We all want to give, whether of our time, money or expertise. We may have a passion we want to serve or a windfall we need to share; all we need is the right opportunity. The key is to match our abilities to the causes that need them most.
Fortunately, a wide range of charitable organizations flourishes in Southwest Florida.
Here, in the 2015-2016 Giving Register, we’re proud to present 476 local nonprofits that have earned your attention. These groups serve the full spectrum of causes, working for animals, arts and culture, community aid, education, the environment, health care, human services and religion. Almost all are part of the Giving Partner, an online tool hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County helping you to make informed decisions about philanthropy. Those that are not part of the Giving Partner are marked with an asterisk.
Our listings include a brief summary of each nonprofit’s mission, and include the name of the executive director and contact information. For more extensive profiles, including financial reports and accounts of the good work being done, visit thegivingpartner.guidestar.org.
ANIMAL RESCUE COALITION
Sarasota, (941) 957-1955
Executive director: Gisele Pintchuck
Mission: To save animals for the benefit of humanity.
ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY FLORIDA
Port Charlotte, (941) 625-6720
Executive director: Sharon Thomas
Mission: Advocate animal welfare by promoting responsible pet ownership and supporting regulatory changes that benefit animals.
BIG CAT HABITAT GULF COAST SANCTUARY
Sarasota, (941) 371-6377
Executive director: Kay Ross
Mission: To provide a safe, loving and permanent home for big cats and other exotic creatures and to educate people about the importance of species preservation.
BIRDS OF PARADISE SANCTUARY AND RESCUE
Bradenton, (727) 366-9997
Executive director: Debra Huckaby
Mission: A safe haven for abused or unwanted exotic birds, regardless of species, age, special needs or behavior issues.
BOXER RESCUE ANGELS OF FLORIDA
Bradenton, (800) 847-5196
Mission: To rescue and rehabilitate displaced boxer dogs, and to facilitate their adoption into “forever” homes by responsible pet owners.
Arcadia, (863) 491-6888
Executive director: Kimberly Rinaldi
Mission: Dedicated to rescuing dogs in need, rehabilitating if necessary, and then adopting to approved homes.
Sarasota, (941) 366-240
Executive director: Shelley Thayer
Mission: To save lives, find loving homes, and provide the resources and education to improve the destiny of homeless cats.
COMMUNITY CATS OF CHARLOTTE
Murdock, (941) 258-2739
Mission: To improve the lives of feral and homeless cats in Charlotte County.
DONTE'S DEN FOUNDATION
Myakka City, (844) 366-8373
Executive director: Marsha Panuce
Mission: To provide individualized attention and comprehensive care to dogs, especially those whose owners are members of our military service who cannot arrange for a home while deployed, defenseless dogs who have been discarded, and dogs whose owners can no longer provide a home.
EAST COAST HUMANE SOCIETY
Venice, (941) 375-8144
Executive director: Cynthia Johnson
Mission: Giving hope to dogs who have been abandoned, abused or made homeless.
FAIRY TAIL ENDINGS
Sarasota, (941) 320-8242
Mission: Dedicated to helping financially struggling families in Sarasota and Manatee counties keep their pets and provide proper care.
FLORIDA PARROT RESCUE
Temple Terrace, (813) 516-1759
Mission: Dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of companion parrots.
Myakka City, (941) 807-9554
Mission: Dedicated to saving the lives of shelter pets that are impounded in kill shelters and at risk for euthanasia.
GULF SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE
Bradenton, (941) 747-2284
Mission: To provide programs and solutions that will support Manatee County in becoming a true no-kill community where animals are no longer killed as a means of population control.
HONOR ANIMAL RESUCE
Bradenton, (941) 747-4900
Executive director: Dari Oglesby
Mission: To save the lives of homeless pets by changing the way the community views animal sheltering and shelter pets.
HUMANE SOCIETY AT LAKEWOOD RANCH
Sarasota, (941) 361-1071
Executive director: Lori Bell
Mission: To save and re-home adoptable animals with emphasis on those targeted for euthanasia.
HUMANE SOCIETY OF MANATEE COUNTY
Bradenton, (941) 747-8808
Executive director: Amy Van Dell
Mission: Committed to leading the community in fostering compassion and respect for animals through care, education and collaboration.
HUMANE SOCIETY OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 955-4131
Executive director: Christen Benson
Mission: Provides abandoned pets with compassionate care and shelter while promoting responsible pet ownership and securing permanent homes.
KEY WEST CAT SOCIETY (VENICE CAT COALITION)
Venice, (941) 525-4568
Mission: To support feral cat programs and reductions in euthanasia of cats in local shelters, and provide low-income cat owners with emergency help.
LEMUR CONSERVATION FOUNDATION
Myakka City, (941) 322-8494
Mission: Dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through captive-breeding, scientific research and education.
Sarasota, (941) 321-1096
Mission: Specializes in the protection, rescue and placement of kittens and cats.
PARROT OUTREACH SOCIETY
Punta Gorda, (941) 347-8876
Executive director: Pamala Hill
Mission: Places into safe custody parrots that are abandoned, abused or in need of a home for any reason.
PEACE RIVER WILDLIFE CENTER
Punta Gorda, (941) 637-3830
Executive director: Robin Jenkins
Mission: Dedicated to the care, preservation and protection of Charlotte County’s native wildlife.
RACING DOG RESCUE PROJECT
Sarasota, (941) 379-3278
Mission: Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of retired racing greyhounds.
RUFF LIFE CHARITIES
Bradenton, (843) 301-9696
Executive director: Julie Nickerson
Mission: To provide the essentials needed to keep rescue dogs healthy and content by assisting their families with financial, emotional and behavioral support after the adoption process.
SARASOTA IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS
Sarasota, (941) 924-2505
Executive director: Elise Matthes
Mission: To provide a forum for the protection of animals and the operation of a 10-acre no-kill animal sanctuary for lifetime care of up to 300 domestic animals.
SATCHEL'S LAST RESORT
Sarasota, (941) 924-5070
Executive director: Iris Eastman
Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and re-home pets, thereby improving the lives of both the animal and their adoptive family.
SAVE OUR SEABIRDS
Sarasota, (941) 388-3010
Executive director: David Pilston
Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and injured birds while educating our community about preventing injuries and preserving habitats.
SIXTEEN HANDS HORSE SANCTUARY
Ona, (941) 228-5441
Executive director: Robin Cain
Mission: To provide rescue, rehabilitation and lifetime sanctuary to abused and abandoned horses, to promote horsemanship, and to assist horse owners.
ST. FRANCIS ANIMAL RESCUE OF VENICE
Venice, (941) 492-6200
Executive director: Amy Berke
Mission: To rescue abandoned and unwanted cats and provide shelter, food, medical care and love for their entire lives or until adoption.
SUNCOAST HUMANE SOCIETY
Englewood, (941) 474-7884
Executive director: Phillip Snyder
Mission: To reduce the number of homeless animals and improve the quality of life.
Sarasota, (941) 822-0300
Executive director: Cindy McCollough
Mission: Provides foster homes, vet services, food and care for senior and special needs cats.
VINTAGE PAWS SANCTUARY
Sarasota, (941) 921-4355
Executive director: Jennifer Hummel
Mission: Providing a sanctuary for displaced senior dogs to live out their lives with dignity.
Anna Maria, (941) 778-6324
Executive director: Gail Straight
Mission: Provides treatment and care for injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning all native species back to the environment.
WILDLIFE CENTER OF VENICE
Venice, (941) 484-9657
Executive director: Kevin Barton
Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
ARTS, CULTURE & HUMANITIES
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONCERT CHORUS & ORCHESTRA AMICCO
Holmes Beach, (941) 795-2370
Executive director: Jeanie Pickwick
Mission: The voice of great music for the community and beyond.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Anna Maria, (941) 567-5530
Mission: To bring the history of Anna Maria Island to the public.
ART CENTER SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 365-2032
Executive director: Lisa Berger
Mission: To provide Sarasota with art education, exhibitions and cultural programs.
Bradenton, (941) 746-2862
Executive director: Carla Nierman
Mission: To educate novice and experienced artists of all ages, exhibit original artwork and enhance visual art in Manatee County.
ARTIST SERIES CONCERTS OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 306-1200
Executive director: John Fischer
Mission: Presents classical and popular performances by world-class musicians.
ARTISTS' GUILD OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND
Holmes Beach, (941) 778-6694
Executive director: Wendell Graham
Mission: To educate, promote and encourage cultural and charitable artistic endeavor.
ARTISTS GUILD OF MANATEE
Bradenton, (941) 747-8056
Mission: To build a community where artists live and work while enhancing quality of life.
ARTS & CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 365-5118
Executive director: Jim Shirley
Mission: To create an environment where the arts flourish through advocacy, promotion, coordination, education and access.
ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE
Sarasota, (941) 351-9010
Executive director: Michael Edwards
Mission: To entertain, engage and inspire through the highest quality professional repertory theater and superior educational programs.
BANYAN THEATER COMPANY
Sarasota, (941) 351-1277
Mission: To stage exceptional theater productions of fine dramatic literature in the summer.
Sarasota, (941) 400-2152
Mission: To share a passionate celebration of women’s voices.
CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 350-5430
Mission: To advocate for the preservation of our architectural heritage and encourage innovative design and sensitive urban planning.
THE CHARLOTTE CHORALE
Port Charlotte, (941) 204-0033
Executive director: Connie Thrasher
Mission: To enhance Charlotte County residents by presenting professional-level choral music.
Port Charlotte, (941) 255-1022
Executive director: Sherrie Moody
Mission: Provides and promotes quality theater arts programs.
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Punta Gorda, (941) 205-5996
Executive director: Regina Buckley
Mission: To enrich lives through great orchestral music.
CIRCUS ARTS CONSERVATORY
Sarasota, (941) 355-9335
Executive director: Pedro Reis
Mission: To preserve the heritage of the circus through performances, youth training and education and provide humor therapy outreach.
CULTURAL CENTER OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY
Port Charlotte, (941) 625-4175
Executive director: Kenneth Carter
Mission: To enhance the well-being of the citizens of Charlotte County and beyond.
DESIGNING WOMEN BOUTIQUE
Sarasota, (941) 366-5293
Mission: To grow funding for the programs, projects and endowments of Sarasota’s arts and human services organizations.
DIVERSITY: THE VOICES OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (888) 550-6279
Mission: LGBT chorus celebrates all of humanity and inspires the community to embrace equality.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 309-1200
Executive director: Jeanne Corcoran
Mission: To grow film, television and other entertainment media production volume throughout Sarasota County.
EMBRACING OUR DIFFERENCES - COEXISTENCE
Sarasota, (941) 404-5710
Executive director: Michael Shelton
Mission: Educates and inspires to create a world that embraces diversity, respects differences and actively rejects hatred and prejudice.
