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Anonymous Donor Gifts $500,000 to Manatee Community Foundation for COVID-19 Community Response

Holding a heartWith an initial gift of $500,000 from an anonymous donor, Manatee Community Foundation has established the Manatee County COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support flexible and evolving needs of health and human service organizations. Funds will be awarded to public charities that are adapting and responding to the public health crisis in Manatee County.

The Fund also provides an opportunity for individuals to make tax-deductible gifts that will support trusted local charitable organizations working in the areas of health and human services.

Together with other local partners, Manatee Community Foundation is assessing the developing situation, including its impact on social service organizations and the people they serve. Gifts to this fund will enable MCF to respond quickly to emerging needs.

“We know people want to help nonprofits do what they do best, improve the lives of those who come to them for services—especially during this critical time. These dollars will support charitable organizations on the front lines, as well as those that are finding innovative ways to deliver programs to people who need help,” said Susie Bowie, executive director of Manatee Community Foundation.

“This generous gift is a starting point—providing a vehicle for others to give themselves.”

Manatee Community Foundation also encourages individuals to continue their annual giving to specific nonprofit organizations directly or through their donor advised funds. “The health of our community depends on continued donations that support all charitable missions. If you are able to sustain your level of giving from previous years, please consider doing so,” said Bowie.

Donations to the Season of Sharing Fund are recommended to assist individuals and families in need of one-time emergency financial assistance. Administered through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County (www.CFSarasota.org), Season of Sharing helps those on the verge of homelessness. Donors may designate Manatee County residents when making their tax-deductible gifts, eligible for 1:1 matching dollars (up to $500,000 total) from The Patterson Foundation.

For more information about the Manatee County COVID-19 Community Response Fund, call (941) 747-7765. Gifts may be made online or by sending a check to Manatee Community Foundation, 2820 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton FL 34205. Add “COVID-19” in the memo line.

Manatee Community Foundation was founded as a public charity in 1998 and has awarded more than $30 million in grants and scholarships in accordance with donor wishes. The Foundation’s mission is partnering with our citizens to strengthen and enhance our community through philanthropy, education, and service—now and forever.