July 9, 2020

Spokes on a Wheel

By Blog, Homepage - Blog, Richard Gans,

Editor's Note: Richard Gans, Shareholder at Ferguson Skipper, served from 2011-2020 on the board of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, including a two-year chair service from 2018-20…

July 1, 2020

Listening and Learning from the Voices of Our Community

By Blog, Roxie Jerde, Homepage - Blog,

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 8, 2020

Lemon Zest : Elif Ak's Scholarship Story on Life in the USA & Turkey

By Blog, Elif Ak,

Author's Note: My name is Elif Ak and I was born in Istanbul, Turkey. I moved to the United States eight years ago. Until I stepped foot in America, I didn’t speak a single word of Engli…

June 4, 2020

Standing in Solidarity, Leading with Empathy

By Blog, Roxie Jerde, Homepage - Blog, Homepage - Story of Impact, Story of Impact - Featured, Nelle S. Miller,

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

By Blog, Roxie Jerde, Homepage - Blog,

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 19, 2020

Our Toolbox of Emotions: Storytelling and Social Change at frank2020

By Blog, Hunter Carpenter,

Familiar with the saying: “The pen is mightier than the sword?” While there is no denying a sword is shaper than even the fanciest ballpoint pen, the same can be said about power o…

May 10, 2020

Life Among Public Housing Residents in the Context of a Pandemic

By Blog, Michelle Stears,

Editor's Note: Michelle Stears is the Family and Youth Services Manager at Sarasota Housing Authority.
It’s Monday morning and I’ve already exchanged close to ten emails wit…

May 7, 2020

Healing Through Giving

By Blog, Roxie Jerde, Homepage - Blog,

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…

May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Response: Immediate, Short-Term, Long-Term Recovery

By Blog, Roxie Jerde,

Dear Friends and Family: Since first writing to you in mid-March about anticipating how the COVID-19 pandemic would affect our community, the world has drastically change. Across our community…