Venice, (941) 484-8491
Mission: To promote the art of choral singing through vocal excellence and multigenerational education.
FINE ARTS SOCIETY OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 330-0680
Mission: Dedicated to supporting and stimulating the arts in Sarasota County.
THE FIRST BRASS OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 928-0296
Executive director: Gary Reinstrom
Mission: To entertain and educate through music and stories.
FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE
Sarasota, (941) 366-9017
Executive director: Richard Hopkins
Mission: To make theater accessible and affordable to as many people as possible, and to present theater that challenges with as much gusto as it entertains.
FLORIDA WEST COAST PUBLIC BROADCASTING
Tampa, (813) 254-9338
Executive director: Susan Howarth
Mission: To serve the public good and aid in the creation of an informed citizenry through quality programming, community outreach and new technologies.
FOUNDATION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF VICTOR LUNDY'S SOUTH GATE COMMUNITY HOUSE
Sarasota, (941) 955-4597
Mission: Devoted to the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of the historically designated Victor Lundy-designed South Gate Community House.
FRIENDS OF THE FLORIDA MARITIME MUSEUM
Cortez, (941) 708-6120
Executive director: Amara Nash
Mission: To create accessible and engaging educational programming and exhibits that encourage the study of maritime interest.
FRIENDS OF THE SARASOTA COUNTY HISTORY CENTER
Sarasota, (941) 388-9896
Mission: To assist the Sarasota County Department of Historical Resources through the support of programs, services and activities.
FUZION DANCE ARTISTS
Sarasota, (941) 345-5755
Mission: To bring contemporary dance to the community through performance, education and collaboration.
Sarasota, (941) 387-6046
Executive director: Susan Burke
Mission: Celebrates choral music through innovative performances and educational outreach.
GOTTA VAN PRODUCTIONS
Sarasota, (941) 323-1360
Executive director: David Coyle
Mission: Dedicated to the development and presentation of solo performances and new small-cast plays that illustrate the human condition.
Sarasota, (941) 362-2991
Executive director: Thomas Koch
Mission: Promotes the education, appreciation and cultural significance of the classical guitar.
GULF COAST COMMUNITY CHOIR
Sarasota, (941) 379-0232
Mission: To raise funds for worthy nonprofit organizations in the community and spread the value of diversity through concerts.
HERMITAGE ARTIST RETREAT
Englewood, (941) 475-2098
Executive director: Bruce Rodgers
Mission: To nurture creativity, preserve Florida history, protect native ecology, and serve the Gulf Coast communities.
HISTORIC SPANISH POINT
Osprey, (941) 966-5214
Executive director: John Mason
Mission: To connect people of today with 5,000 years of human history in southwest coastal Florida.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 364-9076
Executive director: Howard Rosenthal
Mission: To foster public awareness of the rich historical heritage of Sarasota County and the state of Florida.
JAZZ CLUB OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 366-1552
Mission: To promote, preserve, perform and educate people about jazz.
THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SARASOTA-MANATEE
Sarasota, (941) 371-4546
Executive director: Howard Tevlowitz
Mission: To save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee, in Israel and around the world.
JOHN & MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 359-5700
Executive director: Steven High
Mission: To engage visitors with collections, exhibitions, cultural programs and the Ringling Estate.
Sarasota, (941) 921-4845
Executive director: M. Catherine Vernon
Mission: Dedicated to performing and promoting choral music of the highest quality.
LA MUSICA INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sarasota, (941) 346-2601
Executive director: Sally Faron
Mission: To bring together the finest musicians of Europe and the Americas to present exciting programs of chamber music.
LEMON BAY PLAYHOUSE
Englewood, (941) 475-6756
Mission: To enrich the community through theatrical productions, volunteer opportunities, education and training in the performing arts.
MANATEE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM
Palmetto, (941) 721-2034
Executive director: Diane Ingram
Mission: To preserve, share and educate the community about Manatee County’s agricultural heritage and to support local agriculture.
MANATEE COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION
Bradenton, (941) 741-4075
Executive director: Phaedra Carter
Mission: Advocates for historic preservation and cultural tourism and maintains the Manatee Village Historical Park.
THE MANATEE PLAYERS
Bradenton, (941) 749-1111
Executive director: Janene Amick
Mission: To represent, enrich and promote diverse artists and art forms.
MILITARY HERITAGE MUSEUM
Punta Gorda, (941) 575-9002
Executive director: Kim Lovejoy
Mission: To promote an understanding and respect for the military heritage of the United States and the sacrifices made by the country’s veterans.
MUSICA SACRA CANTORUM
Sarasota, (941) 405-7322
Executive director: Robert Barr
Mission: Performance and promotion of sacred choral music.
NORTH PORT ART CENTER
North Port, (941) 423-6460
Mission: Inspiring and encouraging creative possibilities for everyone through the visual arts.
THE PALMETTO HISTORICAL COMMISSION
Palmetto, (941) 723-4991
Executive director: Amanda Polson
Mission: To foster an awareness and appreciation of local heritage and to preserve historical resources.
PEACE RIVER BOTANICAL & SCULPTURE GARDEN
Punta Gorda, (941) 639-0888
Mission: To provide a natural setting along the Peace River showcasing world-class sculpture and botanicals to inspire creativity throughout the community.
THE PERLMAN MUSIC PROGRAM SUNCOAST
Sarasota, (941) 955-4942
Executive director: Elizabeth Power
Mission: Inspiring the next generation of concert artists, educators and audiences.
Sarasota, (941) 365-2494
Executive director: Michelle Pingel
Mission: Dedicated to presenting a diverse and entertaining slate of high-quality, volunteer-driven theatrical experiences that educate, stimulate and enrich the entire community.
PUNTA GORDA HISTORIC MURAL SOCIETY
Punta Gorda, (941) 637-7830
Mission: Preserving the history of the Punta Gorda area through the beauty of mural art.
Sarasota, (941) 321-3454
Mission: To educate the community about the art of handbell ringing and to present quality handbell music.
ROTARY CLUB OF SARASOTA KEYS FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 586-2777
Mission: Supports the efforts of The Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys, as well as Rotary International.
ROYAL PALM PLAYERS
Boca Grande, (941) 964-2670
Executive director: Dan Headington
Mission: To entertain, educate and engage the residents of Boca Grande and surrounding communities in the performing arts.
Lakewood Ranch, (941) 962-6607
Executive director: Sergiy Mykhaylov
Mission: To create, preserve and present the art of ballet to all residents and guests of the west coast of Florida.
SARASOTA ARCHITECTURAL FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 364-2199
Executive director: Janet Minker
Mission: Dedicated to the preservation of Sarasota School of Architecture houses, educational facilities and commercial/institutional buildings.
THE SARASOTA BALLET OF FLORIDA
Sarasota, (941) 359-0099
Executive director: Mary Anne Servian
Mission: To enrich lives, captivate emotions and strengthen community through the art of dance.
SARASOTA CHALK FESTIVAL
Sarasota, (941) 954-5800
Executive director: Denise Kowal
Mission: To bring diverse people together to celebrate, be inspired by and participate in the cultural and performing arts.
SARASOTA CHORAL SOCIETY
Sarasota, (941) 343-9894
Executive director: Genevieve Beauchamp
Mission: Furthering and promoting individual and group singing and choral activities.
SARASOTA CONCERT BAND
Sarasota, (941) 650-1177
Executive director: MaryBeth McLeod
Mission: Dedicated to performing traditional concert band music as well as giving young musicians a chance to perform alongside seasoned professionals.
SARASOTA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR ASSOCIATION
Sarasota, (941) 365-0818
Executive director: Rory Martin
Mission: To maintain sensitivity to the environment and preserve and showcase agricultural heritage, culminating in the annual fair.
SARASOTA DANCE FESTIVAL
Sarasota, (941) 954-4504
Executive director: Robert de Warren
Mission: To present world-class artists in performances incorporating contemporary, modern dance and neo-classical forms and to promote dance in all its forms.
SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL
Sarasota, (941) 364-9514
Executive director: Mark Famiglio
Mission: To celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival and developing yearlong programs.
SARASOTA HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATION OF DRAMATIC ARTS BOOSTERS
Sarasota, (941) 955-0181
Executive director: Melissa Dweck
Mission: To provide assistance to the Sarasota High School drama department, promoting the highest degree of drama and drama performance education standards .
SARASOTA OPERA ASSOCIATION
Sarasota, (941) 366-8450
Executive director: Richard Russell
Mission: To produce world-class opera true to the vision of the composer to entertain, enrich and educate.
Sarasota, (941) 953-4252
Executive director: Joseph McKenna
Mission: To engage, educate and enrich the community through high-quality, live musical experiences.
SARASOTA POPS ORCHESTRA
Sarasota, (941) 926-7677
Mission: Committed to presenting “music you love, musicians you know.”
SARASOTA SCULPTURE CENTER
Sarasota, (941) 928-4445
Mission: To display and encourage quality public art in order to enrich the cultural and educational experience of residents and visitors.
SARASOTA YOUNG VOICES INCORPORATED
Sarasota, (941) 724-4592
Mission: Community children’s choir promoting foundational music and singing skills, as well as personal growth.
SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM & BISHOP PLANETARIUM
Bradenton, (941) 746-4131
Executive director: Brynne Besio
Mission: To engage and inspire learners of all ages through scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and the universe.
SUNCOAST BLUES SOCIETY
Tampa, (813) 681-2099
Mission: Dedicated to celebrating and promoting blues music, preserving its history and traditions, and introducing it to current and future generations.
Sarasota, (941) 799-7224
Mission: To engage audiences in short innovative theater works while providing a nurturing environment that encourages, challenges and inspires playwrights and other theater artists.
Sarasota, (941) 321-1397
Mission: Dedicated to bringing compelling, intimate live theater experiences to downtown Sarasota.
VAN WEZEL FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 366-5578
Executive director: Monica Van Buskirk
Mission: To enrich the lives of members of the Gulfcoast community, with an emphasis on children, through the performing arts while supporting the needs of the Van Wezel, the region’s premier performing arts hall.
VENICE ART CENTER
Venice, (941) 485-7136
Executive director: Mary Morris
Mission: To provide cultural resources to the community and to encourage the knowledge and appreciation of visual art in all forms.
Venice, (941) 237-0478
Mission: Dedicated to preserving and promoting the Venice area’s rich cultural heritage.
VENICE HISTORIC PRESERVATION LEAGUE
Venice, (941) 412-0151
Mission: To promote a public awareness and understanding of the historic heritage of Florida, Sarasota County and the Venice area within the context of the nation’s history.
