Our community partners light our path to greater knowledge by sharing our vision with their supporters, create collaborations that benefit all of Sarasota County, and follow our leaders in education. Together, we make a collective impact in our community greater than anything the Education Foundation of Sarasota County could do alone. Our teams of professionals match donors with need, need with opportunity, and opportunity with impact.
The Education Foundation has been a pivotal community partner in the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Talent4Tomorrow initiative, represented on the Talent4Tomorrow Vision Council, as well as the College/Career Awareness and FAFSA Task Forces. Through focused efforts of the Chamber, Education Foundation, UnitedWay Suncoast, UnidosNow, Take Stock in Children, Sarasota County Schools, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and local colleges and universities, 45.5% of Sarasota County high school seniors have competed the FAFSA in the 2016-17 school year. This is a 9.1% increase over the previous application year, which equates to an estimated additional $513,180 in Pell grants awarded to Sarasota County students.
That’s just one way in which the Education Foundation amplifies strategic partnerships and we embrace all the meaningful partnerships we have forged with other valued partners. Together with our community and our donors, we will empower students to fulfill their potential and seize their future by fostering a lifelong love of learning. You can join us too!