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Pillars of the Community

Manatee County has served our community since 1998. In recent years, our board of directors created a special vision in for the Manatee Community Foundation: philanthropic offices housed in a building that will also allow our services to grow over time while providing spaces for the community.

Our administrative offices at 2820 Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton have been funded by generous contributors and partner foundations.

Pillars of the Community invested at the $25,000 level and above because they believe in the power of philanthropy as a force to bring people together. Thousands of people have used our community spaces at no cost, thanks to these 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
  • Joseph & Barbara Najmy Charitable Fund and Louis & Cristina Najmy
  • Pittsburgh Pirates/Bradenton Marauders
  • Greg and Jan Porges
  • Wayne C. Rickert
  • James “Curt” Ramage
  • Steven and Carolyn Roskamp
  • 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