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The 2016-17 giving register.

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COMMUNITY IMPACT POWERED BY PHILANTHROPY

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Each one of us has the potential to impact a person, a cause, a community. For more than 35 years, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has matched donors to the right causes, leveraging donors' charitable intentions to create lasting impact.

From humble beginnings, the Community Foundation has grown donor by donor to more than $292 million in assets, showing a collective power that reflects the visions and stories of generous people from all walks of life. We connect with other funders, nonprofits, the government and the School District to find effective solutions to our community's problems and stay alert to emerging issues and opportunities. And through a national network of community foundations, we can advise you about charities all over the country and around the world, and stay on top of best practices so that you can be the one to make a difference.

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Tanysha's Story

A fourth-generation Newtown resident, Tanysha was introduced to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in 2014. Working multiple minimum-wage jobs and struggling to pay for the bare necessities, Tanysha realized she did not want her three children to live the same life.

After meeting with a social worker from Alta Vista Elementary, she realized a dream to become a nurse, and thanks to a full scholarship from the Edward K. Roberts Fund at the Community Foundation, Tanysha attended an American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Program. To then enroll in a Licensed Practical Nursing program, she also needed to complete her GED. After months of hard work, help from tutors, and community support from Sarasota Technical College's Newtown campus, Tanysha received her diploma this summer.

Tanysha now has a secure and flexible job in the medical field, and with assistance from the Community Foundation, plans to continue her pursuit of an LPN degree. Her compelling personal story demonstrating hope is just one of many we have had the privilege to know through the committed moms who are moving their families forward with support from the Community Foundation.

When we first began publishing what we then called the Charity Register, a decade and a half ago, about 150 nonprofits made up our list of organizations doing good here. Now, that list has quadrupled to nearly 600 groups dedicated to helping people, pets, the environment and other worthy causes-a rich testament to the heart of this philanthropic community. * This register has been assembled with assistance from the Giving Partner, an online tool hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. On our pages, we're able to provide just some of the relevant information about our multitude of nonprofits and their work. But at thegivingpartner.org, you can dig deeper into profiles to help you consider which causes you want to support. And on Sept. 20-21, noon to noon, you can participate in the annual Giving Challenge at givingpartnerchallenge.org, offering great opportunities to maximize your donations to local organizations. * As we begin another season of parties, luncheons and other fund raisers supporting nonprofits, we hope you'll find this a valuable resource for making everyone's efforts count.

ANIMALS

Animal Network

Ellerton, (941) 729-8631

MISSION: Helping people help animals.

ARC (Animal Rescue Coalition)

Sarasota, (941) 957-1955

MISSION: To save animals for the benefit of humanity.

Big Cat Habitat

Sarasota, (941) 371-6377

MISSION: To provide a safe, loving and permanent home for big cats and other exotic creatures and to educate mankind on the importance of species preservation.

Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue

Bradenton, (727) 366-9997

MISSION: A safe haven for abused or unwanted exotic birds, regardless of species, age, special needs or behavior issues.

Boxer Rescue Angels of Florida

Bradenton, (800) 847-5196

MISSION: To rescue and rehabilitate displaced boxer dogs, provide veterinary care, food and shelter, and to facilitate their adoption into forever homes of responsible pet owners.

Canine Castaways

Arcadia, (863) 491-6888

MISSION: Dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and pairing dogs in need with responsible owners, and to increasing awareness of the consequences of pet overpopulation.

Cat Depot

Sarasota, (941) 366-2404

MISSION: To save lives, find loving homes and provide the resources and education to improve the destiny of homeless cats.

EARS (Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary)

Englewood, (941) 681-3877

MISSION: Dedicated to finding forever homes for cats and dogs, educating and providing spaying and neutering of pets and providing a pet food pantry for pet owners in need.

East Coast Humane Society

Venice, (770) 823-9438

MISSION: Giving hope to canine friends who have been abandoned, abused or made homeless.

Fairy Tail Endings

Sarasota. (941) 320-8242

MISSION: Dedicated to helping financially struggling families in Sarasota and Manatee counties keep their pets and provide proper care through financial aid, product and service donations, education and outreach.

Florida Parrot Rescue

Seffner, (813) 516-1759

MISSION: Dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of companion parrots.

Forget-Me-Not Inc.

Sarasota, (941) 302-0957

MISSION: Dedicated to saving the lives of hard-to-place pets (e.g., bully breeds, seniors, special needs, injured, and pregnant mothers) who are impounded in kill shelters and at risk for euthanasia, homeless pets in the community and pets surrendered by their owners.

Gulf Shore Animal League

Bradenton, (941) 747-2284

MISSION: To provide programs and solutions that will support Manatee County in becoming a true no-kill community where animals are no longer killed as a means of population control.

Honor Animal Rescue

Bradenton, (941) 747-4900

MISSION: To save the lives of homeless pets by changing the way our community views animal sheltering and shelter pets.

Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch

Sarasota, (941) 361-1071

MISSION: To save and re-home adoptable animals with emphasis on those targeted for euthanasia.

Humane Society of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 747-8808

MISSION: Committed to leading Manatee County in fostering compassion and respect for animals through care, education and collaboration.

Humane Society of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 955-4131

MISSION: Provides abandoned pets with compassionate care and shelter while promoting responsible pet ownership and securing permanent homes.

Last Chance Animal Sanctuary

Bradenton, (941) 373-5670

MISSION: Providing life-long care for cats with no place else to go; rescuing cats from area shelters and preparing them for adoption.

Lemur Conservation Foundation

Myakka City, (941) 322-8494

MISSION: Dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through managed breeding, scientific research, education and art.

Mimi's Rescue

Sarasota, (941) 321-1096

MISSION: Specializes in the protection, rescue and placement of kittens and cats; educates cat owners regarding the health, safety and proper care of their pets.

Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue

Bradenton, (941) 896-6701

MISSION: Rescues and rehabilitates dogs who are sick, injured, elderly, young, have behavioral problems or otherwise need help.

Parrot Cove Exotic Bird and Environmental Education Preserve

Myakka City, (941) 219-3688

MISSION: Promoting responsible exotic avian care, avian placement, conservation awareness and avian veterinary advancements through education.

Racing Dog Rescue Project

Sarasota, (941) 379-3278

MISSION: Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of retired racing greyhounds.

Ruff Life Charities

Bradenton, (843) 301-9696

MISSION: Helping the pets of elderly and terminally sick patients get the care they need to transition to a new home.

Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

Sarasota, (941) 349-3259

MISSION: Improves the lives of dolphins through research, which is translated into conservation action.

Sarasota In Defense of Animals

Sarasota, (941) 924-2505

MISSION: To provide a forum for the protection of animals and the operation of a 10-acre no-kill animal sanctuary.

Satchel's Last Resort

Sarasota, (941) 924-5070

MISSION: To rescue, rehabilitate and re-home pets in loving, safe homes.

Save Our Seabirds

Sarasota, (941) 388-3010

MISSION: To rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and injured birds while educating the community about preventing injuries and preserving habitats.

Sea To Shore Alliance

Sarasota, (941) 587-4510

MISSION: To protect threatened marine species such as sea turtles, manatees and right whales, and to improve the health and productivity of coastal environments for the benefit of people and marine life.

Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary

Ona, (941) 228-5441

MISSION: To provide rescue, rehabilitation and lifetime sanctuary to abused, abandoned and neglected horses; to promote awareness of the principles of natural horsemanship; to provide assistance to horse owners in the community.

St. Francis Animal Rescue

Venice, (941) 492-6200

MISSION: To rescue abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens and provide them with shelter, food, medical care and love for their entire lives or until they can be placed in responsible, loving homes.

Suncoast Humane Society

Englewood, (941) 474-7884

MISSION: To reduce the number of homeless animals.

TANKS (Tending Abandoned Needy Kats Sanctuary)

Sarasota, (941) 822-0300

MISSION: To provide foster homes, veterinary services, food and loving care for senior and special needs cats.

TNR Cats Inc. of Manatee

Bradenton, (941) 962-6234

MISSION: Committed to aiding and rescuing cats that have been injured or are in dire need of a veterinarian, and spaying/neutering feral cats.

Underdog Rescue of Florida

Bradenton, (941) 713-6531

MISSION: To rescue and prevent small breed dogs from being euthanized in shelters.

Venice Cat Coalition

Venice, (941) 525-4568

MISSION: Supports feral cat programs and reductions in euthanasia of cats in local shelters; provides low- or no-income cat owners with emergency help.

Vintage Paws Sanctuary

Sarasota, (941) 921-4355

MISSION: Provides loving care and sanctuary for displaced senior dogs.

Venice Wildlife

Venice, (941) 484-9657

MISSION: To rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned wildlife; to educate about native wildlife and proper procedures upon discovery of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.

Wildlife Inc.

Anna Maria, (941) 778-6324

MISSION: To rescue and rehabilitate all native wildlife species with the goal of returning them back to the environment.

ARTS AND CULTURE

Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra

Holmes Beach, (941) 795-2370

MISSION: The voice of great music for the community and beyond.

The Anna Maria Beach Company

Anna Maria, (813) 758-3234

MISSION: To educate the public by bringing the history of Anna Maria Island to them, presenting programs on the early days of the island.

ArtCenter Manatee

Bradenton, (941) 746-2862

MISSION: To provide a welcoming, professional environment, educate novice and experienced artists of all ages, provide galleries to exhibit original artwork, and enhance the visual arts in Manatee County.

Art Center Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 365-2032

MISSION: To provide Sarasota with opportunities for creative expression and art appreciation through art education, exhibitions and cultural programs.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 306-1200

MISSION: Presents innovative classical and popular performances by world-class vocal and instrumental musicians.

Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island

Holmes Beach, (941) 778-6694

MISSION: To educate, promote and encourage cultural and charitable artistic endeavors.

Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 365-5118

MISSION: To advocate for arts and culture and to enhance the connection between the community and regional arts and culture.

Asolo Repertory Theatre

Sarasota, (941) 351-9010

MISSION: To entertain, engage and inspire through the highest quality professional repertory theater and superior educational programs.

Association of Florida Teaching Artists

Sarasota, (941) 960-1210

MISSION: Offers arts-infused programs to young people and the community to develop and enhance educational experiences through the arts.

Belle Canto

Sarasota, (941) 400-2152

MISSION: To share a passionate celebration of women's voices to entertain, enrich, inspire and educate audiences with the finest choral repertoire through diverse and creative programming.

The Circus Arts Conservatory

Sarasota, (941) 355-9335

MISSION: To engage and educate students using unique and innovative learning programs; to measurably improve the quality of life for individuals in care facilities; and to advance the legacy and heritage of the circus.

Cortez Cultural Center

Cortez, (941) 538-0945

MISSION: To investigate and study the history of the Village of Cortez; to provide for the collection and preservation or display of papers, books, records, relics and other things of historical interest.

Designing Women Boutique

Sarasota, (941) 366-5293

MISSION: To meaningfully grow funding for Sarasota's arts and human services.

Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 993-3085

MISSION: LGBT chorus celebrating all of humanity and inspiring the community to embrace equality through songs of hope and inclusion.

Embracing Our Differences

Sarasota, (941) 404-5710

MISSION: To educate and inspire to create a better world that embraces diversity, respects differences and actively rejects hatred and prejudice.

EnsemblenewSRQ

Sarasota, (772) 834-7173

MISSION: Dedicated to the performance of world-class contemporary music in Sarasota.

Fine Arts Society Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 330-0680

MISSION: Dedicated to supporting and stimulating the arts in Sarasota County.

The First Brass of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 928-0296

MISSION: To entertain and educate through music and stories.

The Florida Holocaust Museum

St. Petersburg, (727) 820-0100

MISSION: Honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust; dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of human life.

Florida Humanities Council

St Petersburg, (727) 873-2009

MISSION: Dedicated to building strong communities and informed citizens by providing the opportunity to explore Florida heritage.

Florida Studio Theatre

Sarasota, (941) 366-9017

MISSION: To make theater accessible and affordable to as many people as possible; to present theater that challenges with as much gusto as it entertains, to create a public forum for the issues of our day.

Foundation to Preserve Victor Lundy's South Gate Community House

Sarasota, (941) 955-4597

MISSION: Dedicated to the restoration, preservation and maintenance of the historically designated Victor Lundy-designed South Gate Community House.

Friends of Little Salt Spring

North Port, (781) 267-8659

MISSION: Supporting stewardship and preservation as well as research and public education about Little Salt Spring Archaeological and Ecological Preserve.

