Our Story

Donors of Distinction goal is to give grants to many local charities each year and, with almost no overhead, the majority of our fundraising goes directly to a variety of community non-profit groups. Donors of Distinction is made up of an impressive list of local, influential women.  Members are well connected in the community and have been very successful in forming strategic alliances and getting underwriters to cover the expenses for their events. DD was voted Best of the Best for The 2014 Gala by Sarasota Magazine, touted “Future Leadership Succession in action” from SRQ  Media Group Media Group, and “THE Group to watch” by The Observer Group.

Designing Daughters was founded in 2009, by then Designing Women Boutique Board member, Shelley Lister, as a committee to attract younger supporters and to help the organization with their fundraising efforts.  Along with Nikki Taylor, the Founding President, Jane Thompson and Montana Taplinger, past Presidents, and many more, the committee grew far beyond expectations.  As of January 2015, because of this growth and membership wishes to grant to a wider range of organizations, the Designing Daughters of Sarasota branched out from the Designing Women umbrella to allow for continuous & organic growth. In 2021 the name of the organization was changed to Donors of Distinction.