The Patterson Foundation Offers Local Nonprofits Strategic Decision-Making Consulting Sessions

The Patterson Foundation Offers Local Nonprofits Strategic Decision-Making Consulting Sessions

The Patterson Foundation has selected five regional nonprofit organizations to receive five weeks of 1:1 consulting through their participation in Advancing Mission Thrivability. Through this opportunity, these nonprofits will learn about strategic approaches to making mission-focused, economically informed decisions for their programs, products, and services.

Nonprofits make difficult decisions daily regarding operations, staffing, service delivery, financial management and more that ultimately impact the communities they serve. The Patterson Foundation created the Advancing Mission Thrivability opportunity to strengthen nonprofits by sharing mission-centric, economically informed approaches to decision-making that will guide them in increasing their effectiveness while becoming an even greater asset to the communities they serve.

“Through Advancing Mission Thrivability, The Patterson Foundation is providing regional nonprofits with keen insight and proven methods on making sound decisions in today’s rapidly evolving environment,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “The organizations selected have already demonstrated their desire to be excellent. We look forward to learning how they benefit from the consulting sessions with No Margin, No Mission.”

Dozens of regional nonprofit organizations have participated in online learning sessions through Advancing Mission Thrivability. These courses were presented by No Margin, No Mission — a national consulting practice and social enterprise. During each session, nonprofits learned how to strengthen their organizations by making decisions aligned with their mission focus and economic considerations.

Following the completion of four of these online sessions, several participating organizations committed to embracing this decision-making approach are given the opportunity to apply for an additional learning opportunity. The Patterson Foundation has engaged No Margin, No Mission to provide 1:1 consulting to five more nonprofits over the next five weeks, in which the organizations will examine decisions for their own specific programs.

The organizations participating in this extended consulting opportunity include:
Lemur Conservation Foundation
Military Heritage Museum
Multicultural Health Institute
Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast
Venice MainStreet

Organizations with an active profile on The Giving Partner are eligible to participate in Advancing Mission Thrivability. The Giving Partner, formed by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, is a database that connects prospective donors with more than 700 nonprofits in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. Grantmakers and other donors use the directory as a trusted resource to inform their giving.

Advancing Mission Thrivability is part of The Patterson Foundation’s Nonprofit Thrivability initiative. This initiative connects nonprofits with expertise and resources to learn concepts like strategic decision-making while adopting and implementing entrepreneurial principles to generate enough revenue to support and eventually grow their operations.

To learn more about Advancing Mission Thrivability, visit

About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations, and communities. The Foundation focuses on issues that address common aspirations and foster wide participation, along with ways organizations learn and share as they evolve. For more information, please visit and connect with @ThePattersonFdn on Twitter.

Call to Artists: Positivity Tags Public Art Project

Call to Artists: Positivity Tags Public Art Project

Positivity Tags Public Art Project
The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, Venice Art Center and Venice MainStreet in collaboration with Sarasota County, The City of Venice and Gulf Coast Community Foundation invite you to apply. Click here for a printable version

Public arts project

Proposal Due Date: June 30, 2021
Proposed Completion Date for Installation: August 2021-September 2021

1. Summary and Background
2. Proposal Guidelines
3. Project Description and Scope
4. Budget
5. Proposal Format

1. Summary and Background: The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Venice MainStreet and the Venice Art Center invite artist to propose ideas inspired by on the messages and ideas from the Venice Positivity Walls and its tags. The Walls were spread out in Venice over the last year. The Positivity walls were collaboration between the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, Venice MainStreet, Venice Art Center, Sarasota County, the City of Venice and Gulf Coast Community Foundation. All ideas on the second phase of this project and media are welcome. It can incorporate the use of the collected tags or the messages on the tags. There are thousands of tags which are available to see by appointment at the Venice art Center. Call 941-485-7136 for an appointment to come and view.

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit proposals from various candidate artists, conduct a fair and extensive evaluation based on criteria listed, and select the candidate who best addresses the goals of the project. We request competitive proposals.

2. Proposal Guidelines: This Request for Proposal represents the requirements for an open and competitive process. Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. ET June 30, 2021. All proposals must be signed by an official agent or representative of the company submitting the proposal. Contract terms and conditions will be negotiated upon selection of the winning bidder for this RFP. All contractual terms and conditions will be subject to review and will include scope, budget, schedule, and any other related items to project completion.

3. Project Description and Scope: The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce will assume and retain ownership over the finished project piece. The copyright of the artwork remains with the artist and the artist remains the owner of all the sketches, drawings, designs created in the course of creating the sculpture; however the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce retains the right to reproduce the any associated materials as needed throughout the life of the sculpture. The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce maintains the right to remove the sculpture and dispose of it in the future if necessary due to wear, garden expansion, or another reason.

4. Budget: The proposed project budget for design, materials, production, and installation is not yet set. We are open for artist to submit based on the project they wish to do. Proposals should include a detailed budget with all associated project expenses. All costs must be itemized and include an explanation of fees.

