Social Wellness

Social Wellness

From Sarasota’s families and children to its senior citizens, the Barancik Foundation advocates for those who struggle. We work with partners to offer mental and physical help to those who need it most. By integrating counseling and family support services into the nonprofits they already trust, those who need treatment find it in a familiar, risk-free environment. Providing help, as well as ensuring individuals take advantage of it, is vital to maintaining the mental and behavioral health of our entire community.


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Treating Trauma in Foster Care Children

A new medical model provides counseling and therapeutic interventions to children with increased risk of developing mental illness.

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Grants & Initiatives

Embracing Our Differences: $5,000 to support classroom trips for students to view the organization’s public art exhibit, which teaches anti-bullying, tolerance and acceptance.

American Jewish Committee: $50,000 to provide annual support to AJC, the oldest civil rights organization in the United States. An additional grant for $10,000 was awarded to support the 2017 Civic Achievement Award Dinner.

Pines of Sarasota Foundation: A grant for $202,000 was awarded to support the organization’s recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma.

Child Protection Center: $50,000 to hire an additional prevention educator for its Personal Safety and Community Awareness Program team, which will enable the organization to reach an estimated 27,000 children and adults annually with child-abuse prevention and anti-bullying education.

Pines of Sarasota: $96,000 to offer professional intergenerational programming for residents of the Pines senior living facility and children in the preschool run by the organization in the Newtown community.

Manatee Community Foundation: $125,000 to support the Manatee County Foster Care Initiative, a collaboration of nearly 30 public and nonprofit agencies working together to create a system of care for children being displaced by the heroin/opioid addiction epidemic in the region. Funds will specifically pay for an Early Childhood Court Community Coordinator for 12th Judicial Circuit Court and a marketing campaign to fill a gap of more than 100 foster care homes in the county.

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Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation: $50,000 to support the provision of basic human services to Jews and others in need, create Jewish experiences, and strength Jewish community connections.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: $400,000 to support the 2017 Cohn Weil Memorial MS Outing.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida: $50,000 to provide preventative and reproductive healthcare to patients with limited or no health insurance. No portion of the funds awarded will pay for termination of pregnancy.

Forty Carrots Family Center: $90,866 over three years to provide mental health counseling and Partners in Play classes to students and families at Tuttle Elementary. These programs will teach participants emotional coping techniques, parenting skills and advance the school’s efforts to nurture the entire family.

Easter Seals of Southwest Florida: $225,000 over three years to support the organization’s Children Therapy Collaboration Project. Easter Seals specializes in providing therapy to children with developmental and/or sensory disabilities. This grant will allow therapists to travel to other nonprofits, such as Children First, to provide therapy to clients with disabilities. Therapists will also provide training for the nonprofit staff.

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation: $30,000 to support the organization’s mission and efforts to leverage funds at its special events.

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: $10,000 to support the organization’s fundraising efforts at its 2017 gala.