MCF Concept Created

In 1993 Dorothy S. (Dot) Ridings, a former Publisher of The Bradenton Herald, proposed the concept of Manatee Community Foundation in connection with a potential grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Without adequate time to incorporate...

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MCF gets incorporated

In June of 1998, the Manatee Community Foundation was incorporated and classified as a supporting organization of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, capitalizing on its administrative and investment services. As part of an initiative to start, support and grow...

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Lakewood Ranch Community Fund

In 2000, the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund was developed to serve the people and interests of the Lakewood Ranch community and to allow donor-allocated funds to stay in our region, serving a variety of charitable interests. The Fund is set...

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Knight Foundation Issues $300K Challenge Grant to Raise $1 Million MCF Endowment

In 2003, as part of an initiative to start, support and grow community foundations in its 26 newspaper communities, the Knight Foundation challenged the new Manatee Community Foundation’s Board of Directors to raise the first $ 1 million of endowment...

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Spirit of Manatee

Manatee Community Foundation begins a signature event, Spirit of Manatee, to honor the philanthropists and volunteer leaders who have made a significant difference in Manatee County.

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MCF 10th Anniversary

In 2008 the Manatee Community Foundation celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Key to the anniversary year was the successful completion of the $1 million dollar “Moving Home, Moving Forward” Capital Campaign. A new and permanent office location for MCF was purchased...

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Today Manatee Community Foundation has assets of $37 million

Today Manatee Community Foundation has assets of $37 million and has awarded more than $18 million in grants and scholarships. In February 2016, we moved into our new building located at 2820 Manatee Avenue West. Approximately 5,000 square feet in...

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