ANIMALS & ENVIRONMENT
Animal Rescue Coalition
Sarasota, (941) 957-1955
Interim executive director: Trish McConnell Mission statement: To end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats by means of a proactive spay/neuter program, a feral cat program, a comprehensive adoption effort and various other initiatives designed to recognize the profound benefits to people of animal companionship.
Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary
Sarasota, (941) 371-6377
Executive director: Kay Ross Mission statement: To provide a safe, loving and permanent home for big cats and other exotic creatures and to educate mankind on the importance of species preservation to ensure the survival of these magnificent animals for future generations.
Sarasota, (941) 366-2404
Executive director: Shelley Thayer Mission statement: This no-kill, free-roaming rescue facility works to save lives, find loving homes, and provide the resources and education to improve the destiny of homeless cats.
The Children’s Garden
Sarasota, (941) 330-1711
Executive director: Joan Condon Mission statement: To keep kids connected to nature by providing a whimsical interactive garden to explore, wonder, imagine and learn the magic of gardening.
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Osprey, (941) 918-2100
Executive director: Christine Johnson Mission statement: To protect the character, natural integrity and biodiversity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and watersheds of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Crowley Museum and Nature Center
Sarasota, (941) 322-1000
Executive director: Laney Poire Mission statement: To facilitate the enjoyment and understanding of Southwest Florida nature and history, to foster responsible stewardship, and to promote environmental awareness.
Fairy Tail Endings
Sarasota, (941) 320-8242
Executive director: Rhys Miller Mission statement: Dedicated to helping financially struggling families in Sarasota and Manatee counties keep their pets and provide proper care through financial aid, product and service donations, education and outreach.
Florida Parrot Rescue
Temple Terrace, (813) 516-1759
Executive director: Jennifer James Mission statement: Dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of companion parrots.
Bradenton, (941) 747-4900
Executive director: Dari Oglesby Mission statement: To save the lives of homeless pets by changing the way our community views animal sheltering and shelter pets; to provide an educational and family-friendly environment that will change their future one animal, one family and one generation at a time.
Humane Society of Manatee County
Bradenton, (941) 747-8808
Executive director: Amy Van Dell Mission statement: To lead Manatee County in creating a no-kill community where animals receive the compassion and respect they deserve.
Humane Society of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 955-4131
Executive director: Kristi Dorman Mission statement: Provides abandoned pets with compassionate care and shelter while promoting responsible pet ownership and securing permanent homes.
Keep Manatee Beautiful
Bradenton, (941) 795-8272
Executive director: Ingrid McClellan Mission statement: Dedicated to litter prevention, beautification and environmental improvement through leadership in community awareness, education and involvement.
Key West Cat Society (Venice Cat Coalition)
Venice, (941) 525-4568
Executive director: Theresa Foley Mission statement: To conduct and promote cat spay-neuters with the goal of ending euthanasia of cats and dogs in our local shelters; to find homes for adoptable cats in our community and protect feral cats in their habitats.
Lemur Conservation Foundation
Myakka City, (941) 322-8494
Executive director: Lee Nesler Mission statement: To preserve and conserve Madagascar’s primates through captive-breeding, scientific research and education.
Majical Miniatures and The Catscradle
Parrish, (941) 981-9121
Executive director: Ariyana Saint Jennings Mission statement: To make sure as many animals as possible live the lives they are meant to live.
Manatee County Audubon Society
Bradenton, (941) 729-2222
Mission statement: To protect, preserve, restore and enjoy the natural environment by creating an awareness and appreciation of birds, other wildlife, and our native habitat through access to our nature preserve and field trips and providing educational opportunities in Manatee County.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Sarasota, (941) 366-5731
Executive director: Thomas Buchter Mission statement: To provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.
Mote Marine Laboratory
Sarasota, (941) 388-4441
Executive director: Michael P. Crosby Mission statement: Dedicated to the advancement of marine and environmental sciences through scientific research, education and public outreach, leading to new discoveries, revitalization and sustainability of our oceans and greater public understanding of our marine resources.
Palma Sola Botanical Park Foundation
Bradenton, (941) 761-2866
Mission statement: Dedicated to providing an interactive learning environment that fosters an appreciation of nature and landscaping, preserves our natural resources, and promotes environmental education.
Peace River Wildlife Center
Punta Gorda, (941) 637-3830
Executive director: Bob Prier Mission statement: Dedicated to the care, preservation and protection of Charlotte County’s native wildlife.
Racing Dog Rescue Project
Sarasota, (941) 379-3278
Executive director: Chris Kemper Mission statement: Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of retired racing greyhounds.
St. Francis Animal Rescue of Venice
Nokomis, (941) 492-6200
Executive director: Jan Chapman Mission statement: To rescue abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens in the community and provide them with shelter, food, medical care and love for their entire lives or until they are adopted into responsible, loving homes.
Sarasota Audubon Society
Sarasota, (941) 364-9212
Executive director: Jeanne Dubi Mission statement: Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment.
Sarasota Dolphin Research Program
Sarasota, (941) 349-3259
Executive director: Randall Wells Mission statement: Improves the lives of dolphins through research on dolphins in the wild, translating scientific research into conservation action, public education and outreach, scientific publications and presentations, and training researchers and future conservation leaders around the world.
Satchel’s Last Resort
Sarasota, (941) 924-5070
Executive director: Iris Eastman Mission statement: To provide lifelong care to dogs and cats deemed unadoptable, nurture and train dogs in need of behavior modication, provide temporary shelter and medical care to adoptable dogs, puppies, cats and kittens and offer medical and behavior services for owned pets to stay in their home.
Sea To Shore Alliance
Sarasota, (727) 954-3390
Executive director: James Powell Mission statement: To improve the health and productivity of coastal environments for the endangered species and human livelihoods that depend on them.
Suncoast Humane Society
Englewood, (941) 474-7884
Executive director: Phillip Snyder Mission statement: To reduce the numbers of homeless animals and improve the quality of life.
Sarasota, (941) 366-2983
Executive director: Margaret Lowman Mission statement: To sponsor education and conservation projects to save and protect trees and forest ecosystems.
Venice Area Beautification
Venice, (941) 207-8224
Mission statement: To make the Venice area a more beautiful place to live, work and play.
Anna Maria, (941) 778-6324
Executive director: Gail Straight Mission statement: Provides treatment and care for injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning all native species back to the environment.
Wildlife Center of Venice
Venice, (941) 484-9657
Executive director: Kevin Barton Mission statement: To rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned wildlife; to educate the public about native wildlife and proper procedures upon discovery of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.
ARTS & CULTURE
Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra (AMICCO)
Holmes Beach, (941) 795-2370
Executive director: Jeanie Pickwick Mission statement: To offer high-quality choral and instrumental music; to provide performance opportunities for talented professional and volunteer musicians; to broaden participants’ and listeners’ knowledge, enjoyment and understanding of the music; to foster the development of musically talented youth through participation, competitions and grants.
Anna Maria Island Historical Society
Anna Maria, (941) 778-0492
Mission statement: To educate the public about the early days of Anna Maria Island, both through an on-site, free museum and through off-site presentations in schools and other venues.
Art Center Manatee
Bradenton, (941) 746-2862
Executive director: Carla Nierman Mission statement: To provide a welcoming, professional environment, educate novice and experienced artists of all ages, provide galleries to exhibit and market original artwork, and enhance the visual arts in Manatee County through special events and outreach programs.
Art Center Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 365-2032
Executive director: Lisa Berger Mission statement: To provide Sarasota with opportunities for creative expression and art appreciation through art education, exhibitions and cultural programs.
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 306-1200
Executive director: John Fischer Mission statement: To present quality musical concerts for the general public and to promote and assist in the development of aspiring artists.
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 365-5118
Executive director: Jim Shirley Mission statement: To create an environment where the arts flourish, through advocacy, promotion, coordination, education and access.
Arts and Humanities Council of Charlotte County
Port Charlotte, (941) 764-8100
Executive director: Judy Malbuisson Mission statement: To encourage, strengthen, promote and foster cultural and artistic opportunities of all residents and visitors in Charlotte County.
