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Sarasota Magazine's Third Annual GeneroCITY Event

Jan 29, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Historic Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, Sarasota, FL

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Event Summary

A Party with a Purpose 


Learn how you can get involved and make a difference 

Sarasota Magazine’s 3rd annual GeneroCITY event brings together over 50 nonprofits under one roof for an evening to learn, celebrate, and engage with the organizations that make Sarasota-Manatee one the most "giving" areas in the country.  

Whether you are a long-time supporter or new to the area, GeneroCITY is a special evening to learn more about these incredible organizations in a casual, no-ask atmosphere.


5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.      Sarasota-Manatee Nonprofit Expo

Grab a map and a glass of wine and stroll through the Historic Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Meet over 50 local nonprofits who are on hand to answer your questions about who they are and how to get involved. 



Sign up for one of the exciting panel discussions.


4:30-5:30 p.m.      Navigating Philanthropy in Sarasota-Manatee Forum

                              New to the area? Haven’t found your passion yet?  Hear from a panel of area residents how they, as new movers, chose the causes they became involved in. Also, learn about Florida tax laws and strategies that could                               impact your giving.

  • Wading through the current sea of capital campaigns in Sarasota-Manatee
  • Passing along your philanthropic values to your family and heirs
  • How you can help create the community you live in
  • Finding meaning and fulfillment through philanthropy


6:00-7:00 p.m.       Giving Back and Getting Involved: A Panel for Young Professionals

                              Young professionals are creating new ways to give back in Sarasota-Manatee.  Learn from a panel of your peers how you can join in to make our community and the world better a place to live.   


  • Get involved and stay connected through philanthropy
  • How you can meaningfully contribute to the world and your community
  • Learn to be strategic in your giving




Dan Bailey is anexperienced land use and local government attorney with Williams Parker. He counsels private and public entities, including nonprofit organizations, regarding land use planning and zoning in Sarasota County. Among his many civic activities, Dan currently serves on the Board for The Patterson Foundation, the Community Leadership Council of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, and the Community Board of the Sarasota Regional Campus of the Florida State University College of Medicine.


Bob Carter, CFRE, Chairman of Carter, is one of the most respected, experienced and recognized experts in Institutional Strategy and Philanthropy. For four decades, Bob has strengthened organizations by helping them overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities.  Bob and his colleagues concentrate on building dynamic teams to deliver specific services that meet the unique needs of charities and donors. His service as member and chair of numerous not-for-profit boards lends firsthand experience to his governance counsel.


Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Roxie works closely with Community Foundation donors, along with area nonprofits, businesses and foundations, to solve important issues affecting our community.  She spearheaded the launch of DonorEdge – locally branded as The Giving Partner in partnership with local foundations, and five successful Giving Challenges that have raised more than $28 million for our local nonprofits, strengthened by support from The Patterson Foundation. 


Scott Pinkerton, lead financial advisor and senior partner of Pinkerton Harkins and Mehserle Private Wealth. With over 30 years of planning experience he holds certifications, including Certified Financial Planner®, Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and Certified Private Wealth Advisor®. In 2018 Scott was named a Forbes Top State-by-State Advisor*, and has been recognized as one of Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors more in the past 10 years than any financial advisor from Florida’s west coast, from Tampa to Fort Myers.*


Elizabeth P. Diaz is a partner with Williams Parker. She practices in the areas of taxation, estate planning, and estate administration. She works with individuals and families to achieve their estate planning goals, including tax mitigation, wealth transfer, succession planning for closely held businesses, planning for young families, and philanthropy. She serves on the board of Forty Carrots and is a member of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Sarasota Class of 2019.



Bill Mehserle, partner of Pinkerton Harkins and Mehserle Private Wealth. After earning a degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering, he founded two technology and marketing businesses in Atlanta. Since dedicating his career to financial services, Bill became a Certified Financial Planner® and was named by Forbes in 2018 as a Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisor: a list of 1,000 advisors selected from more than 24,000 applications and a pool of more than 200,000 eligible young advisors throughout the U.S.*


Katie Schwabach, Manager of Donor Engagement at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Katie works with donors to achieve their philanthropic goals, and with the Foundation’s Giving Circles. Previously, Katie was the Volunteer Program Manager for Charlotte Family Housing, in Charlotte, NC. She has a variety of experience in the nonprofit and education sectors, as a high school chemistry teacher in Union County, NC and two years as construction site supervisor with Habitat for Humanity.




*The Forbes Top State-by-State Advisor ranking is based on industry experience, interviews, compliance records, assets under management, revenue and other criteria by SHOOK Research, LLC, which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. Investment performance is not a criterion.  **The Barron's Top 1,200 Financial Advisor rankings are based on data provided by thousands of advisors. Factors included int he rankings were assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record and client retention.

 *The Forbes Top Next-Gen ranking is based on industry experience, interviews, compliance records, assets under management, revenue and other criteria by SHOOK Research, LLC, which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. Investment performance is not a criterion. 


Wine and light bites provided by Bravo Coastal Bar & Kitchen.



Historic Sarasota Municipal Auditorium

801 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236

Event Details


All Faiths Food Bank 

All Star Children's Foundation

Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County 

Bridge a Life

C.G. Jung Society of Sarasota 

CAN Community Health

Catholic Charities

Children First 

Coastal Behavioral Healthcare and Coastal's Compeer Program

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast 

Ear Research Foundation

Easterseals - SWFL Happiness House 

Education Foundation of Sarasota County 

Friendship Centers 

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida

Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center 

Goodwill Manasota 

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Impact 100 SRQ

In The Pink 

InStride Therapy, Inc 

JFCS of the Suncoast

Literacy Council of Sarasota

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

Manatee Community Foundation 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 

Meals on Wheels

Military Officers Association of Sarasota

Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinsons

New College of Florida

Operation Second Chance 


Replay Outreach

Ringling College of Art + Design 

Safe Children Coalition 

SANCA at Nathan Benderson Park

Sarasota Architectural Foundation

Sarasota Concert Association

Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL) 

Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation

Sarasota Municipal Auditorium 

Sarasota YMCA

SOLVE Maternity Homes 

St. Martha Catholic School & St. Mary Academy

Suncoast Blood Bank 

The Circus Arts Conservatory

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County

The Exchange (formerly The Women's Exchange)

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee 

The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Inc. 

The Ringling Museum 

The Twig 

Tidewell Hospice

Turning Points

United Way Suncoast 

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee 

Van Wezel Foundation 



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