Venice, (941) 488-1010
Executive director: Doug Kerr
Mission: To provide funding for symphony performances, which in turn provide education and cultural richness to the public.
Venice, (941) 488-1115
Executive director: Murray Chase
Mission: To celebrate and nurture creative expression, to foster human communication and understanding, and to delight and challenge audiences through theater.
VISUAL ARTS CENTER
Punta Gorda, (941) 639-8810
Executive director: Mary Ann Tipton
Mission: To inspire, explore, create and promote the visual arts.
WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE OF FLORIDA
Sarasota, (941) 366-1505
Executive director: Julie Leach
Mission: To produce shows that promote and celebrate the African-American experience, attract diverse audiences, support and develop African-American artists, and build the self-esteem of African-American youth.
Sarasota, (941) 894-6469
Executive director: David Beaton
Mission: To inform and empower listeners to play an active role in WSLR and in their community and to promote equality, peace, sustainability, democracy, health, and social and economic justice.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN VENICE BRANCH
Venice, (941) 497-2412
Mission: Advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER
Anna Maria, (941) 778-1908
Executive director: Kristen Lessig
Mission: To empower and inspire by educating, strengthening families, building healthier bodies and fostering volunteerism.
Sarasota, (941) 953-2255
Executive director: Rebecca Tone
Mission: Fostering economic stability, educational success, healthy lifestyles and strong communities.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE SUNCOAST
Venice, (941) 488-4009
Executive director: Joy Mahler
Mission: To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships.
BLUE ALERT FOUNDATION
Venice, (855) 456-2210
Executive director: Tom Berry
Mission: Serves and protects the law enforcement community by providing assistance to the families of fallen officers and advocating for the passage of a Blue Alert law in each state.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF MANATEE COUNTY
Bradenton, (941) 761-2582
Executive director: Dawn Stanhope
Mission: To enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 366-3911
Executive director: Bill Sadlo
Mission: To enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
BRIAN BILL FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 840-4204
Executive director: Edgar Bill
Mission: Will establish Brian’s House, a retreat house for Navy Special Warfare families on Manasota Key.
BROTHERS AND SISTERS DOING THE RIGHT THING
Sarasota, (941) 544-3540
Executive director: Alice Jones
Mission: To challenge youth to find positive life goals and empower them to achieve those goals.
Bradenton, (941) 358-4080
Executive director: Ted Ehrlichman
Mission: To recruit, train and retain talent for the Suncoast.
CHARLOTTE ALLIANCE FOR A SAFE AND DRUG-FREE COMMUNITY
Port Charlotte, (941) 255-0808
Executive director: Diane Ramseyer
Mission: To prevent and reduce substance abuse in Charlotte County through increased education, services, and support.
CHARLOTTE COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
North Port, (941) 629-0909
Executive director: Randy Dunn
Mission: Programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit for all.
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 955-3000
Executive director: Roxie Jerde
Mission: Partnering to make charitable giving work in our communities.
COMMUNITY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 922-5126
Executive director: Karen Bogues
Mission: Empowers youth as leaders in service to their community.
DENISE AMBER LEE FOUNDATION
Englewood, (941) 830-2035
Executive director: Mark Lee
Mission: To promote and support public safety through uniform training, standardized protocols, defined measurable outcomes, and technological advances to the 9-1-1 system.
DOWNTOWN SARASOTA ALLIANCE
Sarasota, (941) 366-7040
Mission: The unified voice and guiding force for a vital downtown.
DRUG FREE AMERICA FOUNDATION
St. Petersburg, (727) 828-0211
Executive director: Calvina Fay
Mission: Committed to developing, promoting and sustaining national and international policies and laws that will reduce illegal drug use and drug addiction.
THE FAIR FOODS STANDARDS COUNCIL
Sarasota, (941) 556-9128
Executive director: Laura Safer Espinoza
Mission: Brings together workers, consumers, growers and corporate buyers in support of fair wages and humane labor standards in the agricultural industry.
FAMILY INTEGRITY TRAINING
Bradenton, (941) 799-4975
Executive director: Donald Pratt
Mission: Assists the underprivileged, indigent, incarcerated or addicted in transitioning from dysfunctional lifestyles to healthy ones.
THE FIRST TEE OF SARASOTA MANATEE
Sarasota, (941) 993-0046
Executive director: Lexi McKenney
Mission: To provide educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
FLORIDA HOUSE INSTITUTE
Sarasota, (941) 924-2050
Executive director: John Lambie
Mission: To be the go-to resource for sustainable living and learning.
FLORIDA SHERIFFS YOUTH RANCHES
Boys Ranch, (800) 765-3797
Executive director: William Frye
Mission: To prevent delinquency and develop lawful, resilient and productive citizens.
FLORIDA VETERANS FOR COMMON SENSE FUND
Sarasota, (941) 400-4156
Executive director: Gene Jones
Mission: Assisting veterans, military members and their families.
FLORIDA WINEFEST AND AUCTION
Sarasota, (941) 952-1109
Executive director: Sandra Loevner
Mission: To provide funding to qualified charitable organizations for programs assisting disadvantaged children, youth and families in Sarasota and Manatee.
FRIENDS OF SARASOTA COUNTY PARKS
Nokomis, (941) 275-9397
Mission: To promote, enhance and maintain community support for Sarasota County parks and public recreational lands.
GHANAIAN MOTHERS HOPE
Westminster, Md., (855) 446-4673
Executive director: Debi Frock
Mission: To empower future leaders of Africa through mission trips, education, health programs and building playgrounds.
GIRL SCOUTS OF GULFCOAST FLORIDA
Sarasota, (941) 921-5358
Executive director: Susan Stewart
Mission: Builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
GIRLS INCORPORATED OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 366-6646
Executive director: Angie Stringer
Mission: Equips girls in grades K-12 with the skills and knowledge they need to be “Strong, Smart and Bold.”
GULF COAST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Venice, (941) 486-4600
Mission: To transform the region through bold and proactive philanthropy.
HARVEY MILK FESTIVAL SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 228-4872
Mission: To honor the life of Harvey Milk by fostering emerging talent in musicians and artists, and to promote equality for LGBTQ people.
HEALTH TEENS COALITION OF MANATEE COUNTY
Bradenton, (941) 932-1137
Mission: To promote healthy, responsible behavior in Manatee County youth.
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT SARASOTA/MANATEE
Tampa, (813) 631-1410
Executive director: Kristin Schreiner
Mission: To inspire and prepare area youth to succeed in a global economy.
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MANATEE COUNTY
Bradenton, (941) 748-0101
Mission: To promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community.
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 953-5600
Mission: To promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities.
JUST FOR GIRLS
Bradenton, (941) 747-5757
Executive director: Becky Canesse
Mission: To provide the framework within which girls can aspire to more successful lifestyles.
Sarasota, (941) 727-6877
Executive director: Bharat Chandra
Mission: To promote an entertaining and educational dialogue between older and younger generations through shared experiences in the arts.
LAUREL CIVIC ASSOCIATION
Laurel, (941) 483-3338
Executive director: Sandra Terry
Mission: Shapes the foundations for successful lives through educational assistance, life development skills, personal empowerment, community awareness and opportunities for growth.
LEADERSHIP FLORIDA STATEWIDE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Tallahassee, (850) 521-1220
Executive director: Wendy Abberger
Mission: Convenes a statewide community of committed leaders to enhance and recharge their leadership skills and to educate and inspire their work across their diversities and strengths.
LIBRARY FOUNDATION FOR SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 228-6274
Mission: To secure the future of local libraries as an indispensable community resource.
MANATEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION
Bradenton, (941) 748-5555
Mission: To ensure that the Manatee County Public Library System obtains and manages needed supplemental funds.
MANATEE COUNTY Y
Bradenton, (941) 798-9622
Executive director: Sean Allison
Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
MIRACLE SWIMMING FOR ADULTS
Sarasota, (941) 921-6420
Executive director: Melon Dash
Mission: To teach adults who are afraid of the water to swim; to change the way beginning swimming is taught.
NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES-SARASOTA MANATEE
Sarasota, (941) 756-0304
Mission: To enhance the morale of active duty personnel and their families; to inform on the importance of strong sea services; and to support sea service-based youth programs.
NEW OPERATION COOPER STREET
Punta Gorda, (941) 639-3034
Executive director: Elgin Hicks
Mission: To celebrate and strengthen the opportunities and diversity of the community through education, multiculturalism and communication.
PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS
Bradenton, (941) 751-4566
Executive director: Amy Wick Mavis
Mission: Provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.
PEACE RIVER K9 SEARCH AND RESCUE ASSOCIATION
Englewood, (941) 548-7560
Executive director: Michael Hadsell
Mission: Supplies nationally certified K9 and civilian assets for search and rescue in the state of Florida.
THE POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE OF MANATEE COUNTY
Bradenton, (941) 747-1118
Executive director: W. Brad Steube
Mission: To bring law enforcement, kids and families together in a positive, safe environment through sports and academics.
POP WARNER LITTLE SCHOLARS DBA VENICE VIKINGS MIDGET FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
Venice, (941) 587-0399
Mission: To enable young people to benefit in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment.
PUNTA GORDA ISLES CIVIC ASSOCIATION
Punta Gorda, (941) 637-1655
Executive director: Beth Magnin
Mission: To enhance the quality of life in Punta Gorda Isles.
Bradenton, (941) 350-8563
Executive director: Johnette Isham
Mission: Develops and promotes downtown Bradenton by making it a preferred cultural destination.
Bradenton, (941) 548-7693
Mission: To mobilize individuals, and communities to reach at-risk youth in every local juvenile justice facility, school and club.
ROTARY CLUB OF LAKEWOOD RANCH
Executive director: William F. Porter
Mission: Bringing together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.
Sarasota, (941) 219-9847
Executive director: Michael Long
Mission: To create effective programs that empower high-risk juvenile offenders to make 180-degree life changes.
SARAMANA CHAPTER SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Venice, (941) 966-0493
Mission: To perpetuate the memory of the men who, by their services or sacrifices during the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American people.
SARASOTA COUNTY 4H FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 861-9814
Mission: Provides resources for and promotes the local 4-H youth program.
SARASOTA COUNTY ROWING CLUB
Osprey, (859) 663-1635
Mission: Promotes and supports competitive, recreational and adaptive rowing without regard to individual ability, background, experience or handicap.
Osprey, (941) 966-9791
Executive director: Casey Galvanek
Mission: Provides a positive, developmental, character-building and competitive rowing experience for youth.
SARASOTA FAMILY YMCA
Sarasota, (941) 951-2916
Executive director: Kurt Stringfellow
Mission: Gives children and families an opportunity to get healthy together, and develops social-impact programs that strengthen the community.
