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Save the Date: RocketKids Modern Education Symposium | October 23, 2019

Join SRQ MEDIA on October 23, 2019 from 5:30-7pm to explore the options at local private and charter schools in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Hear from representatives from: The Out-Of-Door Academy, NewGate School, St. Martha Catholic School, Sarasota Christian School and the Island Village Montessori School.

Free admission. Light bites and refreshments. RSVP online at SRQMAG.COM/MOED.

Do you know a Local Hero?

Do you know someone who’s making a real difference? Someone whose passion for giving back to a local nonprofit has had a positive impact on our community? Nominate them for the SRQ Good Hero Award. It could be an engaged staff member, volunteer, board member or donor patron who went above and beyond this past year to make our region a better place. Click here to share your story of caring.

Good Hero finalists and winners will be announced at the SB2 Philanthropic Agenda and Awards Luncheon on Monday, December 9, 2019.

Call for Entries: 4WALLS Design Competition

Are you an architect, interior designer, contractor, builder, or developer? Submit a recent project to the 4WALLS Design Competition. We’re looking for the best multi-unit projects designed as public or private spaces.The competition is open to multi-family, commercial or mixed use buildings, new home communities and public spaces. Your project does not have to be fully realized, but must have complete renderings to be considered.

The 4WALLS winners will be announced in the December 2019 edition of SRQ Magazine. Learn more and submit your entry HERE

SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy Symposium Wrap Up

SRQ MEDIA hosted the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy luncheon and panel discussion explored new practices that are changing the face of the nonprofit world through innovative approaches, strategic mission development and groundbreaking initiatives that strengthen impact. 

Above: Debbie Devito, Director of Sales and Marketing, Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Series Host Sponsor.

Above: Heidi Brown, CEO and President of Season Sponsor JFCS.

Above: Event Sponsor, CoolToday Video Presentation

SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy began with a welcome from SB2 Series Sponsors Debbie Devito of the Hyatt Regency Sarasota and Heidi Brown, President and CEO of JFCS of the Suncoast as well as an opening video courtesy of SB2 Event Sponsor, Cool Today

SRQ MEDIA was pleased to introduce the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy panel: David Moore, Founder and President of Moore Strategic Consulting; Sabeen Perwaiz, Executive Director of the Florida Nonprofit Alliance and Lilly Weinberg, Program Director of Community and National Initiatives for the Knight Foundation

Moderated by SRQ MEDIA Executive Publisher and Vice-President, Wes Roberts, the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy panel explored how nonprofits can maximize their capacity to realize their mission. David Moore voiced concern that nonprofits often underinvest in themselves. “This sector is under-resourced,” David Moore explained, “The folks who are doing the most for us are actually paying themselves the least, and it’s actually a really serious capacity problem.”

“We forget that nonprofits are also businesses in the sense that they have overhead expenses,” noted Sabeen Perwaiz. The panel explained that overhead is always determined by each nonprofit’s unique budget and the typical percentage allotted for operational overhead ranges between 10 and 20% of an organization’s overall budget.

The group also discussed strategies for creating an effective and diverse board of directors. The panel suggested that nonprofits search for board members who can bring different skill sets to an organization. Lilly Weinberg stressed the importance of choosing the right board members.
“You must be extra intentional about who you invite to your board,” said Weinberg. “A good measure of board diversity is: Does my board look like my own community.” Dave Moore added, “Board members must always be in love with your organization.”

As the conversation continued, the SB2 panelists addressed how to catalyze donor engagement in an evolving market and also discussed regional challenges faced by nonprofits in the Sarasota-Bradenton area.

David Moore urged that, “The role of the donor is not just to give money. They should bring capacity, knowledge and energy to an organization.” Engagement with donors and building trust is key. Perwaiz, Weinberg and Moore also emphasized the importance of building community relationships, collaboration, and advocacy.

“As an advocacy based organization, it’s baffling to me how reluctant and resistant nonprofits are to advocate, which is absolutely their right on issues that are important to the work that they’re doing,” said Perwaiz. “They are the experts in their local communities and they don’t leverage that voice enough.” 

SRQ MEDIA extends to thanks the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy panel for the constructive, thoughtful conversation.

