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SPIRIT OF GIVING CHAMPIONS SHARE THEIR STORIES Philanthropically-minded companies and individuals engage with an incredibly vibrant and diverse ecosystem of nonprofit organizations powering good in Sarasota and Manatee.

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THIS TIME OF YEAR, WE ARE REMINDED OF THE JOY THE HOLIDAYS CAN BRING, but for families facing financial challenges, the holidays can be a painful reminder of hunger. Each year our caring community comes together to help ease the strain on local families through our ThankFULL campaign which turns empty plates into thankFULL hearts, not only during the holidays but throughout the year. Programs that serve our community include the Mobile Farm Market, which provides fresh produce, Mobile Pantries, which delivers groceries to areas of highest need, the Backpack Program, ensuring students have food over weekends and holidays, School Pantries, the Campaign Against Summer Hunger, raising food and funds to feed children throughout the summer, and Nutrition Education, which teaches people how to shop for and prepare healthy, low cost meals. Last year, All Faiths Food Bank distributed 10.5 million pounds of food equating to 8.75 million meals through 203 programs and partners. We could not fulfill our mission without you. You can turn an empty plate into a thankFULL heart this holiday season. 8171 BLAIKIE COURT, SARASOTA FL 34240 | 941-379-6333 | ALLFAITHSFOODBANK.ORG

ogether with our partners, we provide healthy solutions to end hunger in our community. All Faiths Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization in Sarasota and DeSoto counties and serves more than 82,000 neighbors in need. A member of Feeding America and Feeding Florida, we provide millions of meals each year through robust programs and partnerships in the community. In addition to food distribution, All Faiths operates a roster of innovative direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger but strive to end hunger by helping families and individuals gain longterm food security, better health outcomes and self-sufficiency. Our number one priority has always been to serve the most needy and vulnerable, including children, seniors, veterans, and those in crisis.

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WHEN IT COMES TO COMMUNITY SUPPORT, Cravats’ has always based its philosophy of philanthropy on owner Henry “Hank” Battie’s early biblical training of giving, which taught “It’s always best to give than to receive”. With a steadfast belief in that philosophy, over its near thirty year history, Cravats’ has supported a myriad of charitable organizations through a myriad of ways. From gift certificates that range from various dollar amounts to custom designed shirts, clothing and accessories. Additionally Battie has lent his time and talents to many charitable organizations as a board member. They include the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the local branch of the NAACP, Helen R. Payne Day Nursery, Children First Childcare Agency and currently serves on the boards of The Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota county, the Downtown Sarasota Alliance (DSA) and Light of the World International church where he is a member. He has also served many organizations in the role of Master of Ceremony for their fundraisers or other events. A longtime advocate for youth, he has coached Little League baseball, has served on the advisory committee of the YMCA’s Achievers program for over twenty years, served as a “Big” with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the sun coast for the past 12 years and also teaches Sunday school at his church. In 2012, he established a scholarship fund with a $10,000. seed in his late wife’s name (A. Jean Battie). The fund awards scholarships for deserving minority students in Sarasota and Manatee counties. It is managed by the Community Foundation of Sarasota county and under the banner of Light of the World International church. Since its inception, the fund has awarded more than $30,000 in scholarship awards.

“THAT TODAY A SAVIOR, WHO IS CHRIST THE LORD, WAS BORN FOR YOU IN THE CITY OF DAVID.” LUKE 2:11

CRAVATS’ ravats’ has long been considered the premier custom clothier of Florida’s west coast. We specialize in the finest custom clothing for men and women found anywhere. An exquisite and exclusive selection of men’s haberdashery is also offered. Festive tuxedos, dinner jackets, and even full tails are the Alpha. Jazzy, custom-designed formal shirts, vests, and cummerbund sets are the continuum. And fine, exquisite jewelry, silk hosiery and shoes are the Omega. For the business or dress wardrobe you require, expect a higher standard… where the extraordinary is commonplace. Select from thousands of fabrics from such world renown mills as Loro Piana, Scabal, Holland and Sherry, Guabello, Schofield & Smith and Smith Woolens. We offer designer fabrics from Ermenegildo Zegna, Dolce & Gabbana, Nino Ceruti, Gianni Versace, Gianfranco Ferre, and others. Hours are available by appointment.

