Create a Fund

Lakewood Ranch Community Fund is a field of interest fund of Manatee Community Foundation.

You can create your own charitable fund at Manatee Community Foundation now, establish it in your will, or create it through a trust arrangement that benefits your family as well as charity. Tax deductions are earned at the time of your gift, while grants awarded from your fund will continue into the future.

The Founders 50 funds have been created by people who live, work or give in the Lakewood Ranch community to permanently endow philanthropy. Contact Susie Bowie, Executive Director of Manatee Community Foundation to open a Founders 50 Fund at

Lakewood Ranch Community Fund – Founder’s 50 Funds
John & Lorna Clarke Fund
GE Appliances
John W. & Lydia J. Kolbas Family Fund
Michael Saunders Fund
Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch Scholarship Fund
Rotary Club of Lakewood ranch MTI East Scholarship Fund
SunTrust Lakewood Ranch Educational Fund
Robert & Karol Borkowski Fund
Greg & Diane Brune Fund
H. Peter Burg Fund
DelFabro Charitable Fund
Bernard G. & Nancy J. Berkman Entrepreneurship Fund
Barbara Jones Charitable Fund
Windsor of Lakewood Ranch Fund
McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractors, Inc. Fund
McIntyre Family Fund
Baugh Family Fund
Stuart J. Roth Charitable Fund
Center for Faith and Freedom Fund
Lakewood Ranch Women’s Charitable Fund
Joseph & Barbara Najmy Charitable Fund
Bob, Julie & Amanda Smith – In Memory of Dick (*) & Gloria Smith
Together We Give Giving Circle Fund
Sisterhood for Good Fund
Jeffrey & Utahna Smith Charitable Fund
Miles Fund
Lou & Ann Marie Marinaccio Charitable Fund
First Watch Endowment Fund
Kathy and Bob Goldberg Fund
Drizos Family Charitable Fund
Greg and Jennifer Steube Charitable Fund
Lakewood Ranch Women Giving for Hope Fund
Ramage Family Charitable Endowment Fund
The Lake Club “TLC” Women’s Giving Circle Fund
Massaro Kozak Art Fund
Douglas and Shari Phillips Family Fund
Cheers for Charity Giving Circle Fund
Bordes Family Fund
Lockhart Family Fund
Henry B. Haitz III Family Fund
Dr. William and Karen Soscia Family Fund
Bob and Kim Walters Foundation Fund

Funds can be established with cash, marketable securities, real estate, a lead trust, closely held stock, retirement plan assets, or by transferring an existing private foundation. Future gifts may be funded via a gift annuity, a charitable remainder trust, a life insurance policy, will bequest or living trust.

Type of Fund Purpose
Donor Advised Fund Donors are able to recommend grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations from the funds they have established .
UnrestrictedFunds Offers the broadest giving option, allowing grants to be made to wherever our professional staff determines our community’s needs are the greatest.
Field of Interest Fund A field of interest fund allows donors to direct the fund to specific areas of need that have special meaning to the donor, such as children’s programs, arts education, the environment, aiding the homeless, etc
ScholarshipFunds Help students pursue academic goals. You may define guidelines for candidacy, the advisory committee, the school and the award itself.
RestrictedFunds Provides perpetual support to specific charities that donors care about the most.
Agency Endowment Funds Funds are established by nonprofit organizations to serve as everlasting endowments.