SARASOTA MILITARY OFFICES SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Sarasota, (941) 504-3507
Mission: To support community outreach programs of the Military Officers’ Association of Sarasota.
SARASOTA POLICE FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 320-4176
Mission: To apply or disburse contributions by funding programs and activities to strengthen the Sarasota Police Department and to promote public safety.
Sarasota, (941) 320-9268
Mission: Promoting understanding and tolerance based on diversity of race, religion, sex, gender and sexual orientation.
SARASOTA ROTARY FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 952-1793
Mission: Helping The Rotary Club of Sarasota build a better community and world through educational, humanitarian and charitable endeavors.
SARASOTA SCULLERS YOUTH ROWING PROGRAM
Osprey, (941) 966-2244
Mission: To develop a diverse group of scholar-athletes and to foster a spirit of respect and care for local waterways and coastal environments.
SARASOTA TECHNOLOGY USERS GROUP
Sarasota, (941) 677-0246
Mission: Committed to bringing quality education about personal technology products and providing refurbished computer equipment.
SARASOTA YOUTH SAILING PROGRAM
Sarasota, (941) 504-4236
Executive director: Alana O’Reilly
Mission: To encourage youth sailors to experience the joy of sailing in a safe and fun environment and to build character, foster team work and self-reliance and strengthen respect for the marine environment.
SCOPE (SARASOTA COUNTY OPENLY PLANS FOR EXCELLENCE)
Sarasota, (941) 365-8751
Executive director: John McCarthy
Mission: Connects and inspires citizens to create a better community.
THE SIXFINGER FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (508) 441-8801
Executive director: L. Free
Mission: To develop projects that provide families new opportunities to learn and grow together.
SUNCOAST PARTNERSHIP TO END HOMELESSNESS
Sarasota, (941) 955-8987
Executive director: Leslie Loveless
Mission: To prevent and end homelessness in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
TEAM PUNTA GORDA
Punta Gorda, (941) 637-8326
Executive director: Nancy Johnson
Mission: To help make Punta Gorda a better place to live, work and play.
THE SKY FAMILY YMCA
Venice, (941) 492-9622
Executive director: Kenneth Modzelewski
Mission: Programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit for all.
Sarasota, (877) 598-4466
Executive director: Hector Tejeda
Mission: To become the trusted link between the Latino population and the community that serves them.
UNITED STATES MASTERS SWIMMING
Sarasota, (941) 556-6270
Executive director: Robert Butcher
Mission: Encouraging adults to swim.
UNITED WAY OF MANATEE COUNTY
Bradenton, (941) 748-1313
Executive director: Philip Brown
Mission: Develops resources and partnerships that make a measurable difference in people’s lives.
VENICE YOUTH BOATING ASSOCIATION
Venice, (941) 468-1719
Executive director: Peter Eduardo
Mission: Raising self-confidence, self-reliability and self-responsibility by providing new knowledge and skills as youth learn to sail.
VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Sarasota, (941) 953-5965
Executive director: Cindy Underwood
Mission: To connect volunteers with opportunities to serve for the betterment of the community.
WOMAN'S EXCHANGE OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 955-7859
Executive director: Karen Koblenz
Mission: Supporting and enriching a variety of programs for local cultural organizations with funds raised through a consignment operation.
THE ABA ACADEMY
Sarasota, (941) 388-8020
Executive director: Shelly Swift
Mission: To develop the full potential of students with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities.
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 955-0700
Mission: Dedicated to promoting French language and Francophone culture in the Sarasota and Manatee area through local educational, cultural and social events.
BRADEN RIVER CHORAL BOOSTER ASSOCIATION
Bradenton, (941) 751-8230
Executive director: Kerrie Couchois
Mission: To provide financial and educational support to the choral department of Braden River High School.
BRADENTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Bradenton, (941) 792-5454
Executive director: Dan Vande Pol
Mission: To provide quality education rooted in God’s word, and to prepare children for service in God’s world.
CARDINAL MOONEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
Sarasota, (941) 371-4917
Executive director: Steve Christie
Mission: Provides a quality education centered in Gospel values.
CHARLOTTE LOCAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Port Charlotte, (941) 255-7500
Executive director: Mary Clemmons
Mission: Connecting children, classrooms and community to build student success.
CHILDREN'S ACADEMY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Bradenton, (941) 747-8726
Executive director: Jennifer Radebach
Mission: To offer a developmental day program that ensures every child has opportunity to be school ready.
DREAMERS AFTERSCHOOL HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Sarasota, (941) 961-4058
Mission: To address the ongoing need for free tutoring services to youth in north Sarasota.
DREAMS ARE FREE
Sarasota, (941) 366-4010
Executive director: Rebecca Reynolds
Mission: To develop a strong foundation of faith, values and learning for students with special learning needs.
DUETTE EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Duette, (941) 721-6674
Executive director: Donna King
Mission: To support Duette Elementary School.
EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF FLORIDA'S HEARTLAND
Port Charlotte, (941) 255-1650
Executive director: Anne Bouhebent
Mission: To support families and children in accessing high-quality early care and education services.
EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF MANATEE COUNTY
Palmetto, (941) 757-2900
Executive director: Paul Sharff
Mission: To provide and coordinate the services of school readiness programs.
EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 954-4830
Executive director: Janet Kahn
Mission: Provides access to high-quality early education resources and family support.
EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 927-0965
Executive director: Susan Scott
Mission: High-impact initiatives for students and teachers.
FSU/ASOLO CONSERVATORY FOR ACTOR TRAINING
Sarasota, (941) 351-9010
Executive director: Greg Leaming
Mission: Provides a select group of graduate acting students a combination of intense classroom training and production opportunities.
THE GAP SCHOOL
Sarasota, (941) 552-9090
Executive director: Robin Ahearn
Mission: Focused on individualized education and tolerance.
GATOR WILDERNESS CAMP SCHOOL
Punta Gorda, (941) 639-7722
Executive director: Gregg Kanagy
Mission: To provide assistance to emotionally troubled adolescent males through a wilderness camping experience.
University Park, (941) 358-1705
Executive director: Stanley Muessle
Mission: To introduce computer literacy into the curriculum of secondary schools in central Tanzania, and to then use that capability to improve the quality of education overall.
GREATER SARASOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 955-2508
Mission: To conduct educational, training and leadership development programs for the business community.
Sarasota, (941) 923-1125
Executive director: Alisa Wright
Mission: To educate children through a challenging program of study and strong character development within a nurturing and orderly learning environment.
INCARNATION CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Sarasota, (941) 924-8588
Executive director: Ann Davis
Mission: To provide an education of excellence while fostering the teaching mission of Jesus Christ to grow in faith, knowledge and love of God.
LIFELONG LEARNING ACADEMY
Sarasota, (941) 359-4296
Executive director: Janna Overstreet
Mission: To enrich the lives of mature adults in Sarasota and Manatee counties by providing affordable and outstanding educational and social interaction programs.
LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
Punta Gorda, (941) 637-3533
Executive director: Phyllis Walker
Mission: Offers affordable non-credit learning opportunities to adults and organizations of Charlotte County.
LINKS TO SUCCESS
Arcadia, (863) 990-0527
Mission: To provide resources, services, experiences and guidance to prepare youth in DeSoto County for post secondary education and careers.
THE LITERACY COUNCIL OF MANATEE COUNTY
Bradenton, (941) 746-8197
Mission: To empower Manatee County residents to independence through literacy.
THE LITERACY COUNCIL OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 955-0421
Executive director: Tom Melville
Mission: To improve literacy for adults in Sarasota County through personalized, needs-based tutoring and small group instruction.
LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA OF SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY
Venice, (941) 488-8994
Executive director: Sandy McIntyre
Mission: To provide one-on-one tutoring and small group classes for English as a Second Language (ESL) and basic literacy at no cost to adult learners.
MACULAR DEGENERATION ASSOCIATION
Sarasota, (941) 870-4399
Executive director: Lawrence Hoffheimer
Mission: To find a cure for macular degeneration and all eye diseases.
MANATEE EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Bradenton, (941) 251-4937
Executive director: Mary Glass
Mission: To provide funding for programs and opportunities for the teachers and students of Manatee County public schools beyond allocated state dollars.
MANATEE SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
Palmetto, (941) 721-6800
Executive director: Charles Jones
Mission: To provide an educational environment that will allow the most students to succeed by acknowledging and accommodating different learning styles.
MANATEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOUNDATION
Bradenton, (941) 751-7900
Executive director: Virginia Sirocky
Mission: To support the programs, educational services, teachers and students of Manatee Technical College.
THE MONTESSORI FOUNDATION
Bradenton, (941) 729-9565
Executive director: Joyce St. Giermaine
Mission: To inspire, nurture and support the development of strong Montessori schools worldwide, with programs serving children from infants through high school.
NEW COLLEGE FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 487-4800
Executive director: Jessica Rogers
Mission: To support the priorities of New College of Florida.
NEW GATE SCHOOL
Sarasota, (941) 922-4949
Executive director: Timothy Seldin
Mission: To cultivate a love of life and inspire academic excellence.
OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 349-3223
Executive director: David Mahler
Mission: Provides an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and build character through a balanced program of academics, the arts and athletics.
PEACE EDUCATION AND ACTION CENTER
Sarasota, (941) 545-5635
Executive director: Arlene Sweeting
Mission: To build a culture of peace by nurturing cooperation, non-violence, respect for human rights and cultural diversity, democracy and tolerance.
PIERIAN SPRING ACADEMY
Sarasota, (941) 716-2471
Executive director: Debbie Cowles
Mission: To provide intellectually stimulating learning experiences led by highly qualified faculty for adults in the Sarasota/Manatee community.
PINE VIEW ASSOCIATION
Osprey, (941) 486-2001
Mission: To enrich the school’s programs and activities so that Pine View School remains a center of academic excellence.
PINNACLE ACADEMY PTO
Bradenton, (941) 755-1400
Mission: To support legacy projects to enhance the educational experiences of students with special learning needs.
PROJECT LIGHT OF MANATEE
Bradenton, (941) 745-1659
Executive director: Luz Corcuera
Mission: Dedicated to providing accessible adult English language and literacy instruction.
RINGLING COLLEGE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
Sarasota, (941) 925-1343
Mission: Dedicated to the ongoing development of Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library.
RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
Sarasota, (941) 309-4733
Executive director: Larry Thompson
Mission: Through art and design, to educate the creative critical thinkers who will transform the future.
RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 376-7877
Mission: To provide funds for the enhancement of education at Riverview High School.
SAINT MARTHA SCHOOL
Sarasota, (941) 953-4181
Executive director: Siobhan Young
Mission: To provide each student with diverse opportunities to develop strength in faith and excellence in knowledge and learning.