Friends of the Englewood Archives

Englewood, (941) 870-8105

MISSION: To preserve the history of the greater Englewood area.

Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum

Cortez, (941) 708-6120

MISSION: Collects, preserves and effectively utilizes traditional knowledge, Florida cultural artifacts and personal stories to create accessible and engaging educational programming.

Friends of the Sarasota County History Center

Sarasota, (941) 361-2453

MISSION: To promote and enhance the use and enjoyment of Sarasota County's cultural and historical heritage.

Gloria Musicae

Sarasota, (941) 387-6046

MISSION: Celebrates the excellence of choral music through innovative, stimulating performances and educational outreach.

GuitarSarasota

Sarasota, (941) 362-2991

MISSION: Promotes the education, appreciation and cultural significance of the classical guitar as a solo and chamber music instrument.

Gulf Coast Community Choir

Sarasota, (941) 379-0232

MISSION: To raise funds for worthy nonprofit organizations and teach the value of diversity through concerts.

Hermitage Artist Retreat

Englewood, (941) 475-2098

MISSION: To nurture creativity, preserve Florida history, protect native ecology and serve the Gulf Coast communities.

Historic Spanish Point

Osprey, (941) 966-5214

MISSION: To connect people of today with 5,000 years of human history in southwest coastal Florida by preserving and interpreting objects and traditions significant to our region's past.

Historical Society of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 364-9076

MISSION: To foster public awareness of the historical heritage of Sarasota County and the state of Florida, encourage inquiry and research, and protect historic sites, structures and memorabilia.

Jazz Club of Sarasota

Sarasota. (941) 366-1552

MISSION: To promote, preserve, perform and educate people about jazz, the original American music art form.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 359-5700

MISSION: The legacy of John and Mable Ringling--a place of art, architecture and circus in an environment that inspires, educates and entertains.

KDWRadio.com

North Port, (941) 564-8739

MISSION: Building community through open communication.

Key Chorale

Sarasota, (941) 921-4845

MISSION: Key Chorale is dedicated to performing and promoting choral music of the highest quality.

La Musica

Sarasota, (941) 346-2601

MISSION: To bring together the finest musicians of Europe and the Americas to present exciting programs of familiar and unusual chamber music.

Lemon Bay Playhouse

Englewood, (941) 475-6756

MISSION: To enrich Englewood and surrounding communities through theatrical productions, volunteer opportunities, education and training in the performing arts, and to provide a venue for other cultural activities.

Manatee Community Concert Band

Bradenton, (941) 462-3188

MISSION: To provide the Bradenton, Sarasota and surrounding communities with quality musical entertainment free of charge while providing experienced musicians and students an outlet to highlight their talents.

Manatee County Agricultural Museum

Palmetto, (941) 721-2034

MISSION: To preserve, share and educate the community about Manatee County's agricultural heritage and to support local agriculture today and into the future.

Manatee County Historical Commission

Bradenton, (941) 741-4075

MISSION: Advocating for historic preservation and cultural tourism, preserving historic buildings and artifacts, educating the public and maintaining the Manatee Village Historical Park.

Manatee Players

Bradenton, (941) 749-1111

MISSION: To represent, enrich and promote diverse artists and art forms.

Musica Sacra Cantorium

Sarasota, (941) 405-7322

MISSION: Dedicated to the performance and promotion of choral music from many sources.

North Port Art Center

North Port, (941) 423-6460

MISSION: Inspiring and encouraging creative possibilities for everyone through the visual arts.

Palmetto Historical Park

Palmetto, (941) 723-4991

MISSION: To foster an awareness and appreciation of local heritage and to preserve historical resources.

The Perlman Music Program Suncoast

Sarasota, (941) 955-4942

MISSION: Inspiring the next generation of concert artists, educators and audiences.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts

Sarasota, (941) 365-2494

MISSION: Presenting a diverse and entertaining slate of high-quality, volunteer-driven theatrical experiences that educate, stimulate and enrich the entire community.

The Pops Orchestra

Sarasota, (941) 926-7677

MISSION: Committed to presenting "music you love; musicians you know."

Ring Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 321-3454

MISSION: To educate the community about the art of handbell ringing and to present quality handbell music to various audiences.

Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 586-2777

MISSION: Supports the efforts of the Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys, as well as Rotary International, through local, state and international humanitarian, education and cultural exchange programs.

SaraSolo

Sarasota, (941) 323-1360

MISSION: Dedicated to the development and presentation of solo performances and new small-cast plays that illuminate the human condition.

Sarasota Architectural Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 364-2199

MISSION: Celebrates the Sarasota School of Architecture movement and advocates to preserve the mid-century modern structures that exemplify its forward-looking principles.

The Sarasota Ballet

Sarasota, (941) 359-0099

MISSION: To enrich lives, captivate emotions and strengthen community through the art of dance.

Sarasota Chalk Festival

Venice, (941) 488-8877

MISSION: To enhance community by inspiring collaborative support from volunteers, artists, visitors and donors so that the world's best pavement artists can perform alongside anyone who wants to participate.

The Sarasota Choral Society

Sarasota, (941) 343-9894

MISSION: Furthering and promoting individual and group singing and choral activities of all kinds.

Sarasota Concert Association

Sarasota, (941) 228-7721

MISSION: To bring the finest classical music to the greater Sarasota community at the lowest possible price.

Sarasota Concert Band

Sarasota, (941) 650-1177

MISSION: Professional wind ensemble dedicated to performing traditional concert band music.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance

Sarasota, (941) 345-5755

MISSION: To bring cutting-edge dance of the highest caliber to the community through performance, education and collaboration.

Sarasota County Agricultural Fair Association Incorporated

Sarasota, (941) 365-0818

MISSION: Preserves and showcases the area's agricultural heritage and other local economic interests, creating cultural traditions culminating in the annual fair.

Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office

Sarasota, (941) 309-1200

MISSION: To grow film, television and other entertainment media production volume throughout Sarasota County in order to create and retain high-wage, high-skill jobs and drive economic development.

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School

Sarasota, (941) 365-8400

MISSION: To foster global understanding through training a diverse student body in the Cuban ballet style and to offer diversity in cultural performances throughout the community.

Sarasota Dance Festival

Sarasota, (941) 302-4504

MISSION: Promotes an appreciation and better understanding of the art of dance through educational programs, performances and exhibitions.

Sarasota Film Festival

Sarasota, (941) 364-9514

MISSION: To celebrate the art of filmmaking by hosting an international film festival and developing yearlong programs for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of the community.

Sarasota High School Drama Department

Sarasota, (941) 955-0181

MISSION: To provide assistance to the Sarasota High School drama department in promoting the highest degree of drama and drama performance education standards in the after-school program.

Sarasota Musica Viva

Osprey, (941) 870-9885

MISSION: Presenting diverse programs of new and rarely performed musical masterpieces that expand, enrich and engage the community.

Sarasota Opera Association

Sarasota, (941) 366-8450

MISSION: To produce world-class opera true to the vision of the composer to entertain, enrich and educate.

Sarasota Orchestra

Sarasota, (941) 953-4252

MISSION: To engage, educate and enrich the community through high-quality, live musical experiences.

Sarasota Young Voices Incorporated

Sarasota, (941) 724-4592

MISSION: A community children's choir for school-aged singers in Sarasota and Manatee counties to learn foundational music and singing skills.

South Florida Museum & Bishop Planetarium

Bradenton, (941) 746-4131

MISSION: To engage and inspire learners of all ages and to protect, interpret and communicate scientific and cultural knowledge.

Theatre Odyssey

Sarasota, (941) 799-7224

MISSION: To engage in short, innovative theater works while providing a nurturing environment that encourages, challenges and inspires playwrights and other theater artists.

Urbanite Theatre

Sarasota, (941) 321-1397

MISSION: Dedicated to bringing compelling intimate live theater experiences to downtown Sarasota.

Van Wezel Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 366-5578

MISSION: To enrich the lives of members of the Gulf Coast community, with an emphasis on children, through the performing arts while supporting the needs of the Van Wezel.

Venice Area Historical Society

Venice, (941) 412-0151

MISSION: To promote a public awareness and understanding of the historic heritage of Florida, Sarasota County, and the Venice area within the context of the nation's history.

Venice Art Center

Venice, (941) 485-7136

MISSION: To provide cultural resources to the community and to encourage the knowledge and appreciation of visual art in all forms.

The Venice Chorale, Exsultate

Venice, (941) 484-8491

MISSION: To serve a regional audience by promoting the art of choral singing through vocal excellence and multigenerational education.

Venice Heritage

Venice, (941) 237-0478

MISSION: Dedicated to preserving and promoting the Venice area's cultural heritage, including the surrounding communities of Osprey, Laurel and Nokomis.

The Venice Symphony

Venice, (941) 488-1010

MISSION: To provide funding for symphony performances which provide education and cultural richness to the area.

Venice Theatre

Venice, (941) 488-1115

MISSION: To celebrate and nurture creative expression and foster human understanding through performing arts of the highest quality.

Village of the Arts

Bradenton, (941) 747-8056

MISSION: To build a community where artists live and work while enhancing quality of life and creating a harmonious environment.

WEDU

Tampa, (813) 254-9338

MISSION: To aid in the creation of an informed citizenry through quality programming using new technologies and community outreach.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT)

Sarasota, (941) 366-1505

MISSION: To produce shows that promote and celebrate the African-American experience, attract diverse audiences, support and develop African-American artists, and build the self-esteem of African-American youth.

WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio

Tampa, (813) 238-8001

MISSION: Provides broadcasts and creates other forums to serve the community.

WSLR

Sarasota, (941) 894-6469

MISSION: To inform and empower listeners to play an active role in WSLR and in their community, promoting equality, peace, sustainability, democracy, health, and social and economic justice.

WUSF Public Media

Tampa, (800) 741-9090

MISSION: To provide meaningful and relevant content that enhances the community's quality of life.

EDUCATION

The ABA Academy

Sarasota, (941) 388-8020

MISSION: Strives to develop the full potential of students with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities.

Alliance Francaise de Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 955-0700

MISSION: Dedicated to promoting French language and Francophone culture in the Sarasota and Manatee area through local educational, cultural and social events.

AMIkids Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 408-7600

MISSION: To prevent or reduce delinquency; to improve public safety by redirecting the lives of at-risk youth and helping them to become productive citizens.

Ave Maria University Preparatory School

Myakka City, (941) 322-1601

MISSION: Maintains a safe and caring atmosphere where students and staff are valued for their God-given gifts and dignity.

Better Futures

Sarasota, (941) 544-2895

MISSION: Fostering agents of change who will implement compassionate actions while focusing on our similarities and embracing our differences.

Beyond The Spectrum

Sarasota, (941) 907-3443

MISSION: To serve the children and families affected by autism and related disorders.

Braden River Choral Booster Association

Bradenton, (941) 751-8230

MISSION: To provide financial and educational support to the choral department of Braden River High School, as to facilitate a superior choral experience and community involvement for all students.

Bradenton Christian School

Braden ton, (941) 792-5454

MISSION: To provide an excellent education rooted in God's word, and to prepare the hearts and minds of God's children in partnership with the Christian community for service in God's world.

Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing

Sarasota, (941) 544-3540

MISSION: To challenge children and youth to find positive life goals and empower them to achieve those goals.

Calvary Chapel School

Sarasota, (941) 366-6522

MISSION: Providing Bible-based, academically sound education for children in K4 through eighth grade.

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School

Sarasota, (941) 371-4917

MISSION: Provides a quality education centered in Gospel values.

Center for Architecture Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 350-5430

MISSION: To foster dialogue and education in the built environment, advocate for the preservation of the area's diverse architectural heritage and encourage and promote innovative new design and sensitive urban planning.

The Classical Academy of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 925-2153

MISSION: To develop the academic potential of each student through a rigorous, content-rich, classical liberal arts education while building in them a virtuous character.

Dreamers Afterschool Homework Assistance Program

Sarasota, (941) 961-4058

MISSION: To provide an opportunity for students to grow and develop physically, intellectually and emotionally to become healthy, responsible adults.

Dreams Are Free Catholic School At Bishop Nevins Academy

Sarasota, (941) 366-4010

MISSION: To develop a strong foundation of faith, values and learning for students with special learning needs aspiring to challenge each student to achieve their learning potential.

Dyslexia Awareness Advocacy and Action

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 538-6822

MISSION: To help those with dyslexia or other language-based learning disabilities.

Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County

Palmetto, (941) 757-2900

MISSION: To provide and coordinate the services of school readiness programs in an efficient manner, in order to help all children develop the skills needed to achieve future educational

Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 954-4830

MISSION: Prepares children for lifelong success through quality early learning.

Education Foundation of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 927-0965

MISSION: To strengthen the community by investing in educational opportunities for the students, teachers and schools of Sarasota County through strategic philanthropy.

Escuelas Hermanas dba Sister Schools

Bradenton, (941) 747-7915

MISSION: Connecting local children with children in Guatemala so both can learn how to deal with a world that is rapidly growing more interdependent and complex.

The Friends of Rocky Bluff Library

Ellenton, (941) 723-4821

MISSION: To provide financial and other support for the enhancement of library resources and services to the residents of northeast Manatee County.

Friends of the Suncoast Library at Toledo Blade

North Port. (773) 226-5381

MISSION: To ensure an exciting, worthwhile and sustainable library that engages the community.

FSU/Asolo Conservatory For Actor Training

Sarasota, (941) 351-9010

MISSION: Provides a select group of graduate students from around the world a combination of intense classroom training in all aspects of the craft of acting and production opportunities in both the Cook Theatre season and the Asolo Rep mainstage season.

Future Builders of America

Tallahassee, (850) 224-4316

MISSION: To be engaged in construction-related educational activities, including assisting students in understanding and pursuing rewarding careers in construction and related trades.

Ghanaian Mothers Mope

Westminster, Maryland, (443) 974-8520

MISSION: Provides public preschools and health centers in remote villages to teach children, inspire mothers and change lives on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Global Outreach

University Park, (941) 358-1705

MISSION: To introduce computer literacy into the curriculum of secondary schools in central Tanzania.

Hershorin Schiff Community Day School (Formerly Goldie Feldman Academy)

Sarasota, (941) 552-2770

MISSION: To establish a new educational model of an inclusive, interfaith Jewish day school for students of all faiths and backgrounds.

Imagine School at Palmer Ranch

Sarasota, (941) 923-1125

MISSION: To work in partnership with parents and guardians to educate their children through a challenging program of study and strong character development within a nurturing and orderly learning environment.

Incarnation Catholic School

Sarasota, (941) 924-8588

MISSION: To provide an education of excellence while fostering the teaching mission of Jesus Christ to grow in faith, knowledge and love of God.

Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay

Tampa, (813) 531-1410

MISSION: Dedicated to empowering young people to own their future economic success by educating them as to the opportunities, principles and realities of the 21st century global marketplace.

Kidbacker Foundation for Entrepreneurship

Sarasota, (645) 271-5515

MISSION: Empowering tomorrow's business leaders today by activating and investing in bold, young entrepreneurs, ages 13-23.

Leadership Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 955-2508

MISSION: To conduct educational, training and leadership development programs for the business community.

Links to Success

Arcadia, (863) 990-0527

MISSION: To provide resources, services, experiences and guidance to prepare youth for post-secondary education and careers.

The Literacy Council of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 955-0421

MISSION: To improve literacy for adults in Sarasota County through personalized, needs-based tutoring and small group instruction.

Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County

Venice, (941) 488-8994

MISSION: To provide one-on-one tutoring and small group classes for English as a Second Language (ESL) and basic literacy at no cost to adult learners.

Live the Life

Tallahassee, (850) 668-3700

MISSION: To strengthen marriages and families.

Manatee Education Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 251-4937

MISSION: To provide funding for innovative programs and enhanced educational opportunities for the teachers and students of Manatee County public schools beyond allocated state dollars.

Manatee Reads!

Bradenton, (941) 746-8197

MISSION: To empower Manatee County residents to independence through literacy.

Manatee School for the Arts

Palmetto, (941) 721-6800

MISSION: To provide an educational environment that will allow students to succeed and grow academically by acknowledging and accommodating different learning styles and multiple intelligence.

Mangrove School of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 927-3711

MISSION: Dedicated to engaging students through a hands-on, developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to strengthen their capacities, so they may meet the ever-changing world with creativity and confidence.

MTC Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 751-7900

MISSION: To identify, solicit and acquire restricted and unrestricted resources to support the programs, educational services, teachers and students of Manatee Technical College.

The Montessori Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 729-9565

MISSION: To inspire, nurture and support the development of strong Montessori schools worldwide, with programs serving children from the infants through high school.

New College Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 487-4800

MISSION: Offers a liberal arts education of the highest quality in the context of a small, residential public honors college with a distinctive academic program which develops the student's intellectual and personal potential as fully as possible.

NewGate School

Sarasota, (941) 922-4949

MISSION: To cultivate a love of life and inspire academic excellence.

The Out-of-Door Academy

Sarasota, (941) 349-3223

MISSION: Provides an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and to build character through a balanced program of academics, arts and athletics.

Pace Center for Girls

Bradenton, (941) 751-4566

MISSION: Provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

Palmetto Charter School

Palmetto, (941) 723-3711

MISSION: To create a superior learning environment founded upon the shared values of hard work, honor, self-discipline, and community and parental involvement.

Pierian Spring Academy

Sarasota, (941) 716-2471

MISSION: To provide intellectually stimulating learning experiences led by highly qualified faculty for adults in the Sarasota/Manatee community.

Pine View Association

Osprey, (941) 486-2001

MISSION: Public school for intellectually gifted students in grades two to 12.

Pine View Band Boosters

Osprey, (941) 486-2001

MISSION: To help teach the language of music to students of Pine View School.

Pinnacle Academy PTO

Bradenton, (941) 755-1400

MISSION: To support special legacy projects to enhance the educational experiences of students who have special learning needs.

Prew Academy

Sarasota, (941) 921-7739

MISSION: To provide students who have different learning styles a flexible curriculum in a warm, nurturing family setting.

Project Light English Language Learning Center of Manatee

Bradenton, (941) 745-1659

MISSION: To teach English to adult speakers of other languages (ESOL).

Project Read Together

Notomis, (941) 284-6768

MISSION: To provide engaging, multisensory literacy instruction and enrichment to children in the community.

Redlands Christian Migrant Association

Immokalee, (239) 658-3560

MISSION: Opens doors to opportunities through quality child care and education from crib to high school and beyond.

Ringling College of Art And Design

Sarasota, (941) 309-4733

MISSION: Educates the creative critical thinkers who will transform the future.

Ringling College Library Association (RCLA)

Sarasota, (941) 925-1343

MISSION: Dedicated to the ongoing development of Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library, acting as a catalyst for the education growth of students, faculty and community.

Riverview High School Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 376-7877

MISSION: To provide funds for the enhancement of education at Riverview High School when there are no other funding sources available.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 870-0002

MISSION: To develop and implement educational, humanitarian and vocational projects that address demonstrated needs in the local community.

Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 955-8761

MISSION: Helping build a better community and world through educational, humanitarian and charitable endeavors.

Saint Joseph Catholic School

Bradenton, (941) 755-2611

MISSION: Provides a program of academic rigor, rich in Christ and Catholic faith tradition, personal responsibility and service to empower students for leadership in the global society.

Saint Martha Catholic School

Sarasota, (941) 953-4181

MISSION: To provide each student with diverse opportunities that develop strength in faith and excellence in knowledge and learning.

Saint Stephen's Episcopal School

Bradenton, (941) 746-2121

MISSION: Provides a superior academic program which prepares each student for a college or university compatible with the individual's academic ability, interest and needs.

Sarasota Chinese Academy

Sarasota, (941) 315-8178

MISSION: To provide quality Chinese language instruction and cultural programs in a safe environment and promote understanding and appreciation of traditional Chinese culture, history and philosophy.

Sarasota Christian School

Sarasota, (941) 371-6481

MISSION: To honor God by developing academic abilities and broadening educational experiences while deepening Christian faith through partnership with the home, the church and the community.

Sarasota High School Mast Research Institute Boosters Incorporated

Sarasota, (941) 955-0181

MISSION: Offers students throughout Sarasota County the opportunity to study professional scientific research methods and apply academic data by conducting research in the scientific field of their choice.

Sarasota-Manatee Council of the Navy League

Sarasota, (941) 493-9376

MISSION: To enhance the morale of active duty personnel and their families; to inform Congress and the American public on the importance of strong sea services; and to support youth through programs that expose young people to the values of sea services.

SMA Prep Middle School

Sarasota, (941) 926-1700

MISSION: To provide secondary students the highest quality college preparatory education possible, incorporating the principles of leadership, discipline, patriotism, compassion and honor in a military-structured environment that develops lifelong learners.

Sarasota Mindfulness Institute

Sarasota, (941) 400-6600

MISSION: To provide programs which promote mindfulness practice, education and research in the local community.

Sarasota Music Conservatory

Sarasota, (941) 726-3020

MISSION: Dedicated to providing the highest standard of music education and performance programs to the children of our community.

Sarasota Personal Computer Users Group

Sarasota, (941) 677-0246

MISSION: To provide quality education about using today's personal technology products and to provide the citizens of Sarasota County refurbished computer equipment.

Sarasota School of Arts And Sciences

Sarasota, (941) 330-1855

MISSION: Provides a small, intimate environment of academic excellence and enrichment, utilizing community partnerships and traditional and innovative teaching methods.

Sarasota University

Sarasota, (866) 582-8448

MISSION: To make a difference in people's lives through strengths-based education.

Sea of Strengths Academy PTO

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 538-6822

MISSION: To enhance the academic experience for students with learning disabilities, providing additional educational tools and supporting efforts to enhance the educational quality of the school.

Seed of Academic Resources Program (SOAR)

Sarasota, (941) 355-6033

MISSION: Committed to improving the academic achievement of children by providing a balanced program of academic support in math, reading and writing, arts, cultural enrichment, recreation and nutrition.

The Social Black Belt

Venice, (941) 587-7388

MISSION: To provide youth with the skills, knowledge and the resources to choose pro-social behaviors and establish healthy lifelong goals.

Southern Atelier

Sarasota, (941) 753-7755

MISSION: Promoting classical principles in contemporary art and building a coalition of painters for the advancement of realist painting.

Southside Elementary PTO

Sarasota, (941) 361-6420

MISSION: Enhances the education of students by providing resources that create a strong community.

State College of Florida Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 752-5390

MISSION: To inspire and connect donors with State College of Florida students, faculty, programs and community; to professionally steward assets entrusted to the foundation.

Sun Coast Alliance for Lifelong Learning (SCALL)

Sarasota, (941) 408-3723

MISSION: To support enrichment opportunities offered by the independent and diverse lifelong learning organizations throughout Sarasota-Manatee counties.

Suncoast Science Center

Sarasota, (941) 840-4394

MISSION: To provide people of all ages the opportunity to actively engage in the world of science, technology, arts, engineering and math; to encourage lifelong learning in a fun, educational and hands-on environment.

The Tabernacle Christian School

Sarasota, (941) 365-1050

MISSION: To lead every student to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and develop each student to see life from a biblical point of view.

Take Stock In Children of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941] 751-6550

MISSION: Provides college scholarships, mentors and hope for deserving at-risk students to break the cycle of poverty and help them reach their greatest potential.

Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 358-4407

MISSION: Provides a unique opportunity for low-income and at-risk students in Sarasota County to escape the cycle of poverty through education.

TeamUP Volunteer 8 Partnership Council for the Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota, (941) 927-9000

MISSION: Provides resources and support to the Sarasota County School District.

Tech Readers Enrich Kids Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 462-1167

MISSION: To provide technical tools to students who are not reading at appropriate grade level, in order to increase reading proficiency.

UnidosNow

Sarasota, (941) 256-0625

MISSION: To elevate the quality of life for the local Latino community through education, integration and civic engagement.

University Women

Venice, (941) 979-2481

MISSION: Advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Upside Down Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 366-3600

MISSION: Inspiring academic success and leadership through mentoring.

University of South Florida Foundation

Tampa, (941) 359-4582

MISSION: Provides access to professional higher education programs and scholarly research.

Venice Christian School

Venice, (941)496-4411

MISSION: To educate children academically, spiritually, physically and socially with a biblical worldview in partnership with families, churches and the community.

Venice High School Marine Corp Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp

Venice, (941) 488-6726

MISSION: To support the program objectives of the Marine Corp instructors by raising funds and providing volunteer assistance.

Visible Men Academy

Bradenton, (941) 758-7588

MISSION: All-boys school designed to promote intellectual and academic advancement while simultaneously addressing social and emotional development.

Wee Care Christian Academy

Myakka City, (941) 322-6409

MISSION: To lead every student to the knowledge of Jesus Christ and develop the spirit, mind and body to see life from a biblical prospective.

