Funding Updates

The Impact we've Made Together

Our success to date

Since we first began our mission in 1985, Suncoast Charities for Children has sought to make a direct impact in our community by raising funds for our area’s most important and meaningful organizations, agencies and nonprofits. 

And we’re so proud of the results!

With your help, we have been successful in this mission, leading to our ability to provide a range of life-changing benefits and opportunities for the children, teens and adults with special needs throughout Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties. Below shows you how we did just that!

Because of You:

Because Of You, We Were Able To Make These Recent Funding Allocations


New Playground Equipment  | Preventing Childhood Hunger 
Assisting Families In Crisis

  • For the next 15 years, new playground equipment will provide 1,000 children with a safe place to play and learn 
  • 300 at-risk preschool children will be able to receive 1,300 healthy nutritious meals and afternoon snacks thanks to the “Full Tummies – Flourishing Minds” Program
  • 26 low-income working families received assistance with one or more of the following (medical bills, gas cards, utility payments, rent/ mortgage payments), and 30 low-income families received meal cards thanks to the Crisis Fund
  • New preschool classroom items were purchased 
  • Over 48 preschool children (3-5 years) and toddlers will be able to enjoy new pack & play cribs, toddler cots and access to evacuation cribs
  • The installation of a new in-house garden at the Venice Campus location will allow 123 preschool children to enjoy on-site field trips and provide an environmentally focused curriculum
  • Working parents of preschool children will now receive specialized job training skills to earn higher wages
The Haven

Therapy Scholarships | New Preschool Cribs & Toddler Cots 
Outdoor Art Activity Area

  • 165 hours of speech, occupational, and/ or physical therapy will be provided to children with special needs from families who are underinsured or unable to afford health insurance
  • 23 preschool students with speech delays received new therapeutic equipment at Selby Preschool  
  • Over 86 preschool students (ages 1-5) will now be able to attend a summer classroom program offering a high-quality learning experience
  • Funding was provided to the Growing Healthy Kids Program, which serves approx. 17,312 meals and 8,656 snacks to at-risk preschool children with disabilities
  • Over 200 clients a week will be able to enjoy an outdoor art activity area

Florida Center for Early Childhood

New Therapy Swings | Children’s Therapy Scholarships 

  • 150 students needing occupational therapy services will be able to utilize three new therapy swings in the classroom 
  • 165 hours of speech, occupational, and / or physical therapy for children with special needs thanks to therapy scholarships for families underinsured or unable to afford health insurance
  • New occupational/ speech therapy testing materials were purchased for therapists working with children requiring developmental therapies
  • Climbing tunnels and a new slide were installed at the Sarasota Campus location, impacting over 30 preschool students (6 weeks-5 years) at the Starfish Academy

 New Outdoor Therapeutic Activity Equipment | Recreational Program Support 

  • 335 clients needing therapy will enjoy a brand new outdoor therapeutic activity area at their Venice Campus
  • 30 students (ages 4-18), with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will now experience an after-school recreational program in Bradenton
  • Two-in-one laptop computers purchased will help over 140 clients with disabilities to strengthen their communication, daily living and social skills
  • New wellness equipment will allow over 150 clients with disabilities to continue to stay physically fit and healthy
Special Olympics

New Summer Sports Equipment | Two Week Summer Camp In 2024

  • 40 special athletes will be able to further develop their  athletic skills at the first-ever Summer Camp in Sarasota County
  • Sports equipment will provide continued sports training and competition to over 120 clients with intellectual disabilities
  • Funding was provided to help launch the first ever two-week Summer Camp for special athletes in Sarasota County.

New Baseball Batting Helmets & Uniforms | Summer Camp Scholarship For The Blind 

  • 150 individuals with physical and/or cognitive challenges will benefit from new dry-fit baseball uniforms 
  • A blind student, who was never able to attend Summer Camp, received an unforgettable experience that his family has always wanted him to enjoy. 
  • Batting helmets will provide safety to over 200 children with physical and/or cognitive challenges

Suncoast Foundation – Capital Improvements & Necessary Maintenance

  • New flooring, air conditioning upgrades, and new offices were installed at The Haven’s Venice Campus. Over 65 clients with physical and/or cognitive challenges will now be able to focus on vocational skills, life skills, and social/ recreational skills. 
  • New Flooring was installed at Children First (Venice Campus) and a new AC unit and lift station were installed at The Florida Center For Early Childhood (Sarasota Campus)
  • Funding support to the Haven for two new group homes for aging adults with developmental disabilities that have developed Dementia/ Alzheimer’s (Sarasota Campus)
  • Installation of new hurricane-proof windows and doors, new air conditioning units, new electrical panel and structural repairs at The Florida Center for Early Childhood (Sarasota & North Port Campuses)
  • Replacement of flooring at Children First (Venice Campus)
  • Upgrades to the Sertoma Speech Clinic in Venice
  • Renovations at the Venice Sports Complex utilized by The Haven