Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Board Grants $3.2 Million to Bridge Social Service Gaps During Economic Upheaval

Coconut Telegraph

Recent funding from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation fortifies critical nonprofit infrastructure as the need to support families and children becomes greater than ever.

“Our Board realizes our responsibility to ensure our partners have the flexibility to make smart decisions in the current climate,” says Teri A Hansen, president and CEO of Barancik Foundation. “We identified opportunities to reinforce the organizations who are directly serving our community and helping people navigate health and financial assistance systems.”

In addition to $500,000 in funding to establish the COVID-19 Response Initiative with Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Barancik Foundation issued the following grants to its nonprofit partners:

CenterPlace Health
A $375,000 grant to ensure the organization continues to serve residents who rely on Medicaid and public health care now and into the future by covering payroll expenses and lost revenue.

A $285,000 grant to continue their leadership in providing early childhood education and programing for essential employees and front-line responders while school campuses remain closed.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
$250,000 in funding to support the accelerated transition of Historical Spanish Point under the administration of Selby Gardens due to the pandemic-induced economic fallout.

Harvest House
$200,000 in crisis response funding to provide homeless families, veterans, and unaccompanied youth with service-enriched housing and financial assistance.

Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting (WEDU)
A $200,000 grant to support the organization’s publicly broadcasted at-home learning programming for children, parents, and teachers.

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative
$150,000 in funding to offer and incentivize on-the-job training, internships, and fast-track vocational training so displaced and underemployed workers gain skills and wages.

$150,000 in funding to provide support for program participants and their families to help with economic stability and student success.

Children First
A $125,000 grant to allow the organization to remain operationally and fiscally resilient in order to serve the families who rely on them.

The Florida Center for Early Childhood
$125,000 in funding to continue to provide critical childcare services during the COVID-19 crisis and ensure highly-trained mental health therapists remain available to help families in need.

Girls Inc. of Sarasota County
A $100,000 grant to allow the organization to remain operationally resilient as families turn to the organization for extra support due to unemployment and related hardships.

Teen Court of Sarasota County
$100,000 in funding to meet the unforeseen needs of Teen Court clients and families, including mental health counseling, financial assistance, transportation and other identified needs.

Women’s Resource Center
A $100,000 grant to meet the rising demand of employment and case management services and build the organization’s capacity for serving the Latina population.

Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County
$30,000 in funding to maintain the organization’s efforts in coordinating and conducting virtual visitations for low-income mothers and their newborns.

Take Stock in Children of Sarasota
A $25,000 grant to provide support for the organization to continue its operations and help their students and families navigate through challenges created by the pandemic.

An additional $412,000 in funding was granted to arts and cultural organizations to cover lost revenue from canceled events and provide payroll assistance. Grantees include:

Asolo Repertory Theatre
Chicago Botanic Garden
Embracing Our Differences
The John and Mable Ringling Museum
Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago
Ravinia Music Festival
The Sarasota Ballet
Sarasota Opera
Sarasota Orchestra

Barancik Foundation’s Board of Directors have also authorized staff to provide flexibility to repurpose existing grant agreements, modify or waive reporting deadlines, and fast-track sponsorship commitments for current nonprofit partners.

Barancik Foundation continues to partner with Gulf Coast Community Foundation in identifying immediate nonprofit needs and fulfilling critical funding gaps through the COVID-19 Response Initiative as the community begins to move from response to recovery. 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charities can request funds at

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