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William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation

  • Address1800 Second Street #750, Sarasota, Florida, 34236
  • Phone #941.957.0442
  • Websitewww.selbyfdn.org
William and Marie Selby can best be described as low-key millionaires who are remembered for their down-to-earth attitudes and frugal lifestyle. Settling in Sarasota in 1909, they loved the natural environment and the lifestyle it enabled. Like us, Mr. and Mrs. Selby cherished the uniqueness of this region and the character of its communities, which is why they created the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation in 1955.

Since then, the Selby Foundation has focused primarily on academic scholarships and grants for capital projects in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. Today, over five decades later, their legacy continues to enhance our area as a result of more than $94 million in grants and scholarships given to nearly 400 organizations and over a thousand students.

We invite everyone to discover how two individuals, William and Marie, helped to shape our community. Mrs. Selby said that one of her few regrets in life was that they did not start the foundation earlier, because during her 16 years of making grant decisions, she learned how much Mr. Selby would have enjoyed seeing the impact of the grants. May we each be inspired to use our personal talents and resources to reflect our values for the betterment of others – like Mr. and Mrs. Selby, we should all strive to be good ancestors.

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