Local nonprofit organization Goodwill Manasota is thrilled to have access to crucial program funding through a new partnership with the Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust. Together with a substantial contribution from William Isaac, chairman of the Sarasota Private Trust Company, and his wife, Christine, the Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust is matching Goodwill’s “Change Round-Up” program for the fourth quarter of the year, including the important holiday shopping season.
Goodwill’s Change Round-Up program, launched in 2013, is a charitable effort that enables all Goodwill shoppers to be philanthropists. Store associates invite patrons to round up their purchases to the next whole dollar; the resulting funds support Goodwill’s mission of providing job training and career services for individuals with barriers to employment. In 2019 alone, Goodwill Manasota’s Round-Up program contributed to the funding of community programs that served 5,591 individuals in the community, supported 791 job placements, served 383 veterans, and diverted more than 43 million pounds from landfills.
In 2019, economic consulting firm Elliott D. Pollack & Company reported Goodwill Manasota’s local economic impact was over $80 million for the communities it serves.
“The Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust is excited about this new partnership with Goodwill, a premier agency that helps people throughout the Sarasota and Manatee region,” said trustee Eric Kaplan. “Our matching program has disbursed more than $1 million in matched contributions since it started, providing crucial funds to dozens of Suncoast agencies.”
The 2020 Flanzer Contribution Matching Program was launched in hopes of inspiring people across Sarasota and the Suncoast area to make a difference in their communities. All donations between $5 and $500 are matched 1:1 for select nonprofit agencies in the social service, social welfare, K-12 education and healthcare sectors. Goodwill was already participating in the 2020 Matching Program through its own “Ignite the Match!” campaign, when the idea for the Round-Up match was conceived, and the additional agreement completed in September.
“Especially this year, with the continuing challenges related to the pandemic, charitable funds are essential to ensure we can successfully achieve our mission of changing lives through the power of work,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “Everyone deserves a chance to earn a paycheck and feel the dignity of work. We are grateful to the Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust for supporting our mission and helping us change lives in a significant way.”
For more about Goodwill, go to experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.
PHOTO ID: Cashier Daniel Huynh and Nancy Jackson at the point of sale register, where customers can choose to ‘round up’ their purchase to the next whole dollar and support Goodwill’s mission
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With philanthropic donations and revenue generated by the sales of donated goods, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and those with other barriers to employment by providing jobs, job skills training, and free career services. For more information or for a listing of locations, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.