Sarasota Magazine’s 2014-2015 Giving Register

By: Hannah Wallace

Presenting 418 local charities that help us all.


Sarasota Magazine 2014 Guide to Giving

In Southwest Florida, philanthropy is a given. The question we face is where to give.

It’s not easy to decide. On this list you’ll see information about more than 400 local nonprofits—serving children and the elderly, animals and the environment, the arts, history, education and more. Their beneficiaries include veterans and circus folk, sea birds and retired racing greyhounds, mothers, orphans and artists, the past, present and future.

And, ultimately, all of us benefit from the work these organizations perform. All together, they address a multitude of needs and opportunities, making our community a rich, wonderful and inspiring place to live.

When one of these charities catches your eye, please feel free to look further—these listings represent organizations that are registered with the Giving Partner, an online resource overseen by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Manatee Community Foundation, with support from the Patterson Foundation. Find out more at thegivingpartner.guidestar.org.

And be sure to click here for our 2014-2015 calendar of fund-raising events.

2014-15  GIVING REGISTER

ANIMAL AND ENVIRONMENT

Animal Rescue  Coalition

Sarasota, (941) 957-1955

animalrescuecoalition.org

Executive director: Gisele Pintchuck

Mission: To end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats through a proactive spay/neuter program, a feral cat program, a comprehensive adoption effort and other initiatives.

 

Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County Florida

Port Charlotte, (941) 625-6720

awlshelter.org

Executive director: Sharon Thomas

Mission: Advocates for animal protection and welfare.

 

Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Sarasota, (941) 371-6377

bigcathabitat.org

Executive director: Kay Ross

Mission: To provide a safe, loving and permanent home for big cats and other exotic creatures, and to educate on the importance of species preservation.

 

Cat Depot

Sarasota, (941) 366-2404

catdepot.org

Executive director: Shelley Thayer

Mission: To save lives, find loving homes and provide the resources and education to improve the destiny of homeless cats.

 

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center

Punta Gorda, (941) 575-5435

checflorida.org

Executive director: Jim Thomson

Mission: To promote the value of natural and cultural resources through environmental education, recreation, research and management of conservation lands.

 

Children’s Garden

Sarasota, (941) 330-1711

sarasotachildrensgarden.com

Executive director: Joan Condon

Mission: To keep kids connected to nature through a whimsical interactive garden.

 

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

Osprey, (941) 918-2100

conservationfoundation.com

Executive director: Christine Johnson

Mission: To protect the character, natural integrity and biodiversity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and watersheds of Florida’s Gulf Coast.

 

Donte’s Den Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 320-6848

dontesden.org

Executive director: Marsha Panuce

Mission: To provide individualized attention and comprehensive dog care, especially for deployed military servicemembers and dog owners who can no longer provide a home.

 

Fairy Tail Endings

Sarasota, (941) 320-8242

fairytailendings.org

Executive director: Rhys Miller

Mission: To help financially struggling families care for their pets through financial aid, product and service donations, education and outreach.

 

Florida Parrot Rescue

Temple Terrace, (813) 516-1759

floridaparrotrescue.com

Executive director: Jennifer James

Mission: Dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of companion parrots.

 

Friends of Sarasota County Parks

Nokomis, (941) 275-9397

foscp.org

Executive director: Terry Redman

Mission: To promote, enhance and maintain community support for Sarasota County parks and public recreational lands.

 

Gulf Shore Animal League

Bradenton, (941) 747-2284

gsalinc.org

Executive director: Audrey Garrison

Mission: To provide programs and solutions that will support Manatee County in becoming a true “no-kill” community where animals are no longer killed as a means of population control.

 

H2O On the Go

Bradenton, (941) 799-4800

h2oonthego.org

Executive director: Craig Intelisano

Mission: To create an environmentally proactive community by supplying water awareness programs in schools.

 

Honor Sanctuary

Bradenton, (941) 747-4900

honoranimalrescue.org

Executive director: Dari Oglesby

Mission: To save the lives of homeless pets.

 

Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch

Sarasota, (941) 361-1071

hslwr.org

Executive director: Lori Bell

Mission: To save and re-home adoptable animals.

 

Humane Society of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 747-8808

humanemanatee.org

Executive director: Amy Van Dell

Mission: To create a no-kill community where animals receive compassion.

 

Humane Society of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 955-4131

hssc.org

Executive director: Kristi Dorman

Mission: Provides compassionate care and shelter for abandoned pets; promotes responsible pet ownership.

 

Keep Manatee Beautiful

Bradenton, (941) 795-8272

manateebeautiful.com

Executive director: Ingrid McClellan

Mission: Dedicated to litter prevention, beautification and environmental improvement through leadership in community awareness, education and involvement.

 

Lemon Bay Conservancy

Englewood, (941) 830-8922

lemonbayconservancy.org

Executive director: Vanessa Smith

Mission: Facilitating the preservation, protection and acquisition of natural areas to maintain the ecological balance of Lemon Bay, Charlotte Harbor and adjacent waters.

 

Lemur Conservation Foundation

Myakka City, (941) 322-8494

lemurreserve.org

Executive director: Lee Nesler

Mission: Dedicated to the conservation of the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research and education.

 

Majical Miniatures

Parrish, (941) 981-9121

majicalminiatures.org

Executive director: Ariyana Saint Jennings

Mission: Cares for injured, orphaned, neglected, abused, abandoned and unwanted animals, to be returned to the wild, adopted, become educational ambassadors or just live permanently at the sanctuary.

 

Manatee County Audubon Society

Bradenton, (941) 729-2222

manateeaudubon.org

Mission: To protect, preserve, restore and enjoy the natural environment by promoting awareness and appreciation through access to the organization’s nature preserve and providing educational opportunities.

 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Sarasota, (941) 366-5731

selby.org

Executive director: Thomas Buchter

Mission: To further the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.

 

Mote Marine Laboratory

Sarasota, (941) 388-4441

mote.org

Executive director: Michael Crosby

Mission: To advance marine and environmental sciences through scientific research, education and public outreach.

 

Nature’s Academy

Bradenton, (941) 538-6829

naturesacademy.org

Executive director: Dana Pounds

Mission: To enhance science literacy and foster environmental stewardship.

 

Palma Sola Botanical Park

Bradenton, (941) 761-2866

palmasolabp.com

Mission: To preserve and foster an appreciation of natural resources in an interactive learning environment.

 

Peace River Wildlife Center

Punta Gorda, (941) 637-3830

peaceriverwildlifecenter.org

Executive director: Robin Jenkins

Mission: Dedicated to the care, preservation and protection of Charlotte County’s native wildlife.

 

Racing Dog Rescue Project

Sarasota, (941) 379-3278

rdrp-greyhound.org

Executive director: Chris Kemper

Mission: Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of retired racing greyhounds.

 

Ruff Life Charities

Bradenton, (843) 301-9696

rufflifecharities.org

Executive director: Julie Nickerson

Mission: To keep rescue dogs healthy and content by assisting their families with financial, emotional and behavioral support after the adoption process.

 

Sarasota Audubon Society

Sarasota, (941) 364-9212

sarasotaaudubon.org

Executive director: Jeanne Dubi

Mission: Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment.

 

Sarasota Bay Watch

Osprey, (941) 918-2700

sarasotabaywatch.org

Executive director: Larry Stults

Mission: To preserve and restore Sarasota Bay’s ecosystem through education and citizen participation.

 

Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

Sarasota, (941) 349-3259

sarasotadolphin.org

Executive director: Randall Wells

Mission: Improves the lives of dolphins through research, conservation, public education and outreach, and training conservation leaders around the world.

 

Sarasota in Defense of Animals

Sarasota, (941) 924-2505

sdasarasota.com

Executive director: Elise Matthes

Mission: To provide a forum for the protection of animals and the operation of a 10-acre no-kill animal sanctuary.

 

Satchel’s Last Resort

Sarasota, (941) 924-5070

satchelslastresort.org

Executive director: Iris Eastman

Mission: No-kill animal shelter for dogs and cats deemed unadoptable; trains dogs in need of behavior modification.

 

Save Our Seabirds

Sarasota, (941) 388-3010

saveourseabirds.org

Executive director: David Pilston

Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured birds while educating the community about preventing injuries and preserving habitats.

 

Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida

Sarasota, (941) 232-8222

scienceandenvironment.org

Executive director: Jennifer Shafer

Mission: Promotes and advocates science, conservation, and environmental issues in Sarasota and Manatee counties and adjacent watersheds.

 

Sea to Shore Alliance

Sarasota, (941) 661-2941

sea2shore.org

Executive director: James Powell

Mission: To protect threatened marine species and to improve coastal environments for the benefit of humans and marine life.

 

St. Francis Animal Rescue of Venice

Nokomis, (941) 492-6200

stfrancisarfl.org

Executive director: Amy Berke

Mission: To rescue and care for abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens.

 

Suncoast Humane Society

Englewood, (941) 474-7884

humane.org

Executive director: Phillip Snyder

Mission: To reduce the number of homeless animals and improve their quality of life.

 

Tanks Incorporated

Sarasota, (941) 822-0300

tankscatrescue.org

Executive director: Cindy McCollough

Mission: To provide foster homes, veterinary services and care for senior and special-needs cats.

 

US Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

Tampa, (727) 372-3814

sustainabletampabay.org

Executive director: Lee Cooke

Mission: To lead the region toward sustainability by encouraging environmentally friendly knowledge and values.

 

Venice Area Beautification

Venice, (941) 207-8224

vabi.org

Mission: To make the Venice area a more beautiful place to live, work and play.

 

Venice Cat Coalition

Venice, (941) 525-4568

venicecatcoalition.com

Executive director: Theresa Foley

Mission: To conduct and promote cat spay-neuter procedures, promote adoption of cats and dogs, and protect feral cats, with the goal of ending euthanasia in local shelters.

 

Vintage Paws Sanctuary

Sarasota, (941) 921-4355

vintagepaws.org

Executive director: Jennifer Hummel

Mission: Providing a loving sanctuary for displaced senior dogs to live out their lives.

 

Wildlife Center of Venice

Venice, (941) 484-9657

wildlifecenterofvenice.org

Executive director: Kevin Barton

Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, and to educate the public about native wildlife and proper procedures for handling wildlife in crisis.

