Manatee Community Foundation Inc
2820 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton FL 34205
Manatee Community Foundation connects the charitable interests of donors with the ongoing needs of the community.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Susie Bowie
Board Chair Karen Miller
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Supported Organization Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Tax Exempt Status Public Charity Type I Supporting Organization
Incorporation Year 1998
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Jan 2018
State Registration Yes 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $538,000.00
Projected Expenses $538,000.00
Impact Statement
The impact of Manatee Community Foundation lives in thousands of stories from local nonprofits and individuals that have received more than $18million in grants and scholarships awarded since 1998. Every positive outcome achieved through our Foundation in this community is a direct result of a donor who has invested his or her dollars to help meet the human service, educational, health, animal welfare, environmental, and civic engagement needs of Manatee County.
Manatee Community Foundation provides a variety of charitable giving vehicles that help each donor make the difference most important to him or her while capitalizing on tax benefits and knowledge of the community that our staff and organization provide.
Our strategic planning process has led us to the renovation of a 5,000 square foot building which allows us the ability to grow our staff and share a 100 seat community room with nonprofits and community members. This will allow Manatee Community Foundation to expand our role as a neutral convener for issues important to Manatee County and the people who care about our future.
Needs Statement
  • Connecting with donors who want to make an impact through philanthropy in Manatee County.
  • Growing our Corporate Ambassador program to reach more local businesses who want visibility with philanthropic clients and local nonprofits: $5,000 and $3,000.
  • Completing our capital campaign project to fully fund the spaces available for use by local charitable organizations. Currently have a $200,000 dollar for dollar match for gifts. Those who give at the $25,000 level are recognized as Pillars of the Community.
Background Statement

In June of 1998, a Steering Committee of local civic leaders took steps to formalize the Manatee Community Foundation by incorporating and filing for tax-exemption. Capitalizing on the administrative and investment services provided by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Manatee Community Foundation was incorporated as a “supporting organization” under section 509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.  In 2003, as part of an initiative to start, support and grow community foundations in its 26 newspaper communities, the national John S. and James L. Knight Foundation challenged the new Manatee Community Foundation’s Board of Directors to raise the first $1 million of endowment funds. The Knight Foundation gave MCF three years to raise the money. MCF successfully met the challenge in only six months.

Today Manatee Community Foundation has grown to over 240 donor funds and $37 million in assets. Thirty local nonprofit agencies in the community have placed their endowments under the “umbrella” of MCF.

MCF encourages donors to established either endowed or non-endowed funds to accomplish their charitable giving.  Types of funds that can be established are: donor-advised, designated, field of interest, unrestricted, scholarship, future (legacy), and operating.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments

Grants awarded from Manatee Community Foundation support nonprofits that serve Manatee County, Florida including Bradenton, Palmetto, Lakewood Ranch, Anna Maria Island, Parrish, and unincorporated areas of our county. Many of our donors also choose to support organizations including churches and universities in Sarasota County, Florida, and around the United States. Most scholarships are awarded to students living in Manatee County.

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, a component fund of Manatee Community Foundation, has its own grant cycle and advisory board to connect the resident of Lakewood Ranch with charitable giving in and around the Lakewood Ranch area. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President


As a longtime resident of Manatee County, I believe in the importance of local giving and have seen the difference effective philanthropy has made for causes that are important to donors across our community. My desire to support our community in a meaningful way that spans diverse charitable mission focuses has led me to invest my time as a board member and my resources as a donor of Manatee Community Foundation. I am proud to be the Board President, knowing what a difference this organization makes to so many nonprofits and those they serve. With expertise in business development, estate planning, community partnerships, finance and other fields, we have a respected and well-rounded group of board leaders who all give their time, talent, and treasure as part of their board service.

-Karen Miller, Board President

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Manatee Community Foundation builds meaningful relationships with charitable individuals and businesses to help them make the most of their giving. We value transparency in our operations, in the nonprofits we serve, and in open dialogue with community leaders, businesses, and individuals who want to make our community stronger. Our knowledge of charitable planning vehicles, the community, nonprofit impact, and the right questions to ask before making an investment through philanthropy, Manatee Community Foundation guides giving to make sure it is personal, meaningful, and impactful.

