February 8, 2024

A New Historical Marker Will Memorialize Victims of Lynching and Racial Terror in Sarasota

In the first half of the 20th century, at least seven African Americans were lynched in the Sarasota area. The names of the victims—the ones we know about—were Henry Thomas,…

January 2, 2024

Community Foundation, Selby Gardens bring families together for Lights in Bloom

More than 1,300 children, families, teachers and school staff enjoyed complimentary access to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' Lights in Bloom holiday light show this season thanks to a partners…

December 29, 2023

The Venice Symphony awarded grant for Patriotic Pops

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County will once again serve as Presenting Sponsor for The Venice Symphony's Patriotic Pops Concert on Memorial Day 2024 weekend, as we celebrate American…

December 26, 2023

AG Lafley talks past, present and future of The Bay

The founding CEO explains the importance of waterfront dining and highlights the range of future options, including a food truck village. Following a brief respite from his duties as the found…

December 21, 2023

Lifelong Learning, Lifelong Benefits

For many, learning tends to be an objective-oriented endeavor, first with grades and test scores indicating progress, and later in life linked to professional achievements. While learning can…

December 18, 2023

GOOD DEEDS: Westcoast will spread $45,000 grant around

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has received a Strategic Partnership Grant of $45,000 from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

The funds are to be allocated as follows: $15,…

December 7, 2023

Sarasota Police take local kids holiday shopping Dec. 9

Shop with a Cop returns on Saturday, Dec. 9, to provide an opportunity for 150 underserved youth in Sarasota to shop for holiday gifts. The event is a partnership of the Sarasota Police Depart…

November 3, 2023

Freedom School, local effort to teach Black history for Sarasota-Manatee students, returns

Following a successful pilot program last spring, Manasota ASALH will resume its weekend African-American history lessons known as Freedom School for local students beginning Saturday, Nov. 4.…