live, work and play.

Teen Court of Sarasota

P.O. Box 48927

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 861-8460

Executive director: Katie Self Mission statement: To introduce area youth to activities and services that promote feelings of self-esteem and self improvement when they develop a healthy attitude toward authority.


Venice Area Beautification

257 N. Tamiami Trail

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 207-8224

President: Judith Keeler Mission statement: To make the Venice area a more beautiful place to live, work and play; to support a vibrant economy, encourage eco-tourism, provide environmental education, and enrich recreational venues and historical character.


Volunteer Community Connections

1750 17th St., Suite J1

Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 953-5965

Executive director: Mindi Rohan Mission statement: To provide members of our community meaningful ways to connect to nonprofit, civic and service organizations to address regional needs for the communities.


1300 North Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 254-9338

One of the largest public media organizations in Florida, WEDU, supported primarily through individual memberships, serves 16 counties in West Central Florida. President and CEO: Susan Howarth Mission statement: To offer a weath of award-winning inspirational, educational and enlightening content over a variety of multimedia platforms, including television programming, website, the monthly member magazine, Premiere, special events and educational outreach activities.

William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation

1800 Second St., Suite 750

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 957-0442

Private family foundation that provides grants for capital improvements and academic scholarships in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. Director: Sarah H. Pappas Mission statement: Bysupporting local academic scholarships and capital projects, the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation looks beyond what is and enables change for what can be.


P.O. Box 2540

Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 894-6469

Listener-supported nonprofit, noncommercial FM radio station featuring locally produced

programming and events. Executive director: Arlene Sweeting Mission statement: To inform

and empower listeners to play an active role in WSLR and in the community. WSLR promotes equality, peace, sustainability, democracy, and social and economic justice.

WUSF Public Media

4202 East Fowler Ave. TVB 100

Tampa, FL 33620

(941) 359-4240

General manager: JoAnn Urofsky Mission statement: To provide the community with outstanding educational, cultural and public affairs programming, productions and community outreach services through our media platforms: radio, television, online and mobile.



Eagles Wings Counseling Center

417 Commercial Court, Suite C

Venice, FL 34292

(941) 375-4321

Executive director: Dave Upton Mission statement: To provide professional Christian counseling to bring freedom from the past, strength for the present and hope for the future.

Manatee Religious Services

4106 18th St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 752-4850

Executive director: Lexie Taylor Mission statement: Connecting families and individuals in crisis to caring churches who can help. 

Filed under
Show Comments