Flanzer Trust rolls out donation-matching program

Feb 3, 2020
Philanthropic organization hopes to encourage smaller donors to become active.

by: Eric Garwood Managing Editor

It’s a lot like a watching a cross-section of parishioners when the collection basket makes its way back and forth through a church. 

Some give more than others, Eric Kaplan says, but almost everyone gives something. And in return, they get the same satisfaction, whether they parted with a $50 bill or spare change.

“It’s our experience,” the co-trustee of the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust told a room packed with representatives from social-service agencies from around Sarasota on Friday afternoon, “that if everyone, even those who are needful, feel good about doing good, whether it’s a dollar or 2 or 5, they feel good about themselves, and we want to incentivize that.”

Dr. R. Dean Hautamaki, co-trustee of the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust.

And that’s exactly what the organization is doing in trying to close the gap left by public sources of funding that Kaplan said are increasingly harder to come by.

The trust has embarked on a campaign in 2020 that sets aside $500,000 to match dollar-for-dollar contributions between $5 and $500 for nonprofit agencies in the social service, social welfare, K-12 education and healthcare sectors. The trust will absorb all costs, including fees charged by PayPal or other administrative overhead.

The idea is based on getting more people involved in philanthropy than the traditionally well-heeled donors, Kaplan told the dozens of people in attendance at the trust’s downtown campus.  

“It works in politics, as Bernie (Sanders) said, and it needs to work here in the community where we can help the people we see every day,” Kaplan said.

Kaplan, who rolled out the program alongside co-trustee Dr. R. Dean Hautamaki, said the Sarasota area can look  far more successful than it is, with shimmering bay views, sailboats bobbing on its waters and gleaming towers framing its boundaries. But, he said, it’s not hard to see the flip side. 

“The need is immense,” Hautamaki said. “It was kind of surprising to both of us growing up here in service that there was a great need at many levels. And so from a healthcare standpoint, when I look at people in a different view outside the hospital and outside the office, you know there are pressing needs for individuals not only who need healthcare but also need support with mental health.”

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Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust Announces $500,000 Matching Challenge

Jan 29, 2020

The Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust recently announced a matching challenge through its 2020 Flanzer Contribution Matching Program in hopes of inspiring locals across Sarasota and the Suncoast area to make a difference in their communities. All donations between $5 and $500 will be matched 1:1, up to $500,000, for select nonprofit agencies in the social service, social welfare, K-12 education and healthcare sectors. “The 2020 Flanzer Contribution Matching Program is a year-round giving opportunity and, depending upon its success, we will consider expanding the amount available for match and whether to make it an annual program,” said Dr. R. Dean Hautamaki, co-trustee of the Flanzer Trust. 

Individuals who wish to participate in the 2020Flanzer Contribution Matching Program can visit FlanzerTrust.org to make an online donation through PayPal. Donors can also send checks payable to the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust to its offices at 1843 Floyd Street, Sarasota. Once an individual’s donation has been processed, the Flanzer Trust will send the contribution and the associated matching funds to the designated partner agency. The Flanzer Trust will also absorb 100 percent of the program with no charge or reduction in any contribution. 

Nonprofit organizations interested in participating are invited to attend a press conference at the Gloria & Louis Flanzer Campus at 1753 Ringling Blvd. in Sarasota on Friday, January 31, at 1:30 pm.

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PRESS RELEASE: LOUIS AND GLORIA FLANZER PHILANTHROPIC TRUST ANNOUNCES A $500,000 MATCHING CHALLENGE FOR NOT-FOR-PROFIT AGENCIES IN SARASOTA AND THE SUNCOAST AREA

Jan 27, 2020

LOUIS AND GLORIA FLANZER PHILANTHROPIC TRUST ANNOUNCES A $500,000 MATCHING CHALLENGE FOR NOT-FOR-PROFIT AGENCIES IN SARASOTA AND THE SUNCOAST AREA
All donations $5 to $500 will be matched 1:1, up to $500,000, through 2020
for select social service, social welfare, K-12 education and healthcare organizations
Sarasota, FL (January 25, 2020} – The Louis and Gloria Flanzer

Philanthropic Trust has announced a $500,000 matching challenge through its 2020 Flanzer Contribution Matching Program in hopes of inspiring locals across Sarasota and the Suncoast area to make a difference in their communities. All donations between $5 and $500 will be matched 1:1, up to $500,000, for select nonprofit agencies in the social service, social welfare, K-12 education and healthcare sectors.


