Agents of Change

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“We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.” - Ronald Reagan

HAPPY VETERANS DAY! Today we are honored to share our most recent client donation story, which highlights a Veteran-centric non-profit created by local celebrity and media personality, Maverick Johnson. The Denis V. Cooper Foundation - Wishes for Heroes, was created to honor our brave military veterans who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, as well as those who

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“HOUSING is the answer to HOMELESSNESS’” - Greg Shinn, Creative Housing Solutions

The first line you find on the Salvation Army Sarasota’s website is a large format banner that shouts “20% of Sarasota’s Homeless Population are Children, 100% are in need of HOPE.” Homelessness has plagued the city of Sarasota for years now and has remained a focal point in many city-wide discussions in 2019. While the solution has yet to be identified, there are several organizations spearheading programs to support and eventually eliminate homelessness. The most well-known of these organizations is the Salvation Army of Sarasota.

People become homeless due to a variety of circumstances such as family crises, job loss, financial crisis,

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"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole" - Roger Caras

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: MUSIC and CATS" - Albert Schwietzer

Companionship. Unconditional Love. Affection. There are a million reasons why domesticated animals/pets are an important and wonderful part of our culture. And while I could write a few thousand pages on the benefits of pet ownership, Today’s blog will focus on a Non-Profit whose mission is to tackle a far less pleasant aspect of the local pet/animal industry. It is the cause for all of those black and white television commercials where sad animals stare at you as Sarah McClachlan sings in the background: The unmanageable growth of our homeless pet

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"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." – Benjamin Franklin 

Visible Men Academy is a tuition free public charter school located in Bradenton, FL, educating students in Sarasota and Manatee counties in grades K-5. 
The VMA Philosophy
VMA's MISSION is to provide boys with outstanding academic, character, and social education in a nurturing school environment.
VMA's PURPOSE and COMMITMENT are to deliver a high-quality educational experience that meets the specific needs of at-risk elementary and middle school aged boys through the collaborative efforts of administrators, teachers, parents, the broader community and the students themselves.   VMA's VISION is to lead boys toward a realization of their…
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“Butterflies serve as a symbol for grieving children. Just as a butterfly emerges from a dark cocoon, a child can find the world a brighter place through the grief process.” - Tidewell Hospice

Losing a loved one is one of life’s most personally challenging experiences. Since 1980, Tidewell Hospice has found a way to brighten the difficult moments that families are faced with when living with advanced illness. Through quality care and the fulfillment of physical, psychological and spiritual needs, Tidewell has been a partner and safety net to terminal patients and their families.

What many people might not realize, is that aside from the initial Hospice services, which includes treatment plans, medical and non-medical support,

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 “I lived for Art, I lived for Love’” - TOSCA

Performing arts of all kinds thrive in Sarasota County’s unique cultural oasis. With dozens of programs that bring world-renowned talents to the region,  Sarasota and its neighboring cities have become what is being referred to now as the “Culture Coast”. Thanks to the contribution of one of our clients, we have the opportunity to highlight the Sarasota Youth Opera in today’s blog post, a nationally recognized program that uniquely engages our local youth in the performing arts. 

Located in the Historic Sarasota Opera House in our vibrant downtown, the Opera positions itself as a accessible community partner who strives for artistic excellence, ensuring that their programs stay

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“Poverty is a very complicated issue, but feeding a child isn't’” - Jeff Bridges

F.E.L.T. foundress, Jane L. Evers realized Manatee County had a dark secret.  We are home to thousands of homeless students who go hungry every weekend. In 2010 Jane introduced Feeding Empty Little Tummies to 3 Manatee County public schools which has since grown to service 32 schools and counting.  Jane’s vision to provide nutritious meals to homeless students is still being fulfilled by their dedicated board, volunteers and community leaders. Currently F.E.L.T. is feeding 715 students 6 wholesome meals each and every weekend.

Each child in the F.E.L.T. backpack program is pre-qualified by Project Heart.  Project Heart is the Manatee School

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“For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other’” - Millard Fuller, Founder of Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity is a leader in providing affordable housing to working families in Sarasota, Florida. This organization builds homes and then helps qualified candidates purchase the homes with 0% mortgage interest and extremely affordable payment plans. They have served over 300 families in Sarasota. Habitat Sarasota also manages a used furniture and home improvement store that funds their operational budget allowing all financial gifts to the organization to go directly towards home construction costs. 

As an unrestricted donation to Habitat, this

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“Hope is being able to see there is light despite all of the darkness’” - Desmond Tutu

The Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is our State Certified Non-Profit supporting Sarasota and Desoto Counties with Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services. This organization is vital in treating victims and supporting social work, while prioritizing social change through community awareness, education and prevention programs.

This week we are fortunate to highlight a very special donation from one of our very first clients. They have a long standing relationship with SPARCC, with several family members actively participating on boards and committees for the non-profit. This particular donation is being given in honor of

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County (BGC Sarasota) is dedicated to enabling all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Their vision is to provide a “World-class club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors,” supporting all members to stay on track to graduate from high school with purposeful direction, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

The Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County was identified by our client as one of the local recipients of their

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