SAINT STEPHEN'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL
Bradenton, (941) 746-2121
Executive director: Janet Pullen
Mission: To provide a superior academic program in a nurturing environment that values independence and self-worth, physical health, spiritual awareness and responsible global citizenship.
SARASOTA CHINESE ACADEMY
Sarasota, (941) 315-8178
Executive director: Shuman Bruinius
Mission: To provide quality Chinese language instructions and promote understanding and appreciation of traditional Chinese culture, history and philosophy.
SARASOTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Sarasota, (941) 371-6481
Executive director: Jeffrey Shank
Mission: To honor God by developing academic abilities and broadening educational experiences while deepening Christian faith.
SARASOTA HIGH SCHOOL MIGHTY SAILOR BAND BOOSTERS
Sarasota, (941) 955-0181
Executive director: John Roseboom
Mission: To challenge young minds to grow as individuals through the learning of music literature and life lessons throughout the high school music experience.
SARASOTA MILITARY ACADEMY
Sarasota, (941) 926-1700
Executive director: Christina Bowman
Mission: To provide high school students the highest quality college preparatory education possible, incorporating the principles of leadership, discipline, patriotism, compassion and honor in a military environment.
SARASOTA MUSIC CONSERVATORY
Sarasota, (941) 726-3020
Mission: Dedicated to providing the highest standard of music education and performance programs.
SARASOTA SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Sarasota, (941) 330-1855
Executive director: Tara Tahmosh
Mission: Provides a small, intimate environment of academic excellence and enrichment.
Sarasota, (866) 582-8448
Executive director: Ronald Ogrodnik
Mission: To make a difference in people’s lives through strengths-based education.
Sarasota, (941) 927-3711
Executive director: Erin Melia
Mission: Fosters a capacity for self-knowledge that is grounded in a lifelong love of learning.
SARASOTA WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
Sarasota, (941) 487-4603
Mission: To foster greater understanding of world affairs through a community learning forum (speaker series, educational outreach programs, etc.).
SEA OF STRENGTHS ACADEMY PTO
Lakewood Ranch, (941) 538-6822
Mission: To enhance the academic experience for students with learning disabilities.
SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (309) 966-1616
Mission: To foster international relationships between Sarasota and cities that have similar interests by creating exchanges in areas of culture, education, tourism, business and government.
SOAR GREATER HURST CHAPEL AME
Sarasota, (941) 355-6033
Executive director: Keturah Pittman
Mission: Committed to improving the academic achievement of children.
ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL
Bradenton, (941) 755-2611
Executive director: Coleen Curlett
Mission: Provides children pre-K through eighth grade an educational program of academic excellence, empowering them to become confident and contributing leaders in their families, church, community and global society.
THE SOCIAL LACK BELT
Venice, (941) 587-7388
Executive director: Stephanie Cortman
Mission: Provides youth with the skills, knowledge and the resources to choose pro-social behaviors and establish healthy lifelong goals.
STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA FOUNDATION
Bradenton, (941) 752-5390
Executive director: Cassandra Holmes
Mission: Inspires and connects donors’ passions and regional partners with State College of Florida, and stewards assets entrusted to the foundation.
TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN OF MANATEE COUNTY
Bradenton, (941) 751-6550
Executive director: Diana Dill
Mission: Provides mentoring, college scholarships and hope for deserving at-risk students.
TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 358-4407
Executive director: Lisa Bechtold
Mission: Provides a unique opportunity for low-income and at-risk students in Sarasota County to escape the cycle of poverty through education.
TAYLOR WILLIAM EMMONS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 915-9249
Executive director: Sandy Albano
Mission: To honor the memory of Taylor William Emmons, who died in an accident at 19, and support causes representative of his interests, with an emphasis on children.
TEAMUP VOLUNTEER & PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL
Sarasota, (941) 927-9000
Mission: Provides resources and support to the Sarasota County School District.
Sarasota, (941) 365-1050
Executive director: Ronda Crickenberger
Mission: To lead every student to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and develop the spirit, mind and body to see life from a Biblical point of view.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 359-4582
Regional vice chancellor: Dennis Stover
Mission: The legal conduit for the solicitation, acceptance, investment and distribution of all private gifts made across the University of South Florida system.
UPSIDE DOWN FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 366-3600
Executive director: Greg Truitt
Mission: Inspiring academic success and leadership through mentoring.
VENICE HIGH SCHOOL MARINE CORP JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORP
Venice, (941) 488-6726
Executive director: Billy Little
Mission: To support the program objectives of the Marine Corp instructors by raising funds and providing volunteer assistance.
VISIBLE MEN ACADEMY
Bradenton, (941) 758-7588
Executive director: Neil Phillips
Mission: To provide boys from low-income communities with outstanding academic, character and social education in a nurturing school environment.
WE R 4 KIDS
Sarasota, (941) 921-3375
Executive director: Joyce Raby
Mission: Dedicated to teaching non-violent communication techniques to young people.
WEE CARE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Myakka City, (941) 322-6409
Executive director: Marilyn Beasley
Mission: To lead every student to the knowledge of Jesus Christ and develop the spirit, mind and body to see life from a Biblical prospective.
WESTCOAST SCHOOL FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 366-4539
Executive director: Marvin Hendon
Mission: To promote critical thinking, excelsior achievement, common and earnest kindness, and to teach science, logic, synthesis, ethics and aesthetics with a passion.
THE CHILDREN'S GARDEN
Sarasota, (941) 330-1711
Executive director: Joan Condon
Mission: 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
Osprey, (941) 918-2100
Executive director: Christine Johnson
Mission: Works to protect the environmental character, biodiversity and natural integrity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and watersheds of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
FRIENDS OF OSCAR SCHERER PARK
Osprey, (941) 966-1133
Mission: To provide a natural environment of learning and pleasure for school children, groups, naturalists and families.
LEMON BAY CONSERVANCY
Englewood, (941) 830-8922
Executive director: Stanley Cooper
Mission: To forever protect and preserve the natural features of Lemon Bay, Charlotte Harbor, their surrounding waters and uplands.
MANATEE COUNTY AUDUBON SOCIETY
Bradenton, (941) 729-2222
Mission: To protect, preserve, restore and enjoy the natural environment by creating an awareness and appreciation of birds, other wildlife and native habitat.
MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS
Sarasota, (941) 366-5731
Executive director: Jennifer Rominiecki
Mission: To further the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.
MOTE MARINE LABORATORY
Sarasota, (941) 388-4441
Executive director: Michael Crosby
Mission: Dedicated to the advancement of marine and environmental sciences through scientific research, education and public outreach.
Bradenton, (941) 538-6829
Executive director: Dana Pounds
Mission: To enhance science literacy and foster environmental stewardship.
SARASOTA AUDUBON SOCIETY
Sarasota, (941) 724-1709
Executive director: Jeanne Dubi
Mission: Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment.
SARASOTA DOLPHIN RESEARCH PROGRAM
Sarasota, (941) 349-3259
Executive director: Randall Wells
Mission: Improves the lives of dolphins through research, conservation, education and outreach.
SARASOTA GARDEN CLUB
Sarasota, (941) 955-0875
Executive director: Olivia Haynes
Mission: Preserving botanical gardens and historical landmarks while fostering appreciation and promotion of Florida gardening principals, floral design and civic beautification.
SAVE OUR SIESTA SAND
Sarasota, (941) 312-0318
Mission: To ensure that no harm comes to Siesta Key beaches, waterfront property or navigation in Big Pass.
SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Sarasota, (941) 232-8222
Executive director: Jennifer Shafer
Mission: To increase science-based environmental understanding, conservation and restoration in Southwest Florida.
SEA TO SHORE ALLIANCE
Sarasota, (941) 587-4510
Executive director: James Powell
Mission: To protect threatened marine species and to improve the health and productivity of coastal environments.
Sarasota, (941) 275-2922
Executive director: Justin Bloom
Mission: To protect and restore Southwest Florida’s waterways through enforcement, fieldwork, advocacy and environmental education.
VENICE AREA BEAUTIFICATION
Venice, (941) 207-8224
Mission: To make the Venice area a more beautiful place to live, work and play.
A LIFE STORY FOUNDATION
Lakewood Ranch, (713) 443-2972
Executive director: Kevin Swan
Mission: To raise awareness, create action, find treatments for, and ultimately, find a cure
ALL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL GUILD
St. Petersburg, (727) 767-3879
Mission: To advocate, volunteer and fund raise for children and families of All Children’s Hospital.
ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE & RELATED DISORDERS ASSOCIATION
Sarasota, (941) 365-8883
Executive director: Gloria Smith
Mission: 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 ASSOCIATION OF KIDNEY PATIENTS
Tampa, (813) 636-8100
Executive director: Gary Green
Mission: Dedicated to improving the quality of life of kidney patients through education and advocacy.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
Atlanta, (800) 227-2345
Executive director: Gary Reedy
Mission: Dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy and service.
BEYOND THE SPECTRUM
Sarasota, (941) 907-3443
Executive director: Catherine Peabody
Mission: To serve the children and families in the community affected by autism and related disorders.
Myakka City, (941) 225-5042
Mission: To use canine scent detection to develop a noninvasive way of screening for cancer and other life threatening diseases in their primary stages.
BREAST HEALTH SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 927-2226
Mission: Dedicated to a communitywide effort promoting breast health awareness and education to underserved Sarasota County residents.
CARES OUTREACH SERVICES
Sarasota, (941) 365-5926
Executive director: Michael Kehoe
Mission: Moving forward to put health disparities behind us.
CENTER FOR BUILDING HOPE
Sarasota, (941) 921-5539
Mission: Offers free information, programs and services to cancer patients, caregivers and family members.
CENTERSTONE OF FLORIDA (FORMERLY MANATEE GLENS)
Bradenton, (941) 782-4299
Executive director: Mary Ruiz
Mission: Specializes in mental health and addictions.
CHARLOTTE COUNTY HEALTHY START COALITION
Port Charlotte, (941) 764-9700
Executive director: Magi Cooper
Mission: To improve birth outcomes, optimize child development and reduce infant mortality.
COMMUNITY AIDS NETWORK (CAN)
Sarasota, (941) 366-0461
Executive director: Richard Carlisle
Mission: To provide medical, social and education services to those affected by HIV/AIDS, to enhance public awareness and prevention of HIV, and to support the LGBTQ community.
EAR RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 365-0367
Executive director: Jennifer Moss
Mission: Dedicated to research, education and community service for hearing and balance disorders.
ENGLEWOOD COMMUNITY CARE CLINIC
Englewood, (941) 681-3765
Executive director: Beth Harrison
Mission: To provide no-cost episodic medical services to the uninsured and working poor in the Englewood area.