 

Wildlife Inc.

Anna Maria, (941) 778-6324

wildlifeinc.org

Executive director: Gail Straight

Mission: To care for injured and orphaned wildlife; to return all native species back to the environment.

 

 

 

ARTS AND CULTURE

 

Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra Amicco

Holmes Beach, (941) 795-2370

amicco.org

Executive director: Jeanie Pickwick

Mission: Maintains an active performance schedule featuring both orchestral and choral works performed by active professionals,  volunteer retirees and talented youth.

 

Anna Maria Island Historical Society

Anna Maria, (941) 778-0492

amihs.org

Mission: To educate the public through the history of Anna Maria Island.

 

ArtCenter Manatee

Bradenton, (941) 746-2862

artcentermanatee.org

Executive director: Carla Nierman

Mission: To educate novice and experienced artists of all ages, provide exhibition space for original artworks, and enhance the visual arts in Manatee County through special events and outreach programs.

 

Art Center Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 365-2032

artsarasota.org

Executive director: Lisa Berger

Mission: To inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.

 

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 306-1200

artistseriesconcerts.org

Executive director: John Fischer

Mission: Presents innovative classical and popular performances by world-class vocal and instrumental musicians.

 

Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island

Holmes Beach

amiartistsguildgallery.com

Executive director: Wendell Graham

Mission: To educate, promote and encourage cultural and charitable artistic endeavors.

 

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 365-5118

sarasotaarts.org

Executive director: Jim Shirley

Mission: 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

charlottearts.org

Executive director: Bill Klossner

Mission: To encourage, strengthen, promote and foster cultural and artistic opportunities.

 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

Sarasota, (941) 351-9010

asolorep.org

Executive director: Michael Donald Edwards

Mission: To produce the highest-quality professional repertory theater and superior educational programs.

 

Banyan Theater Company

Sarasota, (941) 351-1277

banyantheatercompany.com

Executive director: Jerry Finn

Mission: To stage exceptional theater productions of fine dramatic literature in the summer.

 

Belle Canto

Sarasota, (941) 400-2152

bellecanto.org

Executive director: Helene Levin

Mission: To celebrate women’s voices with a high-quality choral repertoire and diverse and creative programming.

 

Charlotte Chorale

Port Charlotte, (941) 204-0033

charlottechorale.net

Executive director: Lee Stein

Mission: To present professional-level choral music of all genres.

 

Charlotte Players

Port Charlotte, (941) 255-1022

charlotteplayers.org

Executive director: Sherrie Moody

Mission: To provide and promote quality theater arts programs.

 

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Punta Gorda, (941) 205-5996

charlottesymphony.com

Executive director: Regina Buckley

Mission: To enrich lives through great orchestral music.

 

Circus Sarasota
(The Circus Arts Conservatory)

Sarasota, (941) 355-9335

circusarts.org

Executive director: Pedro Reis

Mission: To preserve circus heritage through performances, youth training and education, and to provide humor therapy outreach.

 

CoExistence

Sarasota, (941) 404-5710

embracingourdifferences.org

Executive director: Michael Shelton

Mission: To use the arts to promote the value of diversity, the benefits of inclusion and the rejection of hatred and prejudice.

 

Crowley Museum and Nature Center

Sarasota, (941) 322-1000

crowleyfl.org

Executive director: Laney Poire

Mission: To facilitate the appreciation and stewardship of Southwest Florida nature and history.

 

Cultural Center of Charlotte County

Port Charlotte, (941) 625-4175

theculturalcenter.com

Executive director: Jim Hageman

Mission: 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

diversitysarasota.org

Mission: LGBT chorus celebrating all of humanity and inspiring the community to embrace equality.

 

Exsultate!

Venice, (941) 484-8491

exsultate.org

Mission: To serve a regional audience by promoting the art of choral singing through vocal excellence and multigenerational education.

 

Florida Studio Theatre

Sarasota, (941) 366-9017

floridastudiotheatre.org

Executive director: Richard Hopkins

Mission: To make theater accessible and affordable; to present theater that challenges and entertains; to create a public forum that fosters positive change; to operate within and for the public trust.

 

Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting

Tampa, (813) 254-9338

wedu.org

Executive director: Susan Howarth

Mission: To serve the public good and to aid in the creation of an informed citizenry through quality programming.

 

Friends of Boca Grande Community Center

Boca Grande, (941) 964-0827

friendsofbocagrande.org

Executive director: Marta Howell

Mission: To provide educational, cultural and recreational programs for the Boca Grande community.

 

Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum

Cortez, (941) 708-6120

floridamaritimemuseum.org

Executive director: Amara Nash

Mission: To preserve and share Florida’s maritime heritage.

 

Friends of the Sarasota County History Center

Sarasota, (941) 388-9896

foschc.org

Mission: To promote and enhance the use of Sarasota County’s heritage.

 

Fuzion Dance Artists

Sarasota, (941) 345-5755

fuziondance.org

Mission: To bring contemporary dance to the community through performance, education and collaboration.

 

Gloria Musicae

Sarasota, (941) 387-6046

gloriamusicae.org

Mission: Professional vocal ensemble celebrating choral music through innovative, stimulating performances and educational outreach.

 

Gulf Coast Community Choir

Sarasota, (941) 379-0232

gulfcoastcommunitychoir.org

Mission: To raise funds for worthy nonprofit organizations and promote the value of diversity through high-quality choral concerts.

 

Hermitage Artist Retreat

Englewood, (941) 475-2098

hermitageartistretreat.org

Executive director: Bruce Rodgers

Mission: To nurture creativity, preserve Florida history, protect native ecology and serve the Gulf Coast communities.

 

Historic Spanish Point

Osprey, (941) 966-5214

historicspanishpoint.org

Executive director: John Mason

Mission: To connect people with 5,000 years of human history in Southwest Florida.

 

Historical Society of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 364-9076

hsosc.com

Executive director: Howard Rosenthal

Mission: To promote the area’s historical heritage, encourage historical research and protect historic sites, structures and memorabilia.

 

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 359-5700

ringling.org

Executive director: Steven High

Mission: To engage visitors with art collections, exhibitions, cultural programs and the Ringling estate.

 

Key Chorale

Sarasota, (941) 921-4845

keychorale.org

Executive director: Richard Storm

Mission: Dedicated to performing and promoting choral music of the highest quality.

 

La Musica International Chamber Music Festival

Sarasota, (941) 346-2601

lamusicafestival.org

Executive director: Sally Faron

Mission: To bring together the finest musicians of Europe and the Americas to present a variety of chamber music.

 

Lemon Bay Playhouse

Englewood, (941) 475-6756

lemonbayplayhouse.com

Executive director: Robert La Salle

Mission: 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

manateeclerk.com/historical/manateevillage.aspx

Executive director: Phaedra Rehorn

Mission: Advocates for historic preservation and cultural tourism; preserves historic buildings and artifacts; maintains the Manatee Village Historical Park.

 

Manatee Players

Bradenton, (941) 749-1111

manateeplayers.com

Executive director: Janene Witham

Mission: To represent, enrich and promote diverse artists and art forms.

 

Military Heritage Museum

Punta Gorda, (941) 575-9002

freedomisntfree.org

Executive director: Kim Lovejoy

Mission: To promote an understanding and respect for the country’s military heritage.

 

Musica Sacra Cantorum

Sarasota, (941) 405-7322

musicasacracantorum.org

Executive director: Mary Benfer

Mission: To perform and promote diverse choral music around the region.

 

North Port Art Center

North Port, (941) 423-6460

northportartcenter.com

Executive director: Sandy Wood

Mission: To provide artist support programs, art classes, art exhibits and cultural events.

 

North Port Chorale

North Port, (941) 257-8405

northportchorale.info

Mission: Dedicated to performing high-quality choral music.

 

Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens

Punta Gorda, (941) 639-0888

peacerivergardens.org

Mission: To provide a natural setting along the Peace River showcasing sculpture and botanicals.

 

Perlman Music Program Suncoast

Sarasota, (941) 955-4942

pmpsuncoast.org

Executive director: Elizabeth Power

Mission: Inspiring the next generation of concert artists, educators and audiences.

 

The Players

Sarasota, (941) 365-2494

theplayers.org

Executive director: Michelle Pingel

Mission: To present a diverse and entertaining slate of high-quality, volunteer-driven theatrical experiences.

 

Professional Learning and Theatrical Organization

Sarasota, (941) 363-1727

platoarts.org

Executive director: Kyle Turoff

Mission: To produce professional theater, and provide theatrical training and community outreach.

 

Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society

Punta Gorda, (941) 637-7830

puntagordamurals.org

Mission: Preserving the history of the Punta Gorda area through mural art.

 

Reflections of Manatee

Bradenton, (941) 746-2035

reflectionsofmanatee.org

Executive director: Trudy Williams

Mission: To preserve Manatee Mineral Springs and educate about the diverse peoples who used the spring throughout history.

 

Ring Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 321-3454

ringsarasota.org

Executive director: Rick Holdsworth

Mission: To promote and present quality handbell music.

 

Royal Palm Players

Boca Grande, (941) 964-2670

royalpalmplayers.com

Executive director: Pamela McMillin

Mission: Dedicated to providing Boca Grande outstanding live theater and drama education.

 

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation

Sarasota, (941) 953-8727

historicsarasota.org

Executive director: Dorothea Calvert

Mission: To preserve and enhance the area’s historic places.

 

Sarasota Architectural Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 364-2199

saf-srq.org

Executive director: Janet Minker

Mission: To preserve Sarasota School of Architecture structures.

 

Sarasota Ballet of Florida

Sarasota, (941) 359-0099

sarasotaballet.org

Executive director: Mary Anne Servian

Mission: To captivate emotions and strengthen community through the art of dance.

 

Sarasota Chalk Festival

Sarasota, (941) 954-5800

chalkfestival.org

Executive director: Denise Kowal

Mission: To bring diverse people together to celebrate, be inspired by and participate in the cultural and performing arts.

 

Sarasota Choral Society

Sarasota, (941) 343-9894

sarasotachoralsociety.org

Executive director: Genevieve Beauchamp

Mission: Furthering and promoting individual and group singing and choral activities of all kind, nature and description.

