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Murray Devine
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Blog: Relief and Recovery Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County Receives Outpouring of Support in Storm’s Wake
By Murray Devine / September 13, 2017
The sun shines brightly on our coast again, and we are hoping all our friends and nonprofit partners are safe and sound after the wake of Hurricane Irma. While we were spared the worst of the storm, a significant number of emergencies and needs have arisen from the damage, especially for our nonprofit partners and the beneficiaries they serve. We know there will be short- and long-term relief efforts to address the needs that arose from Irma's impact, and the Community Foundation’s Hurricane Irma Relief and Recovery Fund is active and ready to help.

Guest Blog: Observations on the Power of the Two-Generational Approach
By Murray Devine / September 5, 2017
I have been privileged to observe the work of so many community partners – funders, philanthropists, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, all facilitated by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County – in bringing a two-generational focus to Sarasota’s community investments. My own involvement in the “Two-Gen Task Force” has shed a whole new light on the challenge of ending the generational cycle of poverty.

By Murray Devine / August 30, 2017
As we watch in disbelief at the catastrophic flooding in the Houston area, our first instinct as Americans is to ask "how can we help?" Seeing so many fellow citizens dealing with devastating flooding of their homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and knowing it will be days, months and years to fully recover, I reached out to my longtime friend and colleague Steve Maislin, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Community Foundation to see how caring people in our community could help.

Community Foundation Announces $1 Million Gift Towards New Players Centre for Performing Arts Complex
By Murray Devine / June 12, 2017
The Players Centre for Performing Arts received a $1 million gift toward its new state-of-the-art complex in Lakewood Ranch. The donation is the lead gift since the theatre announced plans last year to sell its current property and move to Lakewood Ranch’s newest village, Waterside, in Sarasota County.

Masala Giving Circle Grants Funds to Support the Lives of Young Girls
By Murray Devine / May 24, 2017
On May 15, the Masala Giving Circle, a philanthropic organization of African-American women, held a Grant Awardee Ceremony at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. This year the grant award was for $2,500.00 and was awarded to Five Pearls of Excellence, a mentoring organization lead by professional women working with young girls.

By Murray Devine / January 26, 2017
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County renewed its accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere.

By Murray Devine / December 7, 2016
The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is the recipient of $60,000 in leveraged grants made possible through a partnership between Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

2016 Giving Challenge Raises $13.4 Million for Area Nonprofits
By Murray Devine / September 21, 2016
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s 2016 Giving Challenge has raised more than $5.6 million through 63,567 gifts, with an added $7.5 million in matching funding from The Patterson Foundation. More than $200,000 in grant prizes from partner foundations will be awarded to the organizations receiving gifts from the highest number of individual donors, organizations with the highest total of returning dollars and the highest total of new dollars, and a variety of other “Best Of” prizes. In total, $13,386,909 was raised to support 559 local organizations located in or serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties on Sept 20 & 21, noon to noon.

Giving Challenge Flexes Region's Philanthropic Muscle
By Murray Devine / September 1, 2016
Since 2012, our region has proven itself as a force in philanthropy and donors have shown their love for local nonprofit organizations by providing more than $15 million in unrestricted funding to support their missions during the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Giving Challenge.

By Murray Devine / June 2, 2016
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County announces the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board are Marilyn Thompson, Mary Lou Winnick, and Daniel DeLeo. The Board has also elected officers: Kathie Roberts, continuing her second year as Chair; Rick Gans, Vice Chair; Pat Dorsey, Treasurer; Nelle Miller, Secretary.

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