Westcoast School For Human Development Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 366-4539

MISSION: To train children and teenagers in the Westcoast philosophy, promoting wisdom and concern for all human beings.

William Monroe Rowlett Academy for Arts and Communication

Bradenton, (941) 708-6100

MISSION: To provide the highest quality education that will foster leadership skills and a love of learning.

ENVIRONMENT

The Children's Garden

Sarasota, (941) 330-1711

MISSION: To keep kids connected to nature by providing a whimsical interactive garden to explore, wonder, imagine and learn the magic of gardening.

Coastal Conservation Association of Florida

Orlando, (941) 270-0895

MISSION: To conserve, promote and enhance coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

Osprey, (941) 918-2100

MISSION: To protect the environmental character, biodiversity and natural integrity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and watersheds of Florida's Gulf Coast.

Cortez Classic Yacht Guild

Bradenton, (941) 730-9551

MISSION: To restore a historic classic wooden ship to serve as the flagship for the importance of clean water and marine conservation.

EckoTours

Sarasota, (941) 232-8222

MISSION: To increase science-based environmental understanding, conservation and restoration through collaboration and public engagement.

Founders Garden Club of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 926-9220

MISSION: To stimulate interest in horticulture and the artistic use of plant materials; to encourage civic beautification and the preservation of natural resources.

Lemon Bay Conservancy

Englewood, (941) 830-8922

MISSION: To forever protect and preserve the natural features of Lemon Bay, Charlotte Harbor, their surrounding waters and uplands, and vital fish and wildlife habitat.

Lemon Bay Garden Club

Englewood, (941) 474-9068

MISSION: To maintain the LBGC clubhouse and gardens in Englewood, Florida for the education and enjoyment of members and the public.

Manasota 88

Nokornis, (941) 966-6256

MISSION: Dedicated to preserving the environment and protecting the public's health.

Manatee County Audubon Society

Bradenton, (941) 729-2222

MISSION: To protect, preserve, restore and enjoy the natural environment by creating an awareness and appreciation of birds, other wildlife and the native habitat.

Mote Marine Laboratory

Sarasota, (941) 388-4441

MISSION: To advance marine and environmental sciences through scientific research, education and public outreach, leading to new discoveries, revitalization and sustainability of the oceans.

Nature's Academy

Bradenton, (941) 538-6829

MISSION: To enhance science literacy and foster environmental stewardship.

Palma Sola Botanical Park

Bradenton, (941) 761-2866

MISSION: To preserve and foster an appreciation of nature and landscaping in an interactive learning environment.

Reef Medics

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 961-4131

MISSION: To provide therapy and education through SCUBA diving while protecting the reefs.

Sarasota Audubon Society

Sarasota, (941) 312-6533

MISSION: Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment.

Sarasota Garden Club

Sarasota, (941) 955-0875

MISSION: Preserving botanical gardens and historical landmarks while fostering appreciation and promotion of Florida gardening principals, floral design and civic beautification.

SOSS2 (Save Our Siesta Sand)

Sarasota, (941) 952-7000

MISSION: To ensure that no harm comes to Siesta Key beaches, waterfront property or navigation in Big Pass.

Selby Gardens

Sarasota, (941) 366-5731

MISSION: To provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.

SUSiE (Science Under Sail Institute for Exploration)

Sarasota, (941) 350-0900

MISSION: Dedicated to the advancement of coral reef research and the advancement of early career scientists and explorers.

Southwest Florida Fossil Society

Venice, (941) 769-2725

MISSION: To promote and foster the science of paleontology through the collection, identification and preservation of fossil remains and provide a regional forum for training and experience in the scientific field.

Suncoast Waterkeeper

Sarasota, (941) 275-2922

MISSION: To protect and restore the Suncoast's waterways through enforcement, fieldwork, advocacy and environmental education.

This Spaceship Earth

Sarasota, (773) 991-5199

MISSION: To overcome the challenges of climate change by creating crew consciousness.

Venice Area Beautification

Venice, (941) 207-8224

MISSION: To make the Venice area a more beautiful place to live, work and play.

HEALTH CARE

All Children's Hospital Guild

St. Petersburg, (727) 767-3879

MISSION: To advocate, volunteer and fund raise for children and families of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.

Alzheimer's Association

Sarasota, (941) 365-8883

MISSION: To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

American Association of Kidney Patients

Tampa, (813) 636-8100

MISSION: Dedicated to improving the quality of life of kidney patients through education, advocacy and the fostering of patient communities.

American Cancer Society

Sarasota, (800) 227-2345

MISSION: Dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

American Diabetes Association Southwest Florida

Tampa, (813) 885-5007

MISSION: To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Bioscent K9

Myakka City, (941) 225-5042

MISSION: To use canine scent detection to develop a noninvasive way of screening for cancer and other life-threatening diseases in their primary stages.

Breast Health Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 927-2226

MISSION: Dedicated to a communitywide effort promoting breast health awareness and education to the underserved Sarasota County residents.

Cares Outreach Services

Sarasota, (941) 365-5926

MISSION: Moving forward to put health disparities behind us.

Center for Mindful Grieving

Sarasota, (941) 306-1232

MISSION: To provide in-depth, one-of-a-kind, creative, specialized grief healing, recovery and life transformation services to the disenfranchised.

Centerstone of Florida

Bradenton, (941) 782-4299

MISSION: Specializing in mental health and addictions so that health and wellness are possible for every family.

The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association

Glenotden, Pennsylvania, (610) 499-9264

MISSION: To support the development of new drugs to treat CMT (the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy); to improve the quality of life for people with CMT and ultimately, to find a cure for CMT.

Circuelle Foundation

Sarasota, (855) 523-7465

MISSION: To educate, engage and empower young adults to be come self-advocates for breast health and awareness.

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare

Sarasota, (941) 927-8900

MISSION: To provide quality care with compassion, respect and dignity.

Community AIDS Network (CAN)

Sarasota, (941) 366-0461

MISSION: To provide a continuum of medical, social and education services essential to the health and well-being of those affected by HIV/ AIDS, Hepatits C and STDs.

Community Health Centers of Sarasota County Sarasota, (941) 861-2900

MISSION: To provide high-quality primary care services in Sarasota County.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Southwest Florida Chapter Tampa, (813) 374-9041

MISSION: To find a cure for cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for people living with the disease.

Ear Research Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 365-0367

MISSION: Dedicated to research, education and community service for hearing and balance disorders.

Englewood Community Care Clinic

Englewood, (941) 681-3765

MISSION: To provide no-cost episodic medical services to the uninsured and working poor in the Englewood area.

First Step of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 366-5333

MISSION: Prevents and treats alcohol and drug addictions and associated disorders.

The Food Addiction Institute

Sarasota, (941) 747-1972

MISSION: To provide awareness, education and training about chemical dependency on food and support for long-term recovery from food addiction.

Genesis Health Services

Sarasota, (941) 363-1852

MISSION: To insure that all families have access to affordable quality health care, with a focus on preventive protocols, in order to prevent the onset or progression of serious illness.

Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services

Notaras, (941) 445-5687

MISSION: Provides free medication and medical services to uninsured financially needy members of the community.

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Sarasota, (941) 361-6602

MISSION: To provide health education that improves the well-being of the community.

HADC (Help a Diabetic Child)

Naples, (239) 821-5051

MISSION: Dedicated to purchasing blood glucose testing supplies and insulin for children and college students in financial need.

HearCare Connection

Sarasota, (941) 316-0406

MISSION: Builds the self-worth of individuals by restoring their hearing potential and providing opportunities to engage with their communities through service to others.

In the Pink

Sarasota, (904) 534-3266

MISSION: Dedicated to helping women heal, cope and survive the physical and emotional effects of cancer.

InStride Therapy

Notaras, (941) 412-9333

MISSION: Partnered with horses, challenges individuals with special needs to meet their fullest potential.

The International Waldenstroms Macroglobulinemia Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 927-4963

MISSION: Support everyone affected by Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia while advancing the search for a cure.

Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation

Atlanta, Georgia (404) 537-5253

MISSION: Provides families with WOW! experiences giving children who will lose their Mom or Dad to cancer a timeout to create indispensable memories together while they can.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Florida Suncoast Chapter

Naples, (941) 685-6875

MISSION: To progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until we achieve a world without T1D.

Learn To Fish

Bradenton, (941) 755-3900

MISSION: To breathe life and hope into women and children who have been marginalized, demoralized and traumatized.

A Life Story Foundation

Bradenton, (713) 443-2972

MISSION: To raise awareness, to create action and to find treatments and ultimately a cure for ALS.

Little Dreamers

Sarasota, (941) 313-2246

MISSION: Dedicated to providing dreams to children (ages 0-12) who often miss out on childhood opportunities due to disease or who once struggled with a medical condition.

Macular Degeneration Association

Sarasota, (941) 870-4399

MISSION: To find a cure for macular degeneration and all eye diseases through funding research, while providing education and services that will improve the quality of life for patients.

Making Connections Counseling

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 704-5200

MISSION: Dedicated to providing professional services to individuals, couples and families that promote and restore healthy relationships.

Mental Health Community Center

Sarasota, (941) 953-3477

MISSION: To offer adults with mental illness caring, encouraging and direct service programs leading to a healthy and productive lifestyle.

The Multicultural Health Institute

Sarasota, (941) 225-8198

MISSION: Promoting, educating and ensuring equal health care access and treatment for underserved communities.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Fort Myers, (239) 437-6900

MISSION: A dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering more than 40 neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million American adults and children.

NAMI Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 376-9361

MISSION: To improve the quality of life of all those affected by mental illness through awareness, advocacy, education and support.

Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson's

Sarasota, (941) 926-6413

MISSION: Dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers.

Overcome Birth Defects

Bradenton, (941) 932-5361

MISSION: To provide needed medical and financial resources to children with disabilities.

Phelan McDermid Syndrome Foundation

Venice, (941) 485-8000

MISSION: To improve the quality of life of people affected by PMS worldwide by providing family support, accelerating research and raising awareness.

Pines of Sarasota Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 955-6293

MISSION: Provides compassionate care for seniors, offering rehabilitation services, skilled nursing, memory care, assisted living, education and support.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

Sarasota, (941) 365-3913

MISSION: To provide affordable access to comprehensive reproductive health care and accurate health information through patient care, education and advocacy.

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association

Sarasota, (800) 926-4797

MISSION: To promote and fund research, provide education and offer support to enhance the quality of life of those affected by Prader-Willi syndrome.

Prevent Blindness Florida

St Petersburg, (813) 874-2020

MISSION: Promotes a lifetime of healthy sight through direct services, public health awareness and advocacy.

Rob's Rescue Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 923-3958

MISSION: To financially assist families who have a child on the cancer floor at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Roskamp Institute

Sarasota, (941) 752-2949

MISSION: To conduct scientific research to discover safe and effective new drug therapies to successfully treat diseases of the mind and to promote healthy aging.

Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast

Sarasota, (941) 926-2959

MISSION: To provide excellent professional, spiritually integrated counseling services.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Sarasota, (941) 917-1010

MISSION: Serves the patients, family members, visitors and staff of the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System.

Southwest Florida Myositis Keep In Touch Support Group

Alexandria, Virginia, (703) 299-4850

MISSION: To support myositis patients and their families, connect the Medical Advisory Board to the medical and patient community and to increase funding for myositis research.

Suncoast Communities Blood Bank

Sarasota, (941) 954-1600

MISSION: Provides a reliable supply of quality blood products and services to hospitals and health centers in need.

TCI Suncoast (Trinity Charities)

Sarasota, (941) 355-0847

MISSION: To provide assistance, support and education for those affected by HIV/ AIDS and for those in need in our community.

Tidewell Hospice

Sarasota, (941) 552-7525

MISSION: To help people live well by providing care, comfort and compassion to patients living with advanced illness and their families.

Tri-County Counseling & Life Skills Center

North Port, (941) 876-3060

MISSION: Teaching clients those skills necessary to lead a healthier, happier and more productive life.

United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota Manatee

Sarasota, (941) 251-4956

MISSION: To advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

We Care Manatee

Bradenton, (941) 755-3952

MISSION: To facilitate free medical care to low-income and uninsured residents of Manatee County.

HUMAN SERVICES

13th Avenue Dream Center

Bradenton, (941) 746-7470

MISSION: Building dreams, changing lives by providing positive, productive environments filled with educational, cultural, recreational and social opportunities.

