Roxie Jerde, President and CEO; Marlo Turner, Senior Vice President of Donor Engagement; Laura Spencer, CFO; Betsy Pennewill, Corporate Counsel; Erin Jones, Vice President of Finance and Operations

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.

Since our founding, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County 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.

The combined compassion, expertise and knowledge of the women of our 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. Our philosophy is to actively listen to the wants and needs of our donors and ask the right questions to ensure that each donor’s philanthropic goals are carried out exactly the way they want it. 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.

Achievements

▶▶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.

▶▶ The Giving Challenge: Raising more than $40 million in unrestricted funding for local nonprofit organizations over six years.

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

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