Our Work

Our Initiatives

We believe bold philanthropy is uniquely positioned to raise the flag on issues that threaten the future of our community. From creating a coordinated network of mental health providers to increasing access to care for mothers and babies, we are catalyzing efforts around systemic issues that require complex and long-term solutions.

Transforming the community

from every angle.

Never losing sight of a brighter future to be forged, Chuck and Margie envisioned a community in which everyone had opportunities for health, growth, and success. Our community is changing for the better, yet enduring issues still obstruct progress on improving the quality of life in our region. Our initiatives employ data and collaboration to bolster systemic social safety nets.

Family Enrichment

First 1,000 Days Sarasota

Overview

The earlier the investment, the greater the return. This is Barancik Foundation’s philosophy on the life-changing importance of investing in prenatal care and early childhood development. This philosophy is what drove us, alongside 70+ partners, to explore how our community can better provide families with the foundational support they need during babies’ critical early years. Each year, First 1,000 Days Sarasota County reviews barriers facing families in Sarasota.

Strengthened by leadership from Sarasota Memorial Hospital, the initiative delivered on its promise to launch a public parent portal to promote the benefits of helping to boost a baby’s brain. Families can also enter themselves into a referral system, powered by Unite Us, if they need parenting assistance or help getting basic needs.

Launched

2018

Why

The majority of a child’s brain develops within the first 1,000 days of life. Supporting families during this critical early childhood development period has lifelong impacts on health and wellbeing.

Partners

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and 78 community partners.

Mental Health

Here4YOUth

Overview

The prevalence of mental health challenges among children and youth is increasing. Substance abuse, suicide, and other related problems are also on the rise. While the reasons for these increases are not fully understood, likely factors include stress and trauma, use of technology and social media, and increasing sleep disruptions. Across the country, local mental health systems are struggling to keep up. Sarasota, like many communities, is seeking to improve its mental health system of care to fully meet the needs of children and youth.

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation are convening stakeholders to chart a way forward. Our overall purpose is to identify short-term capacity building and longer-term systemic investments that can create a system of care that responds effectively to the mental health needs of all children, youth, and families in Sarasota County.

Launched

2018

Why

Untreated mental illness in children and young adults can devastate individuals and destroy their families. Its impact also extends throughout our community, costing us all dearly. A new study put that economic cost at $86 million a year here in Sarasota County.

Partners

Gulf Coast Community Foundation and a collaborative consortium of human service organizations.

Student Success

Teacher Recruitment|Retention

Overview

Everyone remembers their favorite teacher. Outside of family, teachers have the greatest influence on a child’s academic performance and future success. They can make all the difference in the world. That’s why we want to keep good teachers and attract new ones. Knowing their vital role and that teachers create all other professions, Barancik Foundation has invested more than $7 million in funding for Sarasota County Schools professional development. In partnership with our school district, we launched a Teacher Retention | Recruitment initiative to explore ways to ensure the need was met.

The program identifies volunteers, parents and district employees, already with their college degree, who demonstrate characteristics of a future teacher. The program helps with certification costs, provides career guidance, and helps future teachers navigate the application process. Cohorts dubbed “Emerging Educators” ensure that no new educator enters the classroom without a network of peer support.

Launched

2017

Why

Many factors contribute to a student’s academic performance, including individual characteristics and family and neighborhood experiences. But research suggests that, among school-related factors, teachers matter most.

Partners

Sarasota County School District and State College of Florida.

Environmental Stewardship

Partners for Green Places

Overview

Partners for Green Places is an initiative forged to inspire organizations to play an active and engaged role in the adoption of sustainable practices. The goal is to empower and showcase organizations that have adopted sustainable practices to deliver meaningful results and share those stories so any organization can understand how they, too, can be a part of forging a more sustainable future. Nonprofits also harness Florida’s year-round sunshine with solar arrays, shining a light on sustainable design and its savings.

The City of Sarasota and Sarasota County sustainability staff approached Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation to pilot a water and energy efficiency program for nonprofits. This created an alliance of nonprofit organizations that motivate and inspire the for-profit sector with their commitment to sustainability and healthier, greener practices through their work and within their communities.

Launched

2018

Why

Investing in energy and water efficiency improvements at nonprofits is good for the environment. Improvements reduce water and utility bills, allowing more money to go toward programming.

Partners

Sarasota County and City Sustainability Departments, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and other community partners.

Student Success

Reading Recovery

Overview

Drawing on decades of results, Reading Recovery is a proven formula to help catch up elementary students who struggle the most with reading and writing. In 2015, Sarasota County School District officials and philanthropist Keith Monda were strategizing ways to address the 35% of third-grade students who were not reading on grade level. Monda, who supported the national implementation of Reading Recovery through the Ohio State University, had the vision to introduce our region to the program.

Partnering with Barancik Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation, a pilot was launched at three Title 1 elementary schools. The first year saw incredible success, seeing 85% of participating students reach average grade level following the series of lessons. Fast forward to today and all 23 elementary schools have at least one Reading Recovery teacher on staff—all covered through Title 1 funding.

Launched

2015

Why

Up until third grade, children are learning to read. After that, they read to learn. So what happens when a child reaches elementary school but is already not making progress at their grade level?

Partners

Sarasota County Schools, Keith Monda, and Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

Social Wellness

COVID-19 Response Fund

Overview

Overlapping crises have laid bare deeply rooted problems with our health care, educational and human service systems. Now is the time for our community to be bonded, partnerships strengthened, and social safety nets tightened. Fortunately for us, our nonprofit community has demonstrated just that. When the pandemic struck, our nonprofits acted boldly on behalf of the community.

Just as our partners have unified to carry our community through this, we have unified to support them. We are providing flexible grants and partnered with Gulf Coast Community Foundation on a joint philanthropic initiative to ensure the well-being and flexibility of our vital nonprofits. We aren’t only reacting to needs created by COVID, but also addressing systemic inequities the pandemic has exposed.

Launched

2020

Why

Our nonprofit partners need flexible and immediate funding to address the emerging issues that have come out of the pandemic and economic shutdowns.

Partners

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

“Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation—a major catalyst for improving
the lives of the less fortunate in the community.”

– Sarasota Herald-Tribune