Recent funding from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation aims to strengthen workforce development programs, reinforce health equity efforts, and jump-start efforts to restore local waterways.
$400,000 in matching funds was granted to Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation to create a nursing pipeline through the University of South Florida and provide mental wellness training for new and existing healthcare professionals.
$335,000 was granted to the Sarasota County School District to support the "Mapping the Journey from Student Leader to School Leader" program and expand Reading Recovery.
$300,000 was granted to Harvest House for its "Purpose Works Workforce" initiative to help those ready to reenter the workforce.
A three-year grant of $250,000 was given to Solutions to Avoid Red Tide to create a Healthy Pond Collaborative armed with scientific and technical expertise, community relationships, professional capacity, and philanthropic resources to make meaningful change on this critical issue.
A three-year grant of $228,462 was given to Senior Friendship Centers for its Sustainable Solutions for Seniors program to create a revenue stream to support unpaid services for the neediest of clients.
A three-year grant of $225,000 was given to Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County to support the hiring of a scholarship portfolio manager to connect scholars with community resources and academic opportunities.
A three-year grant of $178,521 was given to More Too Life to support efforts to prevent human trafficking, advocate for survivors, and provide community education.
$150,000 was granted to the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Foundation to support CareerEdge, which offers and incentivizes on-the-job training, internships, and fast-track vocational training so displaced and underemployed workers gain skills and wages.
A two-year grant of $150,000 was given to the Equality Florida Institute for the Equality Now program, an equity effort to assist mainstream agencies and community institutions in becoming affirming for LGBTQ clients by embedding supportive best practices into their operations.
$75,000 was granted to Urbanite Theatre to support its "Diverse Theatremakers" initiative, which aims to offer competitive wages to actors, designers, and playwrights of color, and ensure underserved students can engage with the theater.
An additional $349,350 was granted between partner organizations to support operating and fundraising activities.