“Louis and Gloria Flanzer always believed in the goodness and generosity of people, and they loved Sarasota and the Suncoast, so much so that they bequeathed their entire estate to their charitable trust and made it clear to their trustees of their desire to include not-for-profit agencies in the area as an important focus of philanthropy,” said Eric Kaplan, co-trustee of the Flanzer Trust. “It is important for there to be a community-based network of contributions to the agencies that keep Sarasota and the Suncoast healthy and provided for – one that is comprised of the general public.”


Individuals who wish to participate in the 2020 Flanzer Contribution Matching Program can visit FlanzerTrust.org to make an on line donation through PayPal. Donors can also send checks payable to the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust to its offices at 1843 Floyd Street, Sarasota, FL 34239. The Flanzer Trust encourages people to make automatic monthly contributions of $20 or more.


“The 2020 Flanzer Contribution Matching Program is a year-round giving opportunity and, depending upon its success, we will consider expanding the amount available for match and whether to make it an annual program,” said Dr. R. Dean Hautamaki, co-trustee of the Flanzer Trust.
Once an individual’s donation has been processed, the Flanzer Trust will send the contribution and the associated matching funds to the designated partner agency. The Flanzer Trust will also absorb 100 percent of the program with no charge or reduction in any contribution.


Nonprofit organizations interested in participating in the 2020 Flanzer Contribution Matching Program are invited to attend a press conference at the Gloria & Louis Flanzer Campus at 1753 Ringling Blvd. in Sarasota on Friday, January 31, at 1:30 p.m.


For more information, visit FlanzerTrust.org or call 917-915-0404.
ABOUT THE LOUIS AND GLORIA FLANZER PHILANTHROPIC TRUST:
The mission of the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust is to enhance the life of the people of the Suncoast through social services and healthcare initiatives. The Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization not affiliated with any other member of the Flanzer family. For more information, visit FlanzerTrust.org or call 917-915-0404.

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Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Receives $800,000 Donation

Oct 3, 2019

The Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust has donated $800,000 to the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation to support the Emergency Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH). The gift will fund new medical equipment for patient care and training medical residents in the ER residency program. It will also fund the purchase of patient simulators or mannequins that enable medical professionals to hone their skills without risk to actual patients.

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Branton: Help build future of foster care

Aug 15, 2019

A happy home is part of the American dream. For many children, that dream can become a nightmare of abuse and neglect.

As a result, just under 700,000 abused or neglected children pass through America’s foster care system every year— more than 1,500 in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties alone. The problem is big, but easy for many people to ignore. I can’t ignore it, however.

I went through my own childhood trauma, and know what these children endure. I also know what a difference a support system can make.

The support I received empowered me to get my life back on track. The experience inspired me to commit my life to serving children and families whose lives have been shattered.

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Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club

Aug 8, 2019

By JIMMY PETERS Arcadian Hometown Editor Aug 8, 2019

When I walked through the door of the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club, I was immediately bombarded with the happy shouts of energetic kids. Three young boys were huddled around a computer, a group of girls danced to a program on the television, and others were standing around the bumper pool table just talking about things young kids talk about. The teachers and volunteers were interacting with the children, some dancing to the music, some just talking, others giving hugs when needed.

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An Instrument of Generosity

Feb 28, 2019

Grateful patients often leave flowers or chocolates at the nurses’ station, but philanthropist Gloria Flanzer had the means to think big. In the early 2000s, she asked her personal physician, Dr. Raymond Dean Hautamaki, what she could do for Sarasota Memorial Hospital…

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Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s 2nd Annual Hospital Gala Raises Over $1.2 million for SMH Cardiac Services

Jan 12, 2019

The 2nd Annual Hospital Gala hosted by Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation (SMHF) was held at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota on January 12th. The sold out event of 700 guests raised more than $1.2 million in support of Sarasota Memorial Hospital Cardiac Services…

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Flanzer Trust gift provides boost to new initiative for mothers and babies

Nov 29, 2018

The countywide collaboration known as First 1,000 Days Sarasota County — which started in April with the goal of supporting local families during a child’s most critical period of development — announced Thursday a donation that will fund a key initiative: hiring hospital-based navigators to guide new mothers through pregnancy, birth and beyond…

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For The LOVE of GIVING

Jan 25, 2016

Perhaps the only thing more impressive than the great love Gloria and Lou showed for each other during their 66 years of marriage is the generosity behind their longstanding commitment to philanthrophy…

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