When Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano took office, he created a charitable giving program aimed at helping local nonprofits and individuals in need.
In time, an entity called Pasco TC Gives was created to raise and disburse funds for charitable causes, according to a news release from Fasano’s office.
Since it began in 2013, the nonprofit has raised more than $1.26 million and has provided assistance to more than 116 nonprofit organizations in the community, as well as to individuals in crisis situations needing immediate help, the release says.
The funds are raised through the Charity of the Month Program and sales of advertising on in-house screens in each tax collector’s office in Pasco County.
“Without the hard work of our staff and a very generous community we would not have been able to support so many fine organizations that dedicate themselves to helping those in need,” Tax Collector Mike Fasano said in the release. “Our Pasco TC Gives Board of Directors independently reviews every request for donations and approves them based on merit and need of the organization or individual. I am proud of the effort made by our employees who sit on this board and help steer funds to where they are needed most.”
Fasano added he’s “most grateful to the community organizations that see us as an important resource to help them and their membership” in times of special need.
Donations to Pasco TC Gives support such diverse programs as CARES Seniors Services, The Humane Society, Support Our Troops, The Volunteer Way, Tax Collector Mike Fasano’s Annual Holiday Food Giveaway that feeds families each holiday season, the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, Special Olympics of Pasco, the Pasco Sheriff’s K-9 Foundation and more than 100 other charitable organizations.
Pasco TC Gives also has responded to crisis situations to help Hurricane Ian victims, Hurricane Irma relief efforts and by providing support to the families of the United States Coast Guard.
Additionally, one-time donations have been made to many nonprofits throughout Pasco County.
For more information about Pasco TC Gives, the organizations it supports and the charitable giving program in general, please contact Assistant Tax Collector and Board Chairman Greg Giordano at 727-847-8179.
Published January 11, 2023