Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Giving Partner?

Who Uses The Giving Partner?

How Can a Nonprofit Create a Profile?

What is the Giving Challenge?


Making a Commitment to Informed Giving

Donors and funders want to make wise investments in nonprofits that achieve positive results in the community. The Giving Partner provides a way for nonprofits to share the results they are achieving, in addition to information about their financials, governance, management, and needs.


Foundations and The Giving Partner

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County oversees The Giving Partner and works in partnership with nonprofits creating and updating profiles. Using data collected in The Giving Partner, foundations can understand local nonprofit trends from strategic planning to board diversity.

Foundations including the Community Foundation require nonprofit profiles for competitive grant making and other opportunities to encourage transparency and efficiencies.

The original funders of The Giving Partner are the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation.


Donors and The Giving Partner

Donors use The Giving Partner to understand their local choices for giving.

Because nonprofits are required to answer the same questions in their profile, The Giving Partner allows donors to more easily understand how organizations are alike and different.


Nonprofits and The Giving Partner

Nonprofits are encouraged not only to develop in-depth profiles but to use The Giving Partner to understand more about others working in the field.


Creating a Profile is a Process

Creating a profile in The Giving Partner does require time and effort. We start with an orientation for your nonprofit's leadership to understand more about the purpose of The Giving Partner, how foundations and donors use this, and how to complete the profile.

To register for the next orientation session, email Susan Geurin-Shelley at SShelley@CFSarasota.org


Profile Requirements

Nonprofits serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte or Desoto counties, Florida can create a profile in The Giving Partner.

Nonprofits must have their IRS 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination, at least three board members as required by the State of Florida, and a State Charitable Solicitations Permit (or exemption) from the Florida Department of Agriculture.


What Differentiates the Giving Challenge from The Giving Partner

The Giving Challenge is often confused with the Giving Partner.

The Giving Partner is our local nonprofit online resource. It provides donors and funders with a year-round holistic view of a nonprofit's impact/successes, governance, financials and management, and demonstrates a nonprofit’s commitment to transparency.

The Giving Challenge is an online giving event available ONLY to nonprofits with completed/updated profiles in The Giving Partner.

For more information, email Susan Geurin-Shelley at SShelley@CFSarasota.org.