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.

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

Final Steps to Success for the Giving Challenge

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Tuesday , March 31 , 2020 at 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Online Webinar

With only a few weeks until the Giving Challenge, there’s still plenty of time to make sure your Giving Challenge campaign is ready to go. In this webinar we’ll go over last minute tips and best practices to engage with your supporters and be successful on the Giving Challenge. The Giving Challenge team will also be available to answer any and all of your last minute questions.

Mar 31 , 2020

Documenting the Day with Video & Digital Media

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Thursday , March 26 , 2020 at 9:30 - 11:30am
  • The Community Foundation of Sarasota County 2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34237

This March, join Robyn Levin Media to learn techniques to utilize dynamic videos and social media to amplify your organization's story! This will be a great opportunity to plan and prepare for the 2020 Giving Challenge and Giving Challenge prizes. Attendees of this training will be exclusively eligible to apply for a special grant opportunity to support the implementation of a fundraising campaign for their organization.

Mar 26 , 2020