Original graphic designed by the Young, Black and Giving Back Institute.

Culminating the month-long celebration of Black Philanthropy Month, several local nonprofit organizations are taking part in the fourth annual Give 8/28, a national giving day hosted by the Young, Black & Giving Back Institute to inspire philanthropy by and for Black communities.

For the second year in a row, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is awarding $250 kickstart grants to more than 10 nonprofits in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties to encourage local involvement and help build greater support for a more equitable community.

Canela Vasquez in Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s 2021 Stage of Discovery student production, The Technicolor Musical. Photo by Sorcha Augustine.

Local participating organizations include*:

  • D.I.V.A.S. of Sarasota
  • Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation
  • Horizons Unlimited Christian Academy
  • Learn My History Foundation
  • Making an Impact
  • Margwine Organization
  • Minorities in Shark Sciences
  • Second Chance Last Opportunity
  • SOAR Learning Center Inc.
  • Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative
  • The Multicultural Health Institute
  • Truly Valued
  • Visible Men Academy
  • Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

*With more organizations potentially joining Give 8/28 pending participation 

Last year for the first time in the giving day’s four-year history, 15 local organizations based in Sarasota-Manatee took part, joining nearly 500 other nonprofit causes across the country. Over the 15-hour digital event – similar to our local “Giving Challenge” – our community’s participants garnered more than $20,000 and competitive rankings on the leaderboard, with three local organizations ranked in the top 20 overall in the nation.

Within the spirit of each Give 8/28 lies a steadfast truth that we all can take part in: that small steps taken by each of us can combine to drive changes for generations to come.

To join this celebration of Black Philanthropy and support these local Black-led and Black-serving causes on August 28, visit www.give828.org


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