July 30, 2020

Riding Toward Ambiguous Finish Lines

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Dear Friends: Normally, at this time of year I would be writing to you about how was I inspired by caring Iowans during my annual cycling trip across Iowa, RAGBRAI, Des Moines Register's Ann…

July 1, 2020

Listening and Learning from the Voices of Our Community

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Dear Friends and Family: The hearts and minds of our resilient community are resolute on the path forward for a thoughtful recovery. Recent COVID-19 crises have touched every family, individu…

June 4, 2020

Standing in Solidarity, Leading with Empathy

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Editor's Note: Nelle S. Miller is Board Chair, Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Roxie Jerde is President and CEO, Community Foundation of Sarasota County. As we watch our nation grappl…

June 2, 2020

Forward Thinking at the Crossroads of Crisis

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Dear Friends and Family: From hurricanes and earthquakes, and now pandemics and civil unrest across our country, crises have often been viewed as a rare, if not fully welcomed opportunity for…

May 7, 2020

Healing Through Giving

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Dear Friends and Family: Our community’s capacity to heal is measured by its willingness to hope. A trusted guidepost and beacon for so many, hope is an infinite resource we all share. H…

April 8, 2020

Response, Recovery, Resiliency

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Dear Friends,

In times of crisis, communities come together in many different ways. Our government agencies offer relief and emergency support. Business leaders advocate for and dr…

March 10, 2020

The Abundance of Diversity

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Think back to your high school economics course. Amidst the swirl of supply and demand curves, graphs, and calculations, you may remember your teacher talking about the fixed pie analogy. In e…

February 10, 2020

Embracing Your Pride Points

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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…

January 13, 2020

Tolerance Leads Us, Opportunities Guide Us

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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…