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.

Explore upcoming events by clicking an option below or by scrolling down.

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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How To Develop or Update Your Profile in The Giving Partner

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Monday , November 15 , 2021 at 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Zoom Webinar

Join us to learn more about how to create a new profile, or how to update an existing profile. We’ll cover the basics (including plenty of visuals) and have a brief Q&A session at the end. This will be a great opportunity to get familiar with recent enhancements and to start getting your profile in good shape for the 2022 Giving Challenge!

Nov 15 , 2021

Dinstinguished Speaker Series

Registration is now available for the November Distinguished Speaker Series lecture.

Distinguished Speaker Series - Ed Morrow

Distinguished Speaker Series

  • Tuesday , November 09 , 2021 at 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Zoom Meeting

Topic: Beneficiary Deemed Owner Trusts (BDOT) Live Webcast via Zoom Program - 8:30 - 9:30 AM This program will be held via Zoom.

Nov 09 , 2021

Grant Opportunities & Deadlines

Animal Welfare Grants - Apply & Deadline

Grant Opportunities & Deadlines

  • Friday , December 17 , 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Apply Online: Click "Learn More" for application link.

Animal Welfare Grants ($10,000 - $50,000) support organizations that serve animals and promote their humane care in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto Counties. This competitive grant cycle primarily supports emergency medical needs for animals and volunteer program development or growth.

Dec 17 , 2021

Grant Information Sessions

Animal Welfare Grants Information Sessions - October 2021

Grant Information Sessions

  • Monday , October 18 , 2021 at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Zoom Meeting

Oct 18 , 2021

Equity and Access Grants Information Session - January 2022

Grant Information Sessions

  • Thursday , January 13 , 2022 at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Zoom Meeting

Jan 13 , 2022

Community Impact Grant & Capacity Building Grant Information Sessions - February 2022

Grant Information Sessions

  • Thursday , February 10 , 2022 at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Zoom Meeting

Feb 10 , 2022

Community Voices

You can review previous Community Voices panels and conversations by clicking the button below.