Our education partners see it every day: students from stable homes thrive while those living in unpredictable environments struggle both academically and behaviorally. The Barancik Foundation works with partners who help keep families in their homes and ensure those homes provide a sense of security. Their programs enable parents to put food on the table, develop a household routine, and create a more dependable home life.
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Grants & Initiatives
Children First: $25,000 to support the “Raise Your Hand” fundraising campaign. The campaign will enhance the organization’s services and strengthen its core programs that guide vulnerable children and their families to success. A $25,000 grant was given to support Children First’s mission and efforts to leverage funds at its 2017 Fairy Tale Ball.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County: $65,620 to provide teens in the Newtown community with summertime academic and social enrichment programs in a safe environment. Teens also receive an evening meal. Club At Night is a pilot program that will run daily from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. during evening hours when teens are most vulnerable to violence, drugs and sex.
Talking Is Teaching Campaign: Up to $10,000 to implement a pilot awareness campaign this summer to encourage parents to talk, read, and sing with their young children in an effort to improve early learning and close the word-gap experienced by children from low-income families.
Library Foundation of Sarasota County: $50,000 in capping funds for the Children’s Literacy Endowment Campaign. The endowment will enhance reading readiness and success in school for hundreds of Sarasota County children through the Imagination Library program. Additional grants totaling $31,000 were awarded to support Library Foundation’s mission and efforts to leverage funds at its Author Luncheon events.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service: $330,000 to support various programs, which serve a wide-range of needs for individuals and families in our community. A $30,000 grant was approved to support the organization’s fundraising efforts at its Glitz at the Ritz event. A $4,000 grant was also awarded through the Board Engagement Program to support the organization’s cancer support programs.
All Faiths Food Bank: $25,000 to support the 2017 Campaign Against Summer Hunger, which served 2,250,000 meals over the summer months.
All Faiths Food Bank: $174,000 to provide emergency food and water to residents impacted by Hurricane Irma.
Greater Houston Community Foundation: $100,000 to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to help residents impacted by the storm.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation: $25,000 for the Sheriff’s Charitable Fund, which provides small grants to grassroots organizations working to make neighborhoods safer.
Temple Emanu-El: $21,000 over three years to support the Mitzvah Backpack Program, which provides backpacks filled with nutritious food to low-income students at Lakeview Elementary School and Gap School.
Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County: $50,000 to support the Annual August Match Campaign. This campaign raises funds for scholarships for youth to attend the organization’s educational and character building programs. Additional grants totaling $30,500 were awarded to support the organization’s mission and efforts to leverage funds at its Celebration Luncheon.
Harvest House: $210,000 to support the organization’s mission to champion hope and transform lives by revitalizing neighborhoods and providing service-enriched housing programs. The grant will be used to provide housing, case management and wrap-around services for eight unaccompanied youth (ages 18-24) and 14 working-poor families. Families defined as “working-poor” fall through the cracks because they do not meet HUD’s chronically homeless definition, yet they do not earn a living wage. Funds will also be used to build a physical fitness area. A $25,000 grant was given to support Harvest House’s mission and efforts to leverage funds at its 2017 Home Again Luncheon. An additional grant of $2,500 was awarded through the Board Engagement Program.
At Sarasota Memorial Hospital, 52% of babies are born into families living in poverty and the unpredictable environment created by financial insecurity poses health, behavioral and academic struggles for these children. Barancik Foundation believes the earlier the investment in childhood development, the greater the return, and that’s why we helped form First 1,000 Days Sarasota County. The initiative is being developed by nearly 30 community partners and once launched in April, will provide families and babies better access to whatever community resources they need to thrive. Barancik Foundation will invest $50,000 to seed a charitable fund to support First 1,000 Days Sarasota County’s innovative ideas. Individuals interested in financially partnering to support this work may contact Barancik Foundation to learn more. An additional $15,000 was approved for initiative-related marketing and communications.