Philanthropy

One of the world's greatest servants was Sargent Shriver.

He inspired, directed, or founded numerous social programs and organizations, including Head Start, VISTA, Job Corps, Community Action, Upward Bound, Foster Grandparents, Special Olympics, the National Center on Poverty Law, Legal Services, and the Peace Corps, serving as the program's first director under President Kennedy. Shriver also ran the War on Poverty during Johnson's tenure as president, and served as the U.S. ambassador to France from 1968 to 1970.

"Be servants of peace. Weep with those who are sorrowful, rejoice with those who are joyful, teach those who are ignorant. Care for those who are sick. Serve your families. Serve your neighbors. Serve your cities. Serve the poor. Join others who serve. Serve, serve, serve! That's the challenge. For in the end, it will be servants who save us all." Sargent Shriver, September 20, 1986, 25th Anniversary of the Peace Corps

His fearless, tireless and inspirational wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is known as a leader in the worldwide struggle to improve and enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. She founded and directed Special Olympics.

"You are the stars, and the world is watching you. By your presence, you are sending a message to every village, every city, every nation. A message of hope. A message of victory." Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics World Games 1987

We are longtime supporters of Best Buddies (founded and directed by Sargent and Eunice's son, Anthony Shriver) and Special Olympics and have dedicated time and financial support to these two organizations.

Through this project, GIVE Sarasota, every Giver listed in the book and on this website has selected a favorite charity to feature and has pledged $6,000 to that cause. The Shriver Group will coordinate these pledges for a total donation of $180,000 in 2017. We encourage donations from individuals, so be sure to review our Giver's charities and donate your money or time to help others.

Or just be inspired to help your own favorite. It's all about serving.