Donor Stories

Charitable Giving By Our Community, For Our Community

March 10, 2021

Jo Bowen Nobbe: Equal Opportunity & Access to Education

By Story, Community Foundation of Sarasota County,

Editor's Note: As charitable giving continues to define our region’s growth and spirit, we will be sharing stories of our remarkable donors, past and present, who have entrusted us with…

March 8, 2021

Education & Empowerment: The Vision of Edward K. Roberts

By Story, Community Foundation of Sarasota County,

Editor's Note: As charitable giving continues to define our region’s growth and spirit, we will be sharing stories of our remarkable donors, past and present, who have entrusted us with…

March 6, 2021

Personal Touch to Family-Based Philanthropy | Lee Wetherington Foundation

By Story, Roxie Jerde, Homepage - Story of Impact, Story of Impact - Featured,

In this time when connection means everything, a personal touch is always appreciated. We’ve all experienced it, the glow of a smile when a handwritten thank you note arrives in the mail…

February 26, 2021

Carole Crosby: Philanthropic Passion in the Peforming Arts

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Sylvia Whitman,

As you might expect from the president of the Asolo Repertory Theatre board of directors, Carole Crosby cares deeply about arts and culture. It’s “what makes me tick,” she sa…

January 5, 2021

Masala Giving Circle gives toys, books to Newtown community

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Tempo News,

On December 19, 2020, The Masala Giving Circle partnered with Dollar Dynasty, Inc. to distribute toys, books, school supplies and other needed items to children in the Newtown community. Masa…

December 13, 2020

Carol McCloud's Bucket "Fillosophy" To Giving

By Blog, Community Foundation of Sarasota County,

Carol McCloud learned at an early age from the vinyl-lined booth of a diner about the power of giving. Whenever young Carol would visit her Uncle Frank in Chicago, they would go out to eat at…

November 30, 2020

One Good Thing Leads to Another | Legacy of Muriel O'Neil

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Scene Magazine, Sylvia Whitman,

How a legacy founded on sisterly love helped inspire an artful "digital neighborhood." This story of the domino effect of philanthropy begins with a tale of two sisters, Muriel and Gertrude.…

August 5, 2020

Philanthropists Offer Matching Opportunity for COVID-19 Hunger Relief

By Story, All Faiths Food Bank,

In response to a significant increase in need due to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, a $500,000 match has been provided from the Joe and Mary Kay Henson Family Fund. An anonymous dono…

February 18, 2020

Carl Caruso's Gambit: Nurturing Good Decision Makers Through Early Childhood Education - And Games of Chess

By Story, Homepage Spotlight Item, Sylvia Whitman,

Retiree Carl Caruso usually keeps his philanthropy on the down-low, but he’s realized that to scale up, he has to speak up. After all, it was reporting about Orlando hotelier Harris Rose…

December 9, 2019

In Memory of Stewart Stearns, the longtime President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

By Blog, Roxie Jerde, Homepage Spotlight Item,

It is with a heavy heart we share that Stewart Stearns, the longtime President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, passed away at the age of 72 on December 7th from long-te…

May 19, 2019

Legacy Giving: The Ira and Patricia Strauss Fund For Children's Literacy

By Story, Community Foundation of Sarasota County,

During 47 years of married life, Ira and Patti Strauss built three homes: a beach house in Fire Island, New York; a farm in Schooley’s Mountain, New Jersey; and another beach home on Boc…

March 8, 2021

For the Betterment of LGBTQ+ Youth: The McCauley-Brown Fund

By Story, Community Foundation of Sarasota County,

Editor's Note: As charitable giving continues to define our region’s growth and spirit, we will be sharing stories of our remarkable donors, past and present, who have entrusted us with…