Turn On the Lights for Therapeutic Horseback Riding At SMART

As the light fades in the late afternoon at Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART), the opportunity for children to work with horses for ... continue reading

2019 Spirit of Manatee Honorees Announced

Manatee Community Foundation has announced the winners of the 2019 Spirit of Manatee Awards, each being recognized for leadership in philanthropy in Manatee County. ... continue reading

Peter Kageyama To Visit Bradenton: Why We Love Where We Live

On February 1, Peter Kegeyama, author of “For the Love of Cities” and “Love Where You Live” will visit Bradenton for Manatee Community Foundation’s ... continue reading

Anonymous Donor Gifts $500,000 to Manatee Community Foundation for COVID-19 Community Response

With an initial gift of $500,000 from an anonymous donor, Manatee Community Foundation has established the Manatee County COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support ... continue reading

Celelebrate The Givers Today By Being One

John Weichel Last April–in a different sort of time–Manatee Community Foundation set the date for the Spirit of Manatee Awards Luncheon, an annual celebration ... continue reading

4 Reminders About Being Connected During Social Distancing

Alicia Chalmers, Manager of Donor Engagement As an extreme extrovert I knew it would be hard to social distance.  I thrive on my connections ... continue reading

Emma Bittar To Receive Youth Spirit Award for Philanthropic Contributions to Teen Health

Emma Bittar Every year we celebrate a young person who has made incredible contributions to our community through philanthropy. Emma Bittar will receive the ... continue reading

Henry Blyden To Receive Leadership Spirit Award

Henry Blyden will be recognized with the Leadership Spirit Award at Manatee Community Foundation’s 2020 Spirit of Manatee Awards. Henry’s contagious leadership and passion ... continue reading

Barbara Brownell to Receive Charles Clapsaddle Community Spotlight Award

At the Manatee Community Foundation’s Spirit of Manatee Awards, parenting educator Barbara Brownell will receive the Charles Clapsaddle Community Spotlight Award. Quality parenting education ... continue reading

Spirit of Manatee Will Honor Five Extraordinary Givers

            On March 25, Manatee leaders in the nonprofit, philanthropic and business community will gather to honor five extraordinary ... continue reading

Free Community Presentation: What We Can Continue to Learn from Fred Rogers

The timeless message in Fred Rogers’ beloved Neighborhood series may be more important now than ever. Perhaps you’ve seen the recent movie or watched ... continue reading

Matthew Powers Remembered With Scholarship Fund at Manatee Community Foundation

Lakewood Ranch High school student Matthew Powers was a treasured member of his school, community and Bands of Lakewood Ranch. When he passed away ... continue reading

Joe and Barbara Najmy Honored by Lakewood Ranch Community Fund

Barbara and Joe Najmy Joe and Barbara Najmy received the John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund ... continue reading