The $28,000 grant, issued from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, offers emergency funds for students.
(Sarasota-Manatee, FL) MaryAnne Young, executive director and CEO of New College Foundation, announced that New College of Florida has received a $28,000 grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for emergency and critical needs relief for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two foundations have awarded 25 grants totaling nearly $600,000 to relieve strain on key nonprofit partners that are aiding residents hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.
“New College is deeply grateful for the incredible generosity of the Barancik Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s COVID 19 Response grant partnership,” said Young. “These funds will make an enormous difference in the lives of our neediest students when they are most vulnerable.”
Young explained that New College was scheduled to recess for Spring Break beginning March 13, 2020. Traditionally, Spring Break is a week when most of New College’s students leave their on-campus residences for at least a portion of the week. Days prior to the onset of the break, the decision was made at the Florida State University System level that all state universities were to plan for extended breaks due to the emerging threats posed by COVID-19. Although most residential students were able to return home or stay with relatives, 16 students were unable to leave due to various circumstances. Young notes that these students represent the most economically disadvantaged of all New College’s students. The funds will be used for the needs of both on-campus and offsite students, including for food, medicine, and Wi-Fi access to participate in online classes.
“I continue to be in awe of all that the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and the other foundations make possible for this community. Their philanthropy, especially in unprecedented times like these, brings us together, actively promotes resiliency, and inspires our human spirit,” she said.
“These grants—and many more we have in the pipeline—are what I call ‘quick hits,’” said Teri A Hansen, president and CEO of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. “They give some of our strongest nonprofit partners what they need right now to continue their critical work, even as their own staffs and revenues are affected. We will continue working with them to prepare for the intermediate and long-term challenges yet to come.”
For more information about the New College Foundation, call 941-487-4800 or visit https://www.ncf.edu/alumnaei-and-friends/giving/the-foundation/.
About Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
The Charles and MargeryBarancik family has long believed in the power of philanthropy to shape our world and enrich the lives of all people. It was the expression of this belief that led them in 2014 to establish the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation—a private, family foundation located in Sarasota, Florida. The Barancik Foundation creates initiatives and awards grants in Sarasota and beyond in the areas of education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, the environment, and medical (research/resources). For more information, contact Kelly Romanoff at KRomanoff@BarancikFoundation.org.
About Gulf Coast Community Foundation
For 25 years, together with its donors, Gulf Coast Community Foundation has transformed our region through bold and proactive philanthropy. Gulf Coast is a public charity that was created in 1995 through the sale of the Venice Hospital. Since then, it has become the philanthropic home of nearly 1,000 families, individuals, organizations, and businesses that have established charitable funds there, and has invested over $370 million in grants and initiatives in the areas of health and human services, civic and economic development, education, arts and culture, and the environment. Learn more at GulfCoastCF.org.
About New College of Florida
Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida educates intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement. As the legislatively designated Honors College of Florida, New College offers 35 undergraduate majors and a master’s degree program in data science. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning.