JFCS of the Suncoast announces a special match opportunity from the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust (the Flanzer Trust) to help financially prepare for anticipated increased needs directly related to hardships caused by the COVID-19 crisis. For 30 days, from March 19 to April 19, 2020, any gift up to $500 made through the Flanzer Trust Match Program to support ‘JFCS-COVID 19’ will be matched 2:1. As an example, JFCS will receive $1500 from the Flanzer Trust for a $500 donation made during the special match period.
JFCS serves more than 5,700 individuals each year in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto and Lee Counties. Its support services include counseling, prevention, intervention, outreach, case management, basic life necessities, financial aid and life skills education programs on a secular, non-denominational basis.
“As our community faces COVID-19 together, JFCS’ commitment to provide critical programs, services and support to those in need – including Seniors, Veterans and those experiencing or near homelessness – remains unwavering,” said Heidi Brown, JFCS CEO. “The Flanzer Trust has long been a valued partner, and we appreciate their support now more than ever as we work to ensure our readiness to manage the needs of those that we serve,” Brown added.
“The Flanzer Trust is proud to carry on Gloria Flanzer’s passion for JFCS and its vital human services and mental health programs that provide impact and positive outcomes in our community,” said Eric Kaplan and Dean Hautamaki, Flanzer Trust co-trustees. “Gloria had a strong commitment to the well-being of Sarasota. We recognize that those who benefit most from JFCS’ services and support also have the potential to be most impacted by COVID-19, and we appreciate the opportunity to support JFCS in their desire to be ready for likely increased needs,” Hautamaki and Kaplan added.
OOFOS, a global recovery footwear company based in Massachusetts, recently donated more than 2,000 pairs of shoes to 10 hospitals across the country, among them Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
OOFOS shoes reduce stress on feet and joints, and the closed cell foam and sanitary properties allow medical professionals to wash them between shifts and keep out bacteria and other microbes.
After conducting a full assessment of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the Arcadia community, the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust has implemented a $250,000 COVID-19 Rapid Response Plan.
The initiative targets Arcadians’ greatest needs during this time of uncertainty: education, food insecurity, health and safety and family sustainability.
The plan includes: enhancing educational opportunities for children through tutoring sessions from April to August; expanding Internet access in underserved neighborhoods for four months; purchasing and distributing wholesale food to hundreds of people for 90 days; purchasing personal protective equipment for local first responders; and alleviating the costs of past-due utility bills for 1,000 households.
The Flanzer Trust has convened partner agencies to assist with the plan’s implementation, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, All Faiths Food Bank and the School District of DeSoto County.Read More Here
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…