Organization: Community Foundation of Sarasota County
2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota FL 34237 – 941.955.3000
Cause: Grantmaking Foundation
Mission: Community Impact Powered by Philanthropy. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community.
Since our founding, the Community Foundation has been making the important connection between individuals' personal memories, passions, dreams and the fulfillment of their charitable goals. We help create permanent charitable funds of everlasting impact. These funds ensure that people of vision will have an enduring influence on the life of their community and the charitable causes they hold dear.
With assets of over $333 million in more than 1,400 charitable funds, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling $33 million dollars this past year in the areas of education, health and human services, the arts, animal welfare, and the environment. Since our founding, more than $217 million has been invested back into the community through grants and scholarships.
Additionally, our support of local nonprofits goes deeper than the millions in grants we award each year. Our Community Investment team builds the capacity of local organizations to ensure donors’ charitable dollars make an even bigger impact through our nonprofit services, workshops, and volunteer consultants.
Beyond our service to donors and nonprofit organizations, the Community Foundation also partners with local professional advisors in the region to provide highly personal and impact-orientated support, information, and expertise on planned giving and estate planning.