Archive for September, 2006

09/1/2006

The Charity Register 2006-2007

This register is an introduction to many of the remarkable local nonprofit organizations that feed, clothes and heal the needy, support our environment and inspire our cultural awareness. All of the organizations on this list are nonprofits, but it takes more than nonprofit status to be included. We limit our register to locally headquartered nonprofits […]

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09/1/2006

Seeds of Hope

The horticulture training program for developmentally disabled adults at Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities was humming along. The first crop of tomatoes was harvested in 2003, and the nonprofit organization’s consumers (its preferred term over “clients”) were growing enough organic vegetables to feed the on-campus preschool and adult group homes. Ornamental plants were being […]

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09/1/2006

Confessions of a Mad Chairwoman

When your husband tells you, "Give the valet parking guy a few extra dollars and have him unzip your dress," you know it’s going to be a night to remember—but maybe I should start at the beginning. June 10, 2005. Dona Morgan, Selby Gardens COO, calls and asks me to chair the 25th anniversary Orchid Ball. […]

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09/1/2006

The New Philanthropists

Warren Buffett’s announcement last summer that he would donate three-quarters of his fortune, some $31 billion, to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—already by far the wealthiest foundation in the United States—made headlines around the world. But it didn’t surprise most philanthropy experts, who say it fits the new pattern of ultra-wealthy donors who are […]

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09/1/2006

Helping Hands

Kevin Lindberg has one of the world’s toughest jobs—and one of the most uplifting. Southwest Florida chapter of the American Red Cross, Lindberg is often on the front lines after devastating floods, fires and hurricanes. But after Hurricane Katrina destroyed enormous stretches of the Gulf Coast last summer, Lindberg and his staff received thousands of […]

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09/1/2006

Out of the Box

“Think out of the box, get out of the box and make a difference.” That’s what donor Donna Pickard urged the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to do several years ago; and it’s a challenge the foundation—and its donors—have embraced with enthusiasm. The Community Foundation’s assets have grown to more than $140 million in more […]

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09/1/2006

The Philanthropy Connection

This is a remarkable time of growth and change for Sarasota. But despite the outward trappings—the luxury condominiums, the glitzy new shops—the often desperate needs of many in our city have not diminished. In many ways, what former School Board member Janice Mee said some years ago is more true than ever: “This is a […]

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