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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Strategic Planning for Organizational Short-Term & Long-Term Growth

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Wednesday , October 05 , 2022 at 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Zoom Event

Nonprofits need well-planned strategies to grow and thrive as an organization. Led by Rosa Grillo, learn effective planning efforts for short-term and long-term success. Rosa Grillo is a social entrepreneur, providing customer-focused strategies in social innovation, community engagement, marketing and public relations, and diversity, equity and inclusion. She advises on strategies that provide sustainability and build communities, encouraging growth while preserving culture. She currently provides public relations and community engagement services to The Ringling Museum of Art.

Oct 05 , 2022

Fostering a Great Place to Work-The Shift from Micro-Manager to Coach

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Tuesday , November 01 , 2022 at November 1, 2022, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • 1331 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236 (Selby Public Library - Jack J. Geldbart Auditorium)

Join us in-person on November 1, for an interactive, tool-based workshop led by Hannah McGowan of HM Coaching. Attendees will leave this workshop with tangible strategies to build a learning culture that leverages employee strengths, shift from a micro-management/limited delegation management style to a coaching style, and balance high outcome expectations with high levels of support. You’ll leave knowing how to get peak performance from your staff without burning them out. Hannah has over 11 years of experience as a talent development professional, counselor, and nonprofit leader. Attendees consistently leave her workshops feeling energized with strategies they can implement immediately to enact positive change.

Nov 01 , 2022

Dinstinguished Speaker Series

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Community Voices

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