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

Health Care Grants - Apply & Deadline

Grant Opportunities & Deadlines

  • Friday , May 07 , 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Apply Online: Click "Learn More" for application link.

Health Care Grants ($10,000 - $50,000) support organizations providing direct health care assistance to individuals. This program is exclusively for services in Sarasota County. Projects supported may include providing direct health care assistance, increasing access and use of health care services for vulnerable populations, and providing treatment for mental health needs.

May 07 , 2021