Asolo Repertory Theatre
Sarasota, (941) 351-9010
Producing artistic director: Michael Edwards Mission statement: To entertain, engage and inspire through the highest-quality professional repertory theatre and superior educational programs.
Banyan Theater Company
Sarasota, (941) 351-1277
Executive director: Jerry Finn Mission statement: To stage exceptional theater productions of fine dramatic literature in the summer to benefit the community (including restaurants, hotels, shops, etc.) and to provide employment for professionals, local residents and independent contractors who would be otherwise unemployed in the “off-season.”
Osprey, (941) 966-5904
Executive director: Helene Levin Mission statement: To share a passionate celebration of women’s voices to entertain, enrich, inspire and educate audiences with the finest choral repertoire through diverse and creative programming.
Port Charlotte, (941) 255-1022
Executive director: Sherrie Moody Mission statement: To provide and promote quality theater arts programs to educate, entertain and enrich the Southwest Florida community.
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Punta Gorda, (941) 205-5996
Executive director: Regina Buckley Mission statement: To entertain and educate the community through the shared experience of music.
Sarasota, (941) 355-9335
Executive director: Pedro Reis Mission statement: To celebrate and preserve the extraordinary heritage of the circus arts through performances, innovative education and training programs, and programs that improve the quality of life for individuals.
Sarasota, (941) 313-2311
Executive director: Michael Shelton Mission statement: To use the arts as a catalyst for creating awareness and promoting, throughout the community, the value of diversity, the benefits of inclusion and the significance of the active rejection of hatred and prejudice.
Cultural Center of Charlotte County
Port Charlotte, (941) 625-4175
Executive director: Jim Hageman Mission statement: To enhance the educational, recreational, physical and mental well-being of the citizens of Charlotte County and beyond.
Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota
Sarasota, (888) 550-6279
Executive director: David Phillips Mission statement: Celebrates all of humanity and inspires our community to embrace equality through songs of hope and inclusion.
Florida Studio Theatre
Sarasota, (941) 366-9017
Executive director: Richard Hopkins Mission statement: To make theater accessible and affordable to as many people as possible; to present theater that challenges with as much gusto as it entertains; to create a public forum for the issues of our day that will foster positive change in our community and beyond; to operate within and for the public trust.
Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum
Cortez, (941) 708-6120
Executive director: Amara Nash Mission statement: To preserve and share Florida’s maritime heritage.
Friends of the Sarasota County History Center
Sarasota, (941) 388-9896
Mission statement: To assist the Sarasota County History Center through the support of programs, services, and activities that promote and enhance the use and enjoyment of Sarasota County’s cultural and historical heritage.
Fuzion Dance Artists
Sarasota, (941) 345-5755
Artistic director: Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott Mission statement: To bring contemporary dance to the community through performance, education and collaboration.
Sarasota, (941) 387-6046
Executive director: Steven Klindt Mission statement: Celebrates the excellence of choral music through innovative, stimulating performances that both educate and entertain the public.
Gulf Coast Community Choir
Sarasota, (941) 379-0232
Mission statement: To raise funds for worthy nonprofit organizations in the community and spread the idea of the value of diversity through concerts that provide the highest quality of choral music possible.
Gulf Coast Heritage Association (Historic Spanish Point)
Osprey, (941) 966-5214
Interim executive director: John Mason Mission statement: To connect people of today with 5,000 years of human history in southwest coastal Florida by preserving and interpreting objects and traditions significant to our region’s past.
Hermitage Artist Retreat
Englewood, (941) 475-2098
Executive director: Bruce Rodgers Mission statement: To nurture creativity, preserve Florida history, protect native ecology and serve our Gulf Coast communities.
Historical Society of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 364-9076
Executive director: Howard Rosenthal Mission statement: To foster public awareness of the rich historical heritage of Sarasota County and the state of Florida, encourage inquiry and research into this history, promote collection and preservation of memorabilia, develop broader appreciation of its historical communities, and protect its historic sites and structures.
KAETA Corporation (Kids and Elders Through Arts)
Sarasota, (941) 727-6877
Executive director: Bharat Chandra Mission statement: To promote an entertaining and educational dialogue between older and younger generations of Americans through shared experiences in the arts.
Sarasota, (941) 921-4845
Executive director: Richard Storm Mission statement: Dedicated to performing and promoting choral music of the highest quality.
Sarasota, (941) 366-8450 ext. 3
Executive director: Sally R. Faron Mission statement: To perform chamber music of the highest quality and to provide outreach programs for students.
Lemon Bay Playhouse
Englewood, (941) 475-6756
Executive director: Robert La Salle Mission statement: To enrich Englewood and surrounding communities through theatrical productions, volunteer opportunities, education and training in the performing arts, and to provide a venue for other cultural activities.
Manatee County Historical Commission
Bradenton, (941) 749-7165
Executive director: Phaedra Rehorn Mission statement: To preserve our past to enrich our future by advocating for historic preservation and cultural tourism, preserving historic buildings and artifacts, educating the public, creating and maintaining the historical environment of the Manatee Village Historical Park, and raising community and financial support to maintain and expand these efforts.
The Manatee Players
Bradenton, (941) 749-1111
Executive director: Janene Witham Mission statement: To represent, enrich and stimulate people through the art of live theater by providing entertainment, education and an artistic outlet.
Military Heritage Museum
Punta Gorda, (941) 575-9002
Executive director: Kim Lovejoy Mission statement: To promote an understanding and respect for the rich military heritage of the United States and the sacrifices made by our country’s veterans, living and dead, emphasizing that freedom is not free.
Musica Sacra Cantorum
Sarasota, (941) 744-9333
Executive director: Robert Barr Mission statement: Dedicated to the performance and promotion of sacred choral music from many sources, historic eras and nationalities.
North Port Art Center
North Port, (941) 423-6460
Executive director: Sandi Hilliard Mission statement: To provide artist support programs, art classes, art exhibits and cultural events.
The Perlman Music Program Suncoast
Sarasota, (941) 955-4942
Executive director: Elizabeth Power Mission statement: Inspiring the next generation of concert artists, educators and audiences.
Professional Learning and Theatrical Organization (PLATO)
Sarasota, (941) 363-1727
Executive director: Kyle Turoff Mission statement: To produce professional theater, and provide theatrical training and community outreach.
Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society
Punta Gorda, (941) 637-7830
Mission statement: Preserving the history of the Punta Gorda area through the beauty of mural art.
Sarasota, (941) 321-3454
Executive director: Rick Holdsworth Mission statement: To educate the community about the art of handbell ringing and to present quality handbell music to various audiences.
Royal Palm Players
Boca Grande, (941) 964-2670
Executive director: Erica Martin Mission statement: To entertain, educate and engage Boca Grande and the surrounding communities.
Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 364-2199
Executive director: Janet Minker Mission statement: Dedicated to the preservation of Sarasota School of Architecture houses, educational facilities and commercial/institutional buildings.
The Sarasota Ballet of Florida
Sarasota, (941) 359-0099
Managing director: Mary Anne Servian Mission statement: The mission of the Sarasota Ballet is to enrich lives, captivate emotions and strengthen community through the art of dance.
Sarasota Chalk Festival
Sarasota, (941) 954-5800
Executive director: Denise Kowal Mission statement: To bring diverse people together to celebrate, to be inspired by and participate in the cultural and performing arts.
Sarasota Choral Society
Sarasota, (941) 343-9894
Executive director: Genevieve Beauchamp Mission statement: Furthers and promotes individual and group singing and choral activities of all kind, nature, and description in Sarasota County and in all other parts of the United States.
Sarasota Concert Association
Sarasota, (941) 955-0040
Board president: Joy McIntyre Mission statement: To bring to the greater Sarasota community the finest classical music at the lowest possible price.
Sarasota Concert Band
Sarasota, (941) 364-2263
Executive director: Linda Keefe Mission statement: To provide world-class performances with original concert band music and change lives by bringing audiences to a better state of mind.
Sarasota Dance Festival
Sarasota, (941) 954-4504
Director: Robert de Warren Mission statement: To promote the art of dance through training and mentoring the rising generation of young dance artists, presenting performances with world-class dance stars that feature a variety of dance styles; to reach out to the community with programs designed both to educate youth and adults about dance and engender their interest and support.