I seek to capitalize on the successes of our history while engaging new audiences and energy to grow our assets for the purpose of serving our community.
-Susie Bowie
Executive Director 
Description Manatee Community Foundation funds programs, services, capital needs, and capacity building opportunities for nonprofit organizations in the animal welfare, arts, education, human services, health, environment, and civic engagement spaces. These grants support organizations located in and serving Manatee County, as well as donor directed grants to 501c3 organizations in other parts of the state and country. The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, a component fund of Manatee Community Foundation, targets its grant making in the Lakewood Ranch area specifically.
Budget $2,300,000
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success In the short-term, Manatee Community Foundation grants help nonprofits meet immediate needs of the clients they are serving and the needs of their own staff and operations as they continue to increase their impact.
Long Term Success Over time, the grants awarded in our community provide a stronger nonprofit sector that enhances the health and well-being of people, places, animals and citizens of Manatee County.
Program Success Monitoring Organizations are required to submit grant reports that detail the outcomes, outputs and successes of the funded programs or need being addressed. Reports include commentary on how to improve the intervention, and we value open communication with our grantees.
Program Success Examples Through the passion and thoughtfulness of Bill and Maryann Vinall, donors to the Manatee Community Foundation, philanthropic dollars are available to improve animal welfare in Manatee County. The fund has awarded grants to the Pets for Life program at the Humane Society of Manatee County, providing operating support for a program manager who helps low-income families take better care of their pets with vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries, and other services. This program allows families to concentrate their resources on other needs in their household, while providing the education needed to help prevent pet overpopulation. At a recent event--a small piece funded by the grant--298 pets received much needed vaccinations at no cost to their owners. 162 pet owners and children who accompanied them were provided with valuable education about pet overpopulation and the proper care of their dogs and cats.
Description Manatee Community Foundation awards scholarships to graduating high school students pursuing post-secondary education and to adult learners who are going back to school.
Budget $90,000
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success In the short-term, students who receive scholarships have the opportunity to attend a school or educational program of study that would otherwise be unavailable to them or unavailable without significant debt carried into adulthood.
Long Term Success In addition to the economic and societal impact of post-secondary education in our community, the long-term success of our scholarships can be seen in individuals who access greater opportunity and security in their lives. This not only benefits the individual, but the entire family structure.
Program Success Monitoring

A competitive application process overseen by a volunteer committee selects students for scholarships that are most likely to be successful based on grades, community service and leadership, and financial need. Success of students in school is most often monitored by renewable scholarships in which students have a vested interest in reporting their success and continued pursuit of the field of study originally applied for.

Program Success Examples

Ludonir Sebastiany received his first scholarship from the Manatee Community Foundation's Manatee Medical Education Foundation. After having success in his coursework, he applied for a much larger scholarship to cover expenses at FSU College of Medicine. Now for the third year, Ludonir will be receiving a $25,000 Johanna P. Hagedoorn Scholarship for his academic excellence. Manatee Community Foundation will be a major contributor to his future success in the medical field and to the patients he is expected to serve with excellence and compassion.


Through the new spaces available at Manatee Community Foundation's new headquarters at 2820 Manatee Avenue West, local nonprofit organizations, governments, donors, and citizens have a neutral place to convene to talk about the intersection of issues such as social services, animal welfare, health, environment, and education.

Budget $40,000
Category Community Development, General/Other Organizational Development & Training
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success Organizations and those who support them have a neutral space in our community to meet about important issues. The 18-seat community board room and 100-seat community event room allow vital discussions to take place, networks to be built, and connections to be made between organizations and people who want to make a difference. In the short-term, these conversations can serve as launching points for new and strengthened collaborations, new funding opportunities, and citizen engagement.
Long Term Success Over time, the community will see an impact in the dollars nonprofit organizations save for their program work by making the space available at no cost/low cost. We are working to develop a system that will allow us to track the impact of conversations, new/strengthened relationships, and meetings that take place in (and because of) these neutral spaces.
Program Success Monitoring

A staff member will monitor the number of people using the rooms, the organizations represented, and follow up with questionnaires about the confirmed and possible decisions, collaborations or movement that will result from convenings in the space.

