Our Sarasota Fund Giving Circle

 

Mission Statement

To pool the resources of individual members in order to create a significant impact on local non-profit organizations with a mission or programs which have a focus on improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

 

What is a Giving Circle?

By pooling resources together under a 501(c)(3) umbrella offered by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, a giving circle enables individuals to achieve a more significant impact with their charitable giving than they can achieve on their own.  Funds are collected and administered by members.  Funds are then deposited with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and dispersed based on the decisions made by the Giving Circle.

 

How Our Sarasota Fund Giving Circle works

Members contribute annually an amount that is meaningful to them.  The minimum contribution to Our Sarasota Fund is $100.

Applications for grants are sent to identified non-profits with a mission or programs which fit our focus.

After applications for grants are received by Our Sarasota Fund, Members will vote on which organizations or projects we will fund.

We will retain 20% of our funds from one year to the next, dispersing the rest of the funds to one or more organizations.

 

How to Join

Interested in joining Our Sarasota Fund?  Simply email info@oursarasotafund.org.

Grants

Our Sarasota Fund has awarded grants for 2016.

We will announce the 2017 application period soon.

 

The application be found here.  You may complete electronically by September 9, 2016 and email the application to grants@oursarasotafund.org.  You may also print and mail the application to  Our Sarasota Fund In Care Of Patricia Martin, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, 2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34230-6587.  You may also read more about our grant in our letter of introduction.

 

Below is some general information about the grant.  If you have any further questions, please email grants@oursarasotafund.org.

 

This grant is for programs or activities of organizations in Sarasota County which benefit LGBT people.

If your program or activity has a youth focus, please describe that aspect in detail as it may be given special consideration.

Grants for operating expenses will not be considered.

We anticipate that grants will range anywhere from $500 to $5,000.  Applications within that range will be accepted.

Your organization should have an active profile in The Giving Partner.

If your organization does not have a profile, please contact Susan Shelley at SShelley@CFSarasota.org for more information on how to get started.

2015 Grants

Our Sarasota Fund, in collaboration with the McCauley-Brown Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, is proud to announce that 13 organizations have been selected to receive 2015 grants.  Those organizations are:

 

ALSO Youth, Inc.

OUT@Asolo

Asolo Cocktails at the Cooke

Asolo OUT Subscription Series

Community AIDS Network

CARES Outreach

Diversity Chorus

Embracing Our Differences

Harvey Milk Festival

Planned Parenthood

Prism Youth Initiative

Sarasota Pride

Trinity Charities

 

A total of $32,736.50 in grants will be awarded.

 

2014 Grants

In May of 2014, Our Sarasota Fund, in collaboration with the McCauley-Brown Fund, at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, awarded 9 grants totaling over $25,000 to 8 non-profit organizations whose programs benefit LGBT people in Sarasota county.

 

Organizations who received grants were:

 

ALSO Youth, Inc.

Asolo OUT Subscription Series

Community AIDS Network

Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota

Embracing Our Differences

Harvey Milk Festival

Planned Parenthood’s SOURCE Theatre

Trinity Charities

 

The grants will fund projects which improve and expand educator inclusivity and diversity workshops at Embracing Our Differences, initiate a new adult facilitated LGBT peer support group at ALSO, help fund the production of a film on the risks and prevention of HIV/AIDS for youth and young adults in a collaborative production by CAN and Planned Parenthood, strengthening of the OUT at the Asolo program, purchase electronic equipment to allow the Diversity Chorus to travel its message of tolerance and acceptance to high schools, colleges and universities in our area, doubling of the size of the food pantry for HIV/AIDS patients at Trinity Charities, pay for a pilot program providing bus passes and bicycles for HIV/AIDS patients needing transportation at Trinity Charities and seed money for a scholarship fund for LGBT students sponsored by the Harvey Milk Festival.

 

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Our Sarasota Fund Guidelines

 

Mission

 

To pool the resources of individual members in order to create a significant impact on local non-profit organizations with a mission or programs which have a focus on improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

 

 

Administrative Information

 

Our Sarasota Fund exists as a Giving Circle at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County (CFSC).

 

 

 

CFSC will:

 

Provide the 501(c)(3) umbrella for the Giving Circle

Invest and manage Giving Circle funds

Collect gifts, deposits and post contributions

Provide Quarterly reports on the fund

Charge an annual investment fee of .55% and an annual administrative fee of .85%

Write and send acknowledgement letters to donors

Retain gift histories, grant making, and fund statement records of Giving Circle activity

Provide The Giving Partner as a resource to discover organizations and needs.

