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MCF Disaster Relief Fund Update

Hurricane Ian hit the southwest region of Florida on September 28, 2022. Thanks to a generous challenge grant from the Bishop Parker Foundation,fundraising began right away, enabling Manatee Community Foundation to make immediate and meaningful grants to nonprofits serving those affected by the storm.

With more than 160 donations received,  the reach of MCF’s Disaster Relief Fund was significant and we wanted to share the impact of your combined generosity.  Thank you to each and every donor who gave to support this effort.

Quick Facts 

  • $260,196 was granted to nonprofits serving Manatee County residents. 
  • 29 organizations received grants. 
  • Smallest grant – $2,000; Largest grant – $40,000. 
  • 71% of grants disbursed was to provide immediate assistance after the storm which included replacement of food and household items. 
  • 22% of grants disbursed was to repair infrastructure to allow nonprofits to resume providing services. 
  • 7% of grants disbursed was to expand services post-Hurricane Ian to manage either increased service calls or modify service delivery. 

 Hurricane Relief Grant Recipients 

  • Take Stock in Children of Manatee County Inc 
  • United Community Centers, Inc. 
  • Bridge A Life Inc 
  • Oasis Church 
  • Feeding Tampa Bay 
  • Mothers Helping Mothers 
  • State College of Florida Foundation 
  • Parenting Matters
  • Salvation Army- Manatee 
  • Foundation for Dreams, Inc. 
  • Safe Children’s Coalition, Inc. 
  • Giving Alliance Of Myakka City 
  • Manatee Education Foundation 
  • Joyful Friends
  • Easter Seals Southwest Florida Inc 
  • Restore Global, Inc. 
  • Step Up Suncoast 
  • Care Net Manasota Pregnancy Center Inc. 
  • Eight Days of Hope 
  • Suncoast Center For Independent Living, Inc. 
  • Hungers End Inc 
  • Myakka City Community Center 
  • Suncoast Center For Independent Living, Inc. 
  • Streets of Paradise, Inc. 
  • Manatee Children’s Services Incorporated 
  • Feeding Empty Litle Tummies Inc 
  • Multicultural Health Institute 
  • Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center
  • Manatee Children’s Services 

Manatee Community Foundation stands ready to lead the charitable response to local emergencies.  While we hope they are never needed again, the knowledge, skills and processes honed through Ian and COVID response have prepared the Foundation for future challenges. Thank you for supporting the Manatee Community Foundation and entrusting us to be your partner in philanthropy when crisis hits.