• Current Initiatives

    Current Initiatives

    The Patterson Foundation is a catalyst for good that encourages connecting and collaboration.
    Learn more about our current initiatives:

Age-Friendly Sarasota

A county-wide effort to promote active, engaged, and healthy living for people of all ages, Age-Friendly Sarasota was the first community in Florida to be recognized as an age-friendly community by the World Health Organization and AARP. The effort is uncovering aspirations and enhancements to the community that align with factors that influence the ability to live well at any age.

Aging Mastery Program

Developed by the National Council on Aging, the Aging Mastery Program® offers community-based organizations a clear path to engage and strengthen the physical, financial, and emotional wellness of older adults through an engaging and innovative education program.

Aspirations to Actions

This initiative is an opportunity for our Suncoast Florida community to learn and apply The Harwood Institute for Social Innovation''s time-tested techniques to evolve community dialogue and aspirations into positive actions.

Bringing Science Home

By understanding, creating solutions, and teaching others about life with diabetes, Bringing Science Home improves the lives of people with chronic conditions and those who care about them.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is transforming disaster giving by providing strategies, education, and funding opportunities that are timely, relevant, and thoughtful to increase donor impact throughout the lifecycle of domestic and global disasters.

Collaboratory at Ringling College of Art and Design

At the Collaboratory — a first-of-its-kind experience at an art school nationwide — Ringling College of Art and Design students put their skills to work in a professional setting by providing businesses and brands with creative, innovative, and relevant solutions.


Recognizing the vast cultural offerings in this region of Florida, EdExploreSRQ connects Sarasota County teachers, administrators, and parents to curriculum-aligned experiences benefiting students.

Margin & Mission Ignition

This initiative provides the structure, mentoring, and monitoring to build capacity, boost revenue, and strengthen nonprofit mission impact through the development and implementation of earned-income strategies.


Joining the world’s largest nonprofits with technology innovators across the globe, NetHope is a catalyst for productive collaboration, innovation, and problem solving to reimagine how technology can improve our world. Through catalytic funding, The Patterson Foundation supports NetHope’s information communications technology responses to disasters worldwide.

Patriot Plaza

Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida is a 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater honoring the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans and their families. This is the first time a private foundation partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to work on an enhancement of this complexity at a national cemetery.

Sarasota Bayfront

Forty-two acres of Sarasota’s bayfront are designated for legacy development. A multi-year, multi-sector, community-focused effort to create a vision and plan for this land is underway.

Sarasota County Health Safety Net System of Care Collaboration

This collaboration brings together local healthcare providers to address the challenges of providing healthcare for uninsured and underinsured individuals in Sarasota County, Florida.

Season of Sharing

Through a partnership between the Herald-Tribune Media Group and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in Florida, each year our caring community steps up with generosity to help families on the verge of homelessness.


A partnership between journalism and philanthropy, the SPIRE CoLab creates compelling media that inspire, inform, and empower communities to take action on relevant social issues.

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Part of a national early-literacy movement, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading works to ensure all children read on grade level by the end of third grade in Sarasota and Manatee counties in Florida.

Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition

In collaboration with educators, employers, and philanthropists from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties in Florida, the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition is working to transform healthcare in our local region through a more educated nursing workforce.

The Giving Challenge

The Giving Challenge is a multifaceted 24-hour giving event supporting more than 450 nonprofits serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties in Florida. Since 2012 — including matching funds provided by The Patterson Foundation — the community has raised more than $28 million in unrestricted funding to support nonprofits.

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