Sarasota Film Festival
Sarasota, (941) 364-9514
Executive director: Mark Famiglio Mission statement: To celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival and developing yearlong programs for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of our community.
Sarasota Opera Association
Sarasota, (941) 366-8450
Executive director: Richard Russell Mission statement: To produce world-class opera true to the vision of the composer; to entertain, enrich and educate communities in Southwest Florida, as well as patrons from across the state and around the world.
Sarasota, (941) 953-4252
Executive director: Joseph McKenna Mission statement: To promote symphonic and chamber music locally, statewide and nationally by presenting performances of the highest artistic excellence, providing broad-based education programs of superior quality and making both available to the broadest possible constituency.
Sarasota Pops Orechestra
Sarasota, (941) 926-7677
Executive director: Jamie Ruetz Mission statement: To present exciting, entertaining and educational musical performances for the Sarasota/Manatee community, explore the symphonic repertoire from traditional to popular and provide an opportunity for our community’s finest musicians to perform in a high-quality orchestra.
Sarasota Season of Sculpture
Sarasota, (941) 928-4445
Executive director: Susan McLeod Mission statement: To provide a free and open-to-the-public outdoor museum of significant scupture for the purpose of enriching the cultural and educational experience for residents and visitors.
South Florida Bishop Museum and Planetarium
Bradenton, (941) 746-4131
Executive director: Brynne Besio Mission statement: To engage and inspire learners of all ages; to protect, interpret and communicate scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe.
Englewood, (888) 326-8403
Mission statement: To provide the residents of Sarasota and Charlotte Counties with the opportunity to sing in a mixed community chorus dedicated to performing choral masterworks and a variety of chorale works.
Sarasota, (941) 365-2494
Executive director: Michelle Pingel Mission statement: Dedicated to presenting a diverse and entertaining slate of high-quality, volunteer-driven theatrical experiences that educate, stimulate and enrich the entire community.
Van Wezel Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 366-5578
Executive director: Monica Slater Van Buskirk Mission statement: To enrich the lives of members of the Gulfcoast community, with an emphasis on children, through the performing arts while supporting the needs of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Venice Art Center
Venice, (941) 485-7136
Executive director: Mary Morris Mission statement: To provide cultural resources to the community and to encourage the knowledge and appreciation of visual art in all forms.
Venice Circus Arts Foundation
Venice, (941) 485-7675
Executive director: Tito Gaona Mission statement: To preserve the circus arts and heritage,
educate, encourage economic development and promote family entertainment.
Venice, (941) 237-0478
Mission statement: To preserve and protect the John Nolen Plan of the city of Venice, to restore and maintain the Lord-Higel House, to maintain and enhance the historic Triangle Inn, to support the city of Venice’s museum and archives, to educate the public about the history of Venice, and to promote, preserve and protect the heritage of Venice.
Venice Historic Preservation League
Venice, (941) 412-0151
Mission statement: To promote a public awareness and understanding of the historic heritage of Florida, Sarasota County, and the Venice area within the context of our nation’s history, and to encourage inquiry and research into this history.
Venice, (941) 488-1115
Executive director: Murray Chase Mission statement: To celebrate and nurture creative expression, to foster human communication and understanding and to delight and challenge our audiences through theater and the performing arts of the highest quality.
Visual Arts Center
Punta Gorda, (941) 639-8810
Executive director: Michele Valencourt Mission statement: To bring together all interested in the visual arts, and to promote knowledge, appreciation and development of visual arts in Southwest Florida.
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida
Sarasota, (941) 366-1505
Executive director: Christine Jennings Mission statement: To produce shows that promote and celebrate the African-American experience, attract diverse audiences, support and develop African-American artists, and build the self-esteem of African-American youth.
Woman’s Exchange of Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 955-7859
Executive director: Karen Koblenz Mission statement: Supports and enriches a variety of programs for local cultural organizations.
Sarasota, (941) 894-6469
Executive director: Arlene Sweeting Mission statement: Independent radio station presents locally produced programming and events that feature cultural, artistic and political perspectives currently underrepresented in the media.
Beyond The Spectrum
Sarasota, (941) 907-3443
Executive director: Brynn Rangel Mission statement: To serve the children and families in the community affected by autism and related disorders by providing individualized therapeutic and educational services and utilizing the expertise of a professionally trained staff.
Bradenton Christian School
Bradenton, (941) 792-5454
Superintendent: Dan van der Kooy Mission statement: To provide quality education rooted in God’s word, and to prepare the hearts and minds of God’s children in partnership with the Christian community for service in God’s world.
Charlotte Local Education Foundation
Port Charlotte, (941) 255-7500
Executive director: Mary Clemmons Mission statement: Direct support agency for Charlotte County public schools, connecting children, classrooms and community to build student success.
Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida
Bradenton, (941) 747-8726
Executive director: Geraldine Pasquarella Mission statement: To serve children of working poor families and those who are under protective services, in foster care, homeless, abused or in a developmentally challenging environment.
Duette Education Foundation
Duette, (941) 721-6674
Executive director: Donna King Mission statement: To support Duette Elementary School.
Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County
Bradenton, (941) 757-2900
Executive director: Paul Sharff Mission statement: To provide and coordinate the services of school readiness programs, in order to help all children develop the skills needed to achieve future educational success; to support the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teachers; and to continue to improve the quality of services available in the community.
Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 954-4830
Executive director: Janet Kahn Mission statement: Provides access to high-quality early education resources and family support to ensure that children are ready for learning and ready for life.
Bradenton, (941) 893-3160
Executive director: Jennifer Radebach Mission statement: Provides the highest-quality educational programming for Florida’s struggling, at-risk and high-risk students.
Education Foundation of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 927-0965
Executive director: Susan Scott Mission statement: To increase the graduation rate, help all students become better readers, prepare students for success in the workplace and global economy, and serve as the leading advocate for Sarasota County’s public schools.
Forty Carrots of Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 365-7716
Executive director: Michelle Kapreilian Mission statement: Dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the field.
FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training
Sarasota, (941) 351-9010
Executive director: Greg Leaming Mission statement: Provides a select group of graduate students from around the world a combination of intense classroom training in all aspects of the craft of acting and, in years two and three of their training, production opportunities in both the Cook Theatre season and the Asolo Rep mainstage season.
University Park, (941) 358-1705
Executive director: Stanley Muessle Mission statement: To introduce computer literacy into the curriculum of secondary schools in central Tanzania, and to then use that capability and knowledge to improve the quality of education in all subjects.
Gulfcoast Wonder and Imagination Zone (G.WIZ)
Sarasota, (941) 309-4949
Executive director: Greg Volupas Mission statement: To be the gateway for lifelong adventures in science.
Incarnation Catholic School
Sarasota, (941) 924-8588
Executive director: Regina Housel Mission statement: To provide an education of excellence while fostering the teaching mission of Jesus Christ to grow in faith, knowledge and love of God.
Junior Achievement Sarasota/Manatee
Clearwater, (727) 530-0884
Executive director: Maggie Haley Mission statement: To assure that every child in Sarasota and Manatee counties has a fundamental understanding of the free market system and his or her role in it.
Lifelong Learning Academy
Sarasota, (941) 359-4296
Executive director: Janna Overstreet Mission statement: To enrich the lives of mature adults in Sarasota and Manatee counties by providing affordable and outstanding educational programs that cover a broad spectrum of topics and are rich in intellectual stimulation, often interactive in scope and worthy of academic consideration.
The Literacy Council of Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 955-0421
Executive director: Shon Ewens Mission statement: To improve literacy for adults in Sarasota County.
Literacy Volunteers of America of South Sarasota County
Venice, (941) 488-8994
Executive director: Nancy Pike Mission statement: To provide one-on-one tutoring and small group classes for English as a Second Language (ESL) and basic literacy at no cost to adult learners.
Live the Life Ministries
Tallahassee, (850) 668-3700
Executive director: Richard Albertson Mission statement: To strengthen marriages and families.
