The needs of across our community have changed in the last six months since the pandemic began, but one thing remains constant: our region's commitment to taking care of neighbors, friends, and families. Ahead of the 3rd annual Alliance Gives Back program, hear from leadership at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County about some of the pressing needs in human services, education, arts and other sectors.
Kirsten Russell, Vice President, Community Impact, and Madeline Hansen, Manager of Nonprofit Services, will share details from surveys, reports and insights from local cause leaders how the nonprofits are changing at this time and how philanthropic responses from volunteering to charitable giving will help with the recovery.
Participants will also receive tips on how to discover and evaluate causes to add to your business's community outreach or corporate social responsibility programs.
About Kristen Russell
Kirsten Russell is the Vice President, Community Impact for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. She leads the team responsible for Community Impact strategy, including grants, scholarships and nonprofit services. A key area of her work focuses on collaborative community initiatives including Season of Sharing, a community initiative for those on the verge of homelessness; the Campaign for Grade Level Reading; and EdExploreSRQ, an initiative that provides students with valuable exposure to arts, science and culture through educational “explorations.” The Foundation’s impact strategy incorporates an equity lens through a two-generation approach focused on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both vulnerable children and their parents together, informed by a partnership with Ascend of the Aspen Institute.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Kirsten held leadership positions with a Fortune 50 company where she worked for over 9 years as well as two magazine publishing firms. She began her career with the Foundation as a consultant in 2014 and joined the staff in 2017 as Director, Community Impact. In April 2019 she was promoted to Vice President. She earned her BA in English from Drew University and a MBA in Finance from The George Washington University.
About Madeline Hansen
Madeline Hansen is the Manager of Nonprofit Services on the Community Impact Team. She is responsible for the planning and implementation of nonprofit trainings and educational opportunities offered by the Community Foundation.
While originally from Minnesota, Madeline has always loved the sea. After graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN, she was drawn to Sarasota to work as an intern for Mote’s Sea Turtle Conversation and Research Program. During her time as an intern, Madeline fell in love with the Sarasota community and relocated to the area in 2014. Before joining the Community Foundation in July of 2017, Madeline worked in the world of experiential learning and has taught a variety of subjects from the anatomy of sharks to programming robots. While she no longer teaches robotics, she finds enjoyment in offering professional development opportunities to our nonprofit community.
When she’s not at work, Madeline enjoys hiking, kayaking, and volunteering.