Agape Flights

Venice, (941) 488-0990

MISSION: To provide excellent aviation service delivering cargo, mall and humanitarian aid to missionary partners serving Christ.

Aging in Paradise Resource Center

Longboat Key, (941) 383-6493

MISSION: Provides quality solutions and exciting opportunities for local seniors, enabling them to live with dignity and the highest possible level of health, independence and quality of life.

All Faiths Food Bank

Sarasota, (941) 379-6333

MISSION: To provide healthy solutions to end hunger in the community.

ALSO Out Youth

Sarasota, (941) 951-2576

MISSION: To provide advocacy, leadership, support and outreach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual youth and their allies.

Anchor House

Palmetto, (941) 722-0764

MISSION: To reach out to any and all international seafarers who dock at Port Manatee.

Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity

Arcadia, (863) 494-4118

MISSION: Brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Athlein Inc.

Bradenton, (941) 592-8752

MISSION: Provides funding for high school student athletes to attend state football camps to secure college scholarships.

Baby Basics of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 684-0009

MISSION: Distributes diapers and kindness to working poor families who do not receive governmental cash assistance.

Back Pack Angels

North Port, (941) 426-8360

MISSION: To provide hygiene products for the homeless/ needy children of North Port, to improve self-esteem and enable them to remain in school, clean and well groomed.

Beauty for Ashes Women's Homes

Bradenton, (941) 400-0590

MISSION: To make a positive difference in the lives of women who have been recently released from incarceration.

Better Tomorrows at Janie's Garden

Sarasota, (941) 953-2255

MISSION: Committed to creating and maintaining strong, healthy living environments for residents of Janie's Garden Apartments by providing critical resources.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast

Venice, (941) 488-4009

MISSION: To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships.

Blaze of Hope

Sarasota, (941) 232-4568

MISSION: To provide financial assistance to families of children with a life-threatening medical condition.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 761-2582

MISSION: To enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 366-3911

MISSION: To enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Bridge a Life

Sarasota, (310) 422-7179

MISSION: Sharing Christ-centered hope with children who have been abused, abandoned, orphaned or neglected while supporting foster and adoptive families.

Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group

Sarasota, (941) 400-3818

MISSION: To break the vicious cycle of crime, incarceration, failure and death that plagues many young males in low-income, disenfranchised communities, by providing friendship, mentorship, guidance and love.

Building Stronger Marriages

Palmetto, (941) 722-0696

MISSION: To improve marriages and break the cycle of divorce.

Camelot Community Care

Clearwater, (727) 593-0003

MISSION: To develop and provide services that enable children and families to realize their own potential.

Care Net Manasota Crisis Pregnancy Center

Bradenton, (941) 751-1966

MISSION: Offers compassion, hope and help to anyone considering abortion by presenting them with realistic alternatives and Christ-centered support.

Care2tri

Sarasota, (248) 839-2687

MISSION: To help those who are often treated differently because of their physical disabilities.

CareerSource Suncoast

Bradenton, (941) 358-4080

MISSION: To recruit, train and retain talent for employers on the Suncoast, collaborating with local school districts, regional partners and employers.

Catholic Charities Diocese Of Venice

Venice, (941) 484-9543

MISSION: To serve and empower all in need regardless of race, nationality or creed.

The Center of Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria, (941) 778-1908

MISSION: To serve as a gathering place for the community to come together and make friends.

The Center of Hope of South County

Nokomis, (941) 412-9044

MISSION: Provide and coordinate services to stabilize the lives of people who are unemployed, homeless, near homeless or otherwise in need.

Child Evangelism Fellowship of Florida (CEF)

Bradenton, (941) 779-3164

MISSION: To evangelize boys and girls with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Child Protection Center

Sarasota, (941) 365-1277

MISSION: The prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse.

Children First

Sarasota, (941) 953-3877

MISSION: Strengthening children and families through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being.

Children's Dream Fund

St. Petersburg, (727) 8966390

MISSION: To make dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.

The Children's Guardian Fund

Sarasota, (941) 504-9515

MISSION: To ensure that every abused, neglected and abandoned child in the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida has a court-appointed volunteer Guardian ad Litem, and that financial assistance is available for the child's health, educational and social needs.

The Children's Healthy Pantry

Sarasota, (941) 350-0080

MISSION: To help children and their families develop everyday habits of healthy eating.

The Circus and Traveling Shows Retirement Project

Sarasota, (941) 953-5786

MISSION: To assist show people with age or health problems in their search for affordable housing in the Southwest Florida area.

Come To The Well

Bradenton, (941) 405-3041

MISSION: Providing Christ-centered wellness, fellowship and wholeness nourishing the mind, body and spirit.

Community Assistance Ministry (CAM)

Venice, (941) 492-6384

MISSION: To meet the urgent needs of families and individuals by providing emergency assistance.

Community Solutions 360

Sarasota, (941) 809-2231

MISSION: To provide safe and affordable homeownership and rentals, coupled with housing counseling and homebuyer education.

Dial Hope Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 726-3839

MISSION: Providing daily faith-based messages of encouragement, inspiration and care.

Drug Free DeSoto Coalition

Arcadia, (863) 993-1333

MISSION: To facilitate community collaboration, connect resources, develop innovative strategies and align actions to eliminate substance abuse in DeSoto County.

Easter Seals Southwest Florida (Happiness House)

Sarasota, (941) 355-7637

MISSION: Provides quality therapeutic, educational and support services lifespan services to children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Educational Consultants Consortium (ECC)

Palmetto, (941) 722-5696

MISSION: To facilitate communication and coordinate services between the home, school and community.

Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies

Bradenton, (941) 792-1511

MISSION: To provide weekend meals through a back-pack program during the school year for children, ages 5 through 12 who are homeless and/or living in food-deprived homes.

Englewood Helping Hand

Englewood, (941) 474-5864

MISSION: Provides food, rent/ utility and other assistance as well as referral services to other agencies in both Sarasota and Charlotte counties, working to prevent homelessness.

Epilepsy Services of SW Florida

Sarasota, (941) 953-5988

MISSION: To assist uninsured adults diagnosed with epilepsy to obtain medical, case management and prevention and education services.

Equally Confident Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 926-0355

MISSION: To provide martial arts to all LGBTQ persons wishing to seek its confidence building and empowerment.

Every Child

Sarasota, (941) 953-2277

MISSION: To help Sarasota's neediest children grow into healthy, happy adults.

Everyday Blessings

Thonotosassa, (813) 982-9226

MISSION: To provide high-quality care for sibling groups through a live-in caregiver model, to transition each child into a safe, stable and permanent home.

Face Autism

Ellenton, (813) 240-3044

MISSION: Provides sensory-friendly activities, support groups, referrals for therapeutic services, structured classes and other resources to every family with a child diagnosed with autism.

Face of Hope Foundation

North Port, (941) 284-3734

MISSION: To improve the quality of life of poor and homeless families through comprehensive community support and outreach services.

Family Integrity Training

Bradenton, (941) 799-4975

MISSION: Assists the underprivileged, indigent, incarcerated or addicted in transitioning from dysfunctional lifestyles to healthy ones through mentoring and small-group, faith-based, life-skills courses.

The Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee Sarasota

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 928-0682

MISSION: To empower families of children with disabilities in Manatee and Sarasota counties through education, advocacy and caregiver support.

Family Partnership Center

Bradenton, (941) 756-3007

MISSION: To prevent child abuse and neglect in at-risk families through comprehensive parenting education and support services.

Family Promise of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 952-1800

MISSION: Helping homeless children and their families move home.

Family Promise of South Sarasota

Venice, (941) 497-9881

MISSION: To address the needs of homeless children and families by providing temporary shelter, meals and comprehensive services to help them achieve lasting self-sufficiency.

Family Resources

Pinellas Park, (727) 521-5200

MISSION: To strengthen families and build better communities by providing prevention, support and counseling services to children, teens and families.

Feeding Empty Little Tummies

Bradenton. (941) 896-7870

MISSION: To feed homeless children on weekends when they often go hungry.

The First Tee of Sarasota Manatee

Sarasota, (941) 993-0046

MISSION: To provide educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 677-7181

MISSION: To help patients who need non-medical financial assistance while undergoing cancer treatment.

The Florida Center for Early Childhood

Sarasota, (941) 371-8820

MISSION: Providing an array of comprehensive therapeutic services, clinical interventions, prevention and early education programming to help children overcome obstacles and succeed.

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches

Boys Ranch, (800) 765-3797

MISSION: To prevent delinquency and develop lawful, resilient and productive citizens.

Florida West Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council

Bradenton, (941) 792-0985

MISSION: To promote and create a sustainable local food and agriculture economy.

Florida Winefest and Auction

Sarasota, (941) 952-1109

MISSION: To provide funding to qualified charitable organizations for programs assisting disadvantaged children and families in Sarasota and Manatee.

The Food Bank of Manatee

Bradenton, (941) 747-4655

MISSION: Hot meal delivery to homebound or disabled seniors, as well as transportation, social activities and enrichment opportunities.

Forty Carrots Family Center

Sarasota, (941) 365-7716

MISSION: Dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the field.

Foundation For Dreams

Bradenton, (941) 746-5659

MISSION: To provide an exceptional camping experience for children with special needs and chronic illnesses ages 7-17.

Foundation for Jefferson Center

Sarasota, (941) 953-9585

MISSION: To obtain the resources to provide Jefferson Center residents with support programs, chore services and health and wellness activities that enrich their lives.

The Friendship Centers

Sarasota, (941) 955-2122

MISSION: To promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.

Full Circle Performance Weightlifting Club

Palmetto, (941) 465-1383

MISSION: Providing at-risk youth with a pathway to the Olympics via the sport of weightlifting.

Gamma Xi Boule Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 567-4808

MISSION: To provide needed resources for developmental, education and mentoring programs, student internships and scholarships for underserved youth in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida

Sarasota. (941) 921-5358

MISSION: Builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Girls Inc.

Sarasota, (941) 366-6646

MISSION: Inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Giving Alliance of Myakka City

Myakka City, (941) 350-2079

MISSION: To promote the general welfare of the community by providing human resources to those in need.

Giving Hope Thrift Store Venice, (941) 496-7800

MISSION: To assist the working homeless by offering showers, clothing and other resources for the working homeless.

The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center

Sarasota, (941) 365-4545

MISSION: To enhance the social services delivery system for underserved individuals and families so that they may access the services they need to become participating members of the community.

God Raising Incredible Parents

Sarasota, (941) 914-4093

MISSION: Teaches biblical principles to parents to raise their children in a safe, healthy and stable home environment.

Goodwill Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 355-2721

MISSION: Changing lives through the power of work.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida

Fort Myers, (239) 995-2106

MISSION: Committed to serving people with disabilities or disadvantages by offering life-changing opportunities to achieve independence.

Guardian Angels of Southwest Florida

Bradenton, (941) 792-5374

MISSION: To help meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of abused, abandoned or neglected children through safe and loving faith-based foster family homes.

GulfCoast FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)

Venice, (941) 525-3833

MISSION: To see Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

Gulfcoast Legal Services

St Petersburg, (727) 821-0726

MISSION: Dedicated to providing comprehensive, personal legal advocacy in civil matters, counseling and education for vulnerable individuals and families.

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 365-0700

MISSION: To partner with God and community to provide decent, affordable housing for people in need so they may build better lives for their families.

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County

Venice, (941) 493-6606

MISSION: To put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Hannah's House Domestic Violence Shelter

Wauchula, (863) 773-5717

MISSION: To provide food, shelter, education and support for those who are experiencing short- or long-term adversity due to domestic violence or homelessness.

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida

Fort Myers. (239) 334-7007

MISSION: To overcome hunger in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties through education and by working in a cooperative effort with partner agencies in the procurement and distribution of food.

Harvest House

Sarasota, (941) 953-3154

MISSION: To champion hope and transform lives by revitalizing neighborhoods and providing service-enriched housing programs.

The Haven (formerly Community Haven)

Sarasota, (941) 355-8808

MISSION: Empowers independence and inclusion in all aspects of society for children, teenagers and adults with disabilities through therapy, education, socialization, housing, fitness, vocational training, job placement and recreation.

Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 373-7070

MISSION: To improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants and young children.

Healthy Start Manatee

Bradenton, (941) 714-7541

MISSION: To assure that all women and infants have access to prenatal and pediatric care; to promote healthy birth outcomes, positive parenting, and optimal child development.

Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 932-1137

MISSION: To reduce risky behaviors by providing teens with the knowledge and skills to make informed choices about their physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being.