Manatee Education Foundation
Bradenton, (941) 708-8770
Executive director: Mary Glass Mission statement: To provide funding for innovative programs and enhanced educational opportunities for the teachers and students of Manatee County public schools beyond allocated state dollars.
The Montessori Foundation
Bradenton, (941) 729-9565
Director: Joyce St. Giermaine Mission statement: Dedicated to the advancement of Montessori education in the United States and abroad.
New College Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 487-4800
Executive director: Shannon K. Duvall Mission statement: To support the priorities of New College of Florida, Florida’s designated Honors College.
New Gate School
Sarasota, (941) 922-4949
Executive director: Timothy Seldin Mission statement: To cultivate a love of life and inspire academic excellence.
Out-of-Door Academy of Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 349-3223
Head of school: David Mahler Mission statement: Independent college prep school provides an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and to build character through a balanced program of academics, the arts and athletics.
Pace Center For Girls
Bradenton, (941) 751-4566
Executive director: Mary Marx Mission statement: Provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.
Pierian Spring Academy
Sarasota, (941) 716-2471
Executive director: Debbie Cowles Mission Statement: To provide intellectually stimulating learning experiences led by highly qualified faculty for adults in the Sarasota/Manatee community.
Project Light of Manatee
Bradenton, (941) 745-1659
Executive director: Luz Corcuera Mission statement: Dedicated to providing accessible adult English language and literacy instruction to empower students with the skills and tools they need to fully participate in, and contribute to, the community.
Redlands Christian Migrant Association
Immokalee, 239 658-3560
Executive director: Barbara Mainster Mission statement: Opens doors through quality child care and education from crib to high school and beyond.
Ringling College Library Association
Sarasota, (941) 925-1343
Mission statement: Dedicated to the ongoing development of Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library and acts as a catalyst for the education growth of students, faculty and community.
Ringling College of Art and Design
Sarasota, (941) 309-0187
President: Larry Thompson Mission statement: Offers bachelor’s degrees in 14 disciplines: advertising design, business of art and design, computer animation, digital filmmaking, fine arts, game art and design, graphic and interactive communication, illustration, interior design, motion design, painting, photography and digital imaging, printmaking and sculpture.
Riverview High School Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 376-7877
Mission statement: To provide funds for the enhancement of education at Riverview High School when there are no other funding sources available.
St. Martha Catholic School
Sarasota, (941) 953-4181
Principal: Siobhan Young Mission statement: To provide each student with diverse opportunities that develop strength in faith, and excellence in knowledge and learning, in partnership with Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School
Bradenton, (941) 746-2121
Head of school: Janet Pullen Mission statement: To provide a superior academic program that prepares each student for a college or university compatible with the individual’s academic ability, interest and needs; to instill in each student a love of learning, an active respect for all members of the school community, and a fundamental sense of integrity; to provide a nurturing environment that values independence and self-worth, physical health, spiritual awareness and responsible global citizenship.
Sarasota Chinese Academy
Osprey, (941) 315-8178
Executive director: Shuman Bruinius Mission statement: To provide quality Chinese language instructions in a safe environment to local community members in Sarasota and surrounding counties; to promote understanding and appreciation of traditional Chinese culture, history and philosophy; to promote friendship and serve as a liaison between the American Chinese community and the non-Chinese speaking community.
Sarasota Christian School
Sarasota, (941) 371-6481
Superintendent: Jeffrey Shank Mission statement: To honor God by developing academic abilities and broadening educational experiences while deepening Christian faith through partnership with the home, the church and the community.
Sarasota Military Academy
Sarasota, (941) 926-1700
Headmaster/CEO: Daniel Kennedy Mission statement: To provide high school students the highest-quality education possible, incorporating the principles of leadership, discripline, patriotism and honor in a military environment.
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School
Port Charlotte, (941) 625-5533
Executive director: Rita Shamrock Mission statement: Serves Pre-K-8th grade children in the greater Charlotte County Community and provides a holistic education in an environment of respect and support where Christian values are prized and practiced.
St. Joseph Catholic School
Bradenton, (941) 755-2611
Principal: Kellie Potter Mission statement: Provides children pre-K-8 with an educational program of academic excellence, empowering them to become confident and contributing leaders in their families, church, community and global society.
Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 358-4407
Executive director: Lisa Bechtold Mission statement: To identify at-risk youth, place them in an environment of success and provide them with mentors and program support/case management to enable them to achieve high school graduation and gain entrance into post-secondary education.
University of South Florida Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 359-4582
Executive director: Joel Momberg Mission statement: Regional chapter supports the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and promotes higher education in general, and specifically encourages the advancement of teaching, research and public service through private support for the University’s academic and student development endeavors.
Upside Down Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 366-3600
Executive director: Greg Truitt Mission statement: Inspiring academic success and leadership through mentoring.
Venice Christian School
Venice, (941) 496-4411
Principal: Jerry Frimmel Mission statement: To educate children academically, spiritually, physically and socially with a Biblical worldview in partnership with families, local churches and the community.
Visible Men Academy
Sarasota, (941) 331-4311
Executive director: Neil Phillips Mission statement: All-boys public charter school provides boys from low-income communities with outstanding academic, character and social education in a nurturing school environment.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association
Sarasota, (941) 365-8883
Executive director: Gloria Smith Mission statement: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
American Cancer Society
Atlanta, (800) 227-2345
Executive director: John Seffrin Mission statement: To eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.
Center For Building Hope
Sarasota, (941) 921-5539
Executive director: Carl Ritter Mission statement: Offers free information, programs and services to cancer patients, caregivers and family members, while connecting them with others undergoing a similar experience.
Coastal Behavioral Healthcare
Sarasota, (941) 927-8900
Executive director: John Minge Mission statement: To prevent substance abuse, promote mental, emotional, physical and social well-being, and assist individuals of all ages in leading healthier lives.
Community Aids Network (CAN)
Sarasota, (941) 366-0461
Executive director: Michael Cuffage Mission statement: To provide a continuum of medical, social and education services essential to the health and well-being of those infected and affected by HIV disease and to enhance public awareness and prevention of HIV.
Ear Research Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 365-0367
Executive director: Jennifer Moss Mission statement: To perform clinical research for the purpose of advancing treatment techniques for hearing, balance and dizziness problems; to train physicians through fellowships or CME conferences and educate the public on hearing and balance disorders; to provide free screenings and discounted medical care for indigent patients, especially children.
Englewood Community Care Clinic
Englewood, (941) 681-3765
Executive director: Beth Harrison Mission statement: To provide no-cost episodic medical services to the uninsured and working poor in the Englewood area.
Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida
Sarasota, (941) 953-5988
Executive director: Alison Haskins Mission statement: To assist all uninsured adults diagnosed with epilepsy in the agency’s eight-county region to obtain medical, case management, and prevention and education services and to assist them in achieving independence, self- sufficiency and their maximum potential.
First Step of Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 366-5333
Executive director: David Beesley Mission statement: Prevents and treats alcohol and drug addictions and associated disorders.
Fred Lang Foundation
Punta Gorda, (941) 639-8300
Mission statement: To aid individuals to find the “hope for a brighter tomorrow” through effective behavioral health and addiction treatment.
Nokomis, (941) 412-9333
Executive director: Donna Blem Mission statement: Partnering with our horses, we challenge individuals with special needs to meet their fullest potential.
Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation
Atlanta, (404) 537-5253
Executive director: Jon Albert Mission statement: Provides families with “wow!” experiences, giving children who will lose their mom or dad to cancer a timeout to create indispensable memories together while they can.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
Naples, (239) 591-2825
Executive director: Carl Marks Mission statement: To find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research; also to develop treatments that improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: Suncoast Chapter
Tampa, (813) 963-6461
Executive director: Julie Wills Mission statement: Dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.
Moffit Cancer Center Foundation
Tampa, (800) 456-3434
CEO: Alan F. List Mission statement: To fund Moffitt Cancer Center’s contribution to the prevention and cure of cancer through philanthropic donations; dedicated to cancer research, patient care and community education throughout Sarasota and manatee coounties, the state of Florida and beyond.
Manatee Glens Corp.
