Manatee Community Foundation’s professional staff are experienced leaders with philanthropic and community knowledge. We are here to meet the needs of donors and charitable organizations.

Susie Bowie
Executive Director | (941) 556-5444
Susie leads Manatee Community Foundation in partnership with the board of directors. In addition to partnering with donors, community leaders, foundation leaders, and nonprofits, Susie identifies opportunities for the Foundation to grow philanthropy in Manatee County. She joined Manatee Community Foundation in April 2016 after 11 years at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.



Jennifer Abbott
Director of Philanthropy | (941) 556-5446
Jennifer works with caring individuals and businesses to create personal and flexible philanthropic funds that support our community and beyond, while fulfilling the charitable wishes and tax advantages for the donors. She joined Manatee Community Foundation in August 2018 after 10 years as a development professional at Forty Carrots Family Center in Sarasota, FL.




Joan McCaw, Grants & Scholarships Manager

Joan McCaw
Grants and Scholarship Manager | (941) 556-5448
Joan joined Manatee Community Foundation in 2008 and manages the grant and scholarship processes including competitive applications, support of committees, due diligence, and grant recommendations by donor advisors.


Madison Larkin
Donor and Event Coordinator
Madison is new to the Manatee Community Foundation team this year, but was born and raised in west Bradenton. She provides invaluable support to our team on donor development, communications and community engagement in the meeting rooms available to local nonprofits and government organizations.