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

Find New Donors & Raise Brand Awareness with Social Media Advertising

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Monday , November 23 , 2020 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM
  • Zoom Meeting

Part three of a three-part social media marketing series in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Positive Equation. In this training, we'll show you how to maximize your social media advertising budget using a balance of paid, sponsored, and boosted content. And don't stress: we'll walk you through a live demonstration of how to craft your ad content and strategy.

Nov 23 , 2020

How to Create an Engaging Virtual Livestreaming Event

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Tuesday , November 17 , 2020 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM
  • Zoom Meeting

Part two of a three-part social media marketing series in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Positive Equation. In this training, we will deconstruct and demystify how to create an engaging virtual livestreaming event through various social media channels, including Facebook Live, Instagram Live, and Youtube.

Nov 17 , 2020

The Must Know Secrets to Social Media Marketing for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Workshops & Training

  • Tuesday , November 10 , 2020 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM
  • Zoom Meeting

Part one of a three-part social media marketing series in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Positive Equation. Refresh yourself on the fundamentals of social media strategy, including how to analyze audiences, stay up-to-date on latest features and services, and keep content new and engaging. The power of storytelling through your social presence will also be discussed.

Nov 10 , 2020

Distinguished Speaker Series - Sharon L. Klein

Distinguished Speaker Series

  • Tuesday , November 17 , 2020 at 8:30 AM - 10:10 AM
  • Zoom Webinar

Whether advising clients before, during or after marriage, professional advisors should be aware of important tools, techniques and other considerations in order to advantageously position their clients in the event of divorce. With the increasing overlap among professional disciplines, advisors have much to gain from having cross-disciplinary fluency.

Nov 17 , 2020