Bradenton, (941) 782-4299
Executive director: Mary Ruiz Mission statement: Specializes in mental health and addictions so that health and wellness are possible for every family.
Mental Health Community Center
Sarasota, (941) 953-3477
Executive director: Carolyn Eagen Mission statement: Reaches out to our community with informative educational programs as well as daily social service programs offered at no charge.
Neuro Challenge Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 926-6413
Executive director: Judith Bell Mission statement: Dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.
The Payton Wright Foundation
Lakewood Ranch, (941) 893-7007
Executive director: Patrick Wright Mission statement: To support pediatric brain cancer research, financially assist families who have a child with brain cancer, and to support organizations tied to cancer research/care.
Phelan McDermid Syndrome Foundation
Venice, (941) 485-8000
Executive director: Barbara Cruz Mission statement: To improve the quality of life of people affected by PMS worldwide by providing family support, accelerating research and raising awareness.
Pines of Sarasota Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 955-6293
Executive director: Estelle Crawford Mission statement: To generate the financial support for the capital, programmatic and endowment needs of Pines of Sarasota, a senior care campus.
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida
Sarasota, (941) 365-3913
Executive director: Barbara Zdravecky Mission statement: To ensure the rights of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing medical services, education and advocacy.
Reach Out Recovery
Sarasota, (877) 628-5828
Executive director: Leslie Glass Mission statement: To lift the stigma from addiction and bring awareness and support to addiction prevention and recovery efforts nationwide.
Samaritan Counseling Services of The Gulf Coast
Sarasota, (941) 926-2959
Executive director: Richard Howell Mission statement: Strengthens individuals and families through professional Christian counseling services.
Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc.
Sarasota, (941) 917-1286
President and CEO: Alexandra (Alex) Quarles Mission statement: To improve the delivery of healthcare for the Sarasota area through the acquisition and utilization of philanthropic funds; supports Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, but also awards grants to other Sarasota County nonprofit healthcare organizations.
Suncoast Communities Bloodbank
Sarasota, (941) 954-1600
Executive director: Scott Bush Mission statement: To help save lives by providing a reliable supply of quality blood products and services to the hospitals and healthcare facilities in the communities we serve.
Team Tony Brain Cancer Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 320-3366
Executive director: Tony McEachern Mission statement: Pairs cancer survivors with a cancer fighter to ensure those impacted get the support they need.
Sarasota, (941) 552-7525
Executive director: Gerry Radford Mission statement: Helping people live well by providing care, comfort and compassion.
Tri-County Counseling and Life Skills Center
North Port, (941) 429-3721
Executive director: Thomas Glaza Mission statement: To improve our communities by teaching our clients those skills necessary to lead a healthier, happier and more productive life.
Sarasota, (941) 355-0847
Executive director: Greg Kaspar Mission statement: To provide support, education, prevention and intervention for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and for those in temporary crisis.
United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida
Bradenton, (941) 201-1466
Executive director: Norma Israel Mission statement: To advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
We Care Manatee
Bradenton, (941) 755-3952
Executive director: Jill Gass Mission statement: To facilitate free medical care to low-income and uninsured residents of Manatee County.
Adopt-A-Family of Manatee
Bradenton, (941) 748-4424
Mission statement: To provide Christmas gifts for the children of qualified, lower-income, homeless or needy families in Manatee County.
All Faiths Food Bank
Sarasota, (941) 379-6333
Executive director: Sandra Frank Mission statement: To feed the hungry, reduce food waste and educate the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition.
ALSO Out Youth
Sarasota, (941) 951-2576
Executive director: Susan Westcott Mission statement: To end all forms of violence, harassment and discrimination based on real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity; to enhance self-esteem, promote healthy dialogue, and increase awareness of sexual minority issues.
American Red Cross
Sarasota, (941) 379-9300
Executive director: Megarie van Sickel Mission statement: Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Punta Gorda, (941) 575-5790
Executive director: John Davidson Mission statement: To provide stability and future preparation for difficult-to-place teenaged boys in the foster care system.
Anna Maria Island Community Center
Anna Maria, (941) 778-1908
Executive director: Dawn Stiles Mission statement: To empower and inspire people of all ages, especially our youth, by educating minds, strengthening families, building healthier bodies, and fostering volunteerism.
Baby Basics of Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 684-0009
Mission statement: Provides and distributes diapers and kindness to working poor families who do not receive governmental cash assistance, keeping babies happy and healthy.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast
Venice, (941) 488-4009
Executive director: Joy Mahler Mission statement: To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County
Bradenton, (941) 761-2582
Executive director: Carl Weeks Mission statement: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 366-3911
Executive director: Bill Sadlo Mission statement: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Care Net Manasota Crisis Pregnancy Center
Bradenton, (941) 751-1966
Executive director: Shirley Baucom Mission statement: To affirm the sanctity of human life by ministering to those whose lives are touched by crisis pregnancy.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice
Venice, (941) 484-9543
Executive director: Peter Routsis-Arroyo Mission statement: To serve and empower all in need regardless of race, nationality or creed, in devotion and adherence to the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church.
Center For Abuse and Rape Emergencies of Charlotte County (CARE)
Punta Gorda, (941) 639-5499
Executive director: Kay Tvaroch Mission statement: To help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes in Charlotte County.
The Center of Hope of South County
Venice, (941) 412-9044
Executive director: Lynette McCleland Mission statement: To become a one-stop center in south Sarasota County, which will provide a coordinated system of services to stabilize the lives of people who are unemployed, homeless, near homeless or otherwise in need, and ensure a coordinated continuum of care that provides for the basic needs of individuals and families who are at risk.
Charlotte County Habitat For Humanity
Punta Gorda, (941) 639-3162
Executive director: Mike Mansfield Mission statement: To build safe, affordable, quality housing, strengthening lives and neighborhoods.
Charlotte County Homeless Coalition
Murdock, (941) 627-4313
Executive director: Angela Hogan Mission statement: To prevent homelessness and hunger by providing shelter, food and assistance to individuals and families; to change the personal and societal conditions that lead to homelessness.
Charlotte HIV-Aids People Support
Port Charlotte, (941) 625-2552
Mission statement: To provide supplemental food and hygiene products at no cost to persons in need living with HIV/AIDS and their dependents.
Child Protection Center
Sarasota, (941) 365-1277
Executive director: Douglas Staley Mission statement: Child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment.
Sarasota, (941) 953-3877
Executive director: Philip Tavill Mission statement: Strengthening children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and wellbeing.
Children’s Guardian Fund
Sarasota, (941) 504-9515
Executive director: Jasmine Candlish Mission statement: To raise funds to ensure that every abused, neglected and abandoned child in the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida has a court-appointed guardian ad litem, and that financial assistance is available for the child’s health, educational and social needs.
Circus and Traveling Shows Retirement Project
Tallevast, (941) 953-5786
Mission statement: To assist show people with age or health problems in their search for affordable housing in the Southwest Florida area; to obtain locations and establish communities where show people can live and share their tradition.
Classy to Common Estate Liquidators Corp..
Sarasota, (941) 416-5383
Executive director: Sara Jones Mission statement: To pay the utility bills of citizens in imminent danger of being shut off.
Community Assisted and Supported Living
Sarasota, (941) 225-2373
Executive director: Julian Eller Mission statement: To provide affordable, clean, safe and appropriate supportive housing and services to adults with developmental and other disabilities, who have low to very low incomes.
Community Center For The Deaf and Hard of Hearing of Manatee Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 366-0260
Executive director: Donna Carlton Mission statement: To provide services and programs that promote empowerment, equal access, education and independence to the deaf and hard of hearing of Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Community Haven For Adults and Children With Disabilities
Sarasota, (941) 355-8808
Executive director: Marla Doss Mission statement: Empowers the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities, one person at a time.
Community Youth Development of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 922-5126
Executive director: Karen Bogues Mission statement: Empowers youth as leaders in service to their community.
Designing Women Boutique and Estate Services
Sarasota, (941) 366-5293
Business development director: Pamela Day Mission statement: To grow funding for the programs, projects and endowments of Sarasota’s arts and human services organizations.
Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Heartland
Port Charlotte, (941) 255-1650
Executive director: Anne Bouhebent Mission statement: To support families and children in accessing high-quality early care and education services via school readiness and voluntary prekindergarten programs.
Easter Seals Southwest Florida
Sarasota, (941) 355-7637
Executive director: William Waldo Mission statement: Creates solutions that change lives for children, adults and families through high-quality therapeutic, educational and support services.
Economic Development Investment Fund
Sarasota, (941) 359-5915
Executive director: Brian Caswell Mission statement: Foster economic growth through small business support services.
Educational Consultants Consortium (ECC)
Palmetto, (941) 723-6879
Executive director: Barbara Harvey Mission statement: To facilitate communication and/or coordinate the services between the home, school and community.
Sarasota, (941) 953-2277
Executive director: Judy Alexander Mission statement: To help Sarasota’s neediest children grow into healthy, happy adults.
Fair Food Standards Council
Sarasota, (941) 556-9128
Executive director: Laura Safer Espinoza Mission statement: Oversees implementation of the Fair Food Program, a unique farmworker- and consumer-driven initiative consisting of a wage increase and a human rights-based code of conduct, applicable throughout the Florida tomato industry.
Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee County
Lakewood Ranch, (941) 928-0682
Executive director: Mary Smith Mission statement: To provide caregiver support, training, education, information and advocacy to families raising and caring for a child or children with disabilities and special needs.
Family Partnership Center
Bradenton, (941) 756-3007
Executive director: David Potter Mission statement: To strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect in at-risk families through comprehensive parenting education and support services.
Pinellas Park, (727) 521-5200
Executive director: Jane Harper Mission statement: To strengthen families and build better communities by providing prevention, support and counseling services to children, teens and families.
Feeding Empty Little Tummies
Bradenton, (941) 747-8804
Executive director: Jane Evers Mission statement: To feed homeless children on weekends when they often go hungry.
The Florida Center For Early Childhood
Sarasota, (941) 371-8820
Executive director: Kathryn Shea Mission statement: Dedicated to the healthy development of young children, their families and our communities.
Florida House Institute
Sarasota, (941) 924-2050
Executive director: John Lambie Mission statement: To serve as the go-to place for facilitating continuous improvement to homes, neighborhoods and communities through cooperation, partnership, and collaboration.
Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches
Boys Ranch, (800) 765-3797
Executive director: Roger Bouchard Mission statement: To prevent delinquency and develop strong, lawful, resilient and productive citizens who will make a positive contribution to our communities for years to come.
Florida West Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council
Ellenton, (941) 723-3252
Executive director: Paul Smith Mission statement: To promote and create a sustainable local food and agriculture economy.
Florida Winefest and Auction
Sarasota, (941) 952-1109
Executive director: Sandy Loevner Mission statement: Provides funding for programs to qualified local charitable organizations which assist disadvantaged children, youth and families.
Foundation For Dreams
Bradenton, (941) 746-5659
Executive director: Jodi Franke Mission statement: To offer an exceptional camping experience for children with special needs and chronic illnesses ages 7-17.
Friends of Sarasota County Parks
Sarasota, (941) 275-9397
Executive director: Bruce Dillon Mission statement: To promote, enhance and maintain community support for Sarasota County parks and public recreational lands through activities, fund raising, and volunteer efforts.
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida
Sarasota, (941) 921-5358
Executive director: Susan Stewart Mission statement: Builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
Girls Inc. of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 366-6646
Executive director: Robin Rose Mission statement: Dedicated to inspiring all girls to be “strong, smart and bold.”
Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center
Sarasota, (941) 365-4545
Executive director: Phillip King Mission statement: To enhance the social services delivery system for underserved individuals and families so that they may access the services they need to become participating members of the community.
Goodwill Industries Manasota
Sarasota, (941) 355-2721
Executive director: Robert Rosinsky Mission statement: To connect people to good jobs, good homes and good families leading to healthy communities.
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida
North Fort Myers, (239) 995-2106
Executive director: Tom Feurig Mission statement: Builds lives families and communities one job at a time by helping individuals with a disability or other disadvantage overcome barriers to employment and independence.
Greater Newtown Community Redevelopment Corporation
Sarasota, (941) 358-7860
Executive director: Che Barnett Mission statement: To facilitate improved social and economic opportunities in the Newtown community of Sarasota via housing and economic initiatives and related services; to improve the quality of life of low-income individuals throughout Sarasota County and surrounding areas.
Guardian Angels of Southwest Florida
Bradenton, (941) 792-5374
Mission statement: Committed to the provision of safe and loving faith-based “traditional” foster homes and “Foster Family Homes” to help meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of abused, abandoned or neglected children.
Gulfcoast Legal Services
St. Petersburg, (727) 821-0726
Executive director: Kathleen Mullin Mission statement: Dedicated to providing comprehensive, personal legal advocacy in civil matters, counseling and education for vulnerable individuals and families in Pinellas, Sarasota, Hillsborough, Pasco and Manatee counties.
Habitat For Humanity Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 365-0700
Executive director: Renee Snyder Mission statement: To partner with God and community to provide decent, affordable housing for people in need so they may build better lives for their families.
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County
Venice, (941) 493-6606
Executive director: Judith Wilcox Mission statement: Works in partnership with God’s people in need to provide safe, affordable, decent housing.
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida
Fort Myers, (239) 334-7007
Executive director: Al Brislain Mission statement: To overcome hunger in our communities through education and by working in a cooperative effort with partner agencies in the procurement and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination.
Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County
Bradenton, (941) 714-7541
Executive director: Frederick Leonard Mission statement: Dedicated to enhancing maternal and infant healthcare to assure that all women and infants have access to prenatal and pediatric care, as well as parent support to promote healthy birth outcomes, positive parenting and optimal child development.
Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 373-7070
Executive director: Jennifer Highland Mission statement: To improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants and young children.
Hearing Loss Association of America
Sarasota, (941) 706-4312
Executive director: Ed Ogiba Mission statement: To empower people with hearing loss to lead more active lives in the community by providing education, mentoring, support and advocacy.
Hope Family Services
Bradenton, (941) 747-8499
Executive director: Laurel Lynch Mission statement: To promote safety, strength and well-being for victims of domestic violence and their children in Manatee County regardless of race, sex, age, disability, ethnicity, national origin, language spoken, religious preference, political belief, immigration status or sexual orientation.
Insight Counseling Services
Bradenton, (941) 755-4782
Executive director: Lisa Davis Mission statement: Insight counseling serves the residents of Manatee and Sarasota counties to strengthen families and increase community safety by treating abusive juvenile behavior and changing the lives of troubled youth.
Sarasota, (941) 364-7530
Executive director: Caroline Chambliss Mission statement: To provide affordable, dignified, community-based transportation for seniors and visually impaired adults.
Sarasota, (941) 953-9585
Executive director: Dawn Lucido Mission statement: To provide a caring community for low- to moderate-income seniors who need affordable housing.
Jesus Loves You Ministry
Port Charlotte, (941) 661-8117
Executive director: Leslie Martin Mission statement: To identify and meet the basic needs of our homeless population who may be suffering from physical problems or substance abuse with co-occurring mental health issues, so that they can ultimately move into transitional or permanent housing.
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee
Sarasota, (941) 366-2224
Executive director: Rose Chapman Mission statement: Provides comprehensive counseling and social services to those confronting life’s challenges.
Jim Russo Prison Ministries
Bradenton, (941) 746-3717
Mission statement: To provide transitional housing for ex-offenders with programs that enable them to return to society as committed Christians and productive citizens.
Joining Our Youth
Sarasota, (941) 360-9207
President: Tish FitzGerald Mission statement: Focused on improving the quality of life for youth aging out of foster care (18-23 years old).
Junior League of Manatee County
Bradenton, (941) 748-0101
Mission statement: Committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Junior League of Sarasota Florida
Sarasota, (941) 953-5600
Mission statement: Committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Just For Girls
Bradenton, (941) 747-5757
Executive director: Becky Canesse Mission statement: Helping girls grow up feeling safe, capable and smart with respect for themselves and others.
