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
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
Executive director: Sharon Thomas
Mission: Advocates for animal protection and welfare.
Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary
Sarasota, (941) 371-6377
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.
Sarasota, (941) 366-2404
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
Executive director: Jim Thomson
Mission: To promote the value of natural and cultural resources through environmental education, recreation, research and management of conservation lands.
Sarasota, (941) 330-1711
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Jennifer James
Mission: Dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of companion parrots.
Friends of Sarasota County Parks
Nokomis, (941) 275-9397
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
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
Executive director: Craig Intelisano
Mission: To create an environmentally proactive community by supplying water awareness programs in schools.
Bradenton, (941) 747-4900
Executive director: Dari Oglesby
Mission: To save the lives of homeless pets.
Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch
Sarasota, (941) 361-1071
Executive director: Lori Bell
Mission: To save and re-home adoptable animals.
Humane Society of Manatee County
Bradenton, (941) 747-8808
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
Executive director: Kristi Dorman
Mission: Provides compassionate care and shelter for abandoned pets; promotes responsible pet ownership.
Keep Manatee Beautiful
Bradenton, (941) 795-8272
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
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
Executive director: Lee Nesler
Mission: Dedicated to the conservation of the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research and education.
Parrish, (941) 981-9121
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
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
Executive director: Thomas Buchter
Mission: To further the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.
Mote Marine Laboratory
Sarasota, (941) 388-4441
Executive director: Michael Crosby
Mission: To advance marine and environmental sciences through scientific research, education and public outreach.
Bradenton, (941) 538-6829
Executive director: Dana Pounds
Mission: To enhance science literacy and foster environmental stewardship.
Palma Sola Botanical Park
Bradenton, (941) 761-2866
Mission: To preserve and foster an appreciation of natural resources in an interactive learning environment.
Peace River Wildlife Center
Punta Gorda, (941) 637-3830
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
Executive director: Chris Kemper
Mission: Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of retired racing greyhounds.
Ruff Life Charities
Bradenton, (843) 301-9696
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
Executive director: Jeanne Dubi
Mission: Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment.
Sarasota Bay Watch
Osprey, (941) 918-2700
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Amy Berke
Mission: To rescue and care for abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens.
Suncoast Humane Society
Englewood, (941) 474-7884
Executive director: Phillip Snyder
Mission: To reduce the number of homeless animals and improve their quality of life.
Sarasota, (941) 822-0300
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
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
Mission: To make the Venice area a more beautiful place to live, work and play.
Venice Cat Coalition
Venice, (941) 525-4568
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
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
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.
Anna Maria, (941) 778-6324
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
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
Mission: To educate the public through the history of Anna Maria Island.
Bradenton, (941) 746-2862
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
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
Executive director: John Fischer
Mission: Presents innovative classical and popular performances by world-class vocal and instrumental musicians.
Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island
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
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
Executive director: Bill Klossner
Mission: To encourage, strengthen, promote and foster cultural and artistic opportunities.
Asolo Repertory Theatre
Sarasota, (941) 351-9010
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
Executive director: Jerry Finn
Mission: To stage exceptional theater productions of fine dramatic literature in the summer.
Sarasota, (941) 400-2152
Executive director: Helene Levin
Mission: To celebrate women’s voices with a high-quality choral repertoire and diverse and creative programming.
Port Charlotte, (941) 204-0033
Executive director: Lee Stein
Mission: To present professional-level choral music of all genres.
Port Charlotte, (941) 255-1022
Executive director: Sherrie Moody
Mission: To provide and promote quality theater arts programs.
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Punta Gorda, (941) 205-5996
Executive director: Regina Buckley
Mission: To enrich lives through great orchestral music.
(The Circus Arts Conservatory)
Sarasota, (941) 355-9335
Executive director: Pedro Reis
Mission: To preserve circus heritage through performances, youth training and education, and to provide humor therapy outreach.
Sarasota, (941) 404-5710
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
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
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
Mission: LGBT chorus celebrating all of humanity and inspiring the community to embrace equality.
Venice, (941) 484-8491
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Amara Nash
Mission: To preserve and share Florida’s maritime heritage.
Friends of the Sarasota County History Center
Sarasota, (941) 388-9896
Mission: To promote and enhance the use of Sarasota County’s heritage.
Fuzion Dance Artists
Sarasota, (941) 345-5755
Mission: To bring contemporary dance to the community through performance, education and collaboration.