Program Success Examples

In one week at Manatee Community Foundation, our community board room was used by a group of state and local executives from nonprofits, Manatee School District, and a local university who gathered to discuss forming a local College Access Network; five local animal welfare organizations meeting for the first time about a collaboration for a joint spay/neuter event serving low-income populations; and an arts organization that did not have local space for a meeting about programming in the library system.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Susie Bowie
CEO Term Start Apr 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email

Susie Bowie is the executive director of Manatee Community Foundation, the leading philanthropic organization in Manatee County that has provided more than $16 million in grants and scholarships since 1998. Susie has worked in the philanthropic sector for 11 years, most recently at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County where she focused on capacity building with organizations of various operating budgets to help them tackle the challenges of running an effective social sector business. Her specialties include: informed philanthropy, communications, nonprofit management. She led the development and execution of Guide Star's Donor Edge (The Giving Partner)—a tool helping donors and funders understand more about local nonprofits—and the Giving Challenge, a local day of giving resulting in $15 million infused into the community over the last 4 years. Susie was a Hull Fellow at the Southeastern Council of Foundations and was a 40 Under 40 winner in 2008.  

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Marilyn Howard 1999 - Dec 2015
Senior Staff
Susan Atherton CFP, CPADirector of Charitable Legacy Planning & Development
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 67
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 16
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
The Manatee Community Foundation collaborates with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County using The Giving Partner to enhance its understanding of local nonprofit needs and to understand nonprofit capacity building needs. We also collaborate on Season of Sharing, a long-standing partnership helping families on the verge of homelessness.
As part of the Manatee Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Manatee Community Foundation partners with United Way of Manatee and other organizations to increase the number of students reading on grade-level by the third grade, a significant predictor of success in life.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy
Policies and Procedures Yes
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Karen Miller
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term June 2015 to June 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Anthony D. Bartirome Blalock Walters
Eugene Beckstein Community Volunteer
Mr. James Bruen Community Volunteer
Dr. James A. Davis Community Volunteer
Nicolas Drizos Horizon Wealth Advisors
Lillian Elliott Community Volunteer
Eugene Fogerty Community Volunteer
Lisa Johnson CS&L CPAs
Karen Miller Community Volunteer
Stewart Moon Community Volunteer
Rebecca Neal Community Volunteer
Dr. Howard A. Seider Community Volunteer
Charles L. Slater Community Volunteer
Denise Williams Hancock Bank
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 9
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 74
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $538,000.00
Projected Expenses $538,000.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose A building that is the center for philanthropy in Manatee County, including a community room available for community, nonprofit, and philanthropic events and forums
Campaign Goal $1,200,000.00
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 750000 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$3,177,924$3,618,315$6,435,711
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,262,566$1,502,249$1,052,038
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$103,764$53,100$83,746
Revenue In-Kind$1,037,957$829,194$1,562,020
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,704,395$2,705,204$1,637,897
Administration Expense$550,848$523,453$430,144
Fundraising Expense$193,928$160,231$146,704
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.621.603.52
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%80%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%4%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$36,605,616$34,344,381$30,026,112
Current Assets$2,157,208$688,343$2,075,216
Long-Term Liabilities$7,271,310$5,974,035$4,286,784
Current Liabilities$89,199$95,022$87,066
Total Net Assets$29,245,107$28,275,324$25,652,262
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $3,177,924Contributions, gifts, grants $3,618,315Contributions, gifts, grants $6,435,711
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $2,262,566Investment Income $1,502,249Investment Income $1,052,038
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAdministrative Fees $272,711Administrative Fees $235,503Administrative Fees $175,761
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities24.187.2423.83
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets20%17%14%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

The Manatee Community Foundation’s financials are comprised of funds established by nonprofit organizations and donors including the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund. The investments of MCF which are pooled with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County are guided by an experienced investment committee who oversee the investment portfolio, review annually the Investment Policy Statement and meet with portfolio management. The goal of our investment strategy is to grow principal within a moderate risk tolerance.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's Federal tax return.  The audited financial statements include the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. and its subsidiaries and support organizations; accordingly the Federal tax return and audited financial statements do not reconcile.
Nonprofit Manatee Community Foundation Inc
Address 2820 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL
Phone 941 747-7765