Ray Baden’s Surprise #GivingTuesday Visits to Local Nonprofits = $100,000 in Grants

Ray's first visit of the day was to Visible Men Academy

Ray’s first visit of the day was to Visible Men Academy

Ray Baden loves to make the world a better place. On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, known around the country as “Giving Tuesday,” he and staff members of Manatee Community Foundation surprised local nonprofits with grant awards of $10,000 each from the Sara and Ray Baden Fund.

Altogether, $100,000 was distributed to organizations including Turning Points, Visible Men Academy, Just for Girls, Salvation Army of Manatee County, South Florida Museum, Family Partnership Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, and Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee County. Baden also designated $10,000 to the Season of Sharing campaign for Manatee County to prevent homelessness for local families.

“I’ve done the planes, boats and trips,” said Ray Baden. “Giving to people—not stuff—is what makes me feel more fulfilled than anything.”

Ray hopes his giving will inspire others. His appreciation for the hard working staff of local nonprofits is part of his attraction to giving, as well as the positive results he sees for children and families.

$400,000 has now been awarded through the generosity of Sara and Ray Baden and through Manatee Community Foundation.