 

Sarasota Concert Association

Sarasota, (941) 955-0040

sarasotaconcertassociation.org

Executive director: Joy McIntyre

Mission: To produce the finest classical music at the lowest possible price and promote outstanding local classical, popular, jazz and folk artists through its free Munchtime Musicale series.

 

Sarasota Concert Band

Sarasota, (941) 364-2263

sarasotaconcertband.org

Executive director: MaryBeth McLeod

Mission: A professional wind ensemble dedicated to performing traditional concert band music.

 

Sarasota County Agricultural Fair Association Incorporated

Sarasota, (941) 365-0818

sarasotafair.com

Executive director: Rory Martin

Mission: To maintain sensitivity to the environment, preserve and showcase the area’s agricultural heritage, culminating in the annual fair.

 

Sarasota Film Festival

Sarasota, (941) 364-9514

sarasotafilmfestival.com

Executive director: Mark Famiglio

Mission: 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 the community.

 

Sarasota Folk Club

Sarasota, (941) 371-1433

sarasotafolkfestival.org

Mission: To preserve and promote traditional and contemporary folk music and dance through concerts, contra dances and other events.

 

Sarasota Opera Association

Sarasota, (941) 366-8450

sarasotaopera.org

Executive director: Richard Russell

Mission: To produce world-class opera true to the vision of the composer.

 

Sarasota Orchestra

Sarasota, (941) 953-4252

sarasotaorchestra.org

Executive director: Joseph McKenna

Mission: Produces high-quality, live musical experiences.

 

Sarasota Pops Orchestra

Sarasota, (941) 926-7677

sarasotapops.org

Executive director: Jamie Ruetz

Mission: To present exciting, entertaining and educational musical performances, explore a vast symphonic repertoire and provide an opportunity for the finest local musicians to perform in a high-quality orchestra.

 

Sarasota Season of Sculpture

Sarasota, (941) 928-4445

sarasotaseasonofsculpture.org

Mission: To provide a free and open-to-the-public outdoor museum of significant sculpture.

 

South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium

Bradenton, (941) 746-4131

southfloridamuseum.org

Executive director: Brynne Besio

Mission: To protect, interpret and communicate scientific and cultural knowledge.

 

Southern Atelier

Bradenton, (941) 753-7755

southernatelier.org

Executive director: Charles Miano

Mission: To provide affordable training and support to students while emphasizing craftsmanship and fine art.

 

Theatre Odyssey

Sarasota, (941) 799-7224

theatreodyssey.org

Mission: To raise social awareness and spirit through the art of theater, while encouraging, challenging and inspiring actors and writers.

 

Van Wezel Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 366-5578

vwfoundation.org

Executive director: Monica Slater Van Buskirk

Mission: To enrich the community, with an emphasis on children, through the performing arts while supporting the needs of the Van Wezel.

 

Venice Art Center

Venice, (941) 485-7136

veniceartcenter.com

Executive director: Mary Morris

Mission: To provide cultural resources to the community and to enourage the appreciation of visual art.

 

Venice Circus Arts Foundation

Venice, (941) 485-7675

venicecircusarena.com

Executive director: Tito Gaona

Mission: To preserve the circus arts and their heritage, create unique educational opportunities, encourage economic development and promote family entertainment.

 

Venice Heritage

Venice, (941) 237-0478

veniceheritage.org

Mission: To preserve the John Nolen Plan of the city of Venice, the Lord-Higel House, the historic Triangle Inn, and Venice’s museum, archives and heritage.

 

Venice Historic Preservation League

Venice, (941) 412-0151

veniceareahistoricalsociety.org

Mission: To promote awareness and understanding of the historic heritage of Florida, Sarasota County and the Venice area.

 

Venice Symphony

Venice, (941) 488-1010

thevenicesymphony.org

Executive director: Doug Kerr

Mission: Provide funding for symphony performances for the public.

 

Venice Theatre

Venice, (941) 488-1115

venicestage.com

Executive director: Murray Chase

Mission: To celebrate and nurture creative expression, foster human understanding, and to delight and challenge through performing arts.

 

Visual Arts Center

Punta Gorda, (941) 639-8810

visualartcenter.org

Executive director: Mary Ann Tipton

Mission: To promote, create, inspire and explore visual arts in the community.

 

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida

Sarasota, (941) 366-1505

wbttsrq.org

Executive director: Christine Jennings

Mission: 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.

 

WSLR

Sarasota, (941) 894-6469

wslr.org

Executive director: David Beaton

Mission: FM radio station featuring locally produced programming and events.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY/SOCIETY

 

21st Century Swimming Lessons

Sarasota, (941) 921-6420

conquerfear.com

Executive director: Melon Dash

Mission: To teach adults who are afraid of the water how to swim.

 

Blue Alert Foundation

Venice, (855) 456-2210

bluealertfoundation.org

Executive director: Tom Berry

Mission: Serves and protects the law enforcement community by providing assistance to the families of fallen officers and advocating for the passage of a Blue Alert law in each state.

 

Charlotte Alliance for a Safe and Drug-Free Community

Port Charlotte, (941) 255-0808

drugfreecharlottecounty.org

Executive director: Diane Ramseyer

Mission: To eliminate substance abuse (and at-risk behavior) in Charlotte County.

 

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 955-3000

cfsarasota.org

Executive director: Roxie Jerde Mission: Partnering to make charitable giving work in the community.

 

Denise Amber Lee Foundation

Englewood, (941) 830-2035

deniseamberlee.org

Executive director: Mark Lee

Mission: To promote and support public safety through uniform training, standardized protocols, defined measurable outcomes and technological advances to the 9-1-1 system.

 

Drug Free America Foundation

St. Petersburg, (727) 828-0211

dfaf.org

Executive director: Calvina Fay

Mission: Committed to developing, promoting and sustaining national and international policies and laws that will reduce illegal drug use and drug addiction.

 

Florida House Institute

Sarasota, (941) 924-2050

flhouse.org

Executive director: John Lambie

Mission: To be the go-to resource for sustainable living and learning through improvement to homes, neighborhoods and communities.

 

Florida Veterans for Common Sense

Sarasota, (941) 400-4156

floridaveteransforcommonsense.org

Executive director: Gene Jones

Mission: Assisting veterans, military members and their families.

 

Greater Newtown Community Redevelopment Corporation

Sarasota, (941) 358-7860

gncrc.wordpress.com

Executive director: Che Barnett

Mission: Facilitates improved social and economic opportunities via affordable housing, economic initiatives and related services.

 

Harvey Milk Festival Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 228-4872

harveymilkfestival.com

Executive director: Shannon Fortner

Mission: To honor the life of Harvey Milk by fostering emerging talent in artists who support diversity, and to promote equality for LGBTQ people through supporting equal rights legislation.

 

Institute for the Ages

Sarasota, (941) 365-4243

institutefortheages.org

Executive director: Thomas Esselman

Mission: To connect innovators with older adults to improve lives.

 

Junior League of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 748-0101

jrleaguemanatee.org

Mission: Women committed to promoting volunteerism, 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

jlsarasota.org

Mission: Women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities.

 

Kaeta Corporation

Sarasota, (941) 727-6877

kaeta.org

Executive director: Bharat Chandra

Mission: To promote dialogue between older and younger generations through shared experiences in the arts.

 

Laurel Civic Association

Laurel, (941) 483-3338

laurelcivic.org

Executive director: Sandra Terry

Mission: Offers educational assistance, life development skills, personal empowerment, community awareness and opportunities for growth for all people of Sarasota County.

 

Library Foundation of Sarasota County

Sarasota

sarasotalibraryfoundation.org

Mission: To secure the future of the community’s libraries as an indispensable resource.

 

Mothers Helping Mothers

Sarasota, (941) 953-7572

mhmsarasota.com

Executive director: Terry Stottlemyer

Mission: Provides basic necessities such as clothing and baby items to families in need.

 

Peace Education and Action Center

Sarasota, (941) 545-5635

sarasotapeacenter.org

Executive director: Arlene Sweeting

Mission: To nurture cooperation, nonviolence, respect for human rights and cultural diversity, democracy and
tolerance.

 

Reach Out Recovery

Sarasota, (941) 366-0870

reachoutrecovery.com

Executive director: Leslie Glass

Mission: To educate teens, families and teachers about teen substance abuse prevention through curriculum, television specials and team building.

 

Realize Bradenton

Bradenton, (941) 350-8563

realizebradenton.com

Executive director: Johnette Isham

Mission: Develops and promotes downtown Bradenton by making it a unique and preferred cultural destination.

 

Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 586-2777

rotarysarasotakeys.com

Mission: Supports the efforts of the Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys as well as Rotary International.

 

Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue

Sarasota, (941) 915-5445

k-9sar.net

Executive director: Pat Abrams

Mission: To bring about the safest and most positive outcome for each search mission.

 

Sarasota PC Users Group

Sarasota, (941) 677-0246

thestug.org

Executive director: Michael Hutchinson

Mission: To provide computer technology education and refurbished computers to those in need.

 

Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity (SURE)

Sarasota, (941) 921-6553

suresarasota.org

Executive director: Ryan McBride

Mission: Seeks justice for the poor, working-class and mixed-income individuals and families in Sarasota County.

 

SCOPE

Sarasota, (941) 365-8751

scopexcel.org

Executive director: John McCarthy

Mission: Connects and inspires citizens to create a better community.

 

Shelter Box USA

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-6036

shelterboxusa.org

Executive director: Emily Sperling

Mission: To deliver humanitarian relief to people affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian crises worldwide.

 

Suncoast Community Capital Corporation

Bradenton, (941) 744-2666

suncoastcc.com

Executive director: Art Mahoney

Mission: To increase financial independence and stability in low-income families and communities.

 

Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness

Sarasota, (941) 955-8987

suncoastpartnership.org

Executive director: Leslie Loveless

Mission: To prevent and end homelessness.

 

Team Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda, (941) 637-8326

teampuntagorda.org

Executive director: Nancy Johnson

Mission: To help make greater Punta Gorda a better place to live, work and play.

 

UnidosNow

Sarasota, (877) 598-4466

unidosnow.org

Executive director: Frankie Soriano

Mission: To elevate the quality of life of the Hispanic/Latino community through education, integration and civic engagement.