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1530 DOLPHIN STREET, STUDIO 5 SARASOTA, FLORIDA 34236 941-366-7780 CRAVATSCLOTHIERS.COM

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EAR RESEARCH FOUNDATION ou can help elevate hearing and balance health for all. The Ear Research Foundation exists through the generosity of individuals, foundations, and businesses. Donations assist in the work of the Foundation to allow expansion of its education, outreach, and community care programs. The Ear Research Foundation mission is dedicated to the Research, Education, and Community Care relating to hearing and balance health.

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EAR RESEARCH FOUNDATION MELISSA LANE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 1901 FLOYD STREET, SARASOTA, FL 34239 941-365-0367 | EARRF.ORG

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IN 1979, THE EAR RESEARCH FOUNDATION was established in Sarasota, Florida by President and Founder, Dr. Herbert Silverstein. The Foundation was created out of his desire to contribute to hearing and balance related research, education, and community care.

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THE EAR RESEARCH FOUNDATION’S PROGRAMS FOCUS ON . . . RESEARCH Under the advocacy of the Foundation, research continues advancements in microsurgery of the ear, testing of new treatments for hearing and balance disorders, and understanding of otologic disease processes. In addition to publications and lectures resulting from research initiatives, the Foundation maintains a complete microsurgical laboratory, an audiovisual educational conference room, and a scientific library for ear physicians and surgeons. EDUCATION Annual professional symposia, conferences and informative community lectures are offered covering common and unusual ear conditions. The Foundation also produces a variety of free brochures, website and online content, as well as other informational media. Over 44 physicians have been trained in a one-year, post-residency, fellowship training program. Many of the graduates are in academic medicine and leaders in the field of Otology and Neurotology. COMMUNITY CARE The Ear Research Foundation helps children, adults, and seniors through the Help Us Hear program and free community clinic to provide financially eligible candidates with hearing aids, simple treatments, surgical reconstructions, or implants. Free hearing screenings are provided at pre-schools, health fairs, civic, and other non-profit organizations across Sarasota and Manatee County.

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TWENTY-FIVE YEARS, BETTER TOGETHER. That is the simplest way to sum up the relationship of Gulf Coast Community Foundation with our donors and our community partners. Since our foundation was created in 1995, Gulf Coast has worked to transform this region through bold and proactive philanthropy. We do it by identifying emerging challenges and new opportunities that face the communities we serve, and then rallying the resources to address them. Gulf Coast works in all areas of our shared community life—health and human services, civic and economic development, education, arts and culture, and the environment. We strive to provide the leadership to take on issues that are seemingly intractable and to dream new possibilities not yet imagined. But we know that anything we achieve at Gulf Coast is accomplished only through the generosity of our donors and the hard work of strong nonprofit partners. “Together” isn’t just a word in our mission; it’s how we get things done. You can think of Gulf Coast Community Foundation as common ground where caring citizens come together to create uncommon answers to a fundamental question: “What’s next?” That’s the foundation of community.

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or 25 years, together with our donors, Gulf Coast Community Foundation has transformed our region through bold and proactive philanthropy. Gulf Coast was created in 1995 through the sale of the Venice Hospital. Since then, we have become the philanthropic home of nearly 1,000 families, individuals, organizations, and businesses that have established charitable funds here, and together we have invested more than $340 million in grants and initiatives in the areas of health and human services, civic and economic development, education, arts and culture, and the environment.

