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THANK YOU to ALL our wonderful supporters!
Thanks to all who helped make The Giving Challenge 2020 a successful event for Manatee Literacy Council. With the matching funds from The Patterson Foundation, our prize for Best 2018 challenge story, and a prize for a Facebook shoutout during the Challenge, we will receive over $20,000. 
 We have one more chance to win a few dollars. Please click on the ballot box below to vote for our entry in the photo contest. You can vote once a day from May 12th through May 19th.
Contest ends Tuesday, May 19 at 12 midnight

Thanks for your support.
Manatee Literacy Council's Executive Director and Board of Directors' GC 2020 videos:
Meagan Morales-Correa - https://youtu.be/cZfFe-CIeVk
The Manatee Literacy Council 2018 Giving Challenge Story 

We asked you to “Be the One” and you did it.  “How,” you ask?

You and others like you, supported by The Community Foundation of Sarasota and The Patterson Foundation, were instrumental during the 2018 Giving Challenge in helping us continue our mission of empowering Manatee County residents to independence through literacy. Thanks to your donations, Manatee Literacy Council (MLC) was able to continue working to help adults gain the skills needed to read stories to their children. It is because of you that Manatee County adults continue to learn and improve their English skills, take GED classes, and study for U.S. citizenship.

You are the one! Because you gave your time, effort and money to help, you made a difference.

By choosing to “Be the One,” MLC was able to hire an Executive Director who brought exciting ideas on how to move our organization forward. You continued to support MLC by joining us at a Marauder’s baseball game and attending our first gala, Flavors of Literacy, held at Pirate City, for a memorable evening of fun, food and entertainment… All of this because you wanted to “Be the One” to help us achieve our goals and set our sights on the future.

Because of you, an adult became a U.S. citizen and some adult learners were able to improve their lives by getting better jobs with higher pay.

Because you were the one, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We know, as do you, that your ongoing support is necessary for our continued success. Your support in the upcoming 2020 Giving Partner Challenge, from noon April 28th to noon April 29, will help us continue serving our community and help another adult read a good night story to their child.

Will you “Be the One” for us again in 2020? Will you “Be the One” to bring more “because of you” victories for MLC? Support us #GivingChallenge2020 and #BeTheOne

2018 Giving Challenge 
Thank you to everyone who donated to Manatee Literacy Council during the 2018 Giving Challenge. You raised $14,145 during the 24-hour event! Included in the total are two $2,000 prizes: Best Business Partnership with 3 Keys Brewing & Eatery and Best Giving Challenge Turnaround. Also included are two $500 prizes: one for "Best 2016 Giving Challenge Story" and another from Manatee Community Foundation for a story written by one of our volunteers. We had a great turnout at our Open House and at our "Toast to Literacy" mixer at
Click here for complete detailsThe Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation.


2016 Giving Challenge
The last Giving Challenge was held September, 2016. With the funds raised during this event, Manatee Literacy Council was able to make major changes to our organization. Below is our story of how the 2016 Giving Challenge changed our future. Thank you to the Herald-Tribune Media Group for selecting our story as one of 20 winners of the "Best 2016 Giving Challenge Story" contest!



“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” —Barack Obama


As we prepare for the 2018 Giving Partner Challenge, we want to reflect on how the 2016 Giving Challenge made such an impact on Manatee Reads! (Literacy Council of Manatee County). With the support of our donors, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and The Patterson Foundation, the funds raised during the 2016 Giving Challenge would be put to good use as Manatee Reads! was facing more challenges.


In early 2017, we would soon find out that the building in which we rented office space was being put on the market and we would have to look for a new home. With limited funds, where would we find a place to continue our adult literacy programs? Where would we be able to continue our mission "to empower Manatee County residents to independence through literacy"? As luck would have it, Goodwill Manasota was renovating a building on Cortez Road for a new retail store and had an office space they were not going to occupy. It was offered to us. The office was great: brand new, fresh paint, clean areas…a dream come true!


Along with the move to a new facility, we were facing the challenge of name recognition. “Manatee Reads” did not convey our mission. We began a whole “re-branding” campaign. We needed a name and an image that would present the right message. We decided on Manatee Literacy Council and a logo of a tutor helping a learner climb to the top of some books...reaching for success. Now we were onto something!


But a new office, a new name, and a new logo are not that important if the people running the organization did not come together and decide to reach for more. After countless meetings, that meant hours of joint work to create meaningful ways to make the agency more effective, we were on the right track. We were able to hire an Executive Director to put the backbone of the organization together. She restructured the volunteer tutor and learner system that was already in place; began tutor training sessions that significantly increased our tutor base and took learners off our ever-expanding waiting list; and initiated “conversation classes” that brought learners from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds together to improve their English skills.


The past two years have been challenging and exciting. All the challenges and changes that Manatee Literacy Council has faced, have been met by the dedication of our volunteer tutors, our learners, our donors and our Board & Executive Director. During the 2016 Giving Challenge, we were able to raise over $15,000; a 50% increase over the previous Challenge. This year, we shoot higher!


None of this would have been possible without the Giving Challenge, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation and all the partner sponsors. Change is inevitable and ongoing. We already know some of the challenges facing us this year and the changes that are going to have to be made. The continued support of our benefactors is always needed and appreciated.


Manatee Literacy Council is most grateful for the opportunity to join in this extraordinary Suncoast event again this year. We accept the Challenge…and we all win!

Manatee Literacy Council
3501 Cortez Road West, Suite 6, Bradenton, FL 34210