EPILEPSY SERVICE OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Sarasota, (941) 953-5988
Executive director: Kevin Lindberg
Mission: To assist all uninsured adults diagnosed with epilepsy in the agency’s eight-county region to obtain medical, case management, and prevention and education services.
FLORENCE A. ROTHMAN INSTITUTE
Sarasota, (941) 330-6760
Executive director: George Finlay
Mission: To develop and utilize innovative techniques for analysis of data within electronic medical records to improve health care delivery.
FLORIDA CANCER SPECIALIST FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 677-7181
Executive director: Beth Bush
Mission: To help patients who need financial assistance while undergoing treatment.
THE FOOD ADDICTION INSTITUTE
Sarasota, (941) 747-1972
Mission: To provide awareness, education and training about chemical dependency on food, and to support long-term recovery from food addiction.
GENESIS HEALTH SERVICES
Sarasota, (941) 363-1852
Executive director: James McCloud
Mission: To insure that all families have access to affordable quality health care, with a focus on preventive protocols, in order to prevent the onset or progression of serious illness.
GOOD SAMARITAN PHARMACY & HEALTH SERVICES
Nokomis, (941) 445-5687
Mission: Provides free medication and medical services to uninsured financially needy members of the community.
IN THE PINK BOUTIQUE
Sarasota, (904) 534-3266
Executive director: Jeri Millard
Mission: Dedicated to helping women heal, cope and survive the effects of cancer, physically and emotionally.
JACK & JILL LATE STAGE CANCER FOUNDATION
Atlanta, (404) 537-5253
Executive director: Jon Albert
Mission: Gives children who will lose their mother or father to cancer a timeout to create indispensable memories together while they can.
JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL
Naples, (941) 685-6875
Executive director: Carolyn Boos
Mission: To progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives.
MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION
Fort Myers, (239) 437-6900
Executive director: Steven Derks
Mission: Aimed at conquering more than 40 neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million American adults and children.
NEURO CHALLENGE FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 926-6413
Executive director: Judith Bell
Mission: Dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.
PARKINSON RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 870-4438
Executive director: Lawrence Hoffheimer
Mission: To help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease and to improve the quality of life for Parkinson patients and their caregivers.
PATHWAYS AUTISM CURE & TREATMENT
Bradenton, (941) 739-3936
Mission: To encourage all autistic people to reach their maximum potential.
PHELAN MCDERMID SYNDROME FOUNDATION
Venice, (941) 485-8000
Mission: To help people affected by PMS worldwide by providing family support, accelerating research and raising awareness.
PINES OF SARASOTA FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 955-6293
Executive director: Estelle Crawford
Mission: Offers donors a venue to financially support the capital, programmatic and endowment needs of Pines of Sarasota, a nonprofit senior care community.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL FLORIDA
Sarasota, (941) 365-3913
Executive director: Barbara Zdravecky
Mission: To ensure the rights of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing medical services, education and advocacy.
PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME ASSOCIATION
Sarasota, (800) 926-4797
Executive director: Ken Smith
Mission: To promote and fund research, provide education and offer support to enhance the quality of life of those affected.
PREVENT BLINDNESS FLORIDA
St. Petersburg, (813) 874-2020
Executive director: Joanne Lighter
Mission: To prevent blindness and preserve sight.
ROB'S RESCUE FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 923-3958
Executive director: Jane Haase
Mission: To financially assist families who have a child on the cancer floor at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.
SARASOTA MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 917-1286
Executive director: Alexandra Quarles
Mission: To raise and distribute philanthropic funds to improve the quality of healthcare within the greater Sarasota community.
STROKE ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA
Sarasota, (941) 346-1122
Executive director: Kim James
Mission: To reduce the incidence and impact of stroke in Sarasota and Manatee counties by educating about stroke risks, prevention, signs and symptoms.
SUNCOAST BLOOD BANK
Sarasota, (941) 954-1600
Executive director: Scott Bush
Mission: Provides a reliable supply of quality blood products and services to hospitals and health centers in need.
TEAM TONY BRAIN CANCER FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 320-3366
Executive director: Tony McEachern
Mission: Pairs cancer survivors with a cancer fighter to ensure those impacted get the support they need.
Sarasota, (941) 552-7525
Executive director: Gerry Radford
Mission: To help people live well by providing care, comfort and compassion.
Sarasota, (941) 355-0847
Executive director: Greg Kaspar
Mission: To provide support, education, prevention and intervention for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and for those in temporary crisis.
VIRGINIA B. ANDES VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY CLINIC
Port Charlotte, (941) 766-9570
Executive director: Suzanne Roberts
Mission: Dedicated to providing no-cost volunteer medical, pharmacy and wellness services to the under-served in Charlotte.
WE CARE MANATEE
Bradenton, (941) 755-3952
Executive director: Jill Gass
Mission: To facilitate free medical care to low-income and uninsured residents of Manatee.
THE ABLE TRUST
Tallahassee, (850) 224-4493
Executive director: Susanne Homant
Mission: To provide Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.
Venice, (941) 488-0990
Executive director: Allen Speer
Mission: Delivering cargo, mail and humanitarian aid to missionary partners in the nations of the Caribbean.
AGING IN PARADISE RESOURCE CENTER
Longboat Key, (941) 383-6493
Executive director: Donna Dunio
Mission: Provides quality solutions and exciting opportunities for local seniors.
ALL FAITHS FOOD BANK
Sarasota, (941) 379-6333
Executive director: Sandra Frank
Mission: Food is the beginning: the first step in a holistic response to meeting the needs of our hungry neighbors and helping move them toward independence.
ALSO OUT YOUTH
Sarasota, (941) 951-2576
Executive director: Donna Hanley
Mission: To provide advocacy, leadership, support and outreach to LGBTQIA youth and their allies.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
Sarasota, (941) 379-9300
Executive director: Megarie van Sickel
Mission: Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing volunteers and donors.
Punta Gorda, (941) 575-5790
Executive director: John Davidson
Mission: To provide stability and preparation for difficult-to-place teenaged boys in the Florida foster care system.
Palmetto, (941) 722-0764
Executive director: Timothy Huppert
Mission: To reach out to any and all international seafarers who dock at Port Manatee.
ARCADIA DESOTO COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Arcadia, (863) 494-4118
Executive director: Jane Breylinger
Mission: Brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
BABY BASICS OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 684-0009
Mission: Provides and distributes diapers and kindness to working poor families who do not receive governmental cash assistance.
BACKPACK ANGELS (NORTH PORT COALITION FOR HOMELESS NEEDY CHILDREN)
North Port, (941) 423-6078
Mission: To foster self-esteem in homeless/needy children children by providing them with personal hygiene products.
Sarasota, (941) 232-9235
Executive director: Mark Schlanger
Mission: Provides basic life skills programs to children and their families who suffer from poverty, disease and hunger.
BRIDGE A LIFE
Sarasota, (310) 422-7179
Executive director: Danny Jones
Mission: Bringing hope to orphans and supporting foster and adoptive families through awareness, training, outreach and partnerships.
CARE NET MANASOTA CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTER
Bradenton, (941) 751-1966
Executive director: Shirley Fenton
Mission: To affirm the sanctity of human life by ministering to those facing crisis pregnancy.
Sarasota, (941) 799-1680
Executive director: Greg Simony
Mission: To help those who are often treated differently because of physical disabilities.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES DIOCESE OF VENICE
Venice, (941) 484-9543
Executive director: Peter Routsis-Arroyo
Mission: To serve and empower all in need regardless of race, nationality or creed.
CENTER FOR ABUSE & RAPE EMERGENCIES OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY, (C.A.R.E.)
Punta Gorda, (941) 639-5499
Executive director: Kay Tvaroch
Mission: To help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes in Charlotte County.
THE CENTER OF HOPE OF SOUTH COUNTY
Nokomis, (941) 412-9044
Executive director: Lynette McCleland
Mission: To stabilize the lives of people who are unemployed, homeless, near homeless or otherwise in need.
CHARLOTTE COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Punta Gorda, (941) 639-3162
Executive director: Mike Mansfield
Mission: Committed to home ownership by building quality housing, promoting nonprofit mortgages, and fostering a partnership with low-income Charlotte residents.
CHARLOTTE COUNTY HOMELESS COALITION
Murdock, (941) 627-4313
Executive director: Angela Hogan
Mission: To alleviate and prevent hunger and homelessness.
CHARLOTTE HIV-AIDS PEOPLE SUPPORT
Port Charlotte, (941) 625-2552
Mission: To provide supplemental food and hygiene products to persons in need living with HIV/AIDS and their dependents.
CHILD PROTECTION CENTER
Sarasota, (941) 365-1277
Executive director: Douglas Staley
Mission: Dedicated to the prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse.
Sarasota, (941) 953-3877
Executive director: Philip Tavill
Mission: Strengthening children and families through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being.
CHILDREN'S GUARDIAN FUND
Sarasota, (941) 504-9515
Executive director: Harold Hedley
Mission: To ensure that every abused, neglected and abandoned child in the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida has a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem.
CIRCUS AND TRAVELING SHOWS RETIREMENT PROJECT
Sarasota, (941) 953-5786
Mission: To assist showpeople with age or health problems in their search for affordable housing.
COASTAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE
Sarasota, (941) 927-8900
Executive director: John Minge
Mission: To provide quality care with compassion, respect and dignity.
COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE MINISTRY (CAM)
Venice, (941) 492-6384
Executive director: Karin Barbito
Mission: To meet the urgent needs of families and individuals by providing emergency assistance.
COMMUNITY CENTER FOR DEAF & HARD OF HEARING OF MANATEE SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 366-0260
Executive director: Donna Carlton
Mission: To provide services and programs which promote empowerment, equal access, education and independence to the deaf and hard of hearing of Manatee and Sarasota counties.
COMMUNITY HAVEN FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Sarasota, (941) 355-8808
Executive director: Marla Doss
Mission: Empowers independence and inclusion in all aspects of society for children and adults with disabilities.
COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS 360
Sarasota, (941) 809-2231
Executive director: Laura Carter
Mission: To provide safe and affordable home ownership and rentals, coupled with housing counseling and homebuyer education.
EASTER SEALS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Sarasota, (941) 355-7637
Executive director: Tom Waters
Mission: Provides quality lifespan services to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
ELKS FEEDING EMPTY LITTLE TUMMIES
Bradenton, (941) 792-1511
Mission: To provide weekend meals during the school year for children, ages 5 through 12, who are homeless and/or living in food-deprived homes.
EQUALLY CONFIDENT FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 926-0355
Executive director: Kelly Trautwein
Mission: To provide martial arts to all LGBTQ persons for confidence building and empowerment.
