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.

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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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1st Quarterly Virtual Open House

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Tuesday , September 26 , 2023 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Virtual on Zoom

Get answers to all your Giving Challenge 2024 questions! Pop in any time to listen in, ask questions, and learn more about the Giving Challenge 2024.

Sep 26 , 2023

Peer Learnings 2022 Success Stories

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Thursday , October 12 , 2023 at 10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Virtual Zoom

Here's an opportunity to hear from organizations that excelled at different strategies in 2022 and learn from their successes.

Oct 12 , 2023

2024 Giving Challenge Kick-off Webinar Getting Ready

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Thursday , November 02 , 2023 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Zoom

Learn everything you need to know about the 2024 Giving Challenge (Noon to Noon April 9-10), including how to register your nonprofit organization for the 24-hour online giving event and the features available to make your nonprofit organization as successful as possible.

Nov 02 , 2023

Dinstinguished Speaker Series

Grant Opportunities & Deadlines

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Grant Information Sessions

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Community Voices

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