Supporting Our Community

Established in 1992, the Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and was formed to support health-related needs of the Manatee County community. The Foundation's major emphasis is on the healthcare needs within our community and scholarships for medical education. We invite you to learn more about the Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc. and the many ways in which you can give your support.

Our Mission

The mission of Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc. is to offer support to individuals directly or indirectly who have health-related situations, support other not-for-profit agencies in reaching their fullest potential, and assist individuals in obtaining their educational training. The Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc. recognizes the need to establish and maintain a steady flow of skilled medical personnel in Manatee County.

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University Partnerships

The Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc. has forged several partnerships with area universities.

State College of Florida

More than a decade ago, an endowment was established in conjunction with the Manatee Community College Foundation to provide scholarships for nursing students and technicians. This endowment, together with matching state funds, continues today.

State College of Florida (East Campus)

The Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc. has funded the Manatee Technology and Simulation Center at the east campus of the State College of Florida in Lakewood Ranch. With an intensive care unit, birthing room and science labs among others, the center offers classes for nursing students in a hospital-like setting and uses advanced technology to simulate medical scenarios. Each room is equipped with a high-tech mannequin that can physically simulate the human body.

University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee

In 2005, the Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc. partnered with USF Sarasota-Manatee to establish the Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc. College of Nursing Center. The Foundation's gift provided advanced equipment upgrades at the Crosley campus location. The foundation also provides funding to USF Sarasota-Manatee for the recruitment of nurses to further their education through the baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing at the regional campus. This partnership supports the growing demand for more nurses to serve our community.

Traditional Student Scholarships

The Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc. provides scholarship opportunities available for traditional students pursuing a medical career (e.g., nursing, radiologic technologists).


The Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc. offers grant funding to community organizations for health-related programs within Manatee County. In 2016, in addition to $40,000 for medical scholarships given to students attending local universities, local community organizations were recipients of monetary awards from the Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc./Auxiliary totaling $240,000.


Volunteers are needed and appreciated at the Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc. Thrift Shop, where they perform a variety of tasks such as receiving item donations, assisting customers, pricing merchandise, repairing small appliances and ringing up sales. If you would like to volunteer, please call 941-745-2047.


The Foundation receives funding through several operations.

Auxiliary Thrift Shop

One source of our funding is through the Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc. Thrift Shop located at 4517 Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton, which is operated by our Auxiliary volunteers. Donations are needed and accepted. Pick-up is available for large items such as furniture and working appliances. For more information, please call 941-745-2047.

Auxiliary Gift Shop

The Manatee Memorial Hospital gift shop is located in the lobby of Manatee Memorial Hospital. For more information, call 941-745-7398.


The commitment and generosity of our donors is a source of great strength for the Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc.. Every gift we receive, large or small, brings the satisfaction of knowing that we are helping to improve the health and well-being of people in Manatee County, now and in the future. Gifts or bequests to the Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc. qualify as donations to 501(c)(3) organizations.

For more information, please call 941-746-5111.