Laurel Civic Association
Laurel, (941) 483-3338
Executive director: Sandra Terry Mission statement: Shapes foundations for successful lives for people of all ages in Sarasota County through educational assistance, life development skills, personal empowerment, community awareness and opportunities for growth.
Learn to Fish
Bradenton, (941) 751-2255
Executive director: Sabrina Crain-Sweeney Mission statement: To help disadvantaged women with children become eligible for the unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Legal Aid of Manasota
Sarasota, (941) 366-0038
Executive director: Linda Harradine Mission statement: Provides free quality legal services for the most vulnerable residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties, including the working poor, victims of domestic violence, children, veterans facing homelessness, the elderly, and disadvantaged groups with special legal needs, through an effective and fiscally sound program of the combined efforts of staff and volunteer attorneys.
Venice, (941) 493-0016
Executive director: Carl Penxa Mission statement: To help adults with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest.
Lutheran Services Florida
Tampa, (813) 875-1408
Executive director: Samuel Sipes Mission statement: To bring God’s healing, hope and help to people in need in the name of Jesus Christ.
Lighthouse of Manasota
Sarasota, (941) 359-1404
Executive director: Chip Willis Mission statement: To advance the individual growth and independence of adults and children with vision loss.
Bradenton, (941) 748-0094
Executive director: Peggy Kerwin Mission statement: To provide a home for pregnant women who desire an alternative to abortion.
Manatee Children’s Services
Bradenton, (941) 345-1200
Executive director: Melinda Thompson Mission statement: To advocate for and provide the resources, skills and shelter to alleviate abuse through prevention and intervention for all children and their families.
Manatee Community Action Agency
Bradenton, (941) 827-2887
Executive director: Barbara Patten Mission statement: Helping people, changing lives in our community through education, partnerships and delivery of quality services.
Manatee County Habitat for Humanity
Bradenton, (941) 748-9100
Executive director: Diana Shoemaker Mission statement: Develops resources, educates and mobilizes people to work alongside families in need, rehabilitating existing homes and building sustainable, affordable homes, thereby improving the quality of life for families and the community.
Manatee County Y
Bradenton, (941) 798-9622
Executive director: Sean Allison Mission statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Mayors Feed the Hungry Program
Sarasota, (941) 364-7440
Mission statement: To raise funds and collect food to disburse to the local needy, free of charge, through participating nonprofit agencies with special attention given to the holiday season.
Meals On Wheels of Charlotte County
Port Charlotte, (941) 625-4343
Executive director: Mary Howard Mission statement: To deliver nutritious, ready-to-eat meals, primarily to persons over 60 years of age who are unable to prepare nutritious meals for themselves, allowing them to remain independently in their homes for as long as possible.
Meals On Wheels of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 366-6693
Executive director: Terence McGannon Mission statement: To eradicate hunger in Sarasota by providing low-cost, hot meals to individuals in their homes, who, because of age, physical disability, financial need, or incapacitation are unable to prepare a meal for themselves.
Meals On Wheels Plus of Manatee
Bradenton, (941) 747-4655
Executive director: Maribeth Phillips Mission statement: To assist individuals to live independently by providing nutrition and caring supportive services.
Miracle League of Manasota
Sarasota, (941) 225-2966
Executive director: Laura Tellor Mission statement: To provide the opportunity for children and adults with special needs a chance to experience playing baseball in a league-based environment.
Mothers Helping Mothers
Sarasota, (941) 953-7572
Executive director: Terry Stottlemyer Mission statement: Provides basic necessities such as clothing and baby items to families in need free of charge.
Myakka City Foundation
Myakka City, (941) 350-2079
Executive director: Rose Riggle Mission statement: To assist Myakka City residents who are struggling financially due to life-threatening illness, chronic illness, or major accident resulting in significant medical attention requirements.
New Operation Cooper Street
Punta Gorda, (941) 639-3034
Executive director: Graciela Nurse Mission statement: To assist in the development of our youth by providing valuable and lasting tools to encourage motivation, pride and the desire to succeed.
The New Paradigm Foundation
Englewood, (941) 681-2194
Executive director: David Nelson Mission statement: To provide affordable transitional housing to families at risk of becoming homeless, while teaching them the skills necessary to live a life of self-sufficiency.
North Port Meals On Wheels
North Port, (941) 426-6331
Executive director: Sharma Bachan Mission statement: To deliver one nutritional meal per day to residents who are unable to prepare a nutritional daily meal for themselves regardless of age or financial status.
North Port Neighborhood Watch
North Port, (941) 587-7887
Executive director: Steve Wilmer Mission statement: To participate in the city’s crime fighting efforts by recruiting volunteers to be extra eyes and ears for the officers of the North Port Police Department; to assist in educating the general population in appropriate crime prevention steps; to provide the community with the level of assistance its members are trained and qualified to offer.
The Police Athletic League of Manatee County
Bradenton, (941) 747-1118
Executive director: W. Brad Steube Mission statement: To bring law enforcement, kids and families together in a positive, safe environment through sports and academics to build a strong community.
Project 180 Sarasota
Sarasota, (850) 445-5682
Executive director: Barbara Richards Mission statement: Seeks to reintegrate former offenders into community life as productive, self-sustaining citizens through education, rehabilitation and job skill training.
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center
Sarasota, (941) 365-0208
Executive director: Olivia Thomas Mission statement: To lead, inform and inspire the people of our communities to create and maintain an environment free of domestic and sexual abuse and violence.
Osprey, (941) 966-9791
Executive director: Casey Galvanek Mission statement: To provide a positive, developmental, character building and competitive rowing experience for middle and high-school aged youth in Sarasota County.
The Salvation Army
Sarasota, (941) 364-8845
Executive director: Phillip Murphy Mission statement: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need in His name without discrimination.
Sarasota Family YMCA
Sarasota, (941) 951-2916
Executive director: Kurt Stringfellow Mission statement: Helps build a strong Sarasota by giving children and families an opportunity to get healthy together and a place to belong.
Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue
Sarasota, (941) 915-5445
Executive director: Pat Abrams Mission statement: To form a strong bond of teamwork to bring about the safest and most positive outcome with each search mission.
Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council
Sarasota, (941) 377-0781
Executive director: Darlene Arbeit Mission statement: To plan, develop, operate and maintain facilities and services to meet the requirements of the elderly of Sarasota and Manatee counties who desire a supportive environment that provides for their residential, social, health, safety and religious needs, and to participate with other community efforts in serving the elderly.
Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center
Sarasota, (941) 330-2273
Executive director: Jennifer Carey Mission statement: To educate and empower women and their families in Sarasota County to make healthy, life-affirming choices related to their sexuality and child-bearing, consistent with the sanctity of human life.
Sarasota Military Officers’ Scholarship Fund
Sarasota, (941) 504-3507
Mission statement: To support community outreach programs of the Military Officers’ Association of Sarasota (MOAS) throughout the greater Sarasota area.
Sarasota PC Users Group
Sarasota, (941) 866-1676
Executive director: Michael Hutchinson Mission statement: Education regarding computer uses and applications.
Sarasota Scullers Youth Rowing Program
Osprey, (941) 966-2244
Mission statement: To evolve teens into competitive athletes with a spirit of honor, self-respect, good sportsmanship, teamwork, high moral standards, good health, and strong character.
Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy
Bradenton, (941) 322-2000
Executive director: Gail Clifton Mission statement: Dedicated to enhancing the physical, emotional and cognitive growth of individuals with special needs through a quality educational and recreational therapeutic horseback riding, carriage driving and equine-assisted activities program.
Second Chance Last Opportunity
Sarasota, (941) 360-8660
Executive director: April Glasco Mission statement: To provide basic life skills educational training and counseling to disadvantaged, ethnically diverse individuals who face economic challenges and have a variety of social needs.
Sarasota, (941) 677-8840
Executive director: Elizabeth Fisher Mission statement: Confronts the issue of sexual trauma and exploitation through awareness and restorative services.
Senior Friendship Centers
Sarasota, (941) 955-2122
Executive director: Robert Carter Mission statement: To promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.
