The effort to create a foundation to support the local needs of Longboat Key and its residents is complete. The Longboat Key Foundation now exists “for the support and benefit of exclusively charitable purposes in and for the benefit of Longboat Key, Florida and its residents,” according to the fund agreement entered into with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, which will provide administrative services and the benefit of its philanthropic experience and resources to the new Foundation.
At an organizational meeting held today, the appointed Board of Advisors – Cheryl Loeffler, Jeff Mayers, Jules Rose, Warren Simonds and Robert Simmons – first heard from Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and then planned for the election of the Chair at their next meeting on October 29.
“We are delighted to partner with the Longboat Key Foundation in this philanthropic venture,” said Jerde. “Congratulations to the community leaders who had the foresight and commitment to the community to come together and create this charitable vehicle for the benefit of Longboat Key and its residents.”
Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown, Vice Mayor David Brenner, and Tom Aposporos – a member of the Key’s Revitalization Task Force and a former President of its Chamber of Commerce – provided the initial work, early support and funding. According to Aposporos, who has served as the Acting Managing Director in the organization’s formation, “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.” He added, “The Mayor and Vice Mayor are acutely aware of the value of this effort and have contributed their time and some money to see it form.”
Aposporos, Brown and Brenner are not members of the Board of Advisors. “We wanted to get this off the ground, we came together to accomplish that, and we believe it is now in very good and capable hands,” said Mayor Brown.