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The Giving Partner Releases 'State of the Arts' Report
By / August 24, 2013

Arts organizations in Southwest Florida provide rich cultural experiences with ballet, modern dance, theatre, visual arts, history, classical music, opera, radio, jazz, choral ensembles and many other genres. The economic and cultural significance of arts & cultural organizations is well-documented in our community.

Sixty-five arts & cultural organizations serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte or DeSoto counties have showcased their transparency in The Giving Partner by providing publicly-viewable data related to their programs, governance, finances and management. The 2013 State of the Arts [PDF 1.4MB] report assembles much of that data to guide local funders, donors, community leaders, and the board and staff of arts & cultural organizations in better understanding the organizational capacity of these institutions.

A few of the specific areas explored in this report are:

  • Financial: Projected Income & Expenses, Revenue Sources, Special Event
  • Management: Staffing & Volunteers , CEO Longevity, Organizational Policy & Planning
  • Governance: Board of Directors Giving, Meeting Attendance, Conflict of Interest

The Giving Partner is an online tool sharing in-depth information about local nonprofits, helping donors and funders make more informed decisions about charitable giving.

Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte or DeSoto county is encouraged to develop a profile in The Giving Partner. Each profile includes information about nonprofit needs, programmatic impact, governance, management, standard organizational plans and policies, and financials. This data can be used to better understand the resources local nonprofits need to be more effective and efficient in carrying out their missions.

The Giving Partner is a partnership of four local foundations—the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and the Manatee Community Foundation—hosted by GuideStar.

GuideStar is a national nonprofit seeking to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency and encourages charitable giving. DonorEdge, the national “brand” for what we locally call The Giving Partner, has been implemented in 16 forward-thinking community foundations across the country, including those located in Boston, San Diego, Philadelphia, Orlando and Kansas City.

Visit The Giving Partner online at

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