Hurricane Irma Relief and Recovery Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community.

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 wake, and the Community Foundation’s Hurricane Irma Relief and Recovery Fund is active and ready to help.

While our local needs are our first priority, we will also partner with the network of community foundations in Florida and the Southeastern United States on distributing funds to the areas of greatest need.  I am fortunate to have recently served as the Chair of the 28 Community Foundations of Florida and have gotten to know my fellow Florida CEO colleagues well.  I am also honored to serve as a Trustee of the Southeastern Council of Foundations and have a terrific network of additional community foundation partners throughout the Southeastern US. We will be in close communication with our colleagues to ensure the best use of funds for relief and recovery efforts for our neighbors in Irma’s path, however the fund's first priority will remain on our local community.

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Thank you for being the one to care and give generously for those whose lives were upended by Hurricane Irma. We are keeping them in our prayers and hearts.

With gratitude,

Roxie Jerde
President and CEO
Community Foundation of Sarasota County

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