Our Grant History

Since its founding in 2005, The VGCC Foundation has awarded 191 grants totaling more than $431,000 to 64 different local not-for-profit organizations.

2017 Grants Luncheon

On March 15, grants totaling $45,518 were awarded to the following local non-profit organizations:

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Sun Coast 
  • Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County
  • Children First
  • Community Haven for Adults & Children with Disabilities
  • Englewood Community Care Clinic
  • Family Promise of South Sarasota County
  • Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County
  • InStride Therapy
  • Mental Health Community Centers
  • Our Mother's House of Catholic Charities
  • Selah Freedom
  • South County Food Pantry
  • Southeastern Guide Dogs
  • Tidewell Hospice
  • Venice Area Mobile Meals
  • Wildlife Center of Venice
2017 Grant Recipients.pdf
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Luncheon Guest Guidedog Boogie Woogie

Grant Recipient Slideshow

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2016 Grants Luncheon

On March 16, grants totaling more than $40,000 were awarded to the following local non-profit organizations:

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters 
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Child Protection Center
  • Community Haven for Adults & Children with Disabilities
  • Englewood Community Care Clinic
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Interfaith Outreach
  • Our Mother's House
  • Selah Freedom
  • South County Food Pantry
  • Tidewell Hospice
  • Venice Area Mobile Meals
  • Venice Symphony
  • Venice Theatre
  • Wildlife Center of Venice
Luncheon 2016 Final.ppt
Microsoft Power Point presentation [479.5 KB]

2015 Grants Luncehon

On March 18th, $40,500 was awarded to sixteen local non-profit organizations at the Foundation's 10th Annual Grants Luncheon.

2015 Grant Recipients

2015 Luncheon Slide Show.pps
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2015-2016 Grants Committee

The Grants Committee is responsible for soliciting grant applications for local charitable projects, evaluating them, recommending recipients to the Foundation Board, and then following up to ensure that the funds were properly spent.  Please contact the Foundation if you are interested in serving on a future Grants Committee.


Committee Members serve three-year terms.  Third-year members are Betty GibneyJan Meagher, Neil Levine and Sandy Werrell. Second-year members are Sue Abbot and Marilyn Oberstein. New members this year are Linda Bradway, Bruce Guilmette, Durinda Mattana, Erika Muenz, Michael Schowalter, and Beverly Stautzenbach.

2014 Grants Luncheon

$40,000 in grants was awarded to sixteen local non-profit at the Foundation's 9th annual Grants Luncheon on March 19th.  More than 70 people attended the luncheon, held in the Venetian Room at the VGCC Clubhouse.

 For grant details, Click Here.


Pictured Below: 2014 grant recipients and Grants Committee co-chairs.

Seated, left to right: Doris Berkey, Habitat for Humanity; Sara Peterson, Venice Area Mobile Meals; Joy Mahler, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Kerbe Jones, InStride Therapy; June Midkiff, Grants Co-Chair.


Standing, left to right: Lois Marshall, Senior Friendship Centers; Lisa Folger, Suncoast Humane Society; Phillip Snyder, Suncoast Humane Society; Carol Pritchard, Interfaith Outreach; Aida Matic, Tidewell Hospice; Dan Dwiel, Venice Area Mobile Meals; Nancy Pike, Literacy Volunteers of America; Beth Piel, Child Protection Center; Rita Miller, Our Mother's House; Judith Adams, Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center; Philip Tavill; Children First; Stephanie Fannin, Community Mental Health Centers Beacon House; Karin Barbito, Trinity Presbyterian Church Community Assistance Ministry; George Forcier, Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services; Michael Ross, Community Mental Health Centers Beacon House; Del Borgsdorf, Grants Co-Chair.

Thanks to Mort Sinkoff for this photo!

The Grants Process


Our annual grant cycle begins in September, when our Board of Directors reviews the Foundation's finances and determines the total amount to be made available for awards during the next twelve months.  We then solicit grant applications from non-profit organizations in the greater Venice area.  Each application is carefully reviewed by a committee of a dozen volunteers.  Site visits are conducted to ensure the worthiness of each proposed project.

The 2014 Grants Committee

From left to right: Linda Duffey, Debbie Sulzer (site visit partner), Betty Gibney, Rich Learey, Charlotte MacLatchy (site visit partner), Peg Frerk, Del Borgsdorf (co-chair), Larraine Testa, June Midkiff (co-chair), Sue Abbot (site visit partner), Sandra Werrell, Cathy Belding, June Hullinger (site visit partner), Roy Hyland, Neil Levine. Committee member not pictured: John Peters. Site visit partners not pictured: Annie Bollmeier, Joe Dolan, Don Cavern, Shirley Dreher, Shirlee Ruggie, Bob Finizio.

Annual Luncheon

Grants are officially awarded at our annual luncheon in March, open to all Foundation members and non-members.  Luncheon attendees have told us that they are deeply moved and uplifted by the stories of how people's lives have been touched by our members' generosity.

Selection Criteria

We insist that all our grants fund local projects only, even if some of the organizations as a whole may also serve a somewhat wider geographical area.  Grant recipients sign contracts specifying the use of the funds, and we follow up to ensure that the monies have been spent appropriately and effectively.

Click Here to see selection Guidelines and Principles.

Fund-Raising Events

In 2011, we began presenting awards not only at our annual luncheon, but also in conjunction with our Hole-in-One, Reverse Raffle, and Putting Contest fund-raising events.  Entrants play for themselves and for their non-profit partners.