Sarasota, (941) 387-6046
Mission: Professional vocal ensemble celebrating choral music through innovative, stimulating performances and educational outreach.
Gulf Coast Community Choir
Sarasota, (941) 379-0232
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Steven High
Mission: To engage visitors with art collections, exhibitions, cultural programs and the Ringling estate.
Sarasota, (941) 921-4845
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
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
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
Executive director: Phaedra Rehorn
Mission: Advocates for historic preservation and cultural tourism; preserves historic buildings and artifacts; maintains the Manatee Village Historical Park.
Bradenton, (941) 749-1111
Executive director: Janene Witham
Mission: To represent, enrich and promote diverse artists and art forms.
Military Heritage Museum
Punta Gorda, (941) 575-9002
Executive director: Kim Lovejoy
Mission: To promote an understanding and respect for the country’s military heritage.
Musica Sacra Cantorum
Sarasota, (941) 405-7322
Executive director: Mary Benfer
Mission: To perform and promote diverse choral music around the region.
North Port Art Center
North Port, (941) 423-6460
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
Mission: Dedicated to performing high-quality choral music.
Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens
Punta Gorda, (941) 639-0888
Mission: To provide a natural setting along the Peace River showcasing sculpture and botanicals.
Perlman Music Program Suncoast
Sarasota, (941) 955-4942
Executive director: Elizabeth Power
Mission: Inspiring the next generation of concert artists, educators and audiences.
Sarasota, (941) 365-2494
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
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
Mission: Preserving the history of the Punta Gorda area through mural art.
Reflections of Manatee
Bradenton, (941) 746-2035
Executive director: Trudy Williams
Mission: To preserve Manatee Mineral Springs and educate about the diverse peoples who used the spring throughout history.
Sarasota, (941) 321-3454
Executive director: Rick Holdsworth
Mission: To promote and present quality handbell music.
Royal Palm Players
Boca Grande, (941) 964-2670
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
Executive director: Dorothea Calvert
Mission: To preserve and enhance the area’s historic places.
Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 364-2199
Executive director: Janet Minker
Mission: To preserve Sarasota School of Architecture structures.
Sarasota Ballet of Florida
Sarasota, (941) 359-0099
Executive director: Mary Anne Servian
Mission: To captivate emotions and strengthen community through the art of dance.
Sarasota Chalk Festival
Sarasota, (941) 954-5800
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Richard Russell
Mission: To produce world-class opera true to the vision of the composer.
Sarasota, (941) 953-4252
Executive director: Joseph McKenna
Mission: Produces high-quality, live musical experiences.
Sarasota Pops Orchestra
Sarasota, (941) 926-7677
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
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
Executive director: Brynne Besio
Mission: To protect, interpret and communicate scientific and cultural knowledge.
Bradenton, (941) 753-7755
Executive director: Charles Miano
Mission: To provide affordable training and support to students while emphasizing craftsmanship and fine art.
Sarasota, (941) 799-7224
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
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
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
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, (941) 237-0478
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
Mission: To promote awareness and understanding of the historic heritage of Florida, Sarasota County and the Venice area.
Venice, (941) 488-1010
Executive director: Doug Kerr
Mission: Provide funding for symphony performances for the public.
Venice, (941) 488-1115
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
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
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.
Sarasota, (941) 894-6469
Executive director: David Beaton
Mission: FM radio station featuring locally produced programming and events.
21st Century Swimming Lessons
Sarasota, (941) 921-6420
Executive director: Melon Dash
Mission: To teach adults who are afraid of the water how to swim.
Blue Alert Foundation
Venice, (855) 456-2210
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
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
Executive director: Roxie Jerde Mission: Partnering to make charitable giving work in the community.
Denise Amber Lee Foundation
Englewood, (941) 830-2035
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
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
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
Executive director: Gene Jones
Mission: Assisting veterans, military members and their families.
Greater Newtown Community Redevelopment Corporation
Sarasota, (941) 358-7860
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
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
Executive director: Thomas Esselman
Mission: To connect innovators with older adults to improve lives.
Junior League of Manatee County
Bradenton, (941) 748-0101
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
Mission: Women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities.
Sarasota, (941) 727-6877
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
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
Mission: To secure the future of the community’s libraries as an indispensable resource.
Mothers Helping Mothers
Sarasota, (941) 953-7572
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
Executive director: Arlene Sweeting
Mission: To nurture cooperation, nonviolence, respect for human rights and cultural diversity, democracy and
Reach Out Recovery
Sarasota, (941) 366-0870
Executive director: Leslie Glass
Mission: To educate teens, families and teachers about teen substance abuse prevention through curriculum, television specials and team building.
