The Giving Circle

So much more can be accomplished when passionate women come together to benefit shared causes.

Established in May 2011 by founding donor and administrator Angela Massaro-Fain, Sisterhood For Good is a fun, active giving circle that unites women who share common philanthropic goals. The group distributes grants annually to a number of local causes, including women’s and children’s issues, animal welfare, arts and education, health and safety, and hunger and homelessness.

The group is comprised of passionate women from throughout the community. Members represent a variety of professional backgrounds, from accomplished business leaders and corporate up-and-comers, to retirees and women who work from home.

Funds collected by the Sisterhood For Good women’s giving circle are held and managed as a donor-advised fund of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund under the Manatee Community Foundation.

In 2016, the giving circle received a record number of applications and awarded grants to the following non-profits: Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc. (SMART); Mark Wandall Foundation; Children’s Healthy Pantry; Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee/Food Bank The GIVING CIRCLE of Manatee; and Child Protection Center, Inc.

“The women of Sisterhood For Good are proud to support a number of diverse local causes that do so much for the people of our community,” said Angela Massaro-Fain. “With each year of grant distribution, it’s exciting to see how our membership has grown, our reach has extended and our giving potential has increased, thereby ensuring our shared vision continues to change lives in our region.”

Sisterhood For Good is now accepting grant applications for its 2017 grant distribution from non-profit organizations and programs throughout the Sarasota-Manatee area that need help. Applications can be submitted online at and are due by April 30, 2017.

The application form must summarize the non-profit status and illustrate how a grant from Sisterhood For Good will make an immediate, direct impact to a specific project or cause. Proof of 501(c)(3) status is also required.

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