Actively identifies and pursues initiatives to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors

The Longboat Key Foundation is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County that actively identifies and pursues initiatives to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. The fund is guided by a diverse volunteer advisory board that includes Longboat Key residents and other stakeholders committed to the key’s long-term sustainability and livability.

Our History and Primary Areas of Focus

The Longboat Key Foundation emerged from a series of conversations among leaders concerned for the long-term wellbeing 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 several 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.

The Longboat Key Foundation emerged from a series of conversations among leaders concerned for the long-term wellbeing of the community

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:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Education
  • Health and Human Services

Board of Advisors

  • Jeff Mayers, Chairman
  • Maurice Cunniffee
  • Thomas G. Dabney II
  • Michael Seamon
  • Warren G. Simonds, Ph. D., Vice Chairman
  • Cheryl Loeffler
  • Patricia Zunz

Founders

  • Tom Aposporos
  • Dave Brenner

  • Jim Brown

 



How to Give

The Longboat Key Foundation invites all stakeholders concerned for the community of Longboat Key to participate in identifying and addressing community needs and aspirations.

Please make checks payable to:

Community Foundation of Sarasota County  
Enter in MEMO line: Longboat Key Foundation

Longboat Key Foundation  
c/o Community Foundation of Sarasota County  
2635 Fruitville Road  
Sarasota, FL 34237

Contact Us

Contact the Foundation to join us in identifying and addressing the needs of the Longboat Key community by phone at 941-556-7160 or by email at longboatkey@cfsarasota.org.