Your Treasure


Our annual fund ensures flexibility when opportunities arise, provides for operations, and goes to the Education Foundation’s greatest needs.



The Education Foundation’s Corporate Partnership program makes it easy for local or global, small- and medium-sized businesses and large corporations to connect with our mission: To strengthen Sarasota County by investing in educational opportunities for the students, teachers and schools of Sarasota County through strategic philanthropy. We would love to meet with you by phone, in your office, or on the beach, boat, course, court, floor, site, or picnic table and customize our collaboration.

Partnership gifts may be made for any amount.




Shirley A. Ritchey Endowment Fund

Founder Shirley Ritchey began an endowment fund giving generously to the Education Foundation. Once that endowed fund reaches $1 million, the Education Foundation will be able to access the interest earnings to support some of its operational needs. Gifts to this fund do not directly support the schools, but it does provide significant indirect support by allowing the Education Foundation to fulfill its mission as a stable and well-regarded organization in its community.

To learn more or to support the Shirley A. Ritchey Endowment Fund, please email us or call 941-927-0965.


Lori White Endowment Fund

Former Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools Lori White, who attended Alta Vista Elementary, Sarasota Middle, and Pine View School for the Gifted, served Sarasota County as an educator and administrator for nearly 40 years. During her tenure as Superintendent, which ended in 2017, our district was A-rated every year, ever since the beginning of the state-wide rating system. Lori White wishes her fund to empower teachers to unlock their students’ potential for generations. Help us to ensure we can honor Lori’s legacy and promote teacher excellence. 

To learn more or to support the Lori White Endowment Fund, please email us or call 941-927-0965.


Financial Aid

Scholarships are a fundamental means for providing post-secondary opportunities for students in financial need. At the Education Foundation, financial aid is needed for children who would thrive in the post-secondary environments, but do not have the means to attend. The opportunity to qualify for what could be a life-altering post-secondary education should be possible for students of promise and character, regardless of their families’ economic circumstances. The Education Foundation would be honored to partner with you in creating meaningful scholarships for our students.

To learn more or to support a scholarship, please email us or call 941-927-0965.


Naming Opportunities

The Education Foundation is also pleased to feature naming opportunities for donors to receive meaningful recognition. From school-wide grants and event-specific shout-outs to Student Success Centers, you can honor family, friends, or your favorite teacher with a gift that gives to generations of Sarasota County students.

To learn more, please email us or call 941-927-0965.


Giving Made Easy

Whether you are new to giving or have a long history of philanthropy, we ask you to consider the following list as you plan your philanthropic gifts for this and coming years:

Charitable Remainder Trust
Donor-Advised Funds
Low Basis Stocks
IRA Charitable Distribution
Employer Matching

To learn more or make a planned gift, please email us or call 941-927-0965.



The Education Foundation’s planned giving program, the Legacy Society, ensures stability for our educational system and our organization and strengthens generations of Sarasota County citizens.

Supporting the Education Foundation via your planned gifts guarantees that our diverse programs and initiatives—from classroom grants to STEM education, and from innovative enrichment courses to Student Success Centers—continue to serve every student in Sarasota County. And your gift anticipates initiatives that our educators, leaders, and students haven’t even dreamed of yet.

Planned gifts may be made for any amount.