Thank you to the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy event sponsor CoolToday and to the 2019-2020 SB2 Series sponsors: Merrill Lynch Mariash Lowther Wealth Management, JFCS of the Suncoast, The Hyatt Regency Sarasota and PSAV for their support for this community program.

Photos from SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy can be viewed on CLICKSRQ.

The next SB2 Program, SB2: Philanthropic Agenda, which will include a panel discussion led by community leaders in the nonprofit sectors followed by a presentation of the 2019 Good Hero Philanthropic Awards will take place on Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. For more information visit

Join us for SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy

Have you purchased your ticket to SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy?

Join SRQ MEDIA at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 11:30am-1pm for SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy luncheon and panel discussion. 

SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy will deeply explore new practices that are changing the face of the nonprofit world through innovative approaches, strategic mission development and groundbreaking initiatives that strengthen impact.

TICKETS for SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy can be purchased for $55/person online at

Thank you to the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy event sponsor CoolToday and to the 2019-2020 SB2 Series sponsors: Merrill Lynch Mariash Lowther Wealth Management, JFCS of the Suncoast, The Hyatt Regency Sarasota and PSAV for their support for this community program.

SB2 is a community and business initiative produced by SRQ MEDIA featuring a series of collaborative luncheons, modified oxford style debates and powerful parleys on key regional issues and topics. For more information or for panelist interview requests please contact SVP of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Ashley Grant at 941-365-7702 x204 or via email at

In Your Mailbox: the July/August SRQ & Modern Home Issue!

  • Vegan Garden PartyAt home with the plant-based, wine aficionados and AirBNB hosts of The Bungalow in Gillespie Park.
  • Summer Sizzlers: As the UV index increases, and articles of clothing decrease, we find invigorating ways to not only beat the heat, but seize it.
  • The Revivalists: With a breath of fresh air, Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie is back, revived and with a new persona.

SRQIST: Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown

  • Game TimeEscape Reality Downtown is cracking the case on pure adult fun.
  • Better than BowlingAxe-Throwing gets the edge for indoor “axe-citement” this summer.
  • Whale You Make Me a Mojito? The Wandering Whale breaches the streets of Sarasota and brings the party curbside.

CULTURE CITY: Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Art-sheet

  • Making a Scene: From NYC to SFF, a budding horror filmmaker crafts an award-winning debut with The World is Full of Secrets.
  • Drawn TogetherAt the Sarasota Chalk Festival, the dusty trail is home.
  • Lay it DownOn a not-so-quiet corner of the Ringling College campus, a local band defines its sound.

CARGO: The Goods, Design Dossier, Retail Therapy, Antique Story, Nest, Books

  • Desk Man-icureAll the accouterments to outfit a modern and masculine workspace.
  • Walking on SunshineA Tuttle Elementary teacher celebrates local beaches with wearable pride in Landmark Shoes.
  • Morris CodeOddly beautiful things transpire when a NYC celebrity photographer, artist and rock musician moves in with a British ecologist, avid historian and humanitarian entrepreneur.

FORAGE: At the Table, Foodarama, Restaurants, Foodie Life

  • Variety SocietyTake one down, pass it around at 99 Bottles: Taproom & Bottle Shop.

GIVING COAST: Stories from the Forefront of Regional Independent Nonprofits 

  • From the Fabric of India to the Boys and Girls Clubs 2019 Florida Youth of the Year.

Flip Book: Turn it Over to the Modern Home Issue!



  • Beyond the Name: Between high-rises going up downtown and historic homes going down in Burns Court, the development of the local built environment takes center stage.


  • Custom CarvedIf you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him, maybe you can hire Greg Pennenga.


  • Modern OutdoorsBuoy up your backyard dwelling for a sun-drenched setting that not only invites, but inveigles you to stay.


  • A Life in PicturesCelebrating 10 years of the Sarasota 10×10 speaker series with Michael Halflants.


  • Living PagesFrom Frank Lloyd Wright to the advent of hortitecture and the art of outdoor living, dive into these architectural treatises and titles.


  • AI & ArchitectureLocal architects Guy Peterson and Damien Blumetti discuss the growing role of artificial intelligence in the craft and art of experiential spaces.

Get in on all the goodness and pick up a copy of this month’s edition today!

-The SRQ team 

CLICK HERE to access the pages of the July SRQ digital edition plus the August Modern Home flip book.