The Plantation Community Foundation is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of South Sarasota County residents by supporting organizations involved in social services, health care, educational, environmental and cultural activities.
Since inception, the formula of caring and sharing - "Making a Difference" - and having fun doing it, is still going strong. In fact, as of 2018, the Foundation achieved the milestone of $2.9 million in aggregate giving thanks to our generous members and friends!
Brenda Eckard, our Membership Chair, has an invitation for you to join us and become a member of the Plantation Community Foundation.
We are privileged to live in this community. As such, we are obliged to do our part to make our community better for everyone by giving something back … to “Make a Difference”.
The Foundation by-laws specify that grants may be approved for community and civic activities; cultural activities and events; educational and scientific activities; environmental activities; recreational, fitness and athletic activities; social and health services; youth and elder programs.
The money we raise builds our Grant Award Fund which is responsibly distributed to qualified, local organizations who have applied for a grant. A 12-member Grant Committee meets from January through March to thoroughly review and recommend awards. This rigorous process insures that every dollar you invest in the Foundation is well spent to improve the quality of life here in a variety of ways.
Sponsored by the Plantation Community Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. 100% of all contributions are retained by The Plantation Community Foundation, Florida Registration #SC-01039.
A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800) 435-7352 within the State. Registration does not imply endorsements, approval, or recommendation by the State.
The 2018 Impact Grant was awarded to Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County. President Bob Hayden and the Impact Grant Committee presented the grant check to Joe Pokorney, LVSSC President, and Claudia Daniels, grant writer and Board Member.
The award of $19,271, will be used to fund a Study-Lab Program located in the Family Services Center, North Port, FL. This location brings together a variety of social service agencies that provide assistance to those who need it.
A dedicated study-lab will provide a safe and welcoming space for students to meet with tutors, utilize computer equipment, and attend classes. The number of students has increased 73% from 2010 to 2017. LVSSC has helped 343 students from 48 different countries in 2016/2017.
The 2017 Impact Grant awarded to Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County is presented to Aimee Holmes, Chief Develpment Officer.
The Foundation has generously partnered with Habitat to lauch a new home revitalization program, A Brush with Kindness. The award of $16,000, along with paint donated by Sherwin Williams, will be used to paint one home per month for a qualified homeowner. This is a one-year program that will benefit income-qualified homewoners in need. It is Habitat's intent to help South Sarasota's most vulnerable population revitalize their homes with pride and dignity.
The Englewood Community Care Clinic, Inc. dedicated the beginning of its compact new laboratory to the Plantation Community Foundation. Members of the Foundation's Impact Grant Committee, Foundation Board Members, Clinic volunteers and the Executive Director attended a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Clinic plans to add equipment to its lab with the remaining $12,000 in funds from the grant.