February 24, 2020

Breaking Barriers and Embracing Diversity at National History Day

By Blog, Nicole Light, Homepage - Blog,

A seventh- grade student sits next to a laptop at the end of a long conference table located inside the front office at Sarasota Middle School. At the other end sit four judges waiting for thi…

February 14, 2020

No More “Secure Stretching” in Retirement

By Blog, Homepage - Blog, Betsy Pennewill,

At the end of 2019, the most significant federal retirement reform in more than a decade was passed by the U.S. Congress. A month later, a national leading expert on estate planning shared his…

February 14, 2020


By Blog, Homepage - Blog, Betsy Pennewill,

The SECURE Act (“Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement) which passed on December 19, 2019 is considered the most significant retirement reform in more than a decade and a…

February 10, 2020

Embracing Your Pride Points

By Blog, Roxie Jerde, Homepage - Blog,

There are a few words in the English language that have some cautionary meanings associated with them. “Pride” is one of those words. Beginning in childhood, we are encouraged to s…

February 3, 2020

Season of Sharing: Lasting for a Long Time

By Blog, Homepage - Blog, Christina Russi,

Author's Note: Christina Russi is Community Fiscal Agent and Liason at the Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center. A family in need…a call for help…twenty years ago, a caring a…

January 13, 2020

Tolerance Leads Us, Opportunities Guide Us

By Blog, Roxie Jerde, Homepage - Blog,

Dear Friends: Ushering in the New Year is an exercise in balancing realistic expectations with fantastical possibilities. From the moment the clock strikes twelve, each of us resolution makers…

January 2, 2020

From Reflections Come Resolutions

By Blog, Nicole Light, Homepage - Blog,

Last week, I was fortunate enough to join my colleagues here at the Community Foundation, including our CEO Roxie Jerde, in a resonant and fulfilling discussion of the profound ideas put forwa…

December 27, 2019

A Community Collaborates to Share the Gift of Reading

By Blog, Alisa Mitchell, Homepage - Blog,

For students attending Cranberry Elementary School in North Port, the holiday season got off to a spectacular start, thanks to the generosity of local Barnes & Noble customers. For several…

December 16, 2019

Abigail's Farewell Message: Reflections on Four Years of Community Impact

By Blog, Abigail Oakes,

Dearest Friends, It is with mixed emotions that I share some news with you – Friday, December 20 will be my last day at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Over the past four ye…