SCF names new head of foundation

April 9, 2014 

Cassandra Holmes


BRADENTON -- Cassandra Holmes has been named the new executive director of the State College of Florida (SCF) Foundation Inc., the school announced. She assumed her position April 7.

Holmes, a Bradenton resident, was most recently the development director for the Manatee Community Foundation, where she was responsible for generating more than $100,000 in operating and corporate sponsorships each year and $18 million in new assets. She also oversaw the establishment of more than $8 million in new donor legacy funds.

Holmes has a background in education as the development director for St. Joseph's Catholic School in Bradenton, where she established an annual fund campaign, concluded a capital campaign, created enrollment campaigns, secured grant funds and managed an annual auction that generated more than $800,000 over five years."I look forward to partnering with SCF students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, businesses and community leaders to further the mission of the State College of Florida Foundation. Together, we can enhance opportunities for the region while connecting the charitable passions of individuals, businesses, foundations, and other important organizations," Holmes said in a statement.

Leadership Manatee accepting applications

MANATEE -- Applications for the 2014-2015 Leadership Manatee program are now available. The program is designed to educate business and community leaders about all aspects of Manatee County and offer in-depth knowledge of challenges and opportunities.

Leadership Manatee is a program of the Manatee Chamber Foundation in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton.

The application may be accessed online at and must be submitted by May 23. For more information, contact Jahna Leinhauser at 941-748-4842, ext. 172 or email at

-- Herald staff reports

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