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

The Giving Partner Migration

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Thursday , November 14 , 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Online Webinar: Register for Link

Learn everything you need to know about getting started on GiveGab, our new technology platform. You'll learn best practices and expectations, how to customize your profile as well as using the resources and features available to make your organization as successful as possible.  We’ll conclude by answering all of your questions about the new platform.

Nov 14 , 2019

Distinguished Speaker Series - Dr. Gerry W. Beyer

Distinguished Speaker Series

  • Tuesday , November 12 , 2019 at 8:30am - 10:30am
  • Community Foundation of Sarasota County, 2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

This presentation will focus on the developing area of "digital assets," electronic records ranging from e-mail accounts to banking, investment, and shopping accounts, domain names, social networking sites, online games, and cryptocurrency.

Nov 12 , 2019