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Jennifer Abbott Appointed Interim Executive Director

Manatee Community Foundation’s board of directors has appointed Jennifer Abbott as the Interim Executive Director to lead the organization after current Executive Director Susie Bowie joins the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation as President/CEO.

Jennifer Abbott

Jennifer brings more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector to the role, and has served as the Foundation’s Director of Philanthropy since 2018. Prior to joining Manatee Community Foundation, Abbott was with Forty Carrots Family Center for 10 years, where she also led through a leadership transition as interim executive director.

The board of Manatee Community Foundation has engaged the executive search firm Freeman Philanthropic Services to locate its next permanent leader. The firm is a woman-founded and led full-service firm specializing in retained executive recruitment for the nonprofit sector. Founded in 2002, FPS is international in its scope and client base.

MCF board of directors Vice Chair Bob Turner is leading the search process.

Manatee Community Foundation celebrates its 25th year partnering with residents to strengthen and enhance our community through philanthropy, education, and service—now and forever. The Foundation has awarded nearly $50 million in grants and scholarships.