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IMPACT100 SRQ Distributes more than six hundred thousand dollars to Sarasota and Manatee County Non-Profit Organizations

| Natasha Reisner |

Growing up, I learned that my local community was the most critical place to affect change. Today, I experienced the force of female-powered philanthropy locally as a member of Impact100 SRQ. We gathered excitedly on the picturesque campus of New College, Sarasota, awaiting presentations from the ten Impact100 SRQ grant finalists at the annual celebration and awards ceremony.

Women Philanthropy

This year, six hundred and sixty-three women of IMPACT100 SRQ are making a monumental local impact by funding six grants of $110,500, made possible by each woman’s donation of $1000,00 to benefit Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The ten finalists had undergone a dynamic grant review process that ensured they met rigorous eligibility requirements. This process assures Impact100 SRQ remain good stewards of each dollar donated. After listening to the well-thought-through presentations, each member voted aligned with the “One Woman, One Vote” collective giving model.

Six Grant Recipients Receive $110,500.

Arts and Culture

This year the grant recipient in the area of Arts & Culture is Florida West Coast Symphony, Inc. dba Sarasota. For many young musicians, the cost of quality instrument rental is a significant barrier to entry into the enriching world of orchestral music education. This Impact grant will cover professional caliber instruments, including a piccolo, an English Horn, four C trumpets, two horns, a tuba, and a bass drum, instrument rental, repair, and maintenance, thereby eliminating the primary obstacles to participation in the educational program.

Educational focus area

This giving year Impact100 SRQ is awarding two Education Focus Area grants. One goes to Booker Promise Foundation, Inc., where the $110,500 Impact100 SRQ grant will match $221,000. The grant will facilitate an expansion of additional scholarships making higher education attainable for thirty-one high school graduates in the form of an associate degree from a Florida public college or technical school.

Dreamers Academy, Sarasota’s Title 1 dual language public charter school, is the other Education Focus Area grant recipient where income inequality will no longer hinder educational equity. The grant will be applied to purchase books for the new Biblioteca and furniture to enhance childhood literacy and the love of reading.

Environment & Recreation Focus Area

The Environment & Recreation Focus Area grant goes to the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Inc., where the Impact100 SRQ transformational grant will allow stewardship across twenty-four conservation areas in Sarasota and Manatee counties. There will be dollars allotted for prescribed control burns eliminating the need for third-party hiring, purchasing a 4-wheel drive pickup truck, an off-road vehicle, a transport trailer, and a storage shed.

Family Focus Area

The Family Focus Area goes to Senior Friendship Centers, where the Impact100 SRQ grant will make program expansion a reality with projections of serving one thousand additional seniors facing food insecurity, the threat of eviction, loss of utilities, and loneliness. The grant will also make hiring a much-needed full-time coordinator possible.

Health & Wellness Focus Area

The Health & Wellness Focus Area grant goes to Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Inc. (SPARCC). SPARCC’s initiative, The Domestic Violence Housing Stability Program, will offer financial housing support to eligible domestic abuse survivors and their children for up to twelve months as they transition toward gaining their independence.

I left New College feeling excited by the impact that six transformational grants will make locally and proud to be associated with giving women of all ages and walks of life.

To learn more about Impact100 SRQ and how to become a member, visit the website at Impact100 SRQ.

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