Shelter Box USA
Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-6036
Executive director: Emily Sperling Mission statement: International disaster relief organization delivers humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless by natural or other disasters worldwide.
Society of St. Vincent De Paul District Council of Charlotte County Florida
President: Richard Peters Mission statement: Leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering.
South County Family YMCA
Venice, (941) 492-9622
Executive director: Kenneth Modzelewski Mission statement: Puts Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit for all.
Southeastern Guide Dogs
Palmetto, (941) 729-5665
Executive director: Titus Herman Mission statement: To create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity.
Special Olympics Sarasota County
Venice, (941) 412-0402
Executive director: Maggie Riggall Mission statement: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Suncoast Community Capital Corporation
Bradenton, (941) 744-2666
Executive director: Mike Kennedy Mission statement: To empower low-income people and communities to achieve financial independence through entrepreneurship, workforce readiness, asset development and facilitated investment.
Suncoast Partnership To End Homelessness
Sarasota, (941) 955-8987
Executive director: Leslie Loveless Mission statement: To prevent, reduce, and ultimately end homelessness in our community by developing and executing an actionable plan in collaboration with our community partners.
Tallevast Community Association
Tallevast, (941) 355-2337
Executive director: Eddie Paramore Mission statement: To provide a safe haven, caring adults and academic support for vulnerable children and youth (ages 5-17) empowering them to open doors to limitless possibilities.
Team Punta Gorda
Punta Gorda, (941) 637-8326
Executive director: Nancy Prafke Mission statement: To help make greater Punta Gorda a better place to live, work and play.
Teen Court of Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 861-8460
Executive director: Katie Self Mission statement: To introduce area youth to activities and services that promote feelings of self-esteem and self-improvement when they develop a healthy attitude toward authority.
Trinity Without Borders
Sarasota, (941) 350-9250
Executive director: Vallerie Guillory Mission statement: To assist the distressed.
Turning Points (Community Coalition on Homelessness Corporation)
Bradenton, (941) 747-1509
Executive director: Adell Erozer Mission statement: To provide, coordinate, and facilitate services to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Manatee County.
Bradenton, (877) 598-4466
Executive director: Frankie Soriano Mission statement: Mobilizes Florida’s Hispanic and associated communities to integrate and access the benefits of the state’s civic, economic and cultural weave.
United Community Centers
Bradenton, (941) 746-7470
Executive director: Patrick Carnegie Mission statement: Provides positive, productive environments filled with educational, cultural, recreational and social opportunities to individual youth, their families and the entire community.
United Way 2-1-1 of Manasota
Sarasota, (941) 308-4357
Executive director: Jessica Ventimiglia Mission statement: To generate, provide and assist with the exchange of meaningful information for the improvement of the health and wellbeing of our community.
Visually Impaired Persons of Charlotte County Florida
Port Charlotte, (941) 625-8501
Executive director: Susan Bledsoe Mission statement: To educate and support the visually impaired to help regain the control of their life that severe vision loss seems to take away.
We R 4 Kids
Sarasota, (941) 921-3375
Executive director: Joyce Raby Mission statement: Dedicated to teaching nonviolent communication techniques to young people.
Women’s Resource Center of Manatee
Bradenton, (941) 747-6797
Executive director: Ashley Brown Mission statement: To help women discover their inner strength and confidence through information, assistance and support.
Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 366-1700
Mission statement: Creating personal, social and professional growth opportunities for all women, providing women with strategies for living that strengthen themselves, their families and their communities.
Charlotte Community Foundation
Punta Gorda, (941) 637-0077
Executive director: Gregory Bobonich Mission statement: To enhance the quality of life in Charlotte County; to connect people who care with causes that matter.
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 955-3000
Executive director: Roxie Jerde Mission statement: Partnering to make charitable giving work in our communities.
Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting
Tampa, (813) 254-9338
Executive director: Susan Howarth Mission statement: WEDU-TV, the primary PBS station in west central Florida, aims to serve the public good and to aid in the creation of an informed citizenry through quality programming.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Venice, (941) 486-4600
President and CEO: Teri Hansen Mission statement: Together with donors, transforming the region through bold and proactive philanthropy.
Institute For The Ages
Sarasota, (941) 365-4243
Executive director: Thomas Esselman Mission statement: To be the world’s leading change agent for positive aging by capitalizing on Sarasota County as the global hub for catalyzing innovation, engaging communities and evangelizing positive aging.
Library Foundation For Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 228-6274
President: Shannon Staub Mission statement: To ensure the future of our libraries as an indispensable community resource.
Manatee Community Foundation
Bradenton, (941) 747-7765
Executive director: Marilyn Howard Mission statement: Dedicated to assisting donors in achieving their charitable goals and making a difference in our community. Includes the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund.
Plantation Community Foundation
Venice, (941) 947-4826
President: Lee Williams Mission statement: Supports agencies engaged in the environment, social services, health, cultural enrichment and education; accepts grant applications from 501(c)3 agencies that serve south Sarasota County.
Bradenton, (941) 350-8563
Executive director: Johnette Isham Mission statement: Collaboratively develops and promotes downtown Bradenton a unique and preferred cultural destination for residents and visitors and a model for other communities.
SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence)
Sarasota, (941) 365-8751
Interim executive director: John McCarthy Mission statement: Connects and inspires citizens to create a better community.
William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 957-0442
President: Sarah H. Pappas Mission statement: Enables change by investing in people through academic scholarships and supporting capital projects of local organizations.
The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida
Bonita Springs, (239) 281-2233
Executive director: Brenda Tate Mission statement: Investing in women’s lives and girls’ futures.
Volunteer Community Connections
Sarasota, (941) 953-5965
Executive director: Mindi Rohan Mission statement: To provide members of our community meaningful ways to connect to nonprofit, civic and service organizations to address regional needs.
YMCA Foundation of Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 951-1336
President: Jennifer Grondahl Mission statement: Innovative giving programs to create programs and services that support local children and families.
Venice, (941) 488-0990
Executive director: Allen Speer Mission statement: Christian aviation ministry transports continuous and critical supplies to support missionaries, their families and their unique missions.
Palmetto, (941) 722-0764
Executive director: Timothy Huppert Mission statement: To reach out to international seafarers who dock at Port Manatee, Fla.; to meet all needs of seafarers regardless of their race, gender, country of origin or religion.
Charlotte Harbor Young Life
Punta Gorda, (941) 766-7314
Executive director: Tom Parker Mission statement: Supporting organization formed to raise funds for young life.
Manatee Religious Service
Bradenton, (941) 752-4850
Executive director: Lexie Taylor Mission statement: Connecting families and individuals who are hurting or in crisis to caring churches who can help through the love of Christ.
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
Sarasota, (941) 371-4546
Executive director: Howard Tevlowitz Mission statement: To save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee, Israel and around the world.
Young Life of Manatee County
Bradenton, (941) 920-2544
Executive director: David Johnson Mission statement: To introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.
Young Life Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 224-7036
Executive director: Eric Hoskins Mission statement: To introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.
Youth For Christ USA
Bradenton, (941) 747-4608
Executive director: Mike Chaplinsky Mission statement: To raise up lifelong followers of Jesus Christ who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.
For a calendar of this season’s nonprofit events, go to sarasotamagazine.com/events, click on calendar, and then on Nonprofit under the dropdown box.
The 2013-2014 Giving Register
Edited by Hannah Wallace
Our region is famous for its benevolence, and this annual directory of local nonprofits highlights just how deep and wide our philanthropic roots are. This year, our Giving Register features 318 charities that serve the people, creatures, environment and cultural resources of Southwest Florida.
Explore the following pages to find information about your favorite local charities, and you’re sure to
discover plenty of new causes to love. We work in partnership with the Giving Partner, an online nonprofit resource overseen by the Community Foundation of Sarasota, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Manatee Community Foundation, with support from the Patterson Foundation, and our listings include all the nonprofits that had registered with the Giving Partner as of press time. For in-depth organizational, financial and program-related information, visit thegivingpartner.org and search for organizations by name, mission, location and more.
As always, we salute these organizations, including their staff, volunteers and supporters, for the work that they do. Thank you for giving. (The listings begin on page 130.)
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