Pillars of the Community

Several years ago, our board of directors created a special vision for the Manatee Community Foundation of the future: a building that would allow our philanthropic services to grow over time while providing spaces for the community.

Our new administrative offices at 2820 Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton have been funded by generous contributors and partner foundations. In this second part of our campaign, we are raising funds for community spaces, including a 100-seat event room and a 18-seat board room, available at no cost for nonprofits to use.

Pillars of the Community have invested at the $25,000 level and above because they believe in the power of philanthropy as a force to bring people together. More than 6,500 people have used our community spaces at no cost, thanks to generous donors.

  • Ray and Sara Baden
  • Bank of America
  • Gene and Anne Beckstein
  • The Beverly Beall and R Kemp Riechmann Foundation
  • Robert G. and Marlene Blalock
  • Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation
  • Dr. Thomas and Jacqueline Braxtan
  • Jim Bruen and Jane Plitt
  • Ed Chiles
  • Community Foundation of Sarasota County
  • George and Susan Evans
  • Gene and Julie Fogarty
  • Dr. Edward and Barbara Jennings
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • John and Lydia Kolbas
  • Lillian Bishop Trust
  • Karen and Hugh Miller
  • Stewart and Trudy Moon
  • Elizabeth Moore
  • Mosaic
  • Myers Family Charitable Fund
  • Pittsburgh Pirates/Bradenton Marauders
  • Greg and Jan Porges
  • Wayne C. Rickert
  • James “Curt” Ramage
  • Lawrence Ruf
  • Dr. Howard “Sam” and Dorene Seider
  • Dr. Harris and Micheline Silverman
  • Chuck and Jeannie Slater
  • Conrad and Ruth Ann Szymanski
  • Together Manatee
  • Dr. Gordon “Al” Wallace
  • John Weichel
  • William G. and Marie Selby Foundation
  • Zilber Family Foundation


Contact Susie Bowie, Executive Director, or Suzi Atherton, Director of Charitable Legacy Planning and Development, at (941) 747-7765 to learn more.