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

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

Distinguished
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

Community Foundation 101

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Wednesday , August 18 , 2021 at 1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
  • Zoom Webinar

Curious about community foundations? Come learn about the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and how it differs from other local private foundations. You'll have a chance to hear from key staff members of our team and learn how to access community and capacity-building resources.

Aug 18 , 2021

Leveraging Peer to Peer Fundraising for Giving Challenge & Beyond

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Tuesday , September 14 , 2021 at 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
  • Zoom Webinar

Peer to Peer (P2P) fundraising allows your biggest supporters to tell their stories of your organization’s impact and helps to expand your donor network. In this session, you’ll learn strategies for building a strong team of fundraisers and attract new donors and engagement for both the Giving Challenge as well as throughout the year via The Giving Partner. Come prepared with any questions you may have.

Sep 14 , 2021

Capacity Building Grants - August Deadline

Grant Opportunities & Deadlines

  • Sunday , August 15 , 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Apply Online: Click "Learn More" for application link.

Capacity Building Grants (up to $10,000) respond to organizational needs and are designed to help improve a nonprofit's ability to fulfill its mission. Projects should support work in one of the following categories: Fundraising, Leadership, Communication, or Evaluation. Alternately, projects can meet emergency organizational needs that are critical for an organization to continue fulfilling its mission.

Aug 15 , 2021

Community Impact Grants - August Deadline

Grant Opportunities & Deadlines

  • Sunday , August 15 , 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Apply Online: Click "Learn More" for application link.

Community Impact Grants (up to $10,000) are designed to address community needs by helping local organizations to transform innovative ideas into new programs and to expand their reach into additional populations.

Aug 15 , 2021

Equity and Access Grants - September Deadline

Grant Opportunities & Deadlines

  • Friday , September 03 , 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Apply Online: Click "Learn More" for application link.

Equity and Access Grants ($5,000 - $30,000) support projects that promote equity and access to services amongst populations who face systemic barriers in our community. These grants are an opportunity for the Community Foundation to partner with organizations who are focusing on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access in local, direct service work.

Sep 03 , 2021

Equity and Access Grants Information Session - August 2021

Equity and Access Grant Information Sessions

  • Friday , August 27 , 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Zoom Meeting

Aug 27 , 2021

Equity and Access Grants Information Session - January 2022

Equity and Access Grant Information Sessions

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

Jan 13 , 2022

Equity and Access Grants Information Session - July 2021

Equity and Access Grant Information Sessions

  • Friday , July 30 , 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Zoom Meeting

Jul 30 , 2021

Animal Welfare Grants Information Sessions - October 2021

Animal Welfare Grant Information Sessions

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

Oct 18 , 2021

Community Impact Grant & Capacity Building Grant Information Sessions - August 2021

Community Impact Grant & Capacity Building Grant Information Sessions

  • Wednesday , August 04 , 2021 at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Zoom Meeting

Aug 04 , 2021

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

Community Impact Grant & Capacity Building Grant Information Sessions

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

Feb 10 , 2022

Community Impact Grant & Capacity Building Grant Information Sessions - October 2021

Community Impact Grant & Capacity Building Grant Information Sessions

  • Thursday , October 07 , 2021 at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Zoom Meeting

Oct 07 , 2021

Capacity Building Grants - August Deadline

Homepage Events & Deadlines

  • Sunday , August 15 , 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Apply Online: Click "Learn More" for application link.

Capacity Building Grants (up to $10,000) respond to organizational needs and are designed to help improve a nonprofit's ability to fulfill its mission. Projects should support work in one of the following categories: Fundraising, Leadership, Communication, or Evaluation. Alternately, projects can meet emergency organizational needs that are critical for an organization to continue fulfilling its mission.

Aug 15 , 2021

Community Foundation 101

Homepage Events & Deadlines

  • Wednesday , August 18 , 2021 at 1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
  • Zoom Webinar

Curious about community foundations? Come learn about the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and how it differs from other local private foundations. You'll have a chance to hear from key staff members of our team and learn how to access community and capacity-building resources.

Aug 18 , 2021

Community Impact Grants - August Deadline

Homepage Events & Deadlines

  • Sunday , August 15 , 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Apply Online: Click "Learn More" for application link.

Community Impact Grants (up to $10,000) are designed to address community needs by helping local organizations to transform innovative ideas into new programs and to expand their reach into additional populations.

Aug 15 , 2021

Equity and Access Grants - September Deadline

Homepage Events & Deadlines

  • Friday , September 03 , 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Apply Online: Click "Learn More" for application link.

Equity and Access Grants ($5,000 - $30,000) support projects that promote equity and access to services amongst populations who face systemic barriers in our community. These grants are an opportunity for the Community Foundation to partner with organizations who are focusing on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access in local, direct service work.

Sep 03 , 2021

Leveraging Peer to Peer Fundraising for Giving Challenge & Beyond

Homepage Events & Deadlines

  • Tuesday , September 14 , 2021 at 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
  • Zoom Webinar

Peer to Peer (P2P) fundraising allows your biggest supporters to tell their stories of your organization’s impact and helps to expand your donor network. In this session, you’ll learn strategies for building a strong team of fundraisers and attract new donors and engagement for both the Giving Challenge as well as throughout the year via The Giving Partner. Come prepared with any questions you may have.

Sep 14 , 2021