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 Summer 2020 Updates

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Monday , August 10 , 2020 at 11:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Zoom Webinar

We have been working on some great new features for The Giving Partner! Please join us to learn how your organization can get prepared to collect donations through your Giving Partner profile as well has leverage additional fundraising tools that are already in your GiveGab account.

Aug 10 , 2020

Distinguished Speaker Series - Lauren J. Wolven Esq

Distinguished Speaker Series

  • Tuesday , September 15 , 2020 at 8:30 - 9:30 AM
  • Zoom Webinar | Register for Access Link

Topic: “Managing Psychological and Legal Obstacles During the Pandemic” The COVID-19 pandemic caused fear, paranoia, anger, sadness and anxiety that lingers even as the world “re-opens”. This program will discuss tips for maintaining your own mental health and stability while managing the emotions of your clients.

Sep 15 , 2020