Our Vision and Mission 

 The Masala Giving Circle creates positive change in the African American/Black communities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties through engaged and collective philanthropy 

Our vision is to enhance culturally-vibrant thriving African American/Black communities.
The Masala Giving Circle’s mission is to promote economic and personal empowerment through financial support for programs and initiatives that benefit African American/Black communities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. 

Grant Awardees

The circle was founded in 2014.  We grant awards up to $10,000.  Below is a list of grant recipients and the grant year:


  • City of Sarasota  – Robert Taylor Community Complex


  • More Too Life


  • City of Sarasota – Robert Taylor Community Complex
  • Newtown Nation


  • City of Sarasota – Robert Taylor Community Complex
  • Five Pearls of Excellence, Inc.


  • City of Sarasota – Robert Taylor Community Complex
  • Manatee County 4-H Association
  • Newtown Nation
  • Truly Valued, Inc.
  • Visible Men Academy

To apply for Masala Giving Circle Grant, please contact Marilyn Thompson, President. 

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Dates-Usually meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm from October to May.  

Officers for 2018-2010 

  • Marilyn Thompson, President
  • LaVerne Green, Vice President
  • Connie Anderson, Treasurer
  • Margaret Harrison, Secretary
  • Phyllis Moran, Member at Large


Annual Membership fee is $300 minimum that is tax-deductible and payable to Community Foundation of Sarasota County. It is due by December 31 of each year. Click here to visit the donate page and make your payment online. 

There is also a $50 Annual Administrative Fee. This fee support the internal operation of our circle.  It is due by January 31 of each year. It is made payable to Masala Giving Circle and submitted to the Masala Treasurer. 

For more information on joining Masala Giving Circle, please contact LaVerne Green, Vice President.


Community Foundation of Sarasota County

2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota FL 34237
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