The Patterson Foundation recently participated in a convening for the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge held at Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. The event, attended by organizations from throughout the country that support those who serve, have served and may serve and their families, featured sessions and talks highlighting the value of collaboration and public-private partnerships.
While the speakers represented different backgrounds and missions, the sessions touched on these themes:
Building connective tissue and platforms for learning and sharing within multiple sectors
Increasing awareness among veterans and families of the services available to them
Methods for funders to collaborate and support these initiatives
Awareness of the contributions and value of veterans and military families
As a member of the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge, these same elements were at the core of The Patterson Foundation’s work devoted to honoring former, current and prospective members of our nation's military and their loved ones.
As part of The Patterson Foundation's Military Initiative, the Veterans Legacy Summit this past November encompassed many events. One of its main goals was to facilitate connective tissue among national leaders in attendance and to harness the unique resources of each sector represented.
Throughout the Veterans Legacy Summit, connecting veterans and military families to services and benefits was paramount, particularly during events at Patriot Plaza. The 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater, which was designed and fully funded by The Patterson Foundation, showcased Sarasota National Cemetery and the burial services provided by the National Cemetery Administration. The Legacy Zone, which was an area on the grounds of the cemetery, gave local and national veterans-service organizations the opportunity to promote their programs and offerings. Furthermore, Patriot Plaza stands as a testament to the efficacy of public-private partnerships to create lasting impact for veterans and their loved ones.
Another component of the Military Initiative, Legacy of Valor helped our local community in Florida understand the impact of the sacrifices made by local veterans and the value they bring to us all. The campaign -- which spurred more than 100 community partnerships and 200 community events -- has left our region appreciative and inspired by their bravery on our behalf.
Another takeaway from the convening was the emphasis on supporting military families and giving equal attention to the hardships they endure. This theme is central to Patriot Plaza and the commissioned art featured there. While honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice, the space is focussed on recognizing the deeds of those fighting the "war at home" and offering them a place for reflection and healing.
Now more than ever, we are seeing these ideas endorsed by others throughout the country and used on a national scale - creating new realities for our heroes.
Learn about these and other concepts used in TPF's approach to philanthropy.
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