5. Proposal Format: Respondents are asked to include the following information in their response:
A. Overview of the proposed project
B. A brief executive summary of the artist’s qualifications in the area of similar types of work in scale and scope.
C. The name, telephone number, and email address of the primary contact for the submitter.
D. Biography and resume
E. History and philosophy of the artist process and examples of outdoor art installations.
F. List experience with outdoor public art installations and include photos and descriptions of past projects.
G. Show 3-5 examples of your work
H. Provide three references for similar projects including contact name, phone number and email.

By responding to this RFP, prospective artist acknowledges an understanding of the following:
This RFP is not a commitment to enter a contract. No prospective artist has a contract with the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce until such time that the parties sign a written contract for services. The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Venice MainStreet and the Venice Art Center has the sole discretion for evaluating prospective artists’ proposals, and it is not obligated to respond in any way. The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to terminate the contract at any time.

Proposals and questions should be submitted to:
Mary Moscatelli
Executive Director of the Venice Art Center
390 Nokomis Ave S., Venice, FL 34285
941-485-7136 (office)
Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on June 30, 2021.

Welcome new partner, START of Sarasota County

Welcome new partner, START of Sarasota County

We are happy to welcome another nonprofit partner to Venice MainStreet! Sharing Talents And Resources Together (START) was formed in May 2019 by six individuals who saw an opportunity to improve the lives of people in their community by helping local-based nonprofit organizations. Recent projects have included helping Venice Christmas Angels, VABI Urban Forest, Laurel Civic Association, All Faiths Food Bank, and Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center among others.

START offers volunteer opportunities through its outreach and fundraising activities and social events for its members. The organization thrives on teamwork and camaraderie. If you don’t mind a bit of work and like to have a good time doing it, START is the organization for you! For more information, visit and follow START on Facebook. Contact; P.O. Box 1695, Venice, Florida 34284.

Welcome Venice Locale to Miami Ave.!

Welcome Venice Locale to Miami Ave.!

We are excited to share the good news about a recent store opening on Miami Avenue West in historic downtown Venice! At Venice Locale, you can find unique, beautifully crafted items made right here in Florida. Shop owners Jim Hitt and Alma Eason can match you up with an artist to create a unique item or gift for you or your loved one. Just bring your ideas and dimensions and they will match you with one of their “partners in craft” to create it.

Shop in store or online for locally made stained/fused glass, home decor, “Local Knowledge” apparel, artisan soaps, small batch soy candles, resin art, metal art, jewelry, knitted and crocheted items, and much more.

Venice Locale is gearing up to be a hub for the community. They offer administrative services, faxes, printing and notary services by appointment. Follow them on Facebook or check their website often for fun classes offered to the community soon. Visit them in person at 121 Miami Ave. W., Venice, FL 34285 or online at

Venice Bible Church joins Venice MainStreet

Venice Bible Church joins Venice MainStreet

We are so happy to have Venice Bible Church join Venice MainStreet! The Church joins 50+ other nonprofit organizations that are partners with us.

This year on January 3rd, Venice Bible Church broke ground on the construction of its new church building. Until they move into their new facility, services are held at Venice Christian School at 1200 Center Road. The Church has hosted job fairs for the community and they are the organizers of the annual Praise in the Park event at Centennial Park in downtown Venice, among other ministries and programs.

To learn more, visit or call 941-493-2788. The Church’s offices are located at 1101 Tamiami Trail South, Suite 102 in Venice.

New downtown video promotions by Venice MainStreet

New downtown video promotions by Venice MainStreet

Venice MainStreet, Inc. recently completed a marketing project, initiated by its Marketing Committee, to produce two new 30 second promotional videos of downtown Venice. The videos are targeted to residents and tourists alike to assure them that downtown Venice is taking safety precautions to keep them as safe as possible, while ensuring an enjoyable downtown experience for both shopping and dining. The updated footage also reflects the aesthetic changes after the City of Venice’s beautification project.

The videos were produced by CGI Communications, Inc. Both are accessible on Venice MainStreet’s homepage and on the website’s Video Gallery page. We hope you enjoy them!

Watch video #1: CLICK HERE
Watch video #2: CLICK HERE

Helen Moore joins Venice MainStreet’s Board of Directors

Helen Moore joins Venice MainStreet’s Board of Directors

Venice MainStreet is delighted to have Helen Moore join its Board of Directors this summer. She brings her enthusiasm and decades of experience serving the Venice community, which will benefit the organization tremendously. Helen has been a partner of Venice MainStreet for many years and was on its Board of Directors in the 1990s, when the organization was in its early years.

Helen reflected, “Among the reasons I’ve held the organization in high regard for all these years is the Mission, Vision and Purpose statements and the consistent energy, talent and enthusiasm provided by the amazing, small army of volunteers and partners. Their love of our main street area must be contagious because so many people express the same sentiment!”

Many citizens of Venice will recognize Helen for her current Seat 3 position on City Council for the City of Venice, which she has held since 2018. She has served on the Code Enforcement Board, on a citizens advisory group, and spent five years on the City Planning Commission.

