What is a community foundation?

In the midst of the work we have the pleasure of leading every day, we realize that many people may not know what a ... continue reading

Generosity in Lakewood Ranch is Activated

Lakewood Ranch is a planned community in east Manatee County the size of a town at 50 square miles. It continues to be one ... continue reading

Reach Out and Read Is Increasing Family Reading Time

New local data is available demonstrating the impact of Reach Out and Read for children and families. Pediatricians advise parents about the importance of ... continue reading

What are community initiatives?

Too often we use words or phrases in philanthropy that sound like mumbo jumbo. We just get excited! At Manatee Community Foundation, we lead ... continue reading

A Year of Empathy

Imagine what Manatee County could look like if each of us made a concerted commitment to empathy in all of our interactions, in our ... continue reading

Manatee Community Foundation Awards $17,000 Grant to ALSO Youth

Manatee Community Foundation is awarding a $17,000 grant to ALSO Youth Sarasota/Manatee to support its downtown Bradenton location and programming. The organization has provided ... continue reading

We’re Looking for Our Next Intern. Is It You?

Manatee Community Foundation is hiring a short-term, part-time Communications Intern (15 hours per week) to support our work in the community. Our candidate will ... continue reading

MCF: Your Partner in Philanthropy Since 1998

In 1993 Dorothy S. (Dot) Ridings, a former Publisher of The Bradenton Herald, proposed the concept of Manatee Community Foundation in connection with a ... continue reading

You Make Our World Better

You may not be able to tell, but there are five enormous smiles under these five masks, a reflection of our gratitude for you. ... continue reading

$100,000 Grant from Manatee Community Foundation Awarded to Support Family Learning in Manatee County

A grant in the amount of $100,000 was awarded from the Success Through Literacy Fund of Manatee Community Foundation to support the Soar in ... continue reading