 

United Way of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 748-1313

uwmc.net

Executive director: Philip Brown

Mission: Develops resources and partnerships that make a measurable difference in people’s lives.

 

Volunteer Commun-ity Connections

Sarasota, (941) 953-5965

connectingvolunteers.org

Executive director: Mindi Rohan

Mission: To connect volunteers with opportunities to serve the community.

 

Woman’s Exchange of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 955-7859

sarasotawex.com

Executive director: Karen Koblenz

Mission: Supports a variety of local cultural organizations through its consignment store.

 

Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida

Bonita Springs, (239) 281-2233

womensfundflorida.org

Executive director: Brenda Tate

Mission: To empower women and girls, engage the community and advance gender-focused perspectives.

 

Zone 6 Neighborhood Watch Program

Bradenton, (941) 524-5120

zone6watch.com

Executive director: Tamara Spyker

Mission: To improve the lives of residents through awareness and education, thereby decreasing crime and increasing their safety.

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

ABA Academy

Sarasota, (941) 388-8020

abaacademysarasota.org

Executive director: Shelly Swift

Mission: To develop the full potential of students with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities.

 

Agape Christian School of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 894-3053

agapesarasota.org

Executive director: Cynthia Showalter

Mission: To minister to all students at their ability level while helping each student become an independent learner.

 

Beyond the Spectrum

Sarasota, (941) 907-3443

beyondthespectrum.org

Executive director: Catherine Peabody

Mission: To serve the children and families in our community affected by autism and related disorders.

 

Braden River Choral Booster Association

Bradenton, (941) 751-8230

bradenrivercba.com

Executive director: Kerrie Couchois

Mission: To provide financial and educational support to the choral department of Braden River High School.

 

Bradenton Christian School

Bradenton, (941) 792-5454

bcspanthers.org

Executive director: Dan Vande Pol

Mission: To provide quality education rooted in God’s word, and to prepare God’s children for service in the world.

 

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School

Sarasota, (941) 371-4917

cmhs-sarasota.org

Executive director: Steve Christie

Mission: Provides a quality education centered in Gospel values.

 

Charlotte Local Education Foundation

Port Charlotte, (941) 255-7500

charlotteschoolfoundation.org

Executive director: Mary Clemmons

Mission: Connecting children, classrooms and community to build student success.

 

Dreams are Free School at Bishop Nevins Academy

Sarasota, (941) 366-4010

dreamsarefree.org

Executive director: Rebecca Shields

Mission: To develop a strong foundation of faith, values and learning for students with special learning needs.

 

Duette Education Foundation

Duette, (941) 721-6674

duetteschool.org

Executive director: Donna King

Mission: To support Duette Elementary School.

 

Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County

Palmetto, (941) 757-2900

elc-manatee.org

Executive director: Paul Sharff

Mission: To provide, coordinate and continue to improve the services of school readiness programs.

 

Edison Academics

Bradenton, (941) 779-7396

edisonacademics.com

Executive director: Zonnweice Simard

Mission: Provides an intimate learning experience for grades 7-12, including student athletes, international students, children with learning disabilities and economically disadvantaged children who need individual attention.

 

Education Foundation of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 927-0965

edfoundation.net

Executive director: Susan Scott

Mission: To invest in every child’s success through the generosity of the community.

 

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training

Sarasota, (941) 351-9010

asolorep.org/conservatory/welcome

Executive director: Greg Leaming

Mission: Provides a select group of graduate students from around the world a combination of intense classroom training and production opportunities, including working alongside professional actors and other world-class theater artists.

 

Gator Wilderness Camp School

Punta Gorda, (941) 639-7722

gatorwildernesscamp.com

Executive director: Gregg Kanagy

Mission: To provide assistance to emotionally troubled adolescent males through a wilderness camping experience.

 

Global Outreach

University Park, (941) 358-1705

globaloutreachtanzania.org

Executive director: Stanley Muessle

Mission: To introduce computer literacy in secondary schools in Tanzania’s poorest areas.

 

Incarnation Catholic School

Sarasota, (941) 924-8588

incarnationschool.edu

Executive director: Regina Housel

Mission: To provide an education of excellence while fostering the teaching mission of Jesus Christ.

 

Junior Achievement Sarasota/Manatee

Tampa, (813) 631-1410

jasarasota.org

Executive director: Maggie Haley

Mission: To ensure that every child in Sarasota and Manatee counties has a fundamental understanding of the free market system and their role in it.

 

The Library Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 748-555

manateelibraryfoundation.org

Mission: Provides reading aids for impaired individuals.

 

Lifelong Learning Academy

Sarasota, (941) 359-4296

lla-sm.org

Executive director: Janna Overstreet

Mission: To enrich the lives of mature adults in Sarasota and Manatee counties by providing affordable, outstanding educational programs that cover a broad spectrum of topics.

 

Lifelong Learning Institute

Punta Gorda, (941) 637-3533

lifelonglearning-charlotte.org

Executive director: Hasan Hammami

Mission: Offers affordable, noncredit learning opportunities to adults and organizations.

 

Links To Success

Arcadia, (863) 990-0527

links2success.org

Mission: To provide resources, services, experiences and guidance to DeSoto County youth to help them achieve educational success.

 

Literacy Council of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 746-8197

manatee-literacy.org

Executive director: Kimberly Kollig

Mission: To empower Manatee County residents to independence through literacy.

 

Literacy Council of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 955-0421

sarasotaliteracy.org

Executive director: Tom Melville

Mission: To improve literacy for adults through personalized, needs-based tutoring.

 

Literacy Volunteers of America of South Sarasota County

Venice, (941) 488-8994

literacychangeslives.org

Executive director: Nancy Pike

Mission: To provide one-on-one tutoring and small group classes for English as a Second Language (ESL) and basic literacy for adult learners.

 

Live the Life/Marriage and Family Works Project

Tallahassee, (850) 668-3700

livethelife.org

Executive director: Richard Albertson

Mission: To strengthen marriages and families.

 

Manatee Education Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 251-4937

mefinfo.org

Executive director: Mary Glass

Mission: To provide funding for innovative programs and enhanced educational opportunities for the teachers and students of Manatee County public schools.

 

Montessori Foundation Incorporated

Bradenton, (941) 729-9565

montessori.org

Executive director: Joyce St. Giermaine

Mission: To advance Montessori education in the United States and abroad.

 

Navy League of the United States

Sarasota, (941) 756-0304

navyleague-sarasota-manatee.org

Mission: To inform the nation, and its political leaders, of the vital importance of a comprehensive, fully prepared sea service; and to provide support for active duty sea service personnel and their families.

 

New College Foundation Incorporated

Sarasota, (941) 487-4800

ncf.edu/foundation

Executive director: Shannon Duvall

Mission: To support the priorities of Florida’s designated honors college.

 

New Gate School

Sarasota, (941) 922-4949

newgate.edu

Executive director: Timothy Seldin

Mission: To cultivate a love of life and inspire academic excellence.

 

Out-Of-Door Academy of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 349-3223

oda.edu

Executive director: David Mahler

Mission: To encourage students 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

pacecenter.org

Executive director: Amy Wick Mavis

Mission: Provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

 

Pierian Spring Academy

Sarasota, (941) 716-2471

psasrq.org

Executive director: Debbie Cowles

Mission: To provide learning experiences for adults led by highly qualified faculty.

 

Pine View Association

Osprey, (941) 486-2001

yourpva.org

Executive director: Lisa Daily

Mission: To enhance and enrich Pine View students’ school experience by supporting the school’s academic, social, fine arts and technology objectives.

 

Project Light of Manatee

Bradenton, (941) 745-1659

projectlightofmanatee.org

Executive director: Luz Corcuera

Mission: Providing accessible, adult English language and literacy instruction.

 

Redlands Christian Migrant Association

Immokalee, (239) 658-3560

rcma.org

Executive director: Barbara Mainster

Mission: Opens doors to opportunities through quality child care and education.

 

Ringling College Library Association

Sarasota, (941) 925-1343

rclassociation.org

Mission: To develop Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library and educate students, faculty and community.

 

Ringling College of Art and Design

Sarasota, (941) 309-4733

ringling.edu

Executive director: Larry Thompson

Mission: To educate creative critical thinkers through art and design.

 

Riverview High School Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 376-7877

rhsfoundation.org

Mission: To provide funds for the enhancement of education at Riverview High School.

 

Saint Martha School

Sarasota, (941) 953-4181

stmarthaschool.net

Executive director: Siobhan Young

Mission: To provide each student with diverse opportunities that develop strength in faith and excellence in learning.

 

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School

Bradenton, (941) 746-2121

saintstephens.org

Executive director: Janet Pullen

Mission: To prepare each student for a college or university compatible with the individual’s academic ability, interests and needs.

 

Sarasota Area Sports Alliance

Sarasota, (941) 232-8710

sarasotaareasportsalliance.org

Executive director: Nick Mavrikas

Mission: To promote and develop sports and athletes through outreach, scholarships and connecting donors with recipients.

 

Sarasota Chinese Academy

Sarasota, (941) 315-8178

sarasotachineseacademy.org

Executive director: Shuman Bruinius

Mission: To offer classes and cultural programs to all individuals regardless of race, color, faith, sex or ethnic origin.

 

Sarasota Christian School

Sarasota, (941) 371-6481

sarasotachristian.org

Executive director: Jeffrey Shank

Mission: To develop academic abilities through broad educational experiences while deepening Christian faith.

 

Sarasota Military Academy

Sarasota, (941) 926-1700

sarasotamilitaryacademy.org

Executive director: Christina Bowman

Mission: To provide high school students the highest quality college preparatory education possible while incorporating principles in a military environment.

 

Sarasota Scientific Instruments

Sarasota, (941) 840-4394

sarasotascience.org

Executive director: Ping Faulhaber

Mission: To encourage life-long learning in a fun, educational, hands-on environment.

 

School Readiness Coalition of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 954-4830

earlylearningcoalitionsarasota.org

Executive director: Janet Kahn

Mission: Provides access to high-quality early education resources and family support.

 

Sea of Strengths Academy PTO

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 538-6822

sosaschool.com

Mission: To enhance the academic experience for students with learning disabilities.

