3 Ways Donors Made a Difference During COVID19

1. Contribuing to Manatee Community Foundation’s Manatee County COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

The Manatee County COVID-19 Community Response Fund was established with a generous $500,000 gift from an anonymous donor to provide support to local nonprofits helping people through this public health crisis. With additional donations from caring people, the fund has awarded more than $720,000 in grants to local health and human service organizations serving Manatee County residents.


2. Providing unrestricted support for trusted nonprofits.

Unrestricted support was important during COVID-19 and continues to be important today. Your unrestricted charitable gifts allow organizations to pivot rapidly when new needs and conditions emerge.

Email Joan McCaw at Joan@ManateeCF.org or Jennifer Abbott at JAbbott@ManateeCF.org to discuss how you would like to make a difference. We can provide recommendations based on the missions that are most important to you.


3. Supporting individuals and families with one-time emergency financial assistance. 

The Season of Sharing Fund helps individuals and families who require one-time assistance with utility, rent, transportation or other critical needs. In place for more than 20 years, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Season of Sharing Fund is a time tested approach to preventing homelessness. When you make your charitable gift, you can designate it to support Manatee County residents to ensure that local families remain in their homes.


Learn about the impact of COVID19 on the issues you care most about.

Challenges and opportunities impacting people with disabilities

Vulnerable students and education in Manatee County

Human services in Manatee County: food insecurity, domestic violence, homelessness, women’s resources, and foster care

Animal welfare in Manatee County

Health in Manatee County