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Laura Spencer, Roxie Jerde, Marlo Turner, Betsy Pennewill

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Presented by July 5, 2017

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Laura Spencer, Chief Financial Officer; Roxie Jerde, President and CEO; Marlo Turner, CFRE, Senior Vice President of Donor Engagement; Betsy Pennewill, Corporate Counsel

At the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, we believe that each and every person has the potential to impact another person, a cause, a community. You can be the one to make a difference.

For more than 37 years, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has matched donors to the right causes, creating lasting impact. Whether you want to feed the hungry, educate kids, look after animals, support the arts, revitalize neighborhoods, or protect our natural resources, we can be your partner and ensure your gifts have greater impact.

The combined compassion, expertise, and knowledge of the women of the Senior Leadership Team all reinforce the Community Foundation’s reputation as an authority on philanthropy. In partnership with our donors, we connect with other funders, nonprofits, local governments and school districts to find effective solutions to community problems and stay alert to emerging issues and opportunities. And through a national network of community foundations, our team can advise you about charities all over the country and around the world, and stay on top of best practices so that you can enjoy philanthropic peace of mind. 

Impact & Initiatives

Two-Generation Approach: Creating intergenerational cycles of opportunity for vulnerable parents and their children together.

Season of Sharing: Providing a vital safety net to keep a roof over the heads of families on the verge of homelessness.

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading: Ensuring that all children are proficient readers by the end of third grade, an early indicator in academic and lifelong success.

EdExploreSRQ: Connecting teachers and their students to the wealth of real-world, experiential learning opportunities in our region.


2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 955-3000


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