• South Sarasota and Charlotte County Area Organizations Benefit from Michael Saunders Foundation Grants

    1.) Sertoma Kids, Inc. L to R Beth Wietrzykowski, Realtor, Michael Saunders & Company, Tim Self, Steve Grantham, Pam Plank, Rich Hughes, Bill Connell

    Michael Saunders & Company recently awarded $41,200 in grants to 46 organizations, including many who serve Charlotte County and South Sarasota, through the company’s MSC Foundation. The private nonprofit foundation was established in 2011 to give agents and team members of Michael Saunders & Company an opportunity to join together to support charitable organizations in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Lee counties.
    “It has been a priority from the beginning of the company to give back to the communities in which we are so fortunate to live and work,” said Michael Saunders, Founder & CEO of Michael Saunders & Company. “Each year, I am humbled by the participation and generosity of our incredible Michael Saunders & Company family.”
    “Our team has demonstrated its commitment to improving the quality of life in our communities through financial contributions, as well as hundreds of hours of volunteer service each year,” added Drayton Saunders, President of Michael Saunders & Company and Vice-President of the MSC Foundation. “We are honored to recognize and support so many organizations that do vitally important work.”
    The MSC Foundation’s mission is to provide funds to organizations that offer shelter, sustenance, education and a path to self-sufficiency. Since its launch, the foundation has donated more than $400,000 to more than 135 organizations. This grant cycle, nearly 35 percent of the agents and team members of Michael Saunders & Company have donated to the foundation. The company also matches 10 percent of the money raised during each grant cycle. Those who donate to the foundation have the opportunity to request grants for organizations that are meaningful to them, and grants are distributed twice a year.
    Organizations that received grants include many agencies that serve the communities of Charlotte County and South Sarasota, including:
    • Coexistence, Inc.
    • Community Foundation of Sarasota County Let’s Be Safe Fund
    • Venice Nokomis United Methodist Church Child Care Center
    • Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the Suncoast, Inc.
    • Laurel Civic Association
    • Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center
    • The Wayne Foundation, Inc.
    • InStride Therapy, Inc.
    • Charlotte County Homeless Coalition
    • Guardian ad Litem Foundation – 20th Judicial Circuit
    • Bit of Hope Ranch
    • Meals on Wheels of Sarasota
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Inc.
    • Senior Friendship Centers, Inc.
    • Family Promise of South Sarasota County
    • Child Evangelism Fellowships
    • First Step of Sarasota, Inc.
    • Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
    In addition to these organizations, a complete list of all MSC grant recipients can be found at http://www.michaelsaunders.com/msc-foundation/. To learn more about Michael Saunders & Company or the MSC Foundation, visit www.michaelsaunders.com or call (888) 552-5228.