About Us


To empower students in our community to fulfill their potential and seize their future by fostering a lifelong love of learning.

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To strengthen our community by investing in educational opportunities for the students, teachers and schools of Sarasota County through strategic philanthropy.


It all began with one. Since its humble beginning in 1988, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County has been graciously shepherded by one of Sarasota County’s most beloved community members, Mrs. Shirley Ritchey.

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Our Creed

  • images decription We believe education changes lives.
  • images decription We believe every child deserves to reach his/her full potential.
  • images decription We believe in creating brighter futures for our children.
  • images decription We believe in leading in education innovations by taking calculated risks.
  • images decription We believe a vibrant and prosperous community is dependent upon the value its community members place on high quality education.
  • images decription We believe an investment in a child’s education is the best investment anyone can make.


  • We act on the belief that all children can learn and succeed.
  • We fulfill all professional duties with honesty and integrity.
  • We accept responsibility and accountability for our actions and behaviors.
  • We commit to serving others before self.
  • We enable access to quality education, taking into account not just academic attainment but also the development of the whole student.
  • We make the education and well-being of students the fundamental value of all decision making.
  • We seek to improve the effectiveness of the education profession by investing in professional development.
  • We model the ethical behaviors we expect from others.
  • We uphold a culture of philanthropy through donor-centered relationships.
  • We build strong partnerships through authentic collaboration.