Hearing Loss Association of America-Sarasota Chapter

Sarasota, (941) 320-8825

MISSION: To empower the more than 145,000 people with hearing loss in the community to lead more active lives by providing education/ information, support and advocacy.

Heart Gallery of Sarasota

Sarasota, (954) 850-6606

MISSION: Helping hard-to-place kids find permanent homes through the Heart Gallery, a traveling photographic exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care.

High Risk Hope

Tampa, (813) 247-5483

MISSION: Provides support, encouragement, information and resources to women and families who are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy.

His Girls' Discipleship

Bradenton, (941) 840-9447

MISSION: To help women restore their lives through developing a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Hope Kids Community

Bradenton, (941) 544-4850

MISSION: To ensure that all children who are homeless and in need are prepared for school.

Hope Family Services

Bradenton, (941) 747-8499

MISSION: To promote safety, strength and well-being for victims of domestic violence and their children in Manatee County.

Hope for Children and Families

Sarasota, (941) 587-2108

MISSION: To serve homeless single parents, helping reunify families inside or outside of the country.

Hope Seeds

Bradenton, (941) 228-5660

MISSION: Providing quality garden seed to a hungry world in the name of Christ through missionaries and mission teams, teaching gardening practices for sustainable food production.

Infinite Wishes Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 809-7697

MISSION: To provide hope and encouragement to adults suffering from a life-threatening illness and their families by offering a therapeutic break from the daily stress.

19 Sports Association-Chapter 83

Sarasota, (941) 312-2400

MISSION: To promote youth athletic participation; to provide financial assistance to boys and girls who cannot otherwise afford to participate in athletic activities.

Insight Counseling Services

Bradenton, (941) 755-4782

MISSION: To strengthen families and increase community safety by treating abusive juvenile behavior and changing the lives of troubled youth.

ITNSarasota

Sarasota, (941) 364-7530

MISSION: Provides transportation services to individuals who are at least 60 years old and adults of any age with vision impairments.

Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS)

Sarasota, (941) 366-2224

MISSION: Empowers individuals and families toward self-sufficiency.

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

Sarasota, (941) 371-4546

MISSION: To strengthen Jewish life and identity in the community, provide for Jewish people in need and promote support for Israel.

Jewish Housing Council Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 377-0781

MISSION: To support the programs and services of the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council and its campus, Kobernick-Anchin-Benderson.

Jim Russo Development Center

Bradenton, (941) 746-3717

MISSION: To provide transitional housing for men, to enable them to return to society as committed Christians and productive citizens.

JoshProvides

Sarasota, (800) 706-2740

MISSION: To improve the quality of life for those living with epilepsy or other seizure disorders through education, awareness, volunteerism and fund-raising activities.

Just for Girls

Bradenton, (941) 747-5757

MISSION: To enable all girls to rise above their circumstances and become inspirational leaders in their community.

Karma Yoga Outreach

Sarasota, (941) 341-9781

MISSION: To bring free or affordable therapeutic yoga to targeted populations including, but not limited to, veterans with PTSD, children with autism, people with Parkinson's disease, and people in addiction recovery.

Kobernick Anchin Benderson

Sarasota, (941) 377-0781

MISSION: To create and sustain non-exclusionary communities where seniors can live life to its fullest, answering their needs for quality housing, financial peace of mind, wellness, safety and spiritual fulfillment.

Laurel Civic Association

Laurel, (941) 483-3338

MISSION: Shapes the foundations for successful lives for people of all ages in Sarasota County through education, personal empowerment and opportunities for growth.

Legal Aid of Manasota

Sarasota, (941) 366-0038

MISSION: Provides legal services at no cost to those in need by partnering with local lawyers.

Lighthouse of Manasota

Sarasota, (941) 359-1404

MISSION: To promote independence, enhance quality of life and empower people affected by vision loss.

Loveland Center

Venice, (941) 493-0016

MISSION: Helping adults with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest.

Loving Hands Ministries

Bradenton, (941) 747-5683

MISSION: Dedicated to rehabilitating young men through discipleship, providing a residential rehabilitation program at no charge to the resident or their family.

Lutheran Services Florida

Tampa, (813) 875-1408

MISSION: To bring God's healing, hope and help to people in need in the name of Jesus Christ.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida

Sarasota, (941) 952-9474

MISSION: Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Manasota BUDS

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-0499

MISSION: To provide families with a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking, and to promote understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.

Manasota District Council Saint Vincent De Paul Society

Bradenton, (941) 761-9568

MISSION: To assist the poor and needy, providing comfort and financial assistance.

Manatee Community Action Agency

Bradenton, (941) 827-2887

MISSION: Helping people, changing lives in the community through education, partnerships and delivery of quality services.

Manatee County Family YMCA

Bradenton, (941) 798-9622

MISSION: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Manatee County 4-H Association; Manatee County 4-H Foundation

Gainesville, (941) 722-4524

MISSION: Empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

Manatee County Youth Rowing

Parrish, (941) 914-2337

MISSION: To provide rowing programs in a positive and competitive environment for all ages.

Manatee PAL (Police Athletic League)

Bradenton, (941) 747-1118

MISSION: To bring law enforcement, kids and families together in a positive, safe environment through sports and academics.

Manatee Religious Service

Bradenton, (941) 752-4850

MISSION: Screening and verifying the needs of those hurting and in crisis across the community on behalf of local churches.

Manatee Youth for Christ

Bradenton, (941) 747-4608

MISSION: To raise up lifelong followers of Jesus Christ who lead by their godliness in lifestyle and commitment to social involvement.

The Mark Wandall Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 545-3359

MISSION: To facilitate support for children in grief, through partnerships with Comfort Zone Camp and Children First of Sarasota.

Mayor's Feed the Hungry Campaign

Sarasota, (941) 928-1455

MISSION: Raise funds and collect food to disburse to the local needy, free of charge, through participating nonprofit agencies and organizations, with special attention given to the holiday season.

MCS Child Advocacy Center

Bradenton, (941) 345-1200

MISSION: To provide the resources, skills and shelter to alleviate abuse through prevention and intervention for all children and their families.

Meals on Wheels of Sarasota

Sarasota. (941) 366-6693

MISSION: Delivers nutritious meals to persons in Sarasota who are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves.

Miracle League of Manasota

Sarasota, (941) 225-2966

MISSION: To provide the opportunity for children and adults with special needs a chance to experience playing baseball in a league-based environment.

Miss Sarasota Softball

Sarasota, (941) 216-5141

MISSION: To help girls in the development of positive life skills and self-concepts.

More Too Life

Sarasota, (941) 227-1012

MISSION: To advance victims of all forms of human trafficking and sexual violence, while implementing crime prevention programs.

Mothers Helping Mothers

Sarasota, (941) 953-7572

MISSION: Providing basic necessities such as clothing and baby items to families in need free of charge.

My Choice Pregnancy Center

Sarasota, (941) 351-3007

MISSION: To empower women and men faced with an unplanned pregnancy or who are parenting young children through education, counseling and material assistance.

National Council of Jewish Women Incorporated

Sarasota. (941) 342-1855

MISSION: To improve the quality of life for women, children and families in Sarasota-Manatee counties; to safeguard individual rights and freedoms.

New Paradigm Foundation

Englewood, (941) 681-2194

MISSION: To provide affordable transitional housing to families at risk of becoming homeless, while teaching them the skills necessary to live a life of self-sufficiency.

NiteTrain Express

Sarasota, (941) 356-4127

MISSION: Bikers laying tracks for a better tomorrow.

North River Care

Palmetto, (941) 729-9004

MISSION: To protect the unborn while sharing the love of Christ with women and their families facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Operation Second Chance

Clarksburg, Maryland, (888) 672-4838

MISSION: Committed to serving wounded, injured and ill combat veterans by building relationships and identifying and supporting immediate needs and interests.

Palmetto High FFA (Future Farmers of America) Alumni & Supporters

Palmetto, (941) 840-8586

MISSION: Developing potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Parkinson Research Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 870-4438

MISSION: To help find a cure for Parkinson's disease through funding research, while providing education and services that improve the quality of life today for Parkinson patients and their caregivers.

Pet Therapy

Sarasota, (941) 358-2225

MISSION: Dogs/puppies, children and adult volunteers brightening the lives of seniors confined to nursing homes and wounded vets.

Postpartum Society of Florida

Sarasota, (941) 348-3528

MISSION: To ease the stress of the perinatal adjustment period through parent and provider education, postpartum preparation classes and new mother peer support programs.

Pregnancy Solutions

Venice, (941) 408-7100

MISSION: To provide pregnant women with the necessary support services to enable them to carry their babies to term and birth.

Prism Youth

Bradenton, (9411357-0111

MISSION: Supporting, affirming, encouraging, enabling and empowering the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 13-23 of Manatee County.

Prodigal Daughters Journey Home

Sarasota, (941) 351-0652

MISSION: To serve women and their children who have suffered addiction through a loving and nurturing Christian environment.

Project 180

Sarasota, (850) 445-5682

MISSION: To reintegrate former offenders into community life.

Prospect Riding Center

Myakka City, (941) 713-1736

MISSION: Offers therapeutic and recreational directed equine activities to those with special needs.

Renaissance Manor

Sarasota, (941) 225-2373

MISSION: To provide affordable, clean, safe and appropriate housing and services to low-income adults with developmental and other disabilities.

Replay Outreach

Bradenton, (941) 548-7639

MISSION: To mobilize individuals, churches and communities to reach at-risk youth in every local juvenile justice facility, school and club.

Resurrection House

Sarasota. (941) 365-3759

MISSION: Dedicated to restoring the dignity, productivity and self-sufficiency of the homeless, providing food, clothing, showers, counseling, medical clinic and more.

SPARCC (Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center)

Sarasota, (941) 365-0208

MISSION: To stop domestic and sexual violence in the community.

SailFuture

Sarasota, (941) 219-9847

MISSION: To create effective programs that empower high-risk juvenile offenders and at-risk high school students to make 180-degree life changes.

Saint Joseph Food Pantry

Bradenton, (941) 756-3732

MISSION: To provide supplementary food in a dignified manner to the hungry and needy citizens of Manatee County, regardless of religious affiliation.

The Salvation Army of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 748-5110

MISSION: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination.

The Salvation Army of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 364-8845

MISSION: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need in his name without discrimination.

Sarasota Boxing Club

Sarasota, (941) 539-6836

MISSION: To discipline the mind and body to create powerful and productive citizens.

Sarasota County 4-H Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 302-2604

MISSION: Provides resources for and promotes the local 4-H youth program.

Sarasota County Rowing Club

Osprey, (941) 356-2151

MISSION: Promotes and supports competitive, recreational and adaptive rowing without regard to individual ability, background, experience or handicap.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Charitable Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 925-2970

MISSION: To assist individual employees of the Sarasota County Sheriffs Office who are experiencing extraordinary personal or family need.

Sarasota Crew

Osprey, (941) 966-9791

MISSION: Providing a positive, developmental, character-building and competitive rowing experience for middle- and high-school aged youth.

Sarasota Family Young Men's Christian Association

Sarasota, (941) 951-2916

MISSION: Building strong kids, strong families, strong communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Sarasota Housing Funding Corporation

Sarasota. (941) 361-6210

MISSION: To expand the supply of affordable housing in Sarasota and advance the goals and mission of the Sarasota Housing Authority.

Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center

Sarasota, (941) 330-2273

MISSION: Providing life-affirming support to women and families facing unplanned pregnancies.

Sarasota Military Officers Scholarship Fund

Sarasota, (941) 921-1931

MISSION: To support community outreach programs of the Military Officers' Association of Sarasota throughout the greater Sarasota area.

Sarasota Rugby Club

Sarasota, (941) 284-8890

MISSION: To promote teambuilding, diversity and character-building through rugby, while providing the fundamental skills to advance in the sport.

Sarasota Scullers Youth Rowing Program

Osprey. (941) 966-2244

MISSION: To build strength, character and friendships; to change lives through competitive rowing.

Sarasota Seahawks Lacrosse

Sarasota, (941) 228-6272

MISSION: Dedicated to providing a positive experience for the seasoned lacrosse enthusiast.

Sarasota Ski-A-Rees

Sarasota, (941) 388-1666

MISSION: To promote the sport of water skiing through shows, charitable events, special needs clinics, and state, regional and national tournaments.

Sarasota Sun Devils

Sarasota, (941) 925-0263

MISSION: To inspire developing student athletes within a safe place to learn, grow and enjoy competitive sports, while nourishing scholastic excellence.