Bradenton, (941) 350-8563
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Ryan McBride
Mission: Seeks justice for the poor, working-class and mixed-income individuals and families in Sarasota County.
Sarasota, (941) 365-8751
Executive director: John McCarthy
Mission: Connects and inspires citizens to create a better community.
Shelter Box USA
Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-6036
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
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
Executive director: Leslie Loveless
Mission: To prevent and end homelessness.
Team Punta Gorda
Punta Gorda, (941) 637-8326
Executive director: Nancy Johnson
Mission: To help make greater Punta Gorda a better place to live, work and play.
Sarasota, (877) 598-4466
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
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
Executive director: Mindi Rohan
Mission: To connect volunteers with opportunities to serve the community.
Woman’s Exchange of Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 955-7859
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
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
Executive director: Tamara Spyker
Mission: To improve the lives of residents through awareness and education, thereby decreasing crime and increasing their safety.
Sarasota, (941) 388-8020
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
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Steve Christie
Mission: Provides a quality education centered in Gospel values.
Charlotte Local Education Foundation
Port Charlotte, (941) 255-7500
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
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
Executive director: Donna King
Mission: To support Duette Elementary School.
Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County
Palmetto, (941) 757-2900
Executive director: Paul Sharff
Mission: To provide, coordinate and continue to improve the services of school readiness programs.
Bradenton, (941) 779-7396
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
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
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
Executive director: Gregg Kanagy
Mission: To provide assistance to emotionally troubled adolescent males through a wilderness camping experience.
University Park, (941) 358-1705
Executive director: Stanley Muessle
Mission: To introduce computer literacy in secondary schools in Tanzania’s poorest areas.
Incarnation Catholic School
Sarasota, (941) 924-8588
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
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
Mission: Provides reading aids for impaired individuals.
Lifelong Learning Academy
Sarasota, (941) 359-4296
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
Executive director: Hasan Hammami
Mission: Offers affordable, noncredit learning opportunities to adults and organizations.
Links To Success
Arcadia, (863) 990-0527
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
Executive director: Kimberly Kollig
Mission: To empower Manatee County residents to independence through literacy.
Literacy Council of Sarasota
Sarasota, (941) 955-0421
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
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
Executive director: Richard Albertson
Mission: To strengthen marriages and families.
Manatee Education Foundation
Bradenton, (941) 251-4937
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
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
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
Executive director: Shannon Duvall
Mission: To support the priorities of Florida’s designated honors college.
New Gate School
Sarasota, (941) 922-4949
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
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
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
Executive director: Debbie Cowles
Mission: To provide learning experiences for adults led by highly qualified faculty.
Pine View Association
Osprey, (941) 486-2001
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
Executive director: Luz Corcuera
Mission: Providing accessible, adult English language and literacy instruction.
Redlands Christian Migrant Association
Immokalee, (239) 658-3560
Executive director: Barbara Mainster
Mission: Opens doors to opportunities through quality child care and education.
Ringling College Library Association
Sarasota, (941) 925-1343
Mission: To develop Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library and educate students, faculty and community.
Ringling College of Art and Design
Sarasota, (941) 309-4733
Executive director: Larry Thompson
Mission: To educate creative critical thinkers through art and design.
Riverview High School Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 376-7877
Mission: To provide funds for the enhancement of education at Riverview High School.
Saint Martha School
Sarasota, (941) 953-4181
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Jeffrey Shank
Mission: To develop academic abilities through broad educational experiences while deepening Christian faith.
Sarasota Military Academy
Sarasota, (941) 926-1700
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
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
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
Mission: To enhance the academic experience for students with learning disabilities.
St. Joseph School
Bradenton, (941) 755-2611
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
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
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
Mission: To create a better future for at-risk youth by providing inspiration, education and opportunities in the technology industry.
Sarasota, (941) 365-1050
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
Executive director: Greg Truitt
Mission: Inspiring academic success and leadership through mentoring.
USF-University of South Florida Foundation
Tampa, (813) 974-3423
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
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
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
Executive director: Neil Phillips Mission: To provide boys from low-income communities with outstanding academic, character and social education.
All Children’s Hospital
St Petersburg, (727) 767-3879
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Executive director: John Minge Mission: To provide quality care with compassion, respect and dignity.
Community Aids Network (CAN)
Sarasota, (941) 366-0461
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
Executive director: Dave Upton
Mission: To provide professional Christian counseling services to all in need.
Ear Research Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 365-0367
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
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
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
Executive director: David Beesley
Mission: Prevents and treats alcohol and drug addictions and associated disorders.
Fred Lang Foundation
Punta Gorda, (941) 639-8300
Mission: To provide effective behavioral health and addiction treatment.
Genesis Health Services
Sarasota, (941) 363-1852
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
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
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Julie Wills Mission: Dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.
Food Addiction Institute
Sarasota, (941) 747-1972
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
Executive director: Mary Ruiz Mission: Specializes in mental health and addictions to make health and wellness possible for every family.
Bradenton, (941) 745-2662
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Joanne Lighter
Mission: To prevent blindness and preserve sight.
Neuro Challenge Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 926-6413
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Tony McEachern
Mission: Pairs cancer survivors with a cancer fighter so they all get the support they need.
Sarasota, (941) 552-7525
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
Executive director: Thomas Glaza
Mission: To improve the community by teaching clients skills for leading a healthier, happier and more productive life.
Sarasota, (941) 355-0847
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
Executive director: Jill Gass Mission: To facilitate free medical care to low-income and uninsured residents of Manatee County.
Tallahassee, (850) 224-4493
Executive director: Susanne Homant
Mission: To be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment.
Venice, (941) 488-0990
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
Executive director: Sandra Frank
Mission: To feed the hungry and educate the community about hunger and nutrition.
ALSO Out Youth
Sarasota, (941) 951-2576
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
Executive director: Megarie van Sickel
Mission: Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing volunteers and donors.
Punta Gorda, (941) 575-5790
Executive director: John Davidson
Mission: To provide stability and future preparation for difficult-to-place teenage boys in the Florida foster care system.
Palmetto, (941) 722-0764
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
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
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Shirley Fenton
Mission: To affirm the sanctity of human life by ministering to those whose lives are touched by crisis pregnancy.
Sarasota, (941) 799-1680
Executive director: Greg Simony
Mission: To help those with physical disabilities.
Career Source Suncoast
Bradenton, (941) 358-4080
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
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Gregory Bobonich
Mission: To enhance the quality of life in Charlotte County.
Charlotte County Family YMCA, Inc.
Port Charlotte, (941) 629-0909
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
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
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
Executive director: Angela Hogan
Mission: To alleviate and prevent hunger and homelessness.
Charlotte HIV-AIDS People Support
Port Charlotte, (941) 625-2552
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
Executive director: Douglas Staley
Mission: The prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse.
Sarasota, (941) 953-3877
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Sarasota, (941) 953-2277
Executive director: Judy Alexander
Mission: To help Sarasota’s neediest children grow into healthy, happy adults.
Thonotosassa, (813) 982-9226
Executive director: Richard Stroud
Mission: To provide high-quality care for sibling groups through a live-in caregiver model.
Ellenton, (813) 240-3044
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
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Wendy Fitton
Mission: Helping kids get back into a home.
Pinellas Park, (727) 521-5200
Executive director: Lisa Davis
Mission: Providing prevention, support and counseling services to children, teens and families.
Feeding Empty Little Tummies
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
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
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
Executive director: Todd Underhill
Mission: To promote and create a sustainable local food and agriculture economy.
Florida Winefest and Auction
Sarasota, (941) 952-1109
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
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
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
Executive director: Susan Stewart
Mission: Builds girls of courage, confidence, and character.
Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 366-6646
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
Executive director: Jay Berman
Mission: To enhance the social services delivery system for underserved individuals and families.
Goodwill Industries Manasota
Sarasota, (941) 355-2721
Executive director: Robert Rosinsky
Mission: Changes lives through the power of work.
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida
Fort Myers, (239) 995-2106
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
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
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
Executive director: Renee Snyder
Mission: To provide decent, affordable housing for people in need.
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County
Venice, (941) 493-6606
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
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
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
Executive director: Frederick Leonard
Mission: Dedicated to enhancing maternal and infant health care.
Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 373-7070
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
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Susan Cappiello
Mission: To strengthen families and increase community safety by treating abusive juvenile behavior and changing the lives of troubled youth.
Nokomis, (941) 412-9333
Executive director: Donna Blem
Mission: Partnering with horses, challenges individuals with special needs to meet their fullest potential.
Sarasota, (941) 953-9585
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
Executive director: Leslie Martin
Mission: To meet the basic needs of our homeless
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of
Sarasota, (941) 366-2224
Executive director: Rose Chapman
Mission: Provides comprehensive counseling and social services to those confronting challenges.
