Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder often supports the Sarasota and Chicago areas in the fields of education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, and the environment. Unsolicited grant requests are not accepted.  

FUNDING AREAS: Education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, the environment, medical research and resources

IP TAKE:  Children and youth causes are big with this funder, and Sarasota continues to be the focal point of Barancik giving.

PROFILE: The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation was founded in 2014 in Sarasota, Florida. Charles “Chuck” Barancik purchased and operated 10 manufacturing companies, including the Mayline Company, Justrite Manufacturing Company, and Hamilton Industries. In the early 1990s, he started selling all his companies and transitioned to philanthropy. He has served on the boards of the Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Sarasota Orchestra, and the National Meeple Sclerosis Society. Margery, Chuck’s wife, is the co-founder and vice president of the foundation. She is passionate about helping underserved children and has served on the board of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee, as well as other children and Jewish-focused organizations.

The couple’s main areas of philanthropic interest are the health and welfare of children, education, arts appreciation, and medical research. Grantmaking interests are education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, the environment, and medical research and resources.

Education grants typically focus on science, math, and literacy in elementary schools. Humanitarian interests include breaking the cycle of poverty and assisting people with disabilities. Arts and culture grants go to organizations that expose youth to positive influences and boost civic engagement. Meanwhile, environmental interests target activities that connect people with nature through educational programs and policies that protect the environment. Medical grants are fewer and farther between, focusing on issues that have directly affected the Barancik family. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society often receives the foundation’s support.

In a recent grant cycle, the foundation’s board approved over $3.4 million in grants and initiatives. By the spring of that year, the funder had given out over $6 million. Big support has been going towards reading proficiency and math instruction in Sarasota County elementary schools. The foundation has been giving significantly towards treatment for children who have suffered from trauma. More surprisingly, the foundation has supported dolphin research. Grants have ranged between $50,000 and $500,000.

A large portion of the Barancik Foundation’s funding stays in Sarasota but occasionally go outside the area as well. The couple has strong ties to Chicago and the surrounding suburbs and to the Jewish community. Unfortunately for grantseekers, this foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding.

The foundation is led by Charles and Margery Barancik, as well as other board directors and family members. Both professional managers and family members make foundation decisions. Teri Hansen is the president and CEO of the foundation. Hired in 2015, she was the first foundation employee. She previously served as the president and CEO of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.  

The foundation staff can be reached at 941-343-2912. The mailing address is 2 North Tamiami Trail, Suite 314, Sarasota, Florida 34236. Keep up with foundation grantmaking news here. Much of the recent news has focused on the foundation’s humanitarianism and education-related interests and work.  

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