 

St. Joseph School

Bradenton, (941) 755-2611

sjsfl.org

Executive director: Kellie Potter

Mission: Provides children from grades pre-K through 8 with an educational program of academic excellence, empowering them to become confident and contributing leaders in their families, church, community and global society.

 

State College of Florida Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 752-5390

scffoundation.net

Executive director: Cassandra Holmes

Mission: To provide access to higher education and assets for future enhancement of  academic programs, and to manage the endowment.

 

Take Stock In Children of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 358-4407

takestocksarasota.org

Executive director: Lisa Bechtold

Mission: To provide at-risk youth with mentors and other tools to graduate high school and access post-secondary education.

 

Techstart Tampa Bay

Tampa, (813) 321-6889

techstarttampabay.org

Mission: To create a better future for at-risk youth by providing inspiration, education and opportunities in the technology industry.

 

The Tabernacle

Sarasota, (941) 365-1050

tcssarasota.org

Executive director: Ronda Crickenberger

Mission: To lead every student to a knowledge of Jesus Christ and develop the spirit, mind, and body to see life from a Biblical point of view.

 

Upside Down Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 366-3600

upsidedownfoundation.org

Executive director: Greg Truitt

Mission: Inspiring academic success and leadership through mentoring.

 

USF-University of South Florida Foundation

Tampa, (813) 974-3423

usfsm.edu/giving

Executive director: Joel Momberg

Mission: The legal conduit for the solicitation, acceptance, investment and distribution of all private gifts made across the University of South Florida System.

 

Venice Christian School

Venice, (941) 496-4411

venicechristianschool.org

Executive director: Jerry Frimmel

Mission: To educate children academically, spiritually, physically and socially with a Biblical worldview.

 

Venice Youth Boating Association

Venice, (941) 468-1719

veniceyouthboating.com

Executive director: Peter Eduardo

Mission: Teaching beginning and advanced sailing to boys and girls, ages 9-18, including water safety, and the science, technology, engineering and math integral to the sport.

 

Visible Men Academy

Bradenton, (941) 758-7588

vmacademy.org

Executive director: Neil Phillips Mission: To provide boys from low-income communities with outstanding academic, character and social education.

 

 

 

HEALTH/MEDICAL

 

All Children’s Hospital

St Petersburg, (727) 767-3879

achgsarasotamanatee.com

Executive director: Jennifer Greene

Mission: To advocate, volunteer and fund raise for children and families of All Children’s Hospital.

 

Alzheimer’s Disease and Relation Disorders Association

Sarasota, (941) 365-8883

alz.org/flgulfcoast

Executive director: Gloria Smith

Mission: 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 Association of Kidney Patients

Tampa, (813) 636-8100

aakp.org

Executive director: Gary Green

Mission: Reaches more than 1 million people yearly affected by kidney disease, including patients, family members, renal professionals and friends.

 

American Cancer Society

Atlanta, (800) 227-2345

cancer.org

Executive director: John Seffrin

Mission: Dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering, through research, education, advocacy and service.

 

American Diabetes Association-Southwest Florida

Tampa, (813) 885-5007

diabetes.org/southwestflorida

Executive director: Larry Hausner

Mission: To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

 

Change A Life Charity Thrift Store

Sarasota, (941) 371-5111

changealifecharity.org

Executive director: Michele Postell

Mission: Providing living necessities, including furniture, housewares and more, at low or no cost to those who qualify.

 

Charlotte County Healthy Start Coalition

Port Charlotte, (941) 764-9700

charlottecountyhealthystart.com

Executive director: Nancy Kraus

Mission: To improve birth outcomes, optimize child development and reduce infant mortality by providing access to care before, during and after pregnancy.

 

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare

Sarasota, (941) 927-8900

coastalbh.org

Executive director: John Minge Mission: To provide quality care with compassion, respect and dignity.

 

Community Aids Network (CAN)

Sarasota, (941) 366-0461

cccsrq.org

Executive director: Michael Cuffage

Mission: To provide a continuum of medical, social and education services essential to the health and well-being of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

 

Compassionate Hearts Financial Services

Ellenton, (941) 803-4215

Executive director: Eddie Collins

Mission: Dedicated to helping those in need achieve productive and rewarding lives.

 

Eagles Wings Counseling Center

Venice, (941) 375-4321

eagleswingscounseling.com

Executive director: Dave Upton

Mission: To provide professional Christian counseling services to all in need.

 

Ear Research Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 365-0367

earsinus.com

Executive director: Jennifer Moss

Mission: Dedicated to research, education and community service for hearing and balance disorders.

 

Englewood Community Care Clinic

Englewood, (941) 681-3765

englewoodclinic.org

Executive director: Beth Harrison

Mission: To provide no-cost episodic medical services to the uninsured and working poor in the Englewood area.

 

Epilepsy Service of Southwest Florida

Sarasota, (941) 953-5988

epilepsy-services.org

Executive director: Kevin Lindberg

Mission: To assist all uninsured adults diagnosed with epilepsy in the agency’s eight-county region to obtain medical, case management, prevention and education services.

 

First Step of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 366-5333

fsos.org

Executive director: David Beesley

Mission: Prevents and treats alcohol and drug addictions and associated disorders.

 

Fred Lang Foundation

Punta Gorda, (941) 639-8300

cbhcfl.org

Mission: To provide effective behavioral health and addiction treatment.

 

Genesis Health Services

Sarasota, (941) 363-1852

genesishealthservicesinc.com

Executive director: James McCloud

Mission: To insure that all families have access to affordable quality healthcare, with a focus on preventive protocols, in order to prevent the onset or progression of serious illness.

 

Good Samaritan Pharmacy and Health Services

Nokomis, (941) 445-5687

goodsamrx.org

Mission: Assists uninsured and underinsured Sarasota County residents in obtaining their routine prescription medications.

 

Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation

Atlanta, (404) 537-5253

jajf.org

Executive director: Jon Albert

Mission: Giving children who will lose their mom or dad to cancer a timeout to create indispensable memories together.

 

JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation

Sarasota, (800) 706-2740

joshprovides.org

Executive director: Bruce Chapnick

Mission: To promote awareness of epilepsy, aid those with epilepsy and seizure-related disorders, and strive to eliminate the negative stigma associated with epilepsy.

 

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

Naples, (941) 685-6875

floridasuncoast.jdrf.org

Executive director: Carl Marks

Mission: To improve the lives of every person affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) by accelerating progress promising potential cures, better treatments and prevention.

 

Learn To Fish

Bradenton, (941) 755-3900

ltfrecovery.org

Executive director: Sabrina Crain-Sweeney

Mission: To help protect abused and abandoned women and children, through education, advocacy, opportunity sisterhood and love.

 

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

White Plains, (914) 949-5213

lls.org

Executive director: Julie Wills Mission: Dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.

 

Food Addiction Institute

Sarasota, (941) 747-1972

foodaddictioninstitute.org

Executive director: Phil Werdell

Mission: To provide awareness, education and training about chemical dependency on food and support for long-term recovery from food addiction.

 

Manatee Glens Corporation

Bradenton, (941) 782-4299

manateeglens.org

Executive director: Mary Ruiz Mission: Specializes in mental health and addictions to make health and wellness possible for every family.

 

Manatee Hope

Bradenton, (941) 745-2662

manateehope.com

Executive director: Kathleen White

Mission: To bridge the gap in Manatee, Sarasota and surrounding counties’ health care delivery.

 

Mental Health Community Center

Sarasota, (941) 953-3477

mhcci.com

Executive director: Carolyn Eagen

Mission: To offer service programs to adults with mental illness leading to a healthy and productive lifestyle within the mainstream community; to defeat the stigma of mental illness.

 

Multicultural Health Institute

Sarasota, (941) 225-8198

the-mhi.org

Executive director: Lisa Merritt

Mission: Devoted to improving the health of Sarasota residents who live in diverse and underserved communities.

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Fort Myers, (239) 437-6900

mdausa.org

Executive director: Steven Derks

Mission: Conquering more than 40 neuromuscular diseases that affect more than 1 million American adults and children.

 

National Society To Prevent Blindness

St. Petersburg, (813) 874-2020

preventblindnessflorida.org

Executive director: Joanne Lighter

Mission: To prevent blindness and preserve sight.

 

Neuro Challenge Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 926-6413

neurochallenge.org

Executive director: Judith Bell

Mission: To improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.

 

Phelan Mcdermid Syndrome Foundation

Venice, (941) 485-8000

pmsf.org

Executive director: Barbara Cruz

Mission: 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

pinesofsarasota.org

Executive director: Estelle Crawford

Mission: To generate financial support for the capital, programmatic and endowment needs of Pines of Sarasota senior care campus.

 

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

Sarasota, (941) 365-3913

myplannedparenthood.org

Executive director: Barbara Zdravecky

Mission: To ensure the rights of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing medical services, education and advocacy.

 

Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast

Sarasota, (941) 926-2959

samaritangulfcoast.com

Executive director: Richard Howell

Mission: Strengthening individuals and families through professional Christian counseling services.

 

St. Vincent De Paul Community Health Care

Port Charlotte, (941) 766-9570

volunteercare.org

Executive director: Suzanne Roberts

Mission: Provides no-cost, volunteer medical, pharmacy and wellness services to the underserved in Charlotte County.

 

Stroke Association of Florida

Sarasota, (941) 346-1122

strokefl.org

Executive director: Kim James

Mission: To reduce the incidence and impact of stroke through education, and to provide local resource referrals to stroke survivors and their caregivers.

 

Suncoast Communities Blood Bank

Sarasota, (941) 954-1600

scbb.org

Executive director: Scott Bush

Mission: To provide a reliable supply of quality blood products and services to hospitals and healthcare facilities.

 

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

St. Petersburg, (877) 506-6297

komensuncoast.org

Executive director: Gina Kravitz

Mission: To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

 

Team Tony Brain Cancer Foundation

Sarasota

teamtony.org

Executive director: Tony McEachern

Mission: Pairs cancer survivors with a cancer fighter so they all get the support they need.

 

Tidewell Hospice

Sarasota, (941) 552-7525

tidewell.org

Executive director: Gerry Radford

Mission: To help people live well by providing care, comfort and compassion.

 

Tri-County Counseling and Life Skills Center

North Port, (941) 876-3060

tri-countycounseling.org

Executive director: Thomas Glaza

Mission: To improve the community by teaching clients skills for leading a healthier, happier and more productive life.