MAIN OFFICE 601 TAMIAMI TRAIL S., VENICE, FL 34285 | PHILANTHROPY CENTER 1931 S. OSPREY AVENUE, SARASOTA, FL 34239 941-486-4600 | GULFCOASTCF.ORG IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING CREATIVE MARKETING SECTION :: SRQ MAGAZINE DEC 2019


umane Society of Manatee County is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit animal welfare organization that was originally formed in 1971, and today is regarded as the lead animal welfare agency in Manatee County. The Humane Society of Manatee County operates a shelter, the Second Chance Adoption Center located at 2515 14th Street W. and a veterinary clinic / high volume spay and neuter clinic at 2415 14th Street W. in Bradenton. Each year the Second Chance Adoption Center re-homes more than 1000 dogs and cats through the adoption program. Many of the animals that enter the Second Chance Adoption Program are medically challenged or have behavioral issues. Each animal receives the highest quality medical care and behavioral training to complete the rehabilitation process to become adoptable. In September of 2015, Humane Society of Manatee County opened a 10,000 sq. foot state of the art veterinary clinic that includes a high volume spay and neuter clinic, wellness services, x-ray, dentals and vaccines. The veterinary clinic provides high quality, low-to-moderate cost veterinary care for cats and dogs in Manatee County and neighboring counties.

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PHILANTHROPY ABOUNDS IN MANATEE COUNTY and Sarasota County year after year as donors, supporters and the business community continue to support hundreds of area non-profits. This support has not only allowed the Humane Society of Manatee County to continue our life saving mission based work on behalf of the animals, but has allowed for an expansion of our veterinary clinic services. In addition to re-homing more than 1000 cats and dogs each year through our Second Chance Adoption Program, Humane Society of Manatee County’s Pet Retention Program works to keep animal companions and their human families together. Pet retention programs include a cat and dog food pantry, behavioral training assistance and low-to-moderate cost veterinary services. Our communities have a large financially challenged population who own animals and these individuals and families struggle to provide veterinary care for their animals. Humane Society of Manatee County continues to provide much needed low-to-moderate cost veterinary services and low cost / no cost spay and neuter surgeries, microchips and vaccines. Two great programs that need your support are the Angel Fund, which provides funding to help financially challenged owners get their animals the veterinary care they deserve and need for emergency cases. A new fund, the Animal Cruelty Victims Fund, has been established to fund care needed for animals who have suffered from neglect or cruelty and are being cared for by our medical team. Online donations can be made by going to www.humanemanatee. org and donations can also be mailed to 2515 14th Street W. Bradenton, Florida 34205. Humane Society of Manatee County’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the fourth consecutive year. Humane Society of Manatee County was chosen as the 2018 Small Business of the Year non-profit by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce in October 2018 and most recently the Better Business Council (BBC) granted membership to the Humane Society of Manatee County.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF MANATEE COUNTY 2515 14TH ST. W, BRADENTON FL 34205 | 941-747-8808 HUMANEMANATEE.ORG

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MISSION To provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility, while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.

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STORY OF GIVING MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS WELCOMES MORE THAN 6,000 CHILDREN ANNUALLY through our education programming. Our outreach focuses on students and families from underserved communities with a goal of providing experiential opportunities to the natural world through fun, hands-on activities and a connection to Selby Gardens’ mission. In 2017, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Selby Gardens launched the Family Togetherness program to provide complimentary access for vulnerable youth and their parents and guardians from Title I schools to enjoy special events including Selby Spooktacular, Lights in Bloom and Dali Family Saturdays. Family Togetherness is also supported by Tervis, Marcy and Michael Klein, and Flora Major for the Kutya Major Foundation. This year, Selby Gardens launched the My Garden membership program. Funded by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, My Garden provides underserved youth and their families in Sarasota and Manatee Counties with free annual memberships. The youth each receive a yearlong family membership to Selby Gardens, allowing their entire household to visit the Gardens 364 days a year, free of charge. Providing the opportunity for individuals in our community who might not otherwise come to Selby Gardens, is exactly what Marie Selby would have wanted. To start, Selby Gardens partnered with eight local youth organizations who distributed 250 complimentary Selby Gardens’ family memberships. These organizations include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Child Protection Center, Girls Inc., Easterseals of Southwest Florida, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Robert L. Taylor Community Center, Unidos Now, and Visible Men Academy. We love seeing so many families enjoy all that Selby Gardens has to offer and look forward to expanding both of these programs in the coming years.