Sarasota, (941) 953-2277
Executive director: Judy Alexander
Mission: To help Sarasota’s neediest children grow into healthy, happy adults.
Thonotosassa, (813) 982-9226
Executive director: Richard Stroud
Mission: To provide high-quality care for sibling groups through a live-in caregiver model.
FACE OF HOPE FOUNDATION
North Port, (941) 284-3734
Executive director: Evelyn Gore
Mission: Cares for children, adults and families facing challenges and economic struggles.
FAMILY NETWORK ON DISABILITIES OF MANATEE SARASOTA
Lakewood Ranch, (941) 928-0682
Executive director: Mary Smith
Mission: To empower families of children with disabilities through education, advocacy, and caregiver support.
FAMILY PARTNERSHIP CENTER
Bradenton, (941) 756-3007
Executive director: Katrina Bellemare
Mission: To strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect in at-risk families through comprehensive parenting education and support services.
FAMILY PROMISE OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 952-1800
Executive director: Wendy Fitton
Mission: Ending homelessness one family at a time.
FAMILY PROMISE OF SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY
Venice, (941) 350-6422
Mission: To address the needs of homeless children and families.
Pinellas Park, (727) 521-5200
Executive director: Lisa Davis
Mission: To strengthen families and build better communities by providing prevention, support and counseling services to children, teens and families.
FIRST STEP OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 366-5333
Executive director: David Beesley
Mission: Prevents and treats alcohol and drug addictions and associated disorders.
THE FLORIDA CENTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD
Sarasota, (941) 371-8820
Executive director: Kathryn Shea
Mission: Providing an array of comprehensive therapeutic services, clinical interventions, prevention and early education programming for children and families.
FLORIDA WEST COAST RESOURCE CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Bradenton, (941) 792-0985
Executive director: Todd Underhill
Mission: To promote a sustainable local food and agriculture economy.
FORTY CARROTS OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 365-7716
Executive director: Michelle Kapreilian
Mission: Dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the field.
FOUNDATION FOR DREAMS
Bradenton, (941) 746-5659
Executive director: Susannah Cripe
Mission: To provide an exceptional camping experience for children with special needs and chronic illnesses, ages 7-17.
GLASSER-SCHOENBAUM HUMAN SERVICES CENTER
Sarasota, (941) 365-4545
Executive director: Kameron Hodgens
Mission: To enhance the social services delivery system for underserved individuals and families.
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES MANASOTA
Bradenton, (941) 355-2721
Executive director: Robert Rosinsky
Mission: Changes lives through the power of work.
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Fort Myers, (239) 995-2106
Executive director: Rick Evanchyk
Mission: Committed to serving people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering life-changing opportunities to achieve independence.
GUARDIAN ANGELS OF SW FLORIDA
Bradenton, (941) 792-5374
Mission: Committed to the provision of safe, loving, faith-based, traditional foster homes to help meet the needs of abused, abandoned or neglected children.
GULF COAST STORKS
Osprey, (941) 564-5146
Executive director: Angela Simpson
Mission: Committed to encouraging every abortion-minded mother to choose life and to share with her the good news of Jesus Christ.
GULFCOAST LEGAL SERVICES
St. Petersburg, (727) 821-0726
Executive director: John Dubrule
Mission: Dedicated to providing comprehensive legal advocacy in civil matters, counseling and education for vulnerable individuals and families in Pinellas, Sarasota, Hillsborough, Pasco and Manatee counties.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 365-0700
Executive director: Renee Snyder
Mission: To provide decent, affordable housing for people in need so they may build better lives for their families.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY
Venice, (941) 493-6606
Executive director: Deidre Danmeyer
Mission: To build homes, communities and hope.
Wauchula, (863) 773-5717
Executive director: Lorraine Gillespie
Mission: To provide food, comfort, safety, shelter and support for those who are experiencing short-term or long-term adversity.
HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Fort Myers, (239) 334-7007
Executive director: Al Brislain
Mission: To overcome hunger in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties through education and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination.
HARVEST TABERNACLE OF SARASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 953-3154
Executive director: James Minor
Mission: To facilitate individuals and families in breaking the cycle of homelessness and addiction.
HEALTHY START COALITION OF MANATEE COUNTY
Bradenton, (941) 714-7541
Executive director: Frederick Leonard
Mission: Dedicated to enhancing maternal and infant health care.
HEALTHY START COALITION OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 373-7070
Executive director: Shon Ewens
Mission: To improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants, and young children.
HEARING IMPAIRED PERSONS OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY
Port Charlotte, (941) 743-8347
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Executive director: Kim Gaut
Mission: To work towards improving the quality of life for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, deaf-blind or speech impaired.
HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA - SARASOTA CHAPTER
Sarasota, (941) 320-8825
Mission: To empower the more than 145,000 people with hearing loss in our community to lead more active lives by providing education/information, support and advocacy.
HEART GALLERY OR SARASOTA INCORPORATED
Sarasota, (954) 850-6606
Mission: A traveling photographic exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care.
HOPE FAMILY SERVICES
Bradenton, (941) 747-8499
Executive director: Laurel Lynch
Mission: To promote safety, strength and well-being for victims of domestic violence and their children.
HOPE KIDS COMMUNITY
Bradenton, (941) 544-4850
Executive director: Pam Hawn
Mission: Connects financial provision with ministries, churches and individuals in the coordination, collaboration and administration of Kingdom-minded projects.
Bradenton, (941) 228-5660
Executive director: Mike Mueller
Mission: Serves the poor through missionaries and mission teams and teaches gardening practices for sustainable food production.
INSIGHT COUNSELING SERVICES
Bradenton, (941) 755-4782
Executive director: Susan Cappiello
Mission: To strengthen families and increase community safety by treating abusive juvenile behavior and changing the lives of troubled youth.
Nokomis, (941) 412-9333
Executive director: Jody Jorgensen
Mission: Partnering with horses, InStride challenges individuals with special needs to meet their fullest potential.
Sarasota, (941) 364-7530
Executive director: Arthur Lerman
Mission: Provides transportation services to seniors and individuals of any age with vision limitations.
JEFFERSON CENTER FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (941) 953-9585
Executive director: Dawn Lucido
Mission: To improve the quality life of Jefferson Center residents when they return from a hospital stay.
JESUS LOVES YOU MINISTRY
Murdock, (941) 661-8117
Executive director: Leslie Martin
Mission: To identify and meet the basic needs of the homeless population, with the ultimate goal that they move into transitional or permanent housing.
JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN'S SERVICE OF THE SUNCOAST
Sarasota, (941) 366-2224
Executive director: Rose Chapman
Mission: Empowers individuals and families toward self-sufficiency.
JIM RUSSO PRISON MINISTRIES
Bradenton, (941) 746-3717
Mission: To provide transitional housing for ex-offenders with programs that enable them to return to society as committed Christians and productive citizens.
JOINING OUR YOUTH
Sarasota, (941) 377-6833
Mission: Provides mentoring and targeted services for youth aging out of foster care and other at-risk youth referred by local social service agencies.
JOSHPROVIDES EPILEPSY ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION
Sarasota, (800) 706-2740
Executive director: Bruce Chapnick
Mission: To strive to eliminate the negative stigma associated with epilepsy and provide financial assistance for people living with epilepsy and seizure disorders.
LEARN TO FISH
Bradenton, (941) 755-3900
Executive director: Sabrina Crain-Sweeney
Mission: To breathe life and hope into marginalized, demoralized and traumatized women and to equip for a future of prosperity.
LEGAL AID OF MANASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 366-0038
Executive director: Linda Harradine
Mission: Provides legal services at no cost to those in need by partnering with local lawyers.
LIGHTHOUSE OF MANASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 359-1404
Executive director: Andy Reeves
Mission: To advance the individual growth and independence of adults and children with vision loss.
Venice, (941) 493-0016
Executive director: Carl Penxa
Mission: Helping adults with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest.
LOVING HANDS MINISTRIES
Bradenton, (941) 747-5683
Executive director: Wendell Wilson
Mission: Dedicated to rehabilitating young men through discipleship and a residential rehabilitation program.
LUTHERAN SERVICES FLORIDA
Tampa, (813) 875-1408
Executive director: Samuel Sipes
Mission: To bring God’s healing, hope and help to people in need in the name of Jesus Christ.
MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN FLORIDA
Sarasota, (941) 952-9474
Executive director: Kathryn Vroman
Mission: Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
MAKING CONNECTIONS COUNSELING
Lakewood Ranch, (941) 704-5200
Executive director: Stacey Schaeffer
Mission: Dedicated to providing professional services to individuals, couples and families that promote and restore healthy relationships.
Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-0499
Mission: To provide families with a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking, and to promote understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.
MANATEE CHILDREN'S SERVICES INCORPORATED
Bradenton, (941) 345-1200
Executive director: Melinda Thompson
Mission: To provide the resources, skills and shelter to alleviate abuse through prevention and intervention for all children and their families.
MANATEE COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY
Bradenton, (941) 827-2887
Executive director: Barbara Patten
Mission: Changing lives through education, partnerships and delivery of quality services.
MANATEE COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Bradenton, (941) 748-9100
Executive director: Diana Shoemaker
Mission: Working to create a community where everyone has a decent place to live.
MANATEE RELIGIOUS SERVICE
Bradenton, (941) 752-4850
Executive director: Joel Mimbs
Mission: Screens and verifes the needs of those hurting and in crisis on behalf of local churches.
THE MARK WANDALL FOUNDATION
Bradenton, (941) 545-3359
Mission: Provides support and assistance to grieving children who have lost a family member or guardian.
MAYORS' FEED THE HUNGRY PROGRAM
Sarasota, (941) 364-7440
Mission: To raise funds and collect food to disburse to the local needy, free of charge, with special attention given to the holiday season.
MEALS ON WHEELS OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY
Port Charlotte, (941) 625-4343
Mission: To deliver nutritious, ready-to-eat meals, primarily to persons over 60, who are unable to prepare nutritious meals for themselves.
MEALS ON WHEELS OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 366-6693
Executive director: Marjorie Broughton
Mission: Delivers nutritious meals to persons in need in the Sarasota community, who are unable to provide or prepare a meal for themselves.
MEALS ON WHEELS PLUS OF MANATEE COUNTY
Bradenton, (941) 747-4655
Executive director: Maribeth Phillips
Mission: In addition to traditional hot meal delivery, Meals on Wheels PLUS offers transportation, social activities and enrichment opportunities.
MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY CENTER
Sarasota, (941) 953-3477
Executive director: Peter Howard
Mission: To offer adults with mental illness caring, encouragement and direct service programs.
