SARASOTA, Fla. (October 13, 2014) –United Way Suncoast has unveiled the 50 Most Generous Workplaces in the Sarasota Area for 2014. This Top 50 ranking includes philanthropic contributions from the organization and its employees during the previous year’s United Way workplace campaign.
“Sarasota is often referred to as Florida’s most generous community,” said Katie Knight, Sarasota Area President of United Way Suncoast. “So it comes as no surprise that the statistics from our recent campaign year validate that. Our corporate partners and their team members are an exceptional example when it comes to giving back to the Sarasota area.”
The Sarasota area’s five most generous workplaces were: Publix Super Markets, Inc.; School Board of Sarasota County; FCCI Insurance Group; Sarasota Memorial Health Care System; and SunTrust Bank. Combined, these 5 organizations and their employees donated more than $1 million to help the people of the Sarasota area community through United Way programs.
In addition, Florida Power & Light Company; Wells Fargo; Northern Trust; United Parcel Service; Enterprise Holdings, Inc.; Herald-Tribune Media Group; Board of County Commissioners Sarasota County; BMO/Harris Bank; and Universal Insurance Holding of N.A. were also included in the regional Top 100 Most Generous Workplaces of the Suncoast region, which includes all of Desoto, Sarasota, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
These workplaces all create a culture of giving that includes supporting a company-wide United Way annual campaign enabling employees to donate through simple payroll deductions. Workplace campaigns require an investment of time and resources by the leadership of these organizations to plan and organize information sessions, fund special events, and even included leadership dunk tanks or pies in the face – all in the spirit of helping people in need. In addition to financial investments, many of these workplaces encourage staff to volunteer on a regular basis through United Way.
“It’s inspiring to see how our business community promotes philanthropy and how the people in those workplaces respond to a culture of caring,” said Afira DeVries, Chief Development & Innovations Officer of United Way Suncoast. “After the hardships so many faced during the recession, we are seeing resurgence in giving at all levels. I think people just understand a little better how it feels to get a helping hand when you need one and want to pay it forward.”
United Way Suncoast recently announced its five-year strategic plan to break the cycle of generational poverty through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and help adults achieve long-term financial stability so they can support themselves and their families. This important work would not be possible without the support and partnership of all our business and community leaders, Board leadership, volunteers, partner agencies, and the generous people of our region who invest in United Way Suncoast.
About United Way Suncoast
United Way Suncoast staff, volunteers and trusted community partners serve DeSoto, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota counties by developing, enhancing and implementing services and programs to help create a stronger, more vibrant community. United Way Suncoast is changing the community’s story by helping to break the cycle of generational poverty through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and help adults achieve long-term financial stability, as well as provide support services to those who need it most. For more information, call 941.366.2686 (Sarasota office) or 813.274.0933 (Tampa office), or visit www.unitedwaysuncoast.org. To find Suncoast-area volunteer opportunities, visit www.volunteersuncoast.org.