The Community Foundation of Sarasota County believes that creating a vibrant dialogue and culture of giving in our community starts with engaging and informing everyone we connect with. We host a variety of events throughout the year for our donors, professional advisors, local nonprofits, and interested community members to connect, learn, and give meaningfully together.

While we strive to connect interested individuals to the community, not all events are open to the public.

Explore upcoming events by clicking an option below or by scrolling down.

Types of Events 


Third Thursdays is a monthly event series that invites friends of the Community Foundation to explore our local nonprofit organizations. Each Thursday begins with light refreshments and a brief introduction to the organization.

Guests are then invited to participate in a unique experience specifically connected with the mission and initiatives of the hosting nonprofit. These events are by invitation. 

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County provides monthly workshops and trainings for local nonprofit board and staff members to enhance their strategic goals, skills, and resources to become more impactful in their roles. All sessions are offered at no cost and exclusively reserved for those organizations with an updated and reviewed profile in The Giving Partner.

Nonprofit Workshops and Trainings

Speaker Series

Distinguished Speaker Series provides educational lectures to local professional advisors, enabling them to earn advanced education credits. These programs are led by our Community Foundation in partnership with Manatee Community Foundation and the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, with generous sponsorship by area banks.

Upcoming Events

Nonprofit Workshops & Trainings

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Building Your 2022 Giving Challenge Social Media Strategy

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Thursday , February 03 , 2022 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar

Social media strategist and coach Dana Snyder lends her expertise for this 90-minute session to provide guidance and insights for your nonprofit organization as you prepare your 2022 Giving Challenge campaign. This session will cover topics such as Business/Corporate Engagement, Online/In-person Events, Organic/Paid Social Media Plans, latest social media trends, and brand awareness. This session includes a live Q&A.

Feb 03 , 2022

Dinstinguished Speaker Series

Grant Opportunities & Deadlines

Equity and Access Grants - Apply & Deadline

Grant Opportunities & Deadlines

  • Friday , January 28 , 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Apply Online: Click "Learn More" for application link.

Equity and Access Grants ($5,000 - $30,000) support projects that promote equity and access to services amongst populations who face systemic barriers in our community. These grants are an opportunity for the Community Foundation to partner with organizations who are focusing on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access in local, direct service work.

Jan 28 , 2022

Grant Information Sessions

Community Impact Grant & Capacity Building Grant Information Sessions - February 2022

Grant Information Sessions

  • Thursday , February 10 , 2022 at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Zoom Meeting

Feb 10 , 2022

Community Voices

You can review previous Community Voices panels and conversations by clicking the button below.