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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Navigating the GiveGab Peer to Peer Fundraising Suite

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Thursday , March 30 , 2023 at 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Virtual (Zoom)

Join us virtually on Mar. 30, 2023 as our colleagues from GiveGab, lead a webinar on Navigating their Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Fundraising Suite. If your organization wants to venture into online fundraising with ease, you won’t want to miss this webinar. Designed to help organizations spin up campaigns in minutes, the P2P Suite offers built-in P2P and team fundraising, campaign analytics, automated ‘thank you’ messaging, and customizable registration forms. You will have the capacity to increase engagement and foster meaningful relationships with your supporters. Eligible organizations will qualify for a grant opportunity from the Community Foundation to fund your first year's subscription with the platform.

Mar 30 , 2023

Dinstinguished Speaker Series

Grant Opportunities & Deadlines

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Grant Information Sessions

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Community Voices

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