Provide guidelines for grant making

Assist in the identification of potential grantees

Prepare CFSC approved grant disbursements based on grant requests approved by the Giving Circle

 

 

Members will:

 

Track gifts to the Giving Circle

Track donations to the Foundation

Adhere to Foundation policies and procedures

Nominate one member to be the liaison to CFSC

Develop and maintain group roster

Develop a mission and operating policies

Provide Giving Circle leadership

Schedule meeting and set expectations for participation

Establish annual grant making schedule

Identify potential grantees

Design grant guidelines, RFPs and grant applications

Review grant proposals

Approve grants

 

 

Membership

 

Membership is open to anyone wishing to make a contribution of a minimum of $100.

Membership is renewed annually by making a qualifying contribution.

Members will each receive one vote.

 

 

Chairperson

 

A Chairperson will be elected by the Membership annually.

The Chairperson will select two Co-Chairpersons to assist her or him with administrative duties.

The Chairperson, or her or his designee, will also serve as the liaison to the CFSC.

The Chairperson and Co-Chairpersons will be responsible for:

Tracking gifts to the Giving Circle

Tracking donations to the Foundation

Maintaining the group roster

Scheduling meetings and creating agendas

Keeping and distributing minutes of all meetings and decisions made

Directing the annual grant making schedule

Keeping any other pertinent financial or administrative records

At the end of their one-year term, the Chairpersons and Co-Chairpersons are responsible for transferring all records to the newly-elected Chairpersons and Co-Chairpersons.

 

 

Meetings

 

Meetings will be called by the Chairperson as needed

Meetings may be called by the Members with the consent of at least 30% of the Membership.

Meetings will take place at the CFSC’s headquarters, or at another location agreed upon by the Members

Votes taken at meetings will require 30% of the current Membership to be present in order to establish a quorum

All votes by the Membership will require a simple majority to pass

Members may submit a proxy for voting purposes

The Membership may choose to conduct voting electronically

In the case of a conflict of interest where an Our Sarasota Fund Member is in a decision-making capacity for an organization being considered for a grant, a Member will recuse her or himself.

In the case of questions of procedure the Chairperson will refer to the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order

 

 

Grants

 

Grants will be made once per year on a schedule voted on by the Membership

Grant amounts will be limited by a 20% reserve of Fund which shall be retained from year to year

The Members may decide on a giving focus that may change from year to year

Grants for ongoing or operating expenses will not be considered

Requests for proposal will be sent out to identified non-profits at least thirty (30) days before the deadline for their return

All returned proposals will be collected by the Membership for review

The Membership may elect a committee of no more than five (5) Members to vet a small number of grants to bring to the larger Membership for approval

Review will be made by the Membership based on criteria decided by the Membership. Criteria may change from year to year.  Criteria may include, but need not be limited to; program strength; quality of management; quality of governance; or financial health

The Membership may select one or more non-profit organizations to receive grants and notification of the approved grant(s) will be made to the organizations and to CFSC

 

 

Amendments

 

These guidelines may be amended by the Membership at any time by a two-thirds majority vote of the total membership on that date.  Proposed changes must be submitted to the Membership at least 15 days before a regularly scheduled meeting at which a vote is taken.

 

 

 

Acceptance

 

These guidelines were accepted by a majority of the Membership at a regular meeting on 27 January 2014.

A charitable group focused on helping Sarasota County LGBT non-profits.

Our Sarasota Fund Announces 2016 Grant Recipients

 

Our Sarasota Fund, in collaboration with the McCauley-Brown Fund, at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, awarded 10 grants totaling $33,000 to nonprofits for programs benefiting LGBT people in Sarasota County. Grant recipients for 2016 are:

 

ALSO Youth

Asolo Theatre

CARES Outreach Services

Community AIDS Network

Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota

Embracing Our Differences

FSU/Asolo Conservatory: Cocktails at the Cook

Harvest House

Harvey Milk Festival

Sarasota Film Festival

 

The grants will provide safe housing, food, and support to one LGBT young adult for one year at Harvest House; foster safe and inclusive school environments through Embracing Our Differences’ educator workshops; create safe space for LGBT youth at ALSO Youth’s satellite center in Venice; support young artists through LGBTQA scholarships and internships at the Harvey Milk Festival; promote unity and social justice through musical collaborations between Booker High School and Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota; expand programming to include more LGBT films and filmmakers at the Sarasota Film Festival; allow 50 LGBT youth to attend a performance, backstage tour, and post-show discussion at the Asolo Theatre; sponsor an event to promote LGBT community involvement at FSU/Asolo Conservatory with Cocktails at the Cook; help provide HIV and STD education through poetry slams with the Boys and Girls Club and Community AIDS Network; and help educate students and the community about HIV prevention and PrEP through CARES Outreach Services.

 

Our Sarasota Fund held a special reception to honor our grant recipients on Tuesday September 27th, 2015, at 6:00 PM at The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, 2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, Florida, 34237.

 

 

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