 

Trinity Charities

Sarasota, (941) 355-0847

trinitycharities.org

Executive director: Greg Kaspar

Mission: To provide support, education, prevention and intervention for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

 

We Care Manatee

Bradenton, (941) 755-3952

wecaremanatee.org

Executive director: Jill Gass Mission: To facilitate free medical care to low-income and uninsured residents of Manatee County.

 

HUMAN SERVICES

 

Able Trust

Tallahassee, (850) 224-4493

abletrust.org

Executive director: Susanne Homant

Mission: To be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.

 

Agape Flights

Venice, (941) 488-0990

agapeflights.com

Executive director: Allen Speer

Mission: To provide aviation service delivering cargo, mail and humanitarian aid to missionary partners serving Christ in the nations of the Caribbean.

 

All Faiths Food Bank

Sarasota, (941) 379-6333

allfaithsfoodbank.org

Executive director: Sandra Frank

Mission: To feed the hungry and educate the community about hunger and nutrition.

 

ALSO Out Youth

Sarasota, (941) 951-2576

alsoyouth.org

Executive director: Donna Hanley

Mission: To end all forms of violence, discrimination, and harassment based on real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, and to enhance self-esteem, promote healthy dialogue and increase awareness of sexual minority issues.

 

American Red Cross

Sarasota, (941) 379-9300

redcross.org/swfl

Executive director: Megarie van Sickel

Mission: Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing volunteers and donors.

 

AMIKids

Punta Gorda, (941) 575-5790

amikidscrossroads.org

Executive director: John Davidson

Mission: To provide stability and future preparation for difficult-to-place teenage boys in the Florida foster care system.

 

Anchor House

Palmetto, (941) 722-0764

anchorhousemission.com

Executive director: Timothy Huppert

Mission: To meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all international seafarers who dock at Port Manatee.

 

Anna Maria Island Community Center

Anna Maria, (941) 778-1908

islandcommunitycenter.com

Executive director: Dawn Stiles

Mission: To empower and inspire people of all ages, especially youth, by educating, strengthening families, building healthier bodies and fostering volunteerism.

 

Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity

Arcadia, (863) 494-4118

desotohabitat.com

Executive director: Jane Breylinger

Mission: Brings people together to build homes,
communities and hope.

 

Baby Basics of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 684-0009

Mission: Provides diapers and support to working poor families who do not receive governmental cash assistance.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast

Venice, (941) 488-4009

bbbssun.org

Executive director: Joy Mahler

Mission: To provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships.

 

Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 761-2582

bgcmanatee.org

Executive director: Beth Work

Mission: To enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, responsible citizens.

 

Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 366-3911

boysandgirlsclubs.com

Executive director: Bill Sadlo

Mission: To enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

 

Care Net Manasota Crisis Pregnancy Center

Bradenton, (941) 751-1966

carenetmanasota.com

Executive director: Shirley Fenton

Mission: To affirm the sanctity of human life by ministering to those whose lives are touched by crisis pregnancy.

 

Care2Tri

Sarasota, (941) 799-1680

care2tri.org

Executive director: Greg Simony

Mission: To help those with physical disabilities.

 

Career Source Suncoast

Bradenton, (941) 358-4080

careersourcesc.com

Executive director: Ted Ehrlichman

Mission: To recruit, train and retain talent for the community by connecting employers with qualified, skilled talent.

 

Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice

Venice, (941) 484-9543

catholiccharitiesdov.org

Executive director: Peter Routsis-Arroyo

Mission: To serve and empower all in need regardless of race, nationality or creed.

 

Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies of Charlotte County  (CARE)

Punta Gorda, (941) 639-5499

carefl.org

Executive director: Kay Tvaroch

Mission: To help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes in Charlotte County.

 

Center for Building Hope

Sarasota, (941) 921-5539

centerforbuildinghope.org

Executive director: Carl Ritter

Mission: Offers free information, programs and services to cancer patients, caregivers and family members.

 

Center of Hope of South County

Venice, (941) 412-9044

centerofhopevenice.org

Executive director: Lynette McCleland

Mission: To provide a coordinated continuum of care to stabilize the lives of people who are unemployed, homeless, near homeless or otherwise in need.

 

Charlotte Community Foundation

Punta Gorda, (941) 637-0077

charlottecommunityfoundation.org

Executive director: Gregory Bobonich

Mission: To enhance the quality of life in Charlotte County.

 

Charlotte County Family YMCA, Inc.

Port Charlotte, (941) 629-0909

charlottecountyymca.com

Executive director: Randy Dunn

Mission: Puts Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit.

 

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity

Punta Gorda, (941) 639-3162

charlottecountyhfh.org

Executive director: Mike Mansfield

Mission: Committed to home ownership through a needs-based partnership with low-income Charlotte County residents, building safe, affordable, quality housing.

 

Charlotte County Health Plus Community Action

Port Charlotte, (941) 625-4343

mealsonwheelscc.net

Mission: To deliver nutritious, ready-to-eat meals, primarily to persons over 60 who are unable to prepare nutritious meals for themselves.

 

Charlotte County Homeless Coalition

Murdock, (941) 627-4313

cchomelesscoalition.org

Executive director: Angela Hogan

Mission: To alleviate and prevent hunger and homelessness.

 

Charlotte HIV-AIDS People Support

Port Charlotte, (941) 625-2552

chapsfoodpantry.com

Mission: To provide supplemental food and hygiene products to persons in need living with HIV/AIDS and their dependents.

 

Child Protection Center

Sarasota, (941) 365-1277

cpcsarasota.org

Executive director: Douglas Staley

Mission: The prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse.

 

Children First

Sarasota, (941) 953-3877

childrenfirst.net

Executive director: Philip Tavill

Mission: Strengthening children and families through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being.

 

Children’s Guardian Fund

Sarasota, (941) 504-9515

childrensguardianfund.org

Executive director: Harold Hedley

Mission: 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

Sarasota, (941) 953-5786

Mission: To assist show people with age or health problems in their search for affordable housing in Southwest Florida.

 

Classy To Common Estate Liquidators Corp.

Sarasota, (941) 416-5383

classytocommon.org

Executive director: Sara Jones Mission: To pay the utility bill of citizens in imminent danger of being shut off.

 

Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of Manatee Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 366-0260

ccdhh.org

Executive director: Donna Carlton

Mission: To 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

communityhaven.org

Executive director: Marla Doss

Mission: To provide an innovative array of education, career development and community living programs that allow children, teenagers, and adults with disabilities to achieve their highest potential.

 

Community Youth Development of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 922-5126

cydonline.org

Executive director: Karen Bogues

Mission: Empowers youth as leaders in service to their community.

 

Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Heartland

Port Charlotte, (941) 255-1650

elcfh.org

Executive director: Anne Bouhebent

Mission: To support families and children in accessing high-quality early care and education services.

 

Easter Seals Southwest Florida

Sarasota, (941) 355-7637

easterseals-swfl.org

Executive director: William Waldo

Mission: To ensure that each person served reaches his or her full potential and enjoys life to the fullest.

 

Educational Consultants Consortium

Palmetto, (941) 723-6879

servingeverychild.com

Executive director: Barbara Harvey

Mission: To facilitate communication and coordinate services for at-risk youth between the home, school and community.

 

Eternal Bread of Life Outreach Ministry

Sarasota, (941) 536-3488

eternalbreadoflife.com

Executive director: Neil McArthur

Mission: To empower people in the community to take responsibility for turning their lives around with a sense of pride and readiness to succeed.

 

Every Child

Sarasota, (941) 953-2277

everychildsarasota.org

Executive director: Judy Alexander

Mission: To help Sarasota’s neediest children grow into healthy, happy adults.

 

Everyday Blessing

Thonotosassa, (813) 982-9226

everydayblessingsinc.org

Executive director: Richard Stroud

Mission: To provide high-quality care for sibling groups through a live-in caregiver model.

 

Face Autism

Ellenton, (813) 240-3044

face-autism.org

Executive director: Colleen Buccieri

Mission: Provides sensory-friendly activities, support groups, referrals and other resources for families with a child diagnosed with autism.

 

Fair Food Standards Council

Sarasota, (941) 556-9128

fairfoodstandards.org

Executive director: Laura Safer Espinoza

Mission: Brings together workers, consumers, growers and corporate buyers in support of fair wages and humane labor standards in the agricultural industry.

 

Family Integrity Training

Bradenton, (941) 799-4975

100hour.org

Executive director: Donald Pratt

Mission: Assists the underprivileged, indigent, incarcerated or addicted in transitioning from dysfunctional lifestyles to healthy ones through mentoring and small-group, faith-based, life-skills courses.

 

Family Network On Disabilities of Manatee Sarasota

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 928-0682

fndmanasota.org

Executive director: Mary Smith Mission: To empower families of children with disabilities through education, advocacy and caregiver support.

 

Family Partnership Center

Bradenton, (941) 756-3007

familypartnership.org

Executive director: Katrina Bellemare

Mission: To strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect in at-risk families through comprehensive parenting education and support services.

 

Family Promise of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 952-1800

familypromisesarasota.org

Executive director: Wendy Fitton

Mission: Helping kids get back into a home.

 

Family Resources

Pinellas Park, (727) 521-5200

family-resources.org

Executive director: Lisa Davis

Mission: Providing prevention, support and counseling services to children, teens and families.

 

Feeding Empty Little Tummies

Bradenton

feltinc.org

Executive director: William Evers

Mission: To feed homeless children on weekends when they often go hungry.

 

Florida Center for Early Childhood

Sarasota, (941) 371-8820

thefloridacenter.org

Executive director: Kathryn Shea

Mission: Provides comprehensive therapeutic services, clinical interventions, prevention and early education programs for children and families.

 

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches

Boys Ranch, (800) 765-3797

youthranches.org

Executive director: Roger Bouchard

Mission: To prevent delinquency and develop strong, lawful, resilient and productive citizens.

 

Florida West Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council

Bradenton, (941) 792-0985

geraldsoncommunityfarm.org

Executive director: Todd Underhill

Mission: To promote and create a sustainable local food and agriculture economy.

