The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is the philanthropic home of more than 650 families who have created their own charitable funds at the foundation. Together with these donors, Gulf Coast has invested over $240 million in grants in the areas of health and human services, civic and economic development, education, arts and culture, and the environment.
Last year alone, Gulf Coast invested a record $29 million in grants, initiatives, and scholarships.
The Otto Group supports Gulf Coast Community Foundation through sponsorships of some of its many fundraising opportunities throughout the year.
Brandi’s Wish believes that our youth can achieve a drug-free life full of happiness and success. Their mission is to raise awareness through education and prevention. A large part of their focus has evolved toward offering financial assistance and treatment scholarships to families and young people in need who otherwise could not have the opportunity.
The Otto group was proud to be a sponsor of the 2016 annual Brandi’s Wish fund raising tennis tournament.
JFCS in Sarasota serves the community both Jewish and non-Jewish through many assistance programs and services. Guided by the Jewish tradition of helping all people, JFCS empowers individuals and families toward self-sufficiency.
The Otto Group supports JFCS through their events and fundraising opportunities throughout the year.
Sarasota resident Tony McEachern battled brain cancer in 2002 and endured five neurosurgeries, two years of radiation, four years of chemotherapy, and several experimental treatments. He sacrificed hair and peripheral vision to chemotherapy and radiation but never gave up. The relationships with others going through cancer are what led Tony to found Team Tony Foundation. He knew it was important to continue that exchange of comfort and knowledge, and for years, it was an informal service. People living in the Sarasota area knew or had heard of Tony, but in 2007 his philanthropy became more organized and mainstream. Tony walked across the state of Florida to raise money and awareness for cancer. He then launched The Team Tony Foundation, a cancer support organization that pairs cancer survivors with cancer fighters. The Otto Group is proud to support this valuable organization through direct donations, fund raising and mission support.
The mission of the Van Wezel Foundation is to enrich the lives of members of the Gulf Coast Community, with an emphasis on children, through the performing arts while supporting the needs of the Van Wezel - the region's premier performing arts hall.
The Otto Group supported the Van Wezel Foundation’s 2017 annual gala and served on the planning committee. This year’s gala raised close to or nearly $300,000 for the foundation to support arts education programs.
As an independent, college preparatory school, ODA provides an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and to build character through a balanced program of academics, arts and athletics.
Excellence, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, and Service are the foundation of the ODA community. The character of Out-of-Door Academy graduates sets them apart from their peers across the country.
The Otto Group was a proud sponsor of the 2017 ODA annual Banyan Ball.
The mission of the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School is to impact the world by creating a community where children of all faiths demonstrate integrity, academic excellence, and a desire to improve the world. They serve children in the Sarasota Community from early childhood through 8th grade. Their high standards for academics and behavior create a courteous and respectful learning environment that values the beliefs and rights of every member of our community.
The Otto Group supports the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School’s many fundraising efforts to provide essential revenue for its operations. Matt Otto also served in the school’s search committee for both interim and permanent School Director placement.