Philanthropy brings imaginative excellence

Philanthropy brings imaginative excellence

Posted on March 07, 2014 by The Patterson Foundation

This week, the House Philanthropy Caucus in collaboration with the Council on Foundations hosted a briefing to highlight the role of foundations as collaborating partners with government and private-sector partners.

The Patterson Foundation's President and CEO Debra Jacobs was among the four panelists. Here's a look at the highlights from her remarks:

Reflect the diversity of generosity that makes our nation strong - From educator or catalyst to supporter of programs or infrastructure to taking risks business and government shouldn't -- foundations are diverse for good reason.

Embrace the role of foundations as connectors - The Patterson Foundation knows good is happening -- often in silos. Being a connector and conversation starter can create new realities.

Partnerships should reflect mutual values - With The Patterson Foundation, partnerships are based on alignment of leadership, willingness, readiness, capacity and culture. Without these pieces -- and trust -- meaningful partnerships are at a disadvantage.

Government funds good, philanthropy funds imaginative excellence -  Our nation's freedom is secure because of the service and sacrifice of those who serve in the military. Upwards of 50% of our veterans don't use their veterans benefits. Only 12% choose to be buried in one of our 131 national cemeteries. This choice could save each veteran, their spouse and minor children $7,000 each and provide an eternal resting place of honor, whether they die while serving or decades later.

The Patterson Foundation has the first-ever private philanthropy partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration to build and fully fund a 2,800 seat Amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery.

In addition to no cost to taxpayers for this donation, The Patterson Foundation is creating an endowment at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for the permanent replacement maintenance, demonstrating stewardship for generations to come.

Throughout the construction, we created the Legacy of Valor Campaign, a mosaic of 100 organizations partnering to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and embrace freedom.

The Patterson Foundation's aspiration is for communities across the nation to learn how working together can better serve those who have served us.

This heart of philanthropy beats vibrantly as government funds good and philanthropy funds imaginative excellence.


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