Archive for September, 2008

09/1/2008

Big, Bigger, Biggest!

A signature style that lures back regular donors and offers enough élan to attract new wallets—that’s always the challenge for charities that mount fund raisers. But when the economy is shaky and the party crowd gets selective, organizers must pull out all the stops to draw the numbers they need. Human centerpieces, manmade snow, furniture […]

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09/1/2008

Passionaries

Can one person change the world? You bet, says Barbara Metzler, author of Passionaries, which profiles 35 men, women and, yes, youngsters who took their compassion for humanity and created nonprofit organizations that altered their neighborhoods—and the world—in some pretty amazing ways. A San Diego resident and successful entrepreneur who’s founded five companies, Metzler spoke […]

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09/1/2008

Way to give

In 1979, members of the South West Florida Estate Planning Council created the Sarasota County Community Foundation with one lofty ambition: to make local charitable giving easy, flexible, permanent and effective. From its original office in a back room of the Florida West Coast Symphony, the Community Foundation has evolved into Sarasota County’s trusted relationship-building […]

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09/1/2008

Creating Ripples

Early this year author Barbara Metzler visited Sarasota as guest of the Community Foundation to discuss her book, Passionaries. I was fortunate to meet her and hear her inspirational comments. Metzler coined the word "passionaries" as an abbreviation of "passionate visionaries." In her book, she writes about 35 Americans with successful nonprofit organizations that are […]

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09/1/2008

Giving Matters

Man, it’s been a hard year economically, and our friends and neighbors are feeling the strain—at the gas pump, in the grocery store, in the retrenchment of our schools and government programs, and over the loss of thousands of area jobs (and the ripple—more like a tsunami, really—that loss is creating). But instead of becoming […]

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09/1/2008

Challenge to Change

A fledgling project started in 1998 to keep suspended youth in school has blossomed into a five-school program that’s helped more than 4,500 students stay out of trouble, keep up with their schoolwork and manage their behavior issues, thanks to Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Sarasota-Manatee. The Challenge to Change/Safe Alternative to Out-of-School Suspension […]

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09/1/2008

The Charity Register 2008-2009

Welcome to our annual compilation of local nonprofits that give to the needy, heal the sick, and further the intellectual, cultural and humanitarian pursuits of all of us. In addition to holding 501(c)3 nonprofit certification, each of these organizations is locally headquartered and serves Sarasota directly. Most of these charities hold public fund-raising events, and […]

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