Sarasota Youth Sailing Program

Sarasota, (941) 504-4236

MISSION: To encourage youth sailors to experience the joy of sailing in a safe and fun environment.

SMART (Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy)

Bradenton, (941) 322-2000

MISSION: Enriching the lives of people with special needs through therapeutic horse-related programs.

Second Chance Last Opportunity

Sarasota, (941) 360-8660

MISSION: To empower individuals in crisis by providing them with essential skills and tools so they can manage their lives more productively.

Selah Freedom

Sarasota, (941) 677-8840

MISSION: To end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited.

Seniors for Pets (Pet P'Zazz)

Bradenton, (941) 545-2224

MISSION: To help Southwest Florida senior citizens in need to retain their pets by providing the basic annual vaccinations and meds.

Sertoma Club of Venice Florida

Venice, (941) 412-4307

MISSION: Serves children needing speech therapy in south Sarasota County.

Sertoma Kids

Sarasota, (941) 228-1062

MISSION: Provides speech and language therapy to children with communication disorders, regardless of their families' ability to pay.

Servants Outreach and Redevelopment Ministries

Palmetto, (941) 981-9391

MISSION: Committed to community restoration, reconciliation and revitalization, as well as other hands-on, healing-focused endeavors.

Singles Reaching Singles In Christ

Sarasota, (941) 925-0987

MISSION: To minister to single adults.

SixFinger Foundation

Sarasota, (508) 441-8801

MISSION: To develop projects that provide families new opportunities to learn and grow together.

SOLVE Maternity Homes

Bradenton, (941) 748-0094

MISSION: Provides housing and specialized services to pregnant women and teens who have chosen life.

Southeastern Guide Dogs

Palmetto, (941) 729-5665

MISSION: To create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life's journey with mobility, independence and dignity.

Special Olympics Florida-Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 751-0049

MISSION: To provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics Florida-Sarasota County

Venice, (941) 412-0402

MISSION: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities.

Stillpoint House of Prayer

Bradenton, (941) 748-6835

MISSION: To reach out to the disadvantaged in our community by restoring or leading them to a life-changing encounter with God through both spiritual and material assistance.

Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA)

Sarasota, (941) 358-7275

MISSION: To manage Nathan Benderson Park, a community/public asset and world-class, multi-use sports venue.

Suncoast Center for Independent Living

Sarasota, (941) 351-9545

MISSION: Empowering people with disabilities to independence.

Suncoast Charities for Children

Sarasota, (941) 706-3795

MISSION: Provides funding support to the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children to assist local children, teens and adults with special needs and their families.

Suncoast Community Capital

Bradenton, (941) 744-2666

MISSION: Works with people of low income to achieve financial stability.

Suncoast Partnership To End Homelessness

Sarasota, (941) 955-8987

MISSION: To prevent and end homelessness in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Tallevast Community Center

Tallevast, (941) 355-2337

MISSION: Dedicated to improving the health, educational attainment, human welfare and opportunities for youth and families throughout Manatee and Sarasota.

The Team Tony Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 320-3366

MISSION: Pairs cancer survivors with a cancer fighter to ensure those impacted get the support they need.

Teen Court

Sarasota, (941) 861-8460

MISSION: Changes teen lives and reduces juvenile crime through unique intervention services and opportunities for teen volunteers to learn about and work in the legal system.

Timothy Mark Ministries

Elfrida, (941) 445-3288

MISSION: To equip the Church to be renewed through a return to the basics of loving God with utter abandon and selflessly loving others.

Turning Points

Bradenton, (941) 747-1509

MISSION: To provide, coordinate and facilitate services to the homelessand those at risk of becoming homeless in Manatee County.

U.S. Masters Swimming

Sarasota, (941) 556-6270

MISSION: Eencourages adults to swim.

United Way Of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 748-1313

MISSION: Develops resources and partnerships that make a measurable difference in people's lives.

United Way 211

Sarasota, (941) 308-4357

MISSION: Providing information and referrals to health and human services for the improvement of the stability of our communities.

United Way of South Sarasota County

Venice, (941) 484-4811

MISSION: To increase the organized capacity of neighbors in South Sarasota County to care for one another.

United Way Suncoast

Sarasota, (941) 366-2686

MISSION: To provide leadership that improves lives and creates lasting community change by mobilizing the caring people to give, advocate and volunteer.

Venice Vikings Football and Cheer Association

Venice, (941) 587-0399

MISSION: To enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment.

Venice YMCA--Michael & Georgia Miller Branch

Venice, (941) 492-9622

MISSION: To build healthy mind, body and spirit for all.

Venice Youth Boating Association

Venice, (941) 468-1719

MISSION: To create positive impacts for boys and girls by providing new knowledge and skills as they learn to sail.

Volunteers of America of Florida

St. Petersburg, (727) 369-8500

MISSION: Engages Floridians in need to create positive life changes through compassionate support services.

Water's Edge of Bradenton

Columbus, Ohio, (614) 451-2151

MISSION: To provide excellent housing and quality care to the residents of Bradenton and surrounding areas.

We R 4 Kids

Sarasota, (941) 921-3375

MISSION: Dedicated to teaching non-violent communication techniques to young people.

Women's Resource Center of Manatee

Bradenton, (941) 747-6797

MISSION: Dedicated to providing direction to women of all generations by inspiring, educating and supporting them through life's transitions.

Women's Resource Center of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 366-1700

MISSION: To create personal, social and professional growth opportunities for women and provide the strategies for living.

Young Life of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 704-9611

MISSION: To Introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.

PUBLIC BEN6FIT

The Able Trust

Tallahassee, (850) 224-4493

MISSION: To be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.

American Red Cross

Sarasota, (941) 379-9300

MISSION: Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Brian Bill Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 840-4204

MISSION: Envisioning a place where families have the opportunity to come together in an environment that supports inner healing and positive growth.

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 955-3000

MISSION: Community impact powered by philanthropy.

Conquistador Historical Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 747-1998

MISSION: To facilitate and promote an appreciation of Spanish and American historical and cultural alliances.

Denise Amber Lee Foundation

Englewood, (941) 830-2035

MISSION: To promote and support public safety through uniform training, standardized protocols, defined measurable outcomes and technological advances to the 9-1-1 system.

Drug Free America Foundation

St. Petersburg, (727) 828-0211

MISSION: Committed to developing, promoting and sustaining national and international policies and laws that will reduce illegal drug use and drug addiction.

Equality Florida Institute

St Petersburg, (813) 870-3735

MISSION: Dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The Fair Food Standards Council

Sarasota, (941) 556-9128

MISSION: Brings together workers, consumers, growers and corporate buyers in support of fair wages and humane labor standards in the agricultural industry.

Florida House Institute

Sarasota, (941) 924-2050

MISSION: Facilitates continuous improvement to homes, neighborhoods and communities through cooperation, partnership and collaboration.

Florida Veterans for Common Sense (FLVCS) Fund

Sarasota. (941) 349-5131

MISSION: Assisting and empowering veterans, military service members and their families.

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center

Sarasota, (941) 545-5635

MISSION: Connects and empowers people to build a socially just, non-violent and sustainable community and world.

Friends of Oscar Scherer Park

Osprey, (941) 966-1133

MISSION: To provide a natural environment of learning and pleasure for school children, groups naturalists and families.

Friends of Sarasota County Parks

Nokomis, (941) 275-9397

MISSION: To promote, enhance and maintain community support for the Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resource department and public lands.

Friends of the North Port Library

North Port, (941) 861-1315

MISSION: To provide quality programs that inspire, educate and create a world of imagination for our children and community.

Friends of the North Sarasota Public Library

Sarasota, (941) 861-1360

MISSION: To promote pride and opportunity, reflect the diverse history and multicultural interests of the community, recruit library patrons, raise funds and advocate for the library.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Venice, (941) 486-4600

MISSION: To transform the region through bold and proactive philanthropy.

Harvey Milk Festival

Sarasota. (941) 228-4872

MISSION: To honor the life of Harvey Milk by fostering emerging talent in musicians and artists who support diversity and reject discrimination, and to promote equality for LGBTQ people through supporting equal rights legislation.

Junior League of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 748-0101

MISSION: Women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Junior League of Sarasota Florida

Sarasota, (941) 953-5600

MISSION: Women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

KAETA Corporation

Sarasota, (941) 727-6877

MISSION: To promote an entertaining and educational dialogue between older and younger generations of Americans through shared experiences in the arts.

Leadership Florida

Tallahassee (850) 521-1220

MISSION: Convenes a statewide community of committed leaders to enhance and recharge their leadership skills and to educate and inspire them to work across their diversities and strengths for a better Florida.

Library Foundation for Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 228-6274

MISSION: To secure the future of our libraries as an indispensable community resource.

Manatee Community Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 747-7765

MISSION: Connects the charitable interests of donors with the ongoing needs of the community.

Manatee County Library Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 216-8746

MISSION: To ensure that the Manatee County Public Library System obtains and manages needed supplemental funds and support.

Miracle Swimming

Sarasota, (941) 921-6420

MISSION: To teach all adults to swim--to be reliable for their safety in deep water by 2100--globally.

National Blue Alert System

Venice, (855) 456-2210

MISSION: Serves and protects the law enforcement community by providing assistance to the families of fallen officers and advocating for the passage of a Blue Alert law in each state, facilitating the apprehension of offenders who kill or seriously injure law enforcement officers.

Peace River K9 Search And Rescue Association

Englewood, (941) 548-7560

MISSION: Supplies NIMMS-compliant nationally certified K9 and civilian assets for search and rescue.

Protect Our Defenders Foundation

Burlingame, California, (202) 733-5196

MISSION: Dedicated to addressing the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military and to combating a culture of pervasive sexual harassment and retribution against victims.

Reach Out Recovery

Sarasota, (941) 366-0870

MISSION: Addiction education, prevention and recovery.

Realize Bradenton

Bradenton, (941) 350-8563

MISSION: Develops and promotes downtown Bradenton by making it a unique and preferred cultural destination for residents and visitors and a model for other communities.

Saramana Chapter Sons of the American Revolution

Sarasota, (941) 966-0493

MISSION: To perpetuate the memory of the men who achieved the independence of the American people and to unite and promote fellowship among their descendants.

Sarasota County Medical Society Alliance Foundation

Sarasota. (941) 780-3811

MISSION: Supports medical families through education and advocacy, to provide fellowship, and to promote and support the health and well-being of families.

Sarasota Pride

Sarasota, (941) 320-9268

MISSION: Promoting understanding and tolerance based on diversity of race, religion, sex, gender and sexual orientation in the Sarasota community.

Sarasota United For Responsibility And Equity (SURE)

Sarasota, (941) 894-2819

MISSION: To train volunteer leaders to work with community leaders to correct inequities in Sarasota adversely affecting the poor, underserved and disadvantaged.

Sarasota World Affairs Council

Sarasota, (941) 487-4603

MISSION: To foster greater understanding of world affairs through a community learning forum (speaker series, educational outreach programs, etc.).

SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence)

Sarasota, (941) 365-8751

MISSION: Connects and inspires citizens to create a better community.

ShelterBox

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-6036

MISSION: To deliver humanitarian relief in the form of life-saving equipment that brings shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by natural disasters and crises worldwide.

Siesta Key Kiwanis Club Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 921-1847

MISSION: To serve the children of the Sarasota metro region by providing support for programs that will change their lives.

Sister Cities Association of Sarasota

Sarasota, (309) 966-1616

MISSION: To foster international relationships between Sarasota and other cities by creating exchanges in areas of culture, education, tourism, business and government.

Transition Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 408-3374

MISSION: Improves overall quality of life by building community, revitalizing local food system, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, and strengthening the local economy.

Venice Cares

North Venice, (941) 716-4102

MISSION: Loving others with the comfort of Christ.

Veteran's Outreach

Sarasota, (941) 755-1305

MISSION: Honoring and serving all veterans, identifying needs through personal one-on-one interviews.

Wishes for Heroes

Sarasota, (941) 915-8810

MISSION: Honoring military veterans who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, as well as those who have reintegrated back into civilian life after their military service, by granting wishes.

Woman's Exchange of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 955-7859

MISSION: Supporting and enriching a variety of programs for local cultural organizations with funds realized through a consignment operation.

For organizations based in Charlotte County, visit our website, sarasotamagazine. com.

RELATED ARTICLE: Two young brothers make reading fun.

