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.



unnamedSuzi Atherton, CPA, CFP
Director of Charitable Legacy Planning and Development | (941) 556-5446
Suzi works with individual donors to understand their charitable passions and help them make a difference in through philanthropy using a variety of charitable giving vehicles. She works in partnership with local professional advisors such as estate planning attorneys and financial planners to help connect their clients to the right planned giving opportunities. She served on the board of Manatee Community Foundation before joining the staff team in 2014.


joanJoan 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.