The MSC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Michael Saunders & Company, continued its 11-year mission of providing financial assistance to worthy nonprofit organizations that make a difference across Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties during its 2022 year-end grant cycle distribution last week.
Company agents, branch managers and leaders gathered at the Lakewood Ranch sales office for the event, where grant checks were presented to 47 local organizations that were recognized for the important work they do to improve the quality of life in their communities. Representatives from each of the nonprofits shared details about their cause and how the money will be used.
“Each organization represented here today is a critical part of the philanthropic effort the community counts on,” said Drayton Saunders, president of Michael Saunders & Company and vice president of the MSC Foundation. “You represent the best of what our community does. We are honored to recognize and support so many organizations that are committed to doing vitally important work.”
The Foundation’s twice-a-year grant distribution is made possible through the generosity of participating agents who choose to donate portions of their real estate commissions, and staff who make voluntary payroll deductions and special gifts throughout the year. To be eligible for a grant, an organization’s mission must be consistent with at least one of the Foundation’s goals of providing shelter, sustenance, education and a path to self-sufficiency.
In 2022, the Foundation awarded $92,250 in grants, and since its formation in 2011, a total of $1,192,548 has been donated to 256 organizations throughout the tri-county area – from youth, family, homeless and mental health services to underserved arts and literacy programs (a full list can be found at www.michaelsaunders.com/msc-foundation).