Support the Season of Sharing Campaign

While Sarasota is ranked among Florida’s most affluent communities, hundreds of hard-working families are one paycheck away from the threat of homelessness. Our community’s most vulnerable are struggling to simply survive and provide for their families. To break this vicious cycle, one-time emergency financial assistance is the key.

Now approaching its 20th anniversary, Season of Sharing is a community-wide fundraising partnership that helps individuals and families in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties who are on the verge of homelessness regain stability and stay in their homes. All collected funds are distributed to those in need and may be used for rental assistance, utility bills, child care, transportation, food vouchers, or other crucial expenses to help families get back on their feet.

Hundreds of hard-working families are one paycheck away from the threat of homelessness.

In the 2018-2019 campaign, more than 3,000 gifts contributed to the over $2 million raised in funds.

As a reflection of our belief that anyone can be a philanthropist regardless of means, Season of Sharing is an open invitation to all members of our community to give what they can to uplift and help others. In the 2018-2019 campaign, more than 3,000 gifts contributed to the over $2 million raised in funds, with 68% of all gifts being $100 or less.

Fundraising for Season of Sharing officially runs annually from November to January, but charitable giving continues throughout the year. Because the Community Foundation provides grants directly to nonprofit agencies, individuals must be working with a case worker at a social service agency to receive funds.

If you need assistance, please contact one of the following nonprofit agencies:

Not sure which agency matches your needs? United Way 2-1-1 assists potential clients in finding an appropriate agency. Visit United Way 2-1-1's website to begin your search.

Season of Sharing was created by the Herald-Tribune Media Group and the Community Foundation, but has since been enhanced by a collaboration of media partners: The Patterson Foundation, the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and other funders who provide significant matching dollars, in addition to local donors who contribute gifts of varying amounts.

Since its inception, Season of Sharing has raised and distributed more than $21 million to more than 280 supporting nonprofit agencies.

View the 2018–2019 Season of Sharing Factsheet

How to Donate

Donate Online

Donate to the Season of Sharing Fund. As always, all of your donation — 100% —  goes directly to helping families stay in their homes. Please select from the following individual funds:

Donate by Mail

Mail your check – payable to Community Foundation of Sarasota County (please indicate county designation on memo line) – to:

Season of Sharing  
c/o Community Foundation of Sarasota County  
2635 Fruitville Road  
Sarasota, FL 34237

Donate by Phone

Call 941-556-2399. 

Get Involved

Kirsten Russell 

Vice President, Community Impact

941-955-3000

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