Community Partners

A core part of our mission is to create opportunities to collaborate with individuals, organizations and businesses in our community. We are honored to partner with and receive support from several key organizations, including Gulf Coast Community Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and Ringling College of Art and Design.

Embracing Our Differences is very proud of its partnerships with these fine organizations. Without their support, our work would be impossible.


For 25 years, together with our donors, and community partners, Gulf Coast Community Foundation has transformed our region through bold and proactive philanthropy. Gulf Coast is a public charity that was created in 1995 through the sale of the Venice Hospital. Since then, we have become the philanthropic home of more than 1000 families who have established charitable funds here, and we have invested $320 million in grants in the areas of health and human services, civic and economic development, education, arts and culture, and the environment.

601 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34285 • 941-486-4600

Jewish Federation of Sarasota

The mission of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is to strengthen Jewish life and identity in our community, provide for Jewish people in need, and promote support for Israel.   

The Federation advances this mission with its partner network by:
• Meeting the human needs of the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish community and of fellow Jews world-wide,
• Promoting a positive Jewish identity,
• Supporting Israel,
• Involving and building community among the Jews of Sarasota-Manatee, and
• Strengthening ties between the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish community and the broader society in which it exists.

580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232 • 941-371-4546

Ringling COllege

Ringling College of Art and Design recognizes that artists and designers play a significant role in society. The College's primary mission is to provide programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ten disciplines and a Bachelor of Arts in two. All of these programs prepare students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical practitioners in their chosen area of art and design.

In addition to its degree program, Ringling College of Art and Design offers courses, lectures, exhibitions and other art-related services to the local and regional community through its gallery, library, continuing education and community service programs.

Ringling College was founded in 1931 and its 13-member faculty included Dr. Laura Ganno-McNeill, the first woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D., and Hilton Leech, a nationally prominent watercolorist. Today, it is one of the premier colleges of art and design in the western hemisphere.

The College's 48-acre campus now includes 110 buildings, and attracts close to 1,500 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as well as 56 foreign countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts. With a better than 2:1 student to computer ratio, Ringling College's computing infrastructure rivals even that of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT].

2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234-5895 • 941-351-5100