Manatee Chamber Foundation
The Manatee Chamber Foundation has been established for the advancement of education and understanding of economics, matters of public concern, finance, housing, human relations, problems of minority groups, science and technology, economic planning and development, international relations and other subjects related to improved efficiency, development, and acceleration of both the quality and quantity of economic growth and employment opportunities through any activity which tends to promote understanding, unification, or improved relationships between different economic or ethnic groups.
Foundation Programs and Initiatives:
Economic Impact Study of the Arts & Cultural Community
Manatee County Health Care Study
Education and Workforce Programs, including Project TEACH, Real Life 101 and "The Big Bank Theory" Financial Literacy initiative
Foundation Officers and Board of Trustees:
William H. Sedgeman, Vice President
Robert P. Bartz, Secretary / Treasurer
Michael R. Pender, Jr., Board of Trustees
Robert G. Beck, Board of Trustees
Sandy Kirkpatrick, Board of Trustees
Reid Winder, Board of Trustees
Dr. J Brian Murphy
Dr. Murphy was President of the Manate Chamber Foundation until his sudden passing August 8, 2011. We are grateful and indebted to Dr. Murphy for his leadership and support of the Chamber Foundation - and his decades-long dedication to the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, including service as Chairman of the Board in 1999. His leadership has made a lasting impact on Manatee County and his loss is deeply felt.
The Murphy family has designated the Manatee Chamber Foundation as one charitable organization for individuals and organizations wishing to make a memorial contribution. For more information, please contact Jacki Dezelski or Bob Bartz at 941-748-3411.