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Ways to Give

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.

If you need to speak with an Education Foundation team member about a gift, please call 941.927.0965 or email giving@edfoundationsrq.org.

One-Time Donation

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.

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.

Circle of Champions

Planned giving

Making a planned gift ensures the long-term stability of our organization so we can support our schools. It strengthens generations of Sarasota County citizens.

When you donate with a planned gift, you help guarantee that our programs and initiatives that support teachers and student success in Sarasota County can continue. Your investment will enable initiatives that our educators, leaders, and students haven’t even dreamed of yet.

Contact our development team to learn more today or get started with this letter of intent.

IRA Distributions/Stock transfers

IRA DISTRIBUTIONS

Are you 72 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 our development team.

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.

To get started, contact our development team.

Endowment Funds

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.

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

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