Foundation News

Barancik Foundation hires Murray Devine as Communications and Learning Officer

The Barancik Foundation announced the hiring of Murray Devine for the newly created position of Communications and Learning Officer. Previously with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Devine will direct the Barancik Foundation’s communications strategy, publicize the impact and institutional learnings of Foundation grants and initiatives, and consult with local nonprofits on effectively demonstrating stories of impact created through Foundation support.

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Barancik Foundation Hires Jessica Polk as Operations Manager

Amid exponential growth in its community impact and operational needs, the Barancik Foundation hired Jessica Polk for the newly created position of operations manager. In 2018, the Foundation increased its grantmaking by 50 percent and launched three new initiatives—First 1,000 Days Sarasota County, Teacher Recruitment|Retention and Mental Health Environmental Scan.

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Lesson on building companies and community from Chuck Barancik

Chuck Barancik, his wife, Margery, and their three children started the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation with $100 million in April 2014. Since then, the foundation has awarded nearly $29 million across 255 grants and initiatives. A Chicago native, Barancik had a genius for buying and developing companies in industries as diverse as bakeries, fire prevention and office furniture. Most of these acquisitions and their employees were spread out across the country, and yet Barancik ran the operations out of his Chicago office with only three other people. Active, engaging and razor sharp, Barancik says his family and his philanthropy are what he cherishes most.

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