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Murray Devine
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By Murray Devine / November 16, 2018
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has been named one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Sarasota-Manatee. The Community Foundation received the honor at a luncheon hosted by the Herald-Tribune on November 7th. The Herald-Tribune has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees.

By Murray Devine / October 4, 2018
Select winemakers from around the world come together to collaborate with The Resort at Longboat Key Club at the 8th Annual Celebration of Food and Wine which will dazzle your eyes and thrill your palate. Eat, drink, and be merry for a good cause, as a portion of the proceeds from Bacchus on the Beach benefits The Longboat Key Foundation Education Fund which will provide scholarship opportunities to local college students studying the field of hospitality. The Longboat Key Foundation is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Lighten the Load: Pop-up Neighbor Event
By Murray Devine / August 24, 2018
On Saturday, community volunteers tried to ease this burden with the Pop-Up Neighbor event at SuperMatt Laundromat in Sarasota. Partnering with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Project Laundry, neighbors helped neighbors by providing free laundry, detergent and dryer sheets. Free children’s books and refreshments were also offered.

On the Horizon - Strides in Early Learning
By Murray Devine / August 16, 2018
Much like the name implies, Horizons Unlimited Christian Academy has shown that when children, parents, community members, and education professionals come together to create a greater impact, the possibilities can be endless.

Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards 2018 Giving Challenge Prizes
By Murray Devine / June 4, 2018
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County recently awarded more than $240,000 in 2018 Giving Challenge grant prizes to organizations for a variety of special “Best Of” categories during the Challenge. An event was held on Friday, June 1st at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing to announce the recipients and award them their prize certificates.

Making a Difference One Life at a Time
By Murray Devine / May 10, 2018
When Bill and Betsy Roe sold their tech-industry manufacturing company and left Minneapolis to live in Florida full-time, Betsy said, “Billy, we have been so blessed in our own lives, I don’t want our lives to be purely about recreation.” Not that there’s anything wrong with recreational activities, she explains, but rather they both felt a profound need to be actively giving back, making their new community a better place. To that end, they found the perfect partner in the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

2018 Giving Challenge Raises $11.7 Million for 636 Area Nonprofits
By Murray Devine / May 2, 2018
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s 2018 Giving Challenge has raised more than $6.1 million through 74,682 gifts from 49,207 unique donors, with an added $5 million in matching funding from The Patterson Foundation. More than $260,000 in grant prizes will be awarded to the organizations receiving gifts from the highest number of individual donors and a variety of other “Best Of” prizes. In total, $11,733,241 was raised to support 636 local organizations located in or serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties on May 1 & 2, noon to noon.

RCLA Town Hall Scholars Program Creates New Leaders
By Murray Devine / April 11, 2018
In 1981 the Ringling College Library Association had an idea to raise funds – bring in a series of some of the most noteworthy speakers from across the world to the Sarasota Audience and charge a subscription to come hear them speak. Starting from humble beginnings out of the Sarasota High School Auditorium, the Ringling Town Hall Lectures Series now reigns out of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and has become one of the largest series of its kind in the country.

Area Donors Lift Season of Sharing Campaign Once Again Over the $2 Million Mark
By Murray Devine / January 31, 2018
For the fifth year in a row, the annual Season of Sharing campaign has again broken the $2 million milestone. With donations ranging from $5 to $100,000, this year’s campaign received an outpouring of gifts from more than 2,900 donors.

By Murray Devine / January 22, 2018
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County awarded $322,924 from theHurricane Irma Relief and Recovery Fund to 41 local nonprofit organizations in order to assist with recovery efforts or expenses directly related to Hurricane Irma. These expenses included: evacuation costs, lost wages, overtime costs, equipment and preparation costs, relief for clients, business property damage and lost revenue. Individual grants range from $500 to $40,000.

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