The Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children was founded to support local non-profits that provide services for people with disabilities.

The Suncoast Foundation has constructed over 75,000 sq ft of buildings in the Sarasota, Venice, and North Port area. These facilities are occupied by eight local non-profit agencies.

Non-profit agencies which occupy these buildings include The Haven, The Sertoma Speech Clinic, The Florida Center, Loveland Center, Children First, Challenger Baseball and Sarasota County Special Olympics. They experience significant savings which allow service and program monies to remain untouched and directed to clients who need it the most. Program and services provided by these non-profit agencies annually impacts approximately 8,000 children, teens and adults with special needs and their families.

Our mission is made possible by the commitment of local volunteers who share their time,
talents and energy to implement, manage and sustain the organization.

Major Events That Contribute To Us

Our Partners


Key Services Provided

-Serving youth ages 6-18
-Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, the Arts, and Sports, Fitness, and Recreation
-Project Learn, which consists of educational enhancement through high-yield learning activities such as reading groups, book clubs, educational games, math exercises, tutoring, and homework
- SMART Moves, which teaches children how to avoid drugs, alcohol, and tobacco through age-appropriate group activities and teaching materials
-Triple Play, which encourages wellness of the mind, body, and soul through fitness activities
-SRQVolunteen, which combines skill-based volunteerism with service learning to ensure middle-school aged teens develop essential 21st century skills that serve as a pathway to employment, guarantees volunteers are actively engaged in addressing community needs, and assures that the needs of local non-profits are met in a meaningfully impactful way
-STAR (Students Taking Active Roles) Leadership Training, which targets high-school aged teens and focuses on active citizenship, roles and responsibilities of civic engagement, and understanding local government by serving as full-voting members of county or city advisory boards, on board of directors for local nonprofits, or on community-wide committees focused on social issues
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Key Services Provided

-Sporting experience for physically and/or cognitively challenged children and adults
-Physical activity for all athletes
-Providing opportunities for community involvement to help as “Buddies”
-Social and network opportunities for families of athletes to network with other families
-Community students helping with fundraising, philanthropy and “Inclusion”
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