 

Florida Winefest and Auction

Sarasota, (941) 952-1109

floridawinefest.org

Executive director: Sandra Loevner

Mission: To provide funding to qualified charitable organizations assisting disadvantaged children, youth and families.

 

Forty Carrots of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 365-7716

fortycarrots.org

Executive director: Michelle Kapreilian

Mission: Dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the field.

 

Foundation for Dreams

Bradenton, (941) 746-5659

foundationfordreams.org

Executive director: Susannah Cripe

Mission: To provide an exceptional camping experience for children with special needs and chronic illnesses, ages 7-17.

 

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida

Sarasota, (941) 921-5358

gsgcf.org

Executive director: Susan Stewart

Mission: Builds girls of courage, confidence, and character.

 

Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 366-6646

girlsincsrq.org

Executive director: Robin Rose

Mission: Equips girls to be “Strong, Smart and Bold” in academic achievement, health and fitness, and life skills.

 

Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center

Sarasota, (941) 365-4545

gs-humanservices.org

Executive director: Jay Berman

Mission: To enhance the social services delivery system for underserved individuals and families.

 

Goodwill Industries Manasota

Sarasota, (941) 355-2721

experiencegoodwill.org

Executive director: Robert Rosinsky

Mission: Changes lives through the power of work.

 

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida

Fort Myers, (239) 995-2106

goodwillswfl.org

Executive director: Tom Feurig

Mission: Committed to serving people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering opportunities to achieve independence.

 

Guardian Angels of Southwest Florida

Bradenton, (941) 792-5374

guardianangelsfl.org

Mission: To provide safe, loving, faith-based foster homes and “Foster Family Homes” for abused, abandoned or neglected children.

 

Gulfcoast Legal Services

St. Petersburg, (727) 821-0726

gulfcoastlegal.org

Interim executive director: John E. Dubrule

Mission: 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

habitatsrq.org

Executive director: Renee Snyder

Mission: To provide decent, affordable housing for people in need.

 

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County

Venice, (941) 493-6606

habitatsouthsarasota.org

Executive director: Dee Dannmeyer

Mission: 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

harrychapinfoodbank.org

Executive director: Al Brislain

Mission: To overcome hunger in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties through education and the procurement and distribution of food.

 

Harvest Tabernacle of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 953-3559

harvesthousecenters.com

Executive director: James Minor

Mission: To help individuals break the cycle of homelessness, addiction and life-limiting patterns.

 

Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 714-7541

hsmanatee.com

Executive director: Frederick Leonard

Mission: Dedicated to enhancing maternal and infant health care.

 

Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 373-7070

healthystartsarasota.org

Executive director: Shon Ewens

Mission: To improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants and young children.

 

Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 932-1137

healthyteensmanatee.com

Mission: To promote healthy, responsible behavior in Manatee County youth.

 

Hearing Impaired Persons of Charlotte County

Port Charlotte, (941) 743-8347

Executive director: Kim Gaut

Mission: To work towards improving the quality of life for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, deaf-blind or speech impaired by providing communication assistance and to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

 

Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 320-8825

hlas.org

Executive director: JoAnne DeVries

Mission: To empower people with hearing loss to lead more active lives in the community.

 

Help In Charlotte County

Port Charlotte, (941) 625-4543

helpincharlottecounty.org

Executive director: Elaine Oliver

Mission: Faith-based coalition of churches, governmental agencies, and businesses facilitating services for physical, educational, spiritual, medical and mental health needs.

 

Hope Family Services

Bradenton, (941) 747-8499

hopefamilyservice.org

Executive director: Laurel Lynch

Mission: To promote safety, strength and well-being for victims of domestic violence and their children in Manatee County .

 

Insight Counseling Services

Bradenton, (941) 755-4782

insightcounselingservices.org

Executive director: Susan Cappiello

Mission: To strengthen families and increase community safety by treating abusive juvenile behavior and changing the lives of troubled youth.

 

InStride Therapy

Nokomis, (941) 412-9333

instridetherapy.org

Executive director: Donna Blem

Mission: Partnering with horses, challenges individuals with special needs to meet their fullest potential.

 

Jefferson Center

Sarasota, (941) 953-9585

jeffersoncenter.net

Executive director: Dawn Lucido

Mission: To provide a caring community for low- to moderate-income seniors who need affordable housing.

 

Jesus Loves You Ministry

Port Charlotte, (941) 661-8117

jesuslovesyouministryinc.com

Executive director: Leslie Martin

Mission: To meet the basic needs of our homeless
population.

 

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of
the Suncoast

Sarasota, (941) 366-2224

jfcs-cares.org

Executive director: Rose Chapman

Mission: Provides comprehensive counseling and social services to those confronting challenges.

 

Jim Russo Prison Ministries

Bradenton, (941) 746-3717

jimrussoministry.com

Mission: To provide transitional housing for ex-offenders to return to society as committed Christians and productive citizens.

 

Joining Our Youth

Sarasota

joysarasota.org

Mission: Improving the quality of life for youth aging out of foster care (18-23 years old).

 

Just for Girls

Bradenton, (941) 747-5757

justforgirls.org

Executive director: Becky Canesse

Mission: To encourage girls to achieve successful lifestyles, education, meaningful and financially equitable employment, and to become responsible members of society.

 

Legal Aid of Manasota

Sarasota, (941) 366-0038

legalaidofmanasota.org

Executive director: Linda Harradine

Mission: Provides free, quality legal services for the working poor, victims of domestic violence, children, veterans facing homelessness, the elderly and other disadvantaged groups with special legal needs.

 

Lighthouse of Manasota

Sarasota, (941) 359-1404

lighthouseofmanasota.org

Executive director: Chip Willis

Mission: To advance the individual growth and independence of adults and children with vision loss.

 

Loveland Center

Venice, (941) 493-0016

lovelandcenter.org

Executive director: Carl Penxa

Mission: Helping adults with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest.

 

Lutheran Services Florida

Tampa, (813) 875-1408

lsfnet.org

Executive director: Samuel Sipes

Mission: Serves to bring God’s healing, hope and help to people in need.

 

Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida, Suncoast Region

Sarasota, (941) 952-9474

cnfl.wish.org

Executive director: Rebecca Blitz

Mission: Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

 

Manasota BUDS

Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-0499

manasotabuds.org

Mission: To provide families with a neutral and supportive forum, and to promote understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.

 

Manasota SOLVE

Bradenton, (941) 748-0094

manasotasolve.org

Executive director: Peggy Kerwin

Mission: To provide a home for pregnant women who have chosen life for their babies.

 

Manatee Children’s Services Incorpor-ated

Bradenton, (941) 345-1200

manateechildrensservices.com

Executive director: Melinda Thompson

Mission: 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

manateecaa.org

Executive director: Barbara Patten

Mission: Helping people through education, partnerships and delivery of quality services.

 

Manatee County Habitat for Humanity

Bradenton, (941) 748-9100

manateehabitat.org

Executive director: Diana Shoemaker

Mission: Develops resources, educates and mobilizes people to work alongside families in need, rehabilitating existing homes and building sustainable, affordable homes.

 

Manatee County Y

Bradenton, (941) 798-9622

manateeymca.org

Executive director: Sean Allison

Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

 

Manatee Religious Service

Bradenton, (941) 752-4850

mcma-mrs.org

Executive director: Joel Mimbs

Mission: Screens and verifies the needs of those in crisis on behalf of local churches.

 

Mark Wandall Foundation

Bradenton, (941) 545-3359

themarkwandallfoundation.org

Executive director: Melissa Wandall

Mission: Provides support to children who have lost a family member or guardian.

 

Mayors Feed the Hungry Program

Sarasota, (941) 364-7440

mayorsfeedthehungry.org

Mission: To collect food for the local needy, free of charge, with special attention given to the holiday season.

 

Meals on Wheels of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 366-6693

mealsonwheelsofsarasota.org

Executive director: Terence McGannon

Mission: Delivers nutritious meals to people in need.

 

Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee

Bradenton, (941) 747-4655

mealsonwheelsplus.org

Executive director: Maribeth Phillips

Mission: In addition to the traditional hot meal delivery to homebound or disabled seniors, offers transportation, social activities and enrichment opportunities.

 

Miracle League of Manasota

Sarasota, (941) 225-2966

miracleleaguemanasota.org

Executive director: Laura Tellor

Mission: To provide children and adults with special needs a chance to play baseball in a league-based environment.

 

My Choice Pregnancy Center

Sarasota, (941) 351-3007

mychoicepregnancycenter.com

Executive director: Cheryl Huston

Mission: To empower women and men faced with an unplanned pregnancy, or who are parenting young children, through education, counseling and material assistance.

 

Myakka City Foundation

Myakka City, (941) 350-2079

myakkacityfoundation.org

Executive director: Rose Riggle

Mission: To assist Myakka City residents who are struggling financially due to life-threatening illness, chronic illness, or major accident resulting in significant medical requirements.

 

National Council of Jewish Women Incorporated

Sarasota, (941) 309-3444

Mission: To improve the quality of life for women, children and families in Sarasota-Manatee counties and to safeguard individual rights and freedoms.

 

New Operation Cooper Street

Punta Gorda, (941) 639-3034

cooperstreetcenter.org

Mission: To assist in the development of youth by encouraging motivation, pride and the desire to succeed.

 

New Paradigm Foundation

Englewood, (941) 681-2194

thenpf.org

Executive director: David Nelson

Mission: To provide affordable transitional housing to families at risk of becoming homeless, while teaching them skills for self-sufficiency.

 

North Port Meals On Wheels

North Port, (941) 426-6331

npmow.org

Executive director: Sharma Bachan

Mission: To deliver one nutritional meal per day to residents who are unable to prepare a nutritional daily meal, regardless of age or financial status.

 

North River Care

Palmetto, (941) 7299004

northrivercare.org

Executive director: Teri Giles

Mission: To protect the unborn while sharing the love of Christ with women and their families facing an unplanned pregnancy.

 

Parkinson Research Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 870-4438

parkinsonresearchfoundation.org

Executive director: Lawrence Hoffheimer

Mission: To fund research for Parkinson’s disease, and to provide education and services for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers.

 

Payton Wright Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 893-7007

paytonwright.org

Executive director: Holly Wright

Mission: To support pediatric brain cancer research and organizations tied to cancer care, and to assist families who have a child with brain cancer.

