The Longboat Key Foundation is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The Longboat Key Foundation helps donors address community needs and aspirations. The Foundation identifies and pursues initiatives to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors in our island community on Florida’s West Coast.
The Foundation’s work is guided by a diverse, volunteer advisory board that includes Longboat Key residents and other stakeholders committed to the long-term sustainability and livability of the key.
Our Primary Areas of Focus
- Arts and Culture
- Environment and Sustainability
- Parks and Recreation
- Health and Human Services
The Longboat Key Foundation emerged from a series of conversations among leaders concerned for the long-term well-being of the community. Jim Brown, the town mayor at the time; Dave Brenner, then vice-mayor; and Tom Aposporos, a member of the Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force and a former president of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, recognized a number of community needs that could best be addressed by a private foundation in partnership with other nonprofits, local government and residents of the key. The three provided the initial groundwork and financial support to launch the foundation in 2013 as a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The Community Foundation provides administrative services, expertise and resources to assist the Longboat Key Foundation in its work.
Said Aposporos at the time, “One might not think Longboat Key has the needs a foundation of this type can support, but I developed a two-page list three years ago. Jim Brown and Dave Brenner were acutely aware of the value of this effort and have contributed their time and some money to see it form.”
Like-minded leaders from throughout the key stepped forward to serve on the foundation’s Board of Advisors. In 2014, the advisors identified the following primary areas of focus for the foundation.