Nonprofit Spotlight: State College of Florida Foundation

During this week's Nonprofit Spotlight, we were thrilled to chat with The State College of Florida Foundation to learn more about their mission and how we can help. Here's what they had to say.

Can you tell us a little bit about your mission and how you help to support our community?

The State College of Florida Foundation connects donors’ passions and regional partners with State College of Florida’s outstanding students, faculty, programs, and community. We also steward foundation assets consistent with our donors’ intent.

We aspire to double our endowment, allowing us to remove the financial obstacles for all deserving students who want to improve their lives with a State College of Florida education. In addition, we aim to contribute to the vitality of our community and to expand innovative, academic enhancements of the college so that it can be the best educational experience in the region.

Who do you serve and why?

We serve our students by providing scholarship opportunities to ensure access to all who desire to pursue higher education. We also fundraise to better equip the College’s classrooms and support faculty development.

You have a few exciting fundraisers coming up – can you tell us a bit about them?

Avenues to the Future will be held on our Bradenton Campus on Feb. 18, 2023. This will be a fun opportunity to support our mission while enjoying specialty cocktails, a delicious surf & turf dinner, an open bar, and much more. During the event, you can mix and mingle with friends old and new. The SCF Presidential String Quartet and Presidential Jazz Ensemble will serenade guests as they stroll the beautifully lit Avenues of the Bradenton campus, and there will even be dueling pianos!

Evening Under the Stars will be held on the Venice Campus on April 15, 2023. During this event, you’ll have a chance to enjoy the beautiful sounds of the SCF Presidential String Quartet, the SCF Jazz Band, and rousing performances by the Pops Orchestra. VIP Seating will include a tasty meal with beer and wine. A firework show set to the Pops Orchestra will conclude the night.

We love your mission! What’s the best way our community can help?

There are several ways you can help the SCF Foundation!

1. Attend our events as a guest or volunteer
2. Make a donation today
3. Establish a scholarship or contribute to an existing scholarship by contacting Lori Stephens Tomlinson at 941-752-5108 or
4. Make a planned legacy gift by contacting Cassandra Holmes at 941-752-5389 or

All general questions can be answered by contacting the SCF Foundation at 941-752-5390 or

What an exciting opportunity to support education in our community! To learn more about the State College of Florida, visit their website and follow them on Facebook.

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