Helen’s own Venice experiences started in the early 1980s when her father moved here and she became a frequent visitor. She officially became a year-round homeowner and library card-carrying resident in 1990. By 1992, Helen started her career as a fulltime Realtor and hopes to continue doing so for a long time to come. She soon became involved in the Realtor organization’s activities and made contact with other local organizations. She was a Big Sister and volunteered as a mentor for people awaiting their chance for a home through Habitat for Humanity.

Becoming a member of Venice Area Chamber of Commerce was a great opportunity and venue for Helen to get to know and be known in the business community. She served on the Venice Area Board of Realtors (VABR) Board of Directors for many years and as chair of many committees as president in 2001. She is currently the treasurer of VABR and was honored as Realtor of the Year in 2003 and again in 2019. Helen has also served on many committees and advisory groups for the Florida Realtors organization, its Board of Directors, and as District Vice President for the five-county area. Helen was a charter member of South County Tiger Bay Club and is a huge fan and member of the Board of Directors of Venice Area Beautification Inc., where she currently serves as treasurer.

Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Helen returns there to visit her son and his family as often as she can and to also spend time in Baltimore with her daughter and her family. We look forward to what Helen will bring to Venice MainStreet and are grateful for her commitment to make historic downtown Venice a vibrant, thriving place to be.

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Welcome Emmanuel Lutheran Church!

Welcome Emmanuel Lutheran Church!

We are delighted to have Emmanuel Lutheran Church join Venice MainStreet as a nonprofit partner. The Church is located on the island of Venice and offers worship services in person (with reservations) or online. It also has many ministries and outreach activities for its congregation to participate in to help the Venice community, as well as surrounding communities and worldwide. Youth programs include Sunday School and youth groups geared toward junior high and high school students, among other programs. Community outreach programs include Bible Studies, Stephen Ministries, Family Promise, Women of ELCA, Music Ministries, Widows Group, Men’s Breakfast and much more.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church has over 850 members and hopes to continue expanding. They invite you to be a part of their journey. The Church is located at 790 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, Florida 34285. For more information contact (941) 488-4942, Visit

Made Locally: Colorful Art Wear

Made Locally: Colorful Art Wear

Scarlet Macaw Resort Wear is a women’s clothing boutique as colorful and unique as the exotic bird after which it is named. Located in downtown Venice since 1993, it offers one-of-a-kind, hand painted sweaters and shirts created locally, besides also carrying name-brand fashions and jewelry. If you want to support local business, it doesn’t get any more local than Scarlet Macaw! Located at 225 W. Venice Avenue; 941-483-3500; open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Venice MainStreet interview with Simone Killoren, Artist and Store Manager for Scarlet Macaw:

What do you enjoy about being located in Venice’s historic downtown?
SK: Being in downtown Venice is great because we get to spend time with so many different types of people. We enjoy helping the visitors who stop by for a day, as well as forming relationships with people we’ve seen regularly over the years. It is a beautiful downtown area and we are really proud and honored to have been here almost 30 years!

Who are the local artists who hand paint your art wear?
SK: We have three main artists who paint for us: MoMo, JMP and Peg. I am Simone “MoMo” Killoren, the store manager, and currently do most of our artwork. Jean “JMP” Ploss started out as our stock person but once we saw her artistic abilities, she transitioned over to painting. Peg Matsko, the owner of Scarlet Macaw, loves making big, creative messes whenever she can. We also carry an artist named Victoria who is based out of Bonita Springs, Florida.

What inspires your designs?
SK: Everything! We have sweaters with dogs, bird of paradise, dragonflies, anchors, and so much more. Sometimes I will walk past a flower in bloom and think, “That would look so cute on a sweater!” The following week—there it is! We try to make the sweaters bright and unique since you cannot get them anywhere else (our three main artists only paint for us). For visitors, our designs are often purchased in order to make everyone back home jealous!

What makes Scarlet Macaw a unique shopping destination?
SK: While our hand painted sweaters and shirts are unique to our store, our customer service is really what we are known for. We treat every customer with respect and excitement and truly look forward to helping people look great. You can go anywhere and pick out a shirt, but Scarlet Macaw offers the experience of excellent service and product knowledge so that you leave feeling happy about how you look in your new clothes.

Welcome new Venice MainStreet Partner, Boys & Girls Clubs

Welcome new Venice MainStreet Partner, Boys & Girls Clubs

We are happy to announce our new partner, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Desoto Counties. Its mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties has been a leader in youth development since 1970, providing enriching after-school and summer programs to thousands of youth, ages 6 to 18, in Sarasota, Venice, North Port and Arcadia. With six Club locations throughout Sarasota and Desoto Counties, its Robert and Joan Lee Club has been serving Venice and the surrounding area since 2007. This 21st-century facility has designated program areas for academics, culinary arts, art, technology, physical fitness, life skills development and more. Children receive a snack after school each day. The Robert and Joan Lee Club is located at 920 Gulf Coast Blvd., Venice, FL 34285; 941-485-7050. For more information visit