Nonprofit centers build community.

This week, I was on a southeastern regional Zoom meeting with our professional organization, Nonprofit Centers Network, and a colleague in Jacksonville said, "Space and place matter." YES! I knew I was with my people!

And how do we make sure our space and place on 17th Street matters? We develop a concept called Dignity of Place, as articulated below by our COO, Charlene Altenhain. Social purpose real estate is both "social" and "purposeful", just like any space that feels good to be in, like your home, your office, your favorite restaurant.

Those feelings do not just happen by accident. Someone is behind the scenes intentionally creating the space and place. Because you're worth it! And so are all of the staff and members of our community who step onto our Campus of Caring every day.
Dr. Kameron P. Hodgens
Executive Director & CEO
1. Nonprofit Sustainability
Dignity of Place: A project complete, and a work in progress
"When I first started at Glasser/Schoenbaum at the end of 2014, one thing jumped out at me about the campus… its “physical-self” needed a little love. We started making small changes, but we really started to focus on something we call Dignity of Place five years ago. What do campus staff see/feel when they come here? What do clients see/feel?..."

Read more of COO Charlene Altenhain's reflections on Partners for Green Places and why maintaining a beautiful campus is connected to human services.
Shapiro Grant
Children's Guardian Fund works to furnish everyday items like clothing, toys, and blankets for children in the foster care system to provide normalcy and enrichment in their time of greatest need.

Their request from us last month? Office supplies and postage. We're humbled to supply funds for these basic needs to support them in serving the most vulnerable among us.

We established the Shapiro Memorial Grant in 2018 upon the passing of Lifetime Board Member Sam Shapiro, to provide each of our tenant partners up to $1,000 in a given year for any mission-related expense they choose.
2. Campus Connection
GlasserPassports: UnidosNow
In our ongoing effort to learn about our neighbors, we hold GlasserPassports; a round-robin of campus agencies, where neighbors hear about each other's work and learn how we might benefit in collaboration.

This month, we held a presentation with UnidosNow for more than 20 attendees from 13 different agencies. UnidosNow serves the local Latino and Hispanic community, focusing on youth leadership and preparing for post-secondary education, "empowering Latinos to achieve their American Dream".

The event was sponsored by Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
View from the Front Desk Campus!
We miss our neighbors! It's been far too long since we have been able to gather for a meal or even say hello to each other over coffee in the kitchen of building J-1.

We have noticed in the past few months that the parking lot is getting more full. As people are returning to work - and because we have a ton of May flowers in bloom - we put some clippings in water and visited all of the agencies with a small campus bouquet.

It was wonderful to say hello, make contact, and enjoy a few gorgeous hours out on the campus. And we look forward to seeing each other more in the future!
3. Community Resources and Leadership
SRQ: Clinic to Community
We'd like to thank the more than 50 stakeholders in our local network of clinical and human service organizations who joined us last week for an informational session about our upcoming study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Systems for Action initiative.

The session, led by our research partner, Visible Network Labs, discussed how each participant plays a vital role in completing the picture of COVID-19's effect on our community's referral system. It also outlined how each participating organization will have confidential access to their data, to see how it fits into the network. This data can be a unique asset in identifying gaps in service, funding needs, and the trust and value of each participant's place in the network.

View some highlights from the session:

If you would like to know more about the study, email Dr. Kameron Hodgens.
Charlene Altenhain appointed to HSAC
We are proud to announce that our COO, Charlene Altenhain, has been appointed to the Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC) for Sarasota County. This council provides a conduit for citizen input to the County Commissioners regarding Contracted Human Services and provides advice and makes recommendations to the commissioners on Human Services policy.

Our co-founder, Dr. Kay Glasser, served on HSAC for many years. "I'm proud to follow in Kay's footsteps by joining this group of people who care so much about our community," said Charlene, "I believe in the purpose of the Council and look forward to contributing."
Birds Eye View
Season of Sharing Fiscal Agents Sparkle All Year Round

Editor's Note: Thank you to these organizations, which are among the 42 nonprofits that received honorariums earlier this year from The Patterson Foundation for their work in processing and distributing Season of Sharing funds. More than $450,000 ...

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Communications and Development Specialist recognized by professional association FPRA
This month, our own Sarah Glendening was named the 2021 Joe Curley Rising Leader for the Central West Coast chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). The award is intended to identify and honor up-and-coming individual FPRA members that demonstrate emerging leadership traits along with dedicated active involvement in FPRA Chapter activities, programs, functions and events.

Staff and board members attended the Image Awards event, surprising our team member and showing enormous pride and support.