ACTS of KINDNESS

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At the beginning of a Project Read Together session, some 50 young children shift in their seats in nervous anticipation. Then Aiden Hartman, 10, and his 12-year-old brother, Jacob, step to the front. Music starts, and the two boys exchange a few minutes of fun dialogue to introduce the day's project. They're good at it, and they should be--the brothers do this once a week, and they've been doing it for more than four years.

The students break into groups and begin sounding out words and working through the stories together. Aiden and Jacob, as Project Read Together's most experienced student volunteers, each join a group to help. After 30 minutes, each group reads aloud its part of the story.

The boys also help gather books for the organization's three free "little libraries" in Newtown, Phillippi Estate Park and Lemon Bay Park. But they say they most enjoy working with the kids. Says Aiden, who's going into the fourth grade, "My favorite part is when we stand up in front of the kids. It helps them learn."--HANNAH WALLACE

WHAT YOUR GIFT CAN BUY

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$1

Speeds a Helpline Packet of educational materials regarding Alzheimer's disease and caregiving to someone in need. Alzheimer's Association, alz.org, (941) 365-8883

$16.75

Pays the postage to mail one care package to a local deployed military troop. Manasota Operation Troop Support, motsfl. pagevamp.com, (941) 782-0748

$20

Purhcase four gallons of fuel to help send an Agape Flight delivering building, medical and other supplies on its way to missionaries serving in the Caribbean. agapeflights.com, (941) 488-0990

$22

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Sends a student to a show-for some perhaps a first-ever chance to see live theater--at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. westcoastblacktheatre.org, (941) 366-1505

$25

Sends 12 new paper-back books to the home of a child up to the age of 5 for one year, through the Imagination Library Program supported by the Library Foundation for Sarasota County, sarasotalibraryfoundation.org, (941) 228-6274

$35

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Ensures that a child in foster care receives a birthday gift, just like any other kid. Children's Guardian Fund, childrensguardianfund.org, (941) 504-9515

$

WHAT YOUR GIFT CAN BUY

$35

Pays for exam and vaccination for a kitten owned by a low-income individual through the Humane Society of Manatee County, humanemanatee.org, (941) 747-8808

$75

Helps buy enough lettuce for South Florida Museum Parker Manatee Aquariums beloved Snooty the manatee to munch on for one day. southfloridamuseum.org, (941) 746-4131

$ 100

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Ensures a student is able to see (and therefore succeed in school) by providing vision care eyeglasses through the Student Emergency Fund. Or the money could provide other medically necessary items. A partnership with the Patterson Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, thepattersonfoundation.org or cfsarasota.org, (941) 955-3000

$100

Buys a crib or car seat for a safe, warm welcome to the world. (You can't take your baby home from the hospital without a car seat.) Mothers Helping Mothers, mhmsarasota.com, (941) 953-7572

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$210

Provides a scholarship for one week of Creative Kids Art Camp at Art Center Sarasota--a gift for artistic kids who may not be able to afford the classes otherwise. artsarasota.org, (941) 365-2032

$325

Pays for an annual youth membership to the Manatee YMCA, giving kids a place to go after school, at nights and on weekends to learn, have fun, and be safe. manateeymca.org, (941) 798-9622

WHAT YOUR GIFT CAN BUY

$

$548

Purchases a picnic table for the Sarasota Military Academy Prep middle school campus. (They need five in all.) sarasotamilitaryacademy.org, (941) 877-7737 or (941) 926-1700

$1,000

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Helps keep a roof over the heads of a family in crisis through Season of Sharing. Your investment helps a family avoid losing a home; it costs much more to get them back into a house after it's been taken away, cfsarasota.org, (941) 955-3000

$1,400

Pays for teaching one adult to overcome fear and swim safely in deep water. Miracle Swimming for Adults, miracleswimming.com, (941) 921-6420

$3,000

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Buys a heavy-duty stainless steel doggie water fountain for one of Sarasota County's paw parks, including a pet bowl, leash hook and hose bib for easy pet washing. Friends of Sarasota County Parks, foscp.org, (941) 275-9397

$10,000

Can keep the Sarasota and Venice offices of Legal Aid of Manasota serving who otherwise couldn't afford counsel with full efficiency. Both offices need updated computers and printers, and the new Venice office needs furniture, legalaidofmanasota.org, (941) 366-0038

$40,000

Can finance the construction of a sidewalk and accessible restrooms for visitors to the historic Lord-Higel House, now under restoration in Venice. Venice Heritage, Inc., veniceheritage.org, (941) 237-0478

$100,000

Pays to open a high school college and career center through the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. sarasotacountyschools.net/ educationfoundation, (941) 927-0965

$150,000

Conserves 10,000 acres in the Myakka River corridor over the next three years, through the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast--a long-lasting gift to us all. conservationfoundation.com, (941) 918-2100

$1.1 million

Can keep thousands of student performers, visitors and guests to the Sailor Circus Arena cool with the gift of air conditioning. A good way to increase the arenas benefit as a meeting and events venue, too. circusarts.org, (941) 355-9335

RELATED ARTICLE: Goods for good.

Support a worthy cause with these finds from nonprofit shops

BY HEATHER DUNHILL

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Serve your famous espresso in these quirky modern espresso porcelain cups and saucers ($36) by Magpie, featuring iconic collectibles from the Atomic Era. Or they make the perfect gift for the mid-century design lover in your life. The Ringling Museum Store, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, (941) 359-5700.

Opera lovers will love these one-of-a-kind opera glasses ($59) for high-style opening nights. The vintage lorgnettes come complete with silk case and original box.

Designing Women Boutique, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, # 101, Sarasota, (941) 366-5293.

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Ringling College grad Tim Rogerson Is one of some 25 artists to earn Disney's permission to paint its iconic characters. So you can begin or add to your Disney fine art collection right here in Sarasota. Find whimsical pieces like A Mary Tune ($515), a 24-inch by 18-inch hand-embellished giclee on canvas, at Madeby Gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 822-0442.

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There's one bag you can't live without-the trusty weekender. An all-purpose tote will take you from the farmer's market to the yacht club, so make it a compliment-getting basket bag like these crafted of jute ($24.95) by Two's Company. Selby Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-5731.

RELATED ARTICLE: Ensuring no cat is left uncuddled.

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A retired Rhode Island salon owner, Fran Keough, 74, began volunteering at the Suncoast Humane Society in 2010, cleaning litter boxes, doing laundry and organizing paperwork. But she couldn't stop there. To streamline adoptions and pair the right cat with the right home, Keough developed her own color-coded system to classify cats by age, medical history and personality. Another system she implemented ensures that, even through rotating shifts of staff and volunteers, no cat is left uncuddled. "The shy cats need the most attention," she says.

After foot surgery, Keough showed up at the shelter in a wheelchair. The cats make her smile, she says, but the staff makes her feel like she's part of the family.

At home, Keough sews a fleece blanket for every cat awaiting adoption. And when clients requested the blankets for pets at home, she made more to sell, donating the proceeds back to the humane society. "Any little way to help them support the animals," she says. "It's not what I give to them; it's what they give to me."--HANNAH WALLACE

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RELATED ARTICLE: Planting an outdoor classroom

ACTS of KINDNESS

Effa Beauette retired three years ago from a 37-year teaching career at Riverview High School, but she couldn't say goodbye. Now Beauette has channeled her passion for Riverview and its students into creating the Eagle Native Plant Trail and shoreline restoration project along the school's western border with Phillippi Creek.

Corralling student helpers, Beauette wrote the grants and solicited the $41,000 in donations from 40-plus partners that have funded the ambitious project. With student help, she planted the trail's 2,500 plants in five different ecosystems that have become an outdoor classroom for students of all ages from all over Sarasota County. She even spent hours this summer watering and weeding alongside a group of special needs students.

The native plant trail, along with Riverview's existing planetarium and Aquadome (an aquaculture greenhouse), enables Riverview to proudly call itself a Space, Earth and Sea Interactive Demonstration School--perhaps the first in the nation--"for which we hope the school is remembered," Beauette says.

For her efforts, Beauette was named the school district's 2016 Outstanding Senior Volunteer.--ILENE DENTON

RELATED ARTICLE: Backstage for the arts.

ACTS of KINDNESS

Betty and Bert Morris eschew the spotlight, but their 15-year dedication to the Sarasota arts scene has helped ensure that the show goes on throughout Southwest Florida.

The couple came to Sarasota from San Francisco in 2001 and quickly became involved in events like the Reading Festival and Arts Day. They've been a vital force behind the scenes of countless literary and arts events, organizing hundreds of volunteers, setting up tents and tables, and doing whatever else is needed. Betty is the organizer, while "Bert is logistics," she says. "I come up with crazy ideas and he tries to do them."

Lately, the two have been hard at work on the second annual InspireSarasota! event, a two-week, multi-venue celebration of local arts culminating in a day of performances on Nov. 5.

In their spare time, Betty and Bert volunteer as ushers for virtually every performing arts group in town. And they encourage a new generation to get involved. "You have to start somewhere," says Bert of first-time volunteers. "Then they get the bug."--HANNAH WALLACE

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RELATED ARTICLE: Finding friends for the mentally ill.

ACTS of KINDNESS

You may have seen Ann Hartka sitting behind a pamphlet-laden table at Publix, or heard her cheerful spiel in your doctor's office. At 98, Hartka is not just the co-founder of Compeer Sarasota; she's also its leading volunteer recruiter.

For more than 70 years, Compeer offices throughout the country have paired volunteer companions with adults living with mental illness. Hartka, who moved to Sarasota in 1957 to operate the Miramar Hotel with her husband, helped initiate the local Compeer chapter in 2011. She was inspired by her cousin, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 17 and benefited from a Philadelphia-based Compeer program. "They encouraged him in so many ways," Hartka says. "He graduated college and became a journalist and a public speaker. He's so grateful."

Now partnered with Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Compeer Sarasota serves more than 40 clients. Hartka, who was honored as the 2015 Compeer board member of the year in the United States, assures her recruits, "It's only an hour a week. But that seems to be enough to start a friendship."--HANNAH WALLACE

RELATED ARTICLE: Coming attractions

Six highlights from this season's fund raisers.

BY ILENE DENTON

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The AFRO-BRAZILIAN DENDE & BAND will fill the Ringling Museum courtyard with high-energy Afrobeat at the Ringling International Arts Festival opening night party, A Night in Brazil, OCT. 13. Event planner Christina Fraser promises samba lessons, a Carnival parade led by fabulously costumed dancers, a Sao Paolo street-snack station and fireworks lighting the night sky. ringling.org/naf

Strut the red carpet--blood-red, of course--at the OCT. 29 SAFE SEX HALLOWEEN BASH: Haunted Hollywood." Besides the usual wild costumes and fevered dancing, expect a ghostly Hollywood Walk of Fame and a special midnight show. (No details, says events and design manager Samantha Hannah; it's going to be a big surprise.) No surprise about the party favor, though: condoms, natch. This is a Planned Parenthood party, after all. safesexhalloweenbash.com

Walk through a Marc Chagall painting at Selby Gardens' ORCHID BALL FEB. 11. Event planner extraordinaire Roger Capote has dreamed up an immersive experience to celebrate the opening of the blockbuster exhibit, Marc Chagall, Flowers and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams, an exhibit of botanical paintings by the great 20th-century artist. "We're taking you inside the painting," he teases. "That's the best way I can describe it." The theme is "The Orchid Ball: Une Soiree en Fleurs." selby.org

Brush up on your Lindy hop, because Historic Spanish Point is flying Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra in from New York for its Party at the Point NOV. 18. "WE'RE MISBEHAVIN'" is the theme. Aranella is the creative force behind the Jazz Age lawn parties on New York's Governor's Island, celebrated by thousands of dance-happy fans each August as his orchestra recreates the music of the 1920s and '30s. historicspanishpoint.org

Be among the first to sample fashion icon (and Sarasota resident) Adrienne Vittadini's brand-new wine collection with its U.S. debut of it at Forty Carrots' always raucous WINE WOMEN & SHOES luncheon NOV. 18 . This year's fashion show-luncheon also features acclaimed designer Zang Toi and his couture collection, presented by Saks Fifth Avenue Sarasota, winewomenandshoes.com/fortycarrots

You know his face--and his humor--if not his name. Actor/comedian Larry Miller has been tapped to headline the Humane Society of Sarasota County's HOT DOGS & COOL CATS gala NOV. 12 at the Ritz. He's had roles in tons of great films, including Christopher Guest's Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, and on TV he's made guest appearances in everything from Late Night with David Letterman to Seinfeld to Desperate Housewives.
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