The Community Foundation appoints a president; JFCS Online Fundraiser


Names of community foundations
Daniel DeLeo Chairman of the Board

The Sarasota County Community Foundation has appointed Shumaker Partner Daniel (Dan) DeLeo as Chairman of the Board for a two-year term governing the organization, its charitable investments and strategic decision-making.

DeLeo’s long-standing commitment to the Community Foundation includes seven years on the Board of Directors and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Governance Committee.

“Dan’s leadership has helped inform the work of our foundation for many years, and his deep commitment to our region and all who call it home is heartfelt,” said Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Foundation. community. “We are delighted to welcome him as President and to work alongside him to create the community we know is possible, a community full of opportunity and possibility for all.”

DeLeo is board certified in commercial litigation and his practice focuses on commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on representing businesses and government entities in contract litigation, torts and complex litigation.

JFCS selected to participate
in an online fundraising event

The JFCS of the Suncoast has been chosen to participate in the sixth annual Give65 event, a 65-hour online fundraising event July 13-16 exclusively for charities serving aging adults presented by Home Place Charities.

The JFCS is one of eight Florida nonprofits included in the program. This year, funds are raised for JFCS Aging Services programs, including individual and group counseling, caregiver education and support, grief discussion groups and Alzheimer’s support groups. .

Gifts can be made at

During the Give65 event, JFCS is also fundraising in hopes of receiving up to $ 5,000 in matching funds from charities.

“For more than 30 years, JFCS Aging Services programs have been successful thanks to the generosity of our donors,” said Arthur Lerman, CEO of JFCS. “These programs provide support to seniors and their caregivers and give them the tools to cope and find joy in everyday life. “

The donation event begins at 9 a.m. on July 13 and ends at 2 a.m. on July 16. To learn more about Give65, visit All donations are 100% tax deductible

Jennifer Vigne

Jennifer Vigne, President and CEO of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, was recently elected President of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.

Vine is one of four leaders who, along with five leaders from statewide local education foundations, lead the Consortium, a membership organization for local education foundations across the district of Florida.

The mission of the state-wide organization based in Gainesville, established in 1987, is to facilitate partnerships and build the capacity of its members who collectively raise more than $ 83 million per year to innovate in the ‘learning and supporting students and teachers through a variety of programs.

To learn more about the Consortium, visit

Neuro Challenge Foundation
receives the Parkinson’s scholarship

The Parkinson’s Foundation selected the Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease in Sarasota as the recipient of a 2021-2022 community grant to support local health, wellness and education programs that address unmet needs of the community. Parkinson’s disease community.

This year’s grant cycle focused on programs that provide a service to underserved Parkinson’s communities and initiatives that reach people newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“The initiatives and growth of The Neuro Challenge are made possible in part through the continued partnership with the Parkinson Foundation which helps provide an essential service to the local Parkinson’s community today,” said Dr Sara Grivetti, CEO of the Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s disease.

The Neuro Challenge Foundation is a non-profit organization created to improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. For more information, visit or call 941-928-2597.

Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County has reopened its offices at the North Port Public Library and the William H. Jervey Jr. Venice Public Library.

Literacy Volunteers reopens
in South County offices

Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County has reopened its offices at the North Port Public Library and the William H. Jervey, Jr. Venice Public Library. Offices had been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic.

Each office has a part-time coordinator who welcomes volunteers interested in becoming trained adult literacy tutors to help foreign-born adults learn English and English-speaking adults improve their reading skills. Volunteers do not need to speak a foreign language or have previous teaching or tutoring experience. Tutoring services are free for adult learners.

ESL tutors are needed, especially in North Port. In addition to private lessons, ESL lessons will resume at the North Port Library. Citizenship courses are also offered.

For more information, contact [email protected], 941-861-1320; [email protected], 941-861-1352; and


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