One of the first priorities Tax Collector Mike Fasano addressed upon assuming office was to create a charitable giving program to help local non-profits and individuals in need. In time, a 501(C)(3) entity called Pasco TC Gives was created to raise and disburse funds for charitable donations.
Since the inception of the charitable giving program in 2013, over $1.26 million dollars has been raised and donated to more than 116 non-profit organizations in our community, as well as individuals in crisis situations who need immediate help. The funds are raised through the Charity-of-the Month Program and sales of advertising on in-house screens in each tax collector’s office in Pasco County.
“Without the hard work of our staff and a very generous community we would not have been able to support so many fine organizations that dedicate themselves to helping those in need,” comments Tax Collector Mike Fasano. “Our Pasco TC Gives Board of Directors independently reviews every request for donations and approves them based on merit and need of the organization or individual. I am proud of the effort made by our employees who sit on this board and help steer funds to where they are needed most. I am most grateful to the community organizations that see us as an important resource to help them and their membership through times of especial need.”
The donations support such diverse programs as CARES Seniors Services, The Humane Society, Support Our Troops, The Volunteer Way, Tax Collector Mike Fasano’s Annual Holiday Food Giveaway which has fed, on average 700 families each holiday season for the past 28 years, the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, Special Olympics of Pasco, the Pasco Sheriff’s K-9 Foundation and over 100 other charitable organizations. Pasco TC Gives has also responded to crisis situations to help Hurricane Ian Victims, Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts and providing support to the families of the United States Coast Guard. In addition, many one-time donations have been made to non-profits throughout Pasco County.
For more information about Pasco TC Gives, the organizations it supports and the charitable giving program in general, please contact Assistant Tax Collector & Board Chairman Greg Giordano at (727) 847-8179.