Posted by David Crawford on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 12:25pm.

Catalist Donation to Education Foundation of Sarasota County


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”- Nelson Mandela

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County (EFSC) is the ONLY local non-profit solely dedicated to funding/supporting Sarasota County Schools. Their mission focuses on three primary efforts:

  1. Enhance the Potential of Students

  2. Promote Excellence in Teaching

  3. Inspire Innovation in Education

The Hayes family closed on the sale of their first home and chose to dedicate half of their Catalist Commission Donation to the EFSC. The donation was originally marked at $1,105.00. Prior to closing on the house, we proposed a more strategic donation strategy that included utilizing the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Giving Challenge to achieve additional matched funds from their partner, the Patterson Foundation. This resulted in a final donation amount of $1,905.00.

Education Foundation of Sarasota County Kids Field Trip

 At the end of the day, the money doesn’t matter nearly as much as the cause. The true value is what this can do for the children within the Sarasota County School District. The EFSC shared some potential scenarios for where this money could go, and what kind of impact it will have:

  1. Provide 2 innovative classroom grants, allowing teachers to enhance their classroom curriculum

  2. Fund 80 students to visit a local business for a day of experiential career learning

  3. Fund 15 teachers to attend professional development training

  4. Sponsor 15 students to participate in an intensive three-day “Hack-a-thon” conference

  5. Provide 150 students access to Naviance, a college and career planning tool that helps them unlock their full potential

The most important thing is that this money is donated to the EFSC as a part of their “Unrestricted Funds” allowing them to spend it in the most critical area of need at the time. Unrestricted donations are the largest need for non-profits, and typically the hardest donations to find. Catalist Realty is proud to be a local partner and supporter of unrestricted donations for any and all non-profits.

Give us a call today at 941.777.2968 or reach us at INFO@CATALISTREALTY.COM 

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