ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Florida (August 15, 2013) – Inspired by the Giving Matters initiative – a program sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Southwest Florida Chapter – and its annual “Gems of Philanthropy” luncheon, co-sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in April, Carol Carter established the Anna Maria Island Women’s Giving Circle.
Carter recruited 17 other Anna Maria women to join her as charter members of the AMI Women’s Giving Circle. This Circle is officially designated as a donor-advised fund at the Manatee Community Foundation, which is providing the 501(c)(3) umbrella. Manatee Community Foundation will collect, invest and manage the Circle members’ pooled philanthropic gifts and make grants on behalf of the Giving Circle. As stated in the Circle’s operating guidelines, its mission is:
Together, our group of philanthropic women will focus our resources to make life better for people and to support causes in the communities on and near Anna Maria Island, Florida.
The AMI Women’s Giving Circle intends to make grants to select nonprofit organizations – not to individuals – on a calendar-year basis; awards will not be greater than $5,000 to any one organization in any calendar year. Circle members intend to identify organizations in which they have preliminary interest, conduct due diligence, and determine if and when a grant will be made. Grant inquiries or applications will not be accepted.
“We’re Anna Maria Island’s first philanthropic women’s club,” says Carol Carter with enthusiasm and pride. “This is an exciting and innovative way for a group of dedicated Island women to come together for good and to make a difference in the quality of life in our community.”
Local women who are interested in learning more about the philosophy and requirements for membership in the AMI Women’s Giving Circle are encouraged to contact Carol Carter by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.