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Networks strengthen ability to share impact of philanthropy

Networks in philanthropy are transformative — especially when it comes to sharing stories of impact. For The Patterson Foundation, cultivating a network of passionate supporters has resulted in more than 1.2 million impressions related to its work since the foundation launched its vision to the community in 2010. As a foundation strengthening the efforts of… Read more »

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Committing up to $300,000 to strengthen bayfront planning effort

The Patterson Foundation will provide up to $300,000 in catalytic funding and consulting support benefiting the formation and work of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization. Through a multi-sector, community-centered approach, the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization will create a plan for nearly 42 acres of land on Sarasota’s bayfront. Following the positive response from Sarasota City… Read more »

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Supporting refugees: It takes a village

Editor’s Note: Frank Schott is the managing director of global programs at NetHope. This post was previously published on NetHope’s website as part of a series commemorating World Refugee Day. Over the years, NetHope, UNHCR and many international and local nonprofit organizations have been working to support families that have been forced to flee their… Read more »

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A collaborative solution to strengthen programs benefiting Sarasota-area youth

When it comes to children, it’s clear our community’s nonprofit organizations provide programs– made possible through the generosity of others — that help area youth succeed and become productive and engaged members of our society. Now, one of the longtime leaders in youth development in Sarasota is transferring its award-winning teen programs to ensure its legacy… Read more »

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Funding benefits NetHope refugee Wi-Fi connectivity effort in Greece

At a time where global communication is vital humanitarian aid –a critical need just like food or shelter — The Patterson Foundation is providing $193,000 in catalyst funding to its international partner NetHope as the organization establishes Wi-Fi hotspots at 28 refugee camps in Greece. Tech partners Cisco and Facebook are also contributing to this… Read more »

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2016 Giving Challenge to evolve community’s philanthropic legacy

Since 2012, donors from throughout our region have shown their support for charitable organizations during the Giving Challenge. Last year’s event set a new standard for generosity in our community when nearly $6.7 million was donated in 24 hours to the 449 nonprofits listed on The Giving Partner, an online tool that helps donors make more… Read more »

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The power of student experiential learning

Editor’s Note: Lori White is the superintendent of Sarasota County Schools.  I am constantly impressed with what a powerful learning tool we have in EdExploreSRQ. Thanks to The Patterson Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, the Science and Environment Council… Read more »

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More than money: Exploring the roles of funders in philanthropy

Going beyond the check — it’s a philosophy we embrace at The Patterson Foundation as we invest time, energy and expertise working with our partners locally and beyond. It’s also a methodology funders nationwide are executing through their work– from functioning as coalition builders and backbone organizations to influencing policy and communications through time and… Read more »

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Planning for a livable community

Editor’s Note: Dr. Rodney Harrell is AARP’s Director of Livability Thought Leadership. His editorial was previously featured in the Herald-Tribune. Most of us are living longer these days. Today we add, on average, about 110 days of life expectancy to our lives every year. Before 1900, human life expectancy grew at only three days per year…. Read more »

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Media habits of the opportunity quartile

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of our series on reaching the opportunity quartile for grade-level reading. The vision of a future where all children – regardless of background – are able to read on grade level by third grade guides the work of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, both nationally and in our region with the… Read more »