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Ways to Give

We do great things for students and teachers in Sarasota County in large part because of your generosity. With your financial support, we can work to ensure that each and every student in Sarasota County Schools can access the resources and the excellent education that will enable them to pursue their dreams.

When you give to the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, you can designate how you would like to allocate your donation. You can support our College, Career, and Life Readiness initiative; our EducateSRQ—Classroom or Schoolwide Grants; our mentoring program; our scholarships; or simply select where it’s needed most.

ways to give

You can also support these two endowments:

SHIRLEY A. RITCHEY ENDOWMENT FUND

Founder Shirley Ritchey began an endowment fund giving generously to the Education Foundation to support the operations  Gifts to this fund do not directly support the schools, but they do provide significant indirect support by allowing us to fulfill our mission.

LORI WHITE ENDOWMENT FUND

Former Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools Lori White served Sarasota County as an educator and administrator for nearly 40 years. During her tenure, our district was A-rated every year, ever since the beginning of the state-wide rating system. Help us to ensure we can honor Lori’s legacy and promote teacher excellence.

There are many ways to support the Education Foundation. Make a difference today!

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

One-time donation

With your help, we provide invaluable support for our students and teachers in Sarasota County.

Donate today!

Monthly donation

A great way to support teachers and students in Sarasota County is through our monthly giving program. When you give monthly, you help students get much-needed technology or mentoring that will help them realize their dreams. You make it possible for young people to get important college and career advising. You ensure teachers get needed classroom supplies—and recognition for the important work they do.

By donating at the $1,000 level or higher, you will become part of our Circle of Champions. You will make an invaluable impact on the lives of so many of our students and teachers—and make an investment in maintaining a vibrant, thriving community.

Become a monthly donor today.

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County invites you to support our teachers and students through these special annual events.

Learn more about sponsoring one of our events: IGNITE and STRIVE.

Corporate partnerships

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County’s Corporate Partners helps ensure our students and teachers have the resources to enhance the potential of students, promote excellence in teaching, and inspire innovation in education.

As a partner, you have a unique ability to reach our education community of Sarasota County Schools employees, students, and their families. We offer a variety of Corporate Partnership levels and are also happy to create a Custom Partnership Plan with your business. Together, we can make a difference in education today that will impact the future. Your partnership is greatly appreciated.

Pick your level today.

Planned giving

Our planned giving program, the Legacy Society, ensures the stability of our organization so we can support our schools. It strengthens generations of Sarasota County citizens.

When you donate through a planned gift, you help guarantee that our diverse programs and initiatives—from classroom grants to mentoring to Student Success Centers—continue to serve every student in Sarasota County. And your gift will enable initiatives that our educators, leaders, and students haven’t even dreamed of yet.

No matter the amount planned giving is an investment in Sarasota’s future.

Contact Jennifer Vigne to learn more about the Legacy Society today.

Stock transfers

You can support students and teachers in Sarasota County—and receive a tax benefit at the same time. If you have appreciated stocks, you can transfer them to the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. You’ll avoid a capital gains tax, and we’ll be able to assist teachers and help prepare students to lead successful and meaningful lives.

Set up a stock transfer today.

IRA Distributions

Are you 70.5 years or older and have a traditional IRA and plan to draw on your annual required minimum distribution? Want to help support important projects like our mentoring program or Student Success Centers? Want to help us develop teacher workshops and celebrate students who have faced challenges in their lives? You can make a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA. Your donation is 100% tax free—and a donation of any amount will help us ensure all students in Sarasota County Schools are prepared to graduate with purpose, ready to live successful, meaningful lives.

To help you complete this easy process of making a charitable distribution from your IRA, we’ll provide you with a template letter you can send to your financial institution.

To get started, contact Jennifer Vigne.

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