900 S. PALM AVENUE, SARASOTA, FL 34236 | 941-366-5731 | SELBY.ORG

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MELISSA MARQUEZ, MARINE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION. You may recognize Melissa Marquez from her 2018 appearance on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, during which a 10-foot American crocodile bit and dragged her along the sea floor while filming off the coast of Cuba. The marine biologist graduated from New College in 2015 with a degree in marine ecology and conservation. Melissa worked with faculty to combine biology, ecology, conservation, and education into the custom area of concentration that gave her a fin up over the competition as she set out to become a shark researcher. During her time at New College, Melissa traveled to the Bahamas to conduct research at the Bimini Sharklab and to South Africa to study great whites. She received a full scholarship to Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, where she earned a master’s degree in marine biology. Melissa founded The Fins United Initiative to educate the public about sharks and other marine life. She delivered a popular TEDx talk about sharks and the female scientists who study them, and she is a contributor to Forbes Science. Melissa braved another appearance on Shark Week in 2019.

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RILLIANT FUTURES BEGIN HERE. New College of Florida is a community of fearless learners who have the freedom to chart their own course. The college’s forward-thinking approach to education builds experiential learning into the curriculum and gives students access to extensive research opportunities. Thanks to a highly personalized education, our students enter the workforce with a strong foundation of skills and experience upon which to build their careers. For nearly 60 years, New College alumni have been making a big impact on the world and their communities. The richness and diversity of their careers affirm the tangible value of a liberal arts degree from New College of Florida. Your contribution to the New College Foundation can help us continue to educate intellectually curious minds for lives of great achievement. To make a gift, visit ncf.edu/inspire. 5800 BAY SHORE ROAD, SARASOTA, FL 34243 | 941-487-4800 NCF.EDU/INSPIRE

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SARASOTA MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION (SMHF) is the only foundation in our region that focuses on securing philanthropic support for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. For over 40 years, the Healthcare Foundation has provided grants to enhance patient care, facilities, technology, ongoing clinical education, and medical research. Today, the Healthcare Foundation is stronger than ever. We continue to work together with SMH to ensure a healthy future for our community and to help maintain its ranking as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals: • • • •

Named Newsweek Magazine as one of the World’s Best Hospitals 2019 Highest 5-Star rating from Medicare for quality and safety, 2019 “A” Grade for Patient Safety, Leapfrog Group, 2019 Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the the most prestigious distinction for nursing excellence and high-quality patient

1515 S. OSPREY AVE STE. B-4, SARASOTA, FL 34239 941-917-1286 | SMHF.ORG

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arasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation is the philanthropic partner that helps Sarasota Memorial Health Care System bring worldclass care to our community. Our primary areas of focus are:

• PATIENT CARE Fund patient care initiatives such as breast health visits for uninsured patients and car seats for indigent newborns • EDUCATION Provide grants to SMH staff for continuing education, such as lactation management certification and chemotherapy courses • TECHNOLOGY Purchase state-of-the-art equipment such as the Level 1 Rapid Infuser for Emergency & Trauma Services and ultrasound machines for Critical Care • RESEARCH Support research programs such as RENEW, an employee wellness project, and tissue bank funding for cancer research • FACILITIES Provide funds to upgrade and renovate treatment areas such as the Cardiac Cath Lab and pediatric recovery rooms

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STORY OF GIVING USUALLY FATAL, Hannah survived hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) thanks to the gift of almost 300 platelets while waiting for a bone marrow transplant. Now 17 and a student at Booker High School, Hannah is healthy and paying it forward by being a donor herself. When you donate platelets, you don’t just save a life, you save a family. AS A TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION, YOU WILL RECEIVE A $20 AMAZON GIFT CARD EACH TIME YOU DONATE PLATELETS.

