Masala's Vision and Mission 

Masala’s vision is to enhance culturally-vibrant thriving African American/Black communities. Its 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.  

How to join Masala Giving Circle

Annual Membership donation 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 supports the internal operation of Masala Giving Circle.  It is due by January 31 of each year and 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


Meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm from October to May.  

Officers for 2018-2020 

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

Grant Awards and Gifts

Masala gives grant awards and gifts to non-profit tax-exempt organization pursuant section 501(c)(3) that have a program(s) and/or services aligned with their mission. Since the circle was founded in 2014, Masala has awarded grants and

gifts to the below organizations.


  • City of Sarasota  – Robert Taylor Community Complex


  • More Too Life
  • Turning Points


  • 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


  • Divas of Sarasota, Inc.
  • Dollar Dynasty
  • Hope Family Services, Inc.
  • J5 Experience, Inc.
  • We Care Manatee, Inc.

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


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2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota FL 34237
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