 

Police Athletic League of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 747-1118

manateepal.org

Executive director: W. Brad Steube

Mission: To bring law enforcement, kids and families together in a positive, safe environment through sports and academics.

 

Postpartum Society of Florida

Bradenton, (314) 322-1851

postpartumflorida.org

Executive director: Sarah Checcone

Mission: Supports new mothers transitioning from pregnancy to parenthood.

 

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association

Sarasota, (800) 926-4797

pwsausa.org

Executive director: Ken Smith

Mission: To promote and fund research, provide education and offer support to those affected by Prader-Willi syndrome.

 

Prism Youth Initiative

Bradenton, (941) 357-0111

prismyouth.org

Executive director: Valerie Fisher

Mission: Dedicated to supporting, affirming, encouraging, enabling and empowering the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender and questioning youth, ages 13-23, of Manatee County.

 

Project 180 Sarasota

Sarasota, (850) 445-5682

project180reentry.org

Executive director: Barbara Richards

Mission: To reintegrate former offenders into community life.

 

Project Return To Work

Punta Gorda

return2work.org

Executive director: Rob Brazell Mission: To re-engage veterans and their spouses, especially wounded warriors, by helping them find productive and fulfilling jobs.

 

Prospect Riding Center

Myakka City, (941) 713-1736

prospectridingcenter.com

Executive director: Susan Tambone

Mission: To offer therapeutic and recreational equine activities to those with special needs, while welcoming the extended family, caregivers and service providers to participate.

 

Replay Outreach

Bradenton, (941) 548-7693

replayoutreach.org

Executive director: Lawrence Rose

Mission: To mobilize individuals, churches and communities to reach at-risk youth in every local juvenile justice facility, school and club.

 

Resurrection House

Sarasota, (941) 365-3759

resurrectionhousesarasota.org

Executive director: David Proch

Mission: Dedicated to restoring the dignity, productivity and self-sufficiency of the homeless through food, clothing, showers, counseling, medical services and more.

 

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center

Sarasota, (941) 365-0208

sparcc.net

Executive director: Olivia Thomas

Mission: To stop domestic and sexual violence in the community.

 

Salvation Army

Sarasota, (941) 364-8845

salvationarmysarasota.org

Executive director: Ethan Frizzell

Mission: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need in His name
without discrimination.

 

Sarasota County 4-H Foundation

Sarasota, (941) 861-9814

sc4hf.org

Mission: Provides resources for and promotes the local 4-H youth program.

 

Sarasota Crew

Osprey, (941) 966-9791

sarasotacrew.org

Executive director: Casey Galvanek

Mission: Provides a positive, developmental, character-building and competitive rowing experience for middle- and high-school youth.

 

Sarasota Family YMCA

Sarasota, (941) 951-2916

thesarasotay.org

Executive director: Kurt Stringfellow

Mission: Builds strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

 

Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council

Sarasota, (941) 377-0781

kobernickanchin.org

Executive director: Heidi Brown

Mission: Creates and sustains nonexclusionary communities for seniors, answering their needs for quality housing, financial peace of mind, wellness, safety and spiritual fulfillment.

 

Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center

Sarasota, (941) 330-2273

sarasotapregnancy.com

Executive director: Jennifer Carey

Mission: To educate and empower women and their families to make healthy, life-affirming choices related to their sexuality and child-bearing.

 

Sarasota Military Officers Scholarship Fund

Sarasota, (941) 504-3507

sarasotamoaa.com

Mission: To support community outreach programs of the Military Officers’ Association of Sarasota (MOAS) throughout the greater Sarasota area.

 

Sarasota Scullers Youth Rowing
Program

Osprey, (941) 966-2244

sarasotascullers.org

Mission: To promote physical, mental and social wellness in youth through the sport of competitive rowing.

 

Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy

Bradenton, (941) 322-2000

smartriders.org

Executive director: Gail Clifton Mission: Enriching the lives of people with special needs through therapeutic, horse-related programs.

 

Second Chance Last Opportunity

Sarasota, (941) 360-8660

secondchancelastopportunity.org

Executive director: April Glasco

Mission: To break the cycle of poverty through education and empowerment for the economically and socially disadvantaged.

 

Selah Freedom

Sarasota

selahfreedom.com

Executive director: Elizabeth Fisher

Mission: To confront the issue of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation through advocacy, training and restorative services.

 

Senior Friendship Centers

Sarasota, (941) 955-2122

friendshipcenters.org

Executive director: Robert Carter

Mission: To promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.

 

Seniors for Pets

Bradenton, (941) 473-0778

seniorsforpets.com

Executive director: Carolyn North

Mission: To assist financially needy senior citizens with annual veterinary exams, vaccinations, and flea/tick and heartworm medications for their companion pets.

 

Sertoma Kids

Sarasota, (941) 404-4676

sertomakids.org

Mission: Provides speech and language therapy to children with communication disorders.

 

Share the Blessings Ministry

Port Charlotte, (941) 276-7278

sharetheblessingsministry.org

Executive director: Frances Kowalczyk

Mission: To provide those in need with toiletries/hygiene items, cleaning supplies, food and clothing.

 

Society of St. Vincent De Paul District Council of Charlotte County Florida

Punta Gorda

svdpcharlottefl.org

Mission: 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

swflymca.org

Executive director: Kenneth Modzelewski

Mission: Puts Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit for all.

 

Southeastern Guide Dogs

Palmetto, (941) 729-5665

guidedogs.org

Executive director: Titus Herman

Mission: To create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog.

 

Special Olympics Charlotte County

Port Charlotte, (941) 545-4601

specialolympicscharlotte.org

Executive director: Roxann Read

Mission: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons 8 and older with intellectual disabilities.

 

Special Olympics Sarasota County

Venice, (941) 412-0402

sosarasota.org

Executive director: Maggie Riggall

Mission: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons 8 and older with intellectual disabilities.

 

St. Joseph Food Pantry

Bradenton, (941) 756-3732

stjoepantry.com

Executive director: Richard Smalkoski

Mission: To provide supplementary food in a dignified manner, regardless of religious affiliation.

 

Suncoast Center for Independent Living

Sarasota, (941) 351-9545

scil4u.org

Executive director: Michael Fluker

Mission: Empowering people with disabilities to independence.

 

Tallevast Community Association

Tallevast, (941) 355-2337

tallevastcc.org

Executive director: Eddie Paramore

Mission: To provide a safe haven, caring adults and academic support for vulnerable children and youth ages 5-17.

 

Teen Court of Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 861-8460

flteencourt.net/sarasota

Executive director: Katie Self

Mission: To introduce area youth to activities and services that promote feelings of self-esteem and self-improvement while they develop a healthy attitude toward authority.

 

Thaise Educational and Exposure Tours

Sarasota, (941) 587-5958

thaise.org

Executive director: Teresa Clove

Mission: To empower youth through counseling, case management, mentoring and tutoring.

 

Trinity Without Borders

Sarasota, (941) 350-9250

trinitywithoutborders.org

Mission: Assists the distressed and provides safe havens for homeless women and women with children.

 

Turning Points

Bradenton, (941) 747-1509

tpmanatee.org

Executive director: Adell Erozer

Mission: To provide, coordinate, and facilitate services for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Manatee County.

 

United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida

Sarasota, (941) 251-4956

ucpsarasota.org

Executive director: Norma Israel

Mission: To provide people with disabilities the support and assistance necessary to live valued lives in the community.

 

United Community Centers

Bradenton, (941) 746-7470

uccfl.org

Executive director: Patrick Carnegie

Mission: To set the stage for positive academic, social, cultural and recreational skill-building in hopes that youth retain those skills into adulthood.

 

United States Masters Swimming

Sarasota, (941) 556-6270

usms.org

Executive director: Robert Butcher

Mission: Encouraging adults to swim.

 

United Way 2-1-1 Of Manasota

Sarasota, (941) 308-4357

uw211manasota.net

Executive director: Jessica Ventimiglia

Mission: To improve the health and well-being of our community.

 

United Way Suncoast

Tampa, (941) 366-2686

unitedwaysuncoast.org

Executive director: Diana Baker

Mission: To provide leadership that improves lives and creates lasting community change.

 

Visually Impaired Persons of Charlotte County Florida

Port Charlotte, (941) 625-8501

vipofcc.com

Executive director: Susan Bledsoe

Mission: To help the visually impaired regain control of their life through education and support.

 

We R 4 Kids

Sarasota, (941) 921-3375

we-r-4-kids.org

Executive director: Joyce Raby

Mission: Dedicated to teaching nonviolent communication techniques to young people.

 

Women’s Resource Center of Manatee

Bradenton, (941) 747-6797

wrcmanatee.org

Executive director: Ashley Brown

Mission: Empowering women, changing lives and strengthening the community.

 

Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County

Sarasota, (941) 366-1700

thewomensresourcecenter.org

Executive director: Valerie Goddard

Mission: To create personal, social and professional growth opportunities for women.

 

Youth Development Through Sport

Sarasota, (941) 993-0046

thefirstteesarasotamanatee.org

Executive director: Lexi McKenney

Mission: To impact the lives of young people through golf.

 

Yummy Stuff Club

Sarasota, (941) 350-0080

yummystuffclub.com

Executive director: Susan Morin

Mission: To help children and their families develop habits for healthy eating.

 

 

 

RELIGION

 

Charlotte Harbor Young Life

Punta Gorda, (941) 766-7314

charlotteharbor.younglife.org

Executive director: Thomas Parker

Mission: To introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.

 

Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

Sarasota, (941) 371-4546

thejewishfederation.org

Executive director: Howard Tevlowitz

Mission: To save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee, in Israel and around the world.

 

Young Life of Manatee County

Bradenton, (941) 920-2544

manateecounty.younglife.org

Executive director: David Johnson

Mission: To introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.

 

Young Life Sarasota

Sarasota, (941) 224-7036

sarasota.younglife.org

Executive director: Eric Hoskins

Mission: To introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.

 

Youth for Christ USA

Bradenton, (941) 747-4608

manatee.yfc.net

Executive director: Mike Chaplinsky

Mission: To raise followers of Jesus Christ who lead through devotion, sharing the love of Christ and social involvement.

 

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