Jim Russo Prison Ministries
Bradenton, (941) 746-3717
Mission: To provide transitional housing for ex-offenders to return to society as committed Christians and productive citizens.
Joining Our Youth
Mission: Improving the quality of life for youth aging out of foster care (18-23 years old).
Just for Girls
Bradenton, (941) 747-5757
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
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
Executive director: Chip Willis
Mission: To advance the individual growth and independence of adults and children with vision loss.
Venice, (941) 493-0016
Executive director: Carl Penxa
Mission: Helping adults with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest.
Lutheran Services Florida
Tampa, (813) 875-1408
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
Executive director: Rebecca Blitz
Mission: Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-0499
Mission: To provide families with a neutral and supportive forum, and to promote understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.
Bradenton, (941) 748-0094
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
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
Executive director: Barbara Patten
Mission: Helping people through education, partnerships and delivery of quality services.
Manatee County Habitat for Humanity
Bradenton, (941) 748-9100
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
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Terence McGannon
Mission: Delivers nutritious meals to people in need.
Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee
Bradenton, (941) 747-4655
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
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
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
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
Mission: To assist in the development of youth by encouraging motivation, pride and the desire to succeed.
New Paradigm Foundation
Englewood, (941) 681-2194
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
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
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Sarah Checcone
Mission: Supports new mothers transitioning from pregnancy to parenthood.
Prader-Willi Syndrome Association
Sarasota, (800) 926-4797
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
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
Executive director: Barbara Richards
Mission: To reintegrate former offenders into community life.
Project Return To Work
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
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.
Bradenton, (941) 548-7693
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.
Sarasota, (941) 365-3759
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
Executive director: Olivia Thomas
Mission: To stop domestic and sexual violence in the community.
Sarasota, (941) 364-8845
Executive director: Ethan Frizzell
Mission: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need in His name
Sarasota County 4-H Foundation
Sarasota, (941) 861-9814
Mission: Provides resources for and promotes the local 4-H youth program.
Osprey, (941) 966-9791
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
Executive director: Kurt Stringfellow
Mission: Builds strong kids, strong families and strong communities.
Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council
Sarasota, (941) 377-0781
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
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
Mission: To support community outreach programs of the Military Officers’ Association of Sarasota (MOAS) throughout the greater Sarasota area.
Sarasota Scullers Youth Rowing
Osprey, (941) 966-2244
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
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
Executive director: April Glasco
Mission: To break the cycle of poverty through education and empowerment for the economically and socially disadvantaged.
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
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
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.
Sarasota, (941) 404-4676
Mission: Provides speech and language therapy to children with communication disorders.
Share the Blessings Ministry
Port Charlotte, (941) 276-7278
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Michael Fluker
Mission: Empowering people with disabilities to independence.
Tallevast Community Association
Tallevast, (941) 355-2337
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
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
Executive director: Teresa Clove
Mission: To empower youth through counseling, case management, mentoring and tutoring.
Trinity Without Borders
Sarasota, (941) 350-9250
Mission: Assists the distressed and provides safe havens for homeless women and women with children.
Bradenton, (941) 747-1509
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
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
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
Executive director: Robert Butcher
Mission: Encouraging adults to swim.
United Way 2-1-1 Of Manasota
Sarasota, (941) 308-4357
Executive director: Jessica Ventimiglia
Mission: To improve the health and well-being of our community.
United Way Suncoast
Tampa, (941) 366-2686
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
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
Executive director: Joyce Raby
Mission: Dedicated to teaching nonviolent communication techniques to young people.
Women’s Resource Center of Manatee
Bradenton, (941) 747-6797
Executive director: Ashley Brown
Mission: Empowering women, changing lives and strengthening the community.
Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County
Sarasota, (941) 366-1700
Executive director: Valerie Goddard
Mission: To create personal, social and professional growth opportunities for women.
Youth Development Through Sport
Sarasota, (941) 993-0046
Executive director: Lexi McKenney
Mission: To impact the lives of young people through golf.
Yummy Stuff Club
Sarasota, (941) 350-0080
Executive director: Susan Morin
Mission: To help children and their families develop habits for healthy eating.
Charlotte Harbor Young Life
Punta Gorda, (941) 766-7314
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
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
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
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
Executive director: Mike Chaplinsky
Mission: To raise followers of Jesus Christ who lead through devotion, sharing the love of Christ and social involvement.