MIRACLE LEAGUE OF MANASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 225-2966
Executive director: Laura Tellor
Mission: To provide the opportunity for children and adults with special needs a chance to experience playing baseball in a league-based environment.
MORE TOO LIFE
Sarasota, (941) 227-1012
Executive director: Brook Bello
Mission: Provides recovery services to those suffering from all forms of human trafficking.
MOTHERS HELPING MOTHERS
Sarasota, (941) 953-7572
Executive director: Terry Stottlemyer
Mission: Provides basic necessities such as clothing and baby items to families in need.
MY CHOICE PREGNANCY CENTER
Sarasota, (941) 351-3007
Executive director: Cheryl Huston
Mission: To empower those faced with an unplanned pregnancy or who are parenting young children to make the best life choices.
MYAKKA CITY FOUNDATION
Myakka City, (941) 350-2079
Mission: To conduct events for the general welfare of the community, and to financially assist Myakka City residents who are struggling financially due to long-term medical hardships.
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Bradenton, (941) 761-9568
Mission: To assist the poor and needy, providing comfort and financial assistance.
NEW PARADIGM FOUNDATION
Englewood, (941) 681-2194
Executive director: Kathleen Nelson
Mission: To provide affordable transitional housing to families at risk of becoming homeless, while teaching them the skills necessary to live a life of self-sufficiency.
NORTH RIVER CARE
Palmetto, (941) 729-9004
Executive director: Teri Giles
Mission: To protect the unborn while sharing the love of Christ with women and their families facing an unplanned pregnancy.
OPERATION SECOND CHANCE
Clarksburg, (888) 672-4838
Executive director: Cindy McGrew
Mission: Committed to serving wounded, injured and ill combat veterans.
PARENTS IN ACTION
Port Charlotte, (941) 828-1074
Executive director: Sharon Boyd
Mission: Founded on the principle that it will take a combination of parents, caregivers, providers, educators, legislators and the community to address the needs of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
Sarasota, (941) 358-2225
Executive director: Kathy Alexander
Mission: Brightening the lives of seniors confined to nursing homes and wounded veterans by providing unconditional love and increasing sensory stimulation.
POSTPARTUM SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Sarasota, (941) 348-3528
Mission: Supports new mothers transitioning from pregnancy to parenthood.
Venice, (941) 408-7100
Executive director: Callie Cowan
Mission: To provide pregnant women with the necessary support services to enable them to carry their babies to term and birth.
PRISM YOUTH INITIATIVE
Bradenton, (941) 357-0111
Mission: 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
Sarasota, (850) 445-5682
Executive director: Barbara Richards
Mission: To reintegrate former offenders into community life.
PROSPECT RIDING CENTER
Myakka City, (941) 713-1736
Executive director: Susan Tambone
Mission: Offers therapeutic and recreational directed equine activities to those with special needs and their caregivers.
REACH OUT RECOVERY
Sarasota, (941) 366-0870
Executive director: Leslie Glass
Mission: Addiction education, prevention and recovery.
RED LION JOBS
Sarasota, (941) 807-2821
Executive director: Jennifer Fretz
Mission: Helps serve as the lantern that will light the path of those individuals with barriers to employment.
REDLANDS CHRISTIAN MIGRANT ASSOCIATION
Immokalee, (239) 658-3560
Executive director: Barbara Mainster
Mission: Opens doors to opportunities through quality child care and education from crib to high school and beyond.
Sarasota, (941) 365-3759
Executive director: David Proch
Mission: Dedicated to restoring the dignity, productivity and self-sufficiency of homeless individuals and families through food, clothing, showers, counseling, medical services and more.
SAFE PLACE AND RAPE CRISIS CENTER
Sarasota, (941) 365-0208
Executive director: Jessica Hays
Mission: To stop domestic and sexual violence in the community.
THE SALVATION ARMY
Bradenton, (941) 748-5110
Executive director: Dwayne Durham
Mission: To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
THE SALVATION ARMY OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 364-8845
Executive director: Ethan Frizzell
Mission: To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need in His name without discrimination.
SAMARITAN COUNSELING SERVICES OF THE GULF COAST
Sarasota, (941) 926-2959
Executive director: Richard Howell
Mission: Strengthening individuals and families through professional Christian counseling services.
SARASOTA HOUSING FUNDING CORPORATION
Sarasota, (941) 361-6210
Executive director: William Russell
Mission: To expand the supply of affordable housing in Sarasota and advance the goals and mission of the Sarasota Housing Authority.
SARASOTA MANATEE JEWISH HOUSING COUNCIL (KOBERNICK-ANCHIN)
Sarasota, (941) 377-0781
Executive director: Heidi Brown
Mission: Creates and sustains non-exclusionary communities where seniors can live life to its fullest.
SARASOTA MEDICAL PREGNANCY CENTER
Sarasota, (941) 330-2273
Executive director: Jennifer Carey
Mission: Provides life-affirming support to women and families facing unplanned pregnancies.
SARASOTA UNITED FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND EQUITY-S U R E
Sarasota, (941) 894-2819
Executive director: Ryan McBride
Mission: Seeks justice for the poor, working-class and mixed-income individuals/families living in Sarasota County.
SARASOTA-MANATEE ASSOCIATION FOR RIDING THERAPY
Bradenton, (941) 322-2000
Executive director: Christine Kasten
Mission: Enriching the lives of people with special needs through therapeutic horse-related programs.
SECOND CHANCE LAST OPPORTUNITY
Sarasota, (941) 360-8660
Executive director: April Glasco
Mission: To break the cycle of poverty through strategies that educate and empower the disadvantaged.
Sarasota, (941) 677-8840
Executive director: Elizabeth Fisher
Mission: To confront the issue of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation through advocacy, training and restorative services.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CENTERS
Sarasota, (941) 955-2122
Executive director: Robert Carter
Mission: To promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.
SENIORS FOR PETS
Bradenton, (941) 473-0778
Mission: To help senior citizens in need to retain their pets by providing the basic veterinary care.
Sarasota, (941) 404-4676
Mission: Provides speech and language therapy to children with communication disorders.
SHARE THE BLESSING MINISTRY
Port Charlotte, (941) 276-7278
Executive director: Frances Kowalczyk
Mission: To help provide those in need with toiletries, cleaning supplies, some food and clothing.
Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-6036
Interim executive director: Alan Monroe
Mission: To deliver humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials to people affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian crises worldwide.
SOLVE MATERNITY HOMES
Bradenton, (941) 748-0094
Executive director: Peggy Kerwin
Mission: Provides housing and specialized services to pregnant women and teens who have chosen life.
SOUTHEASTERN GUIDE DOGS
Palmetto, (941) 729-5665
Executive director: Titus Herman
Mission: 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
Venice, (941) 412-0402
Executive director: Maggie Riggall
Mission: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons 8 years of age and older with intellectual disabilities.
ST. JOSEPH FOOD PANTRY
Bradenton, (941) 756-3732
Mission: To provide supplementary food in a dignified manner to the hungry and needy citizens of Manatee County, regardless of religious affiliation.
STILLPOINT HOUSE OF PRAYER
Bradenton, (941) 748-6835
Mission: To reach out to the disadvantaged by leading them to a life-changing encounter with God through both spiritual and material assistance.
SUNCOAST CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING
Sarasota, (941) 351-9545
Executive director: Michael Fluker
Mission: Empowering people with disabilities to independence.
SUNCOAST CHARITIES FOR CHILDREN
Sarasota, (941) 706-3795
Executive director: Lucy Nicandri
Mission: Provides grants to the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children to assist local children, teens and adults with special needs and their families.
SUNCOAST COMMUNITY CAPITAL CORPORATION
Bradenton, (941) 744-2666
Executive director: Art Mahoney
Mission: Works with people of low income to achieve financial stability.
TRI-COUNTY COUNSELING & LIFE SKILLS CENTER
North Port, (941) 876-3060
Executive director: Thomas Glaza
Mission: To teach clients those skills necessary to lead a healthier, happier and more productive life.
TRINITY WITHOUT BORDERS
Sarasota, (941) 350-9250
Mission: Assists the distressed and provides safehavens for homeless women and women with children.
TURNING POINTS (COMMUNITY COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS CORPORATION)
Bradenton, (941) 747-1509
Executive director: Adell Erozer
Mission: To provide services to homeless or at-risk men, women and children.
UNITED COMMUNITY CENTERS
Bradenton, (941) 746-7470
Executive director: Patrick Carnegie
Mission: Providing positive, productive environments filled with educational, cultural, recreational and social opportunities to individual youth, their families and the entire community.
UNITED WAY 2-1-1 OF MANASOTA
Sarasota, (941) 308-4357
Mission: To generate, provide and assist the exchange of meaningful information for the improvement of the health and well-being of the community.
UNITED WAY OF SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY
Venice, (941) 484-4811
Executive director: Maryann Terry
Mission: To increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another in South Sarasota County.
UNITED WAY SUNCOAST
Sarasota, (941) 366-2686
Executive director: Suzanne McCormick
Mission: To improve lives and creates lasting community change by mobilizing caring people to give, advocate and volunteer.
Sarasota, (941) 755-1305
Executive director: Teri Ely
Mission: Honoring and serving all veterans, identifying individual needs through one-on-one interviews.
WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER OF MANATEE
Bradenton, (941) 747-6797
Executive director: Ashley Brown
Mission: Empowering women, changing lives and strengthening our community.
WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER OF SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota, (941) 366-1700
Executive director: Valerie Goddard
Mission: To create personal, social and professional growth opportunities for women.
Punta Gorda, (941) 276-6759
Mission: Feeding food-insecure children one backpack at a time.
YUMMY STUFF CLUB
Sarasota, (941) 350-0080
Executive director: Susan Morin
Mission: To help children and their families develop everyday habits of healthy eating.
CHARLOTTE HARBOR YOUNG LIFE
Punta Gorda, (941) 766-7314
Executive director: Thomas Parker
Mission: To introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.
CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP OF FLORIDA MANATEE SARASOTA CHAPTER
Bradenton, (941) 779-3164
Executive director: Sherry Brower
Mission: To evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
SINGLES REACHING SINGLES IN CHRIST
Sarasota, (941) 925-0987
Executive director: John Whitmire
Mission: To minister to single adults through instruction in the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ.
YOUNG LIFE OF MANATEE COUNTY
Bradenton, (941) 920-2544
Executive director: David Johnson
Mission: To introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.
YOUTH FOR CHRIST
Bradenton, (941) 747-4608
Executive director: Mike Chaplinsky
Mission: To raise up lifelong followers of Jesus Christ who lead by their lifestyle, devotion, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.