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unCoast Blood Bank provides a reliable supply of quality blood products and services to hospitals and health centers in this community. Its purpose is to collect, test, process, match, store and distribute all the blood products required to serve patients in need. The complexity of its work is exemplified by its participation in research, cancer treatment and our innovative approach to the science of blood utilization, making it a leader in the industry.

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1760 MOUND STREET, SARASOTA, FL 34236 941-866-97-BLOOD | SCBB.ORG

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SUPPORTERS OF THE BISHOP MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND NATURE are dedicated to understanding the world around us, exploring Florida’s natural history and helping manatees in need. Your gift to The Bishop affects more than 75,000 people every year, who visit from Manatee and Sarasota counties, all 50 states and more than 25 countries. Your gift also impacts more than 10,000 schoolchildren in eight local counties, who rely on us as an educational and cultural resource. The Museum continues to grow to meet the needs of the community and the region. After opening the Mosaic Backyard Universe in October – a permanent, indoor play and learning exhibition geared toward children 2 to 8 years-old – we are focusing on outdoor exhibition spaces and other improvements to ensure we continue to enhance our community’s way of life. Thanks to a matching grant pledged by an anonymous donor, every $1 donated to the Connect Capital Campaign up to $1 million will be matched with $2. That means your Capital Campaign gift will be matched to have triple the impact! For more information about making a gift, please contact Development Director Ashley Berridge at ABerridge@BishopScience.org or (941) 216-3457.

s the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature offers engaging exhibitions as well as educational programs that interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world, and our universe. Our permanent exhibitions include the Mosaic Backyard Universe, which encourages young children and their families to explore and learn together; our alldigital Planetarium, which offers both live shows and theater presentations; the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, where we help manatees recover from injury, illness or being orphaned so they can be released back to the wild; and the treasures in our natural history Museum. In addition to permanent exhibits, The Bishop features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions --offering something new to discover with each visit!

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201 10TH STREET WEST BRADENTON, FL 34205 941-746-4131 BISHOPSCIENCE.ORG

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he Circus Arts Conservatory’s mission is to engage and educate students using unique and innovative learning programs; to measurably improve the quality of life for individuals in care facilities; and to advance the extraordinary legacy and heritage of the circus. The mission underscores The CAC’s commitment to sharing the entertainment, education and enrichment that Circus Arts provide. Spending nearly 80% of revenues to support its year-round community outreach programs, The CAC is a generous community partner, donating in excess of 5,000 tickets to local non-profits annually.

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THE CIRCUS ARTS CONSERVATORY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization recognized for both performances and community outreach. Committed to raising the perception of the circus as the valuable art form it represents, The CAC is much more than a circus. We operate producing performances, events, youth training, and community outreach programs in Sarasota, Manatee and beyond. Showcased in a one-ring, European-style Big Top, Circus Sarasota presents circus productions that expand all creative barriers and bring the best in circus arts to southwest Florida. The shows change annually and feature international circus acts acclaimed for their amazing artistry. The Sailor Circus Academy, America’s longest running youth circus, is a rigorous performing arts training program for students 8 -18. Students develop life management skills, gain self-discipline and bolster confidence all while learning the circus arts. Circus Arts In Healthcare improves the quality of life for individuals in care facilities through the circus arts. Our artists incorporate comedy, music, magic and more to engage audiences. We work with health care professionals to develop interactive programming that is entertaining and therapeutic. Our Education Program’s teaching artists engage thousands of area K – 12 students in key academic subjects such as science, physics, and language arts using a unique, arts integrated curriculum. These inquiry based lessons are developed to comply with academic state standards and have proven to increase participating students test scores.

2075 BAHIA VISTA ST. SARASOTA FL 34239 | 941-355-9335 | CIRCUSARTS.ORG

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