Ways to Give
Senior Friendship Centers Needs You
In Southwest Florida, seniors face many challenges as they navigate through the journey of aging. Many older adults in our community are hungry, isolated, facing crisis, or simply in need of a friend.
We invite you to join our family of caring, supportive donors who are committed to changing lives for seniors. Your gift can provide home-delivered meals, crisis intervention and in-home support, adult day services, resources for caregivers, educational classes, friendly visitors, support groups, and so much more.
Below you can explore the different ways of giving to Senior Friendship Centers. No matter which avenues you choose, just know that your donation will have a tremendous impact by nourishing bodies and minds, breaking down the barriers of isolation and loneliness, and shining a beacon of hopeful light to those in darkness.
One Time Gift
Giving online is safe and easy. But if you’d prefer, you can call Laura Sedberry at 941-556-3205 to make a gift by phone.
You are also welcome to send a check made out to Senior Friendship Centers to:
1888 Brother Geenen Way
Sarasota, FL 34236
GEM Monthly Giving
GEM – Give Every Month – is Senior Friendship Centers monthly giving program. Giving monthly is an easy way to care for seniors in the community. GEMs will provide a steady stream of revenue for Senior Friendship Centers, ensuring that older adults in Southwest Florida can rely on us for their needs.
You get to decide how much you want to give each month. And you can make changes any time you need to. As a member of this special group, you’ll receive a quarterly message from CEO, Erin McLeod, updating you on how your gift has made an impact for our seniors.
To become a GEM visit our Donate Today page and then be sure to select “Recurring Donation” instead of one-time.
Want to Double Your Donation?
Senior Friendship Centers is participating in the Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust matching gift program. The Flanzer Trust is a local organization that makes gifts to support our community. One way they’re giving back is through this special matching program.
Please visit the secure and trusted Flanzer website here. Then, click donate and simply select Senior Friendship Centers from the dropdown menu. They will DOUBLE donations between $5 and $500 (up to a maximum of $3,000 per household annually). You can choose a one-time gift or recurring gift. If you select the recurring gift option, you’ll still become a member of our GEM program mentioned above. Call (941) 556-3253 for more information or assistance.
If you’d like to give a gift in memory or in honor of a loved one, you can do so on our Donate Today page
Tribute gifts can be a one-time gift – or you can also select the recurring gift option mentioned in the GEM – Monthly Giving section above. When making a tribute gift, be sure to indicate who the gift is in memory/honor of, as well as who you would like for us to notify of your special gift.
If your loved one has passed and you would like for Senior Friendship Centers to receive gifts in their memory, please call (941) 556-3205 for contact information on where gifts can be sent and to let us know who should receive acknowledgment of gifts we receive.
Other Types of Gifts
- Retirement Distributions – You can easily support Senior Friendship Centers by making a gift directly from your IRA, 401k, or other retirement accounts.
- Donor-Advised Funds can quickly send a gift to Senior Friendship Centers upon your request. This is a popular and growing method for charitable giving.
- Stocks can be donated directly to Senior Friendship Centers.
- Real Estate such as land, house, or commercial building.
Planned Giving – Join the Legacy Society
What is Planned Giving?
In the simplest terms, planned giving is a donation arranged in the present, but given at a future date. Commonly donated through a will or trust, planned gifts are most often given once the donor has passed away. For donors, planned giving can be a great way to give their life new meaning … to keep doing good beyond your lifetime.
Since a planned gift is for the future, it is not limited by your current financial status or needs. Planned giving may allow you to make a gift you might not ordinarily be able to make because it isn’t dependent on your regular income.
Why Should I Join?
Planned giving preserves your legacy – and helps secure the future of Senior Friendship Centers.
With your planned gift, you can combine your heart for helping others with your overall financial and estate planning goals. This is a special opportunity to touch lives for years to come.
Some planned gifts offer you direct benefits, such as lifetime income or tax savings. Most planned gifts are excluded from estate tax, which can be a benefit to your family. Selecting the right type of planned gift may help you create a larger gift than you thought possible.
What Can I Donate?
Planned giving can include gifts of cash, trusts, stocks, life insurance, real estate, or retirement accounts. Whatever gift you choose, planned giving can help you fulfill your personal and charitable goals. If you’re worried that your gift might be too small – don’t! Even the smallest planned gift can have a lasting impact on seniors. Senior Friendship Centers is here to help you find the option that’s right for you.
How Do I Join the Legacy Society?
The Legacy Society is a group of individuals committed to securing the future of Senior Friendship Centers and improving the lives of older adults throughout the community for generations to come. Joining this special group is easy: a conversation and a simple form are all you need to join the Legacy Society.
We recommend that you consult with your attorney and/or estate planner when preparing your Legacy gift.
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- Align your brand.
- Extend your reach through Sarasota, Lee and DeSoto counties.
- Support our mission.
- Demonstrate community impact.
If your business goal is to reach older adults, the families who love them, the donors who care about them, the volunteers who help them, and the community partners who serve them. Please consider a Senior Friendship Centers Corporate Partnership today.
For more information please contact Lynne Anast, Development Event Manager (941) 556-3269 [email protected] to learn more about benefits and levels.
Thank you to our current corporate partners: Bay Insurance Florida Blue, Coastal Cremations, HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital, Maris Pointe – Eagle Senior Living, Senior Choices, Senior Living Selections, Ultimate Health Plans, Visiting Angels, VIPcare, Health4Life Insurance, Right at Home, United Healthcare, Golden Girls Solutions, New Millennium Mortgage Company, and Hear Again, LLC, Griffin & Griffin Elder Law, Freedom Health, Macular Degeneration Association, Parkinson Place, Inc., Caring Transitions of Venice, Florida Senior Consulting
- Join us as a sponsor for our next big event and receive a variety of benefits!
- We offer multiple levels of event sponsorship, so you’ll be able to find the best fit.
- Many benefits are specially designed to provide businesses in our community with marketing opportunities and great returns on their sponsorship investment.
For more information please contact Lynne Anast, Development Event Manager (941) 556-3269 [email protected] for current sponsor opportunities and levels.
Are you interested in making a significant major or principal gift to Senior Friendship Centers?
If so, we would be delighted to discuss a variety of naming opportunities available on our campuses. Your contribution can be a great way to demonstrate your support, while being publicly recognized or honoring a loved one in a meaningful way.
Please call (941) 556-3215 for more information.
Senior Friendship Centers accepts a variety of donated items and services. Please give us a call to find out if we can accept your new or gently used items, or if you are a professional willing to offer your services pro bono.
You can also check out our Amazon Wish List (see below) to see our current needs, which can change from time to time.
Your in-kind donation can go a long way to helping seniors in need. (941) 556-3205.
Amazon Wish List
Check out our Amazon Wish List to purchase essential household necessities for seniors in need. When you shop from the list, Amazon will ship the items directly to Senior Friendship Centers.
Whether you are shopping from our Wish List or shopping for yourself, be sure you’re shopping through smile.amazon.com.
You’ll first want to visit the Amazon Smile site and select Senior Friendship Centers as your charity of choice. Then, every time you shop through the smile.amazon.com site Amazon will donate 0.5% of each purchase to our organization.
Donate your vehicle to Senior Friendship Centers and we’ll receive proceeds from its sale to help seniors in need.
It’s very easy to do! Just contact our vehicle donation partner, CARS, at (855) 500-7433 and they will gather your information and complete the transaction from pick up to receipt!
Cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, boats, motorcycles, ATVs, RVs, trailers, or airplanes are accepted.
All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Please consult your professional tax advisor to ensure correct tax reporting. Tax ID #59-1522614