From a catastrophic storm to an unpaid bill for a family working to make ends meet, people routinely face unforeseen challenges that affect their well-being. Understanding that disaster takes many forms, The Patterson Foundation works to create outcomes that strengthen communities recovering from challenging circumstances. To guide these efforts, the Foundation connects with global networks evolving the philanthropic sector’s approach to disaster recovery and community movements working to strengthen people and families.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) prioritizes its work on the recovery and risk reduction phases of disasters. The Patterson Foundation strengthens CDP’s efforts to be a resource to the philanthropic community by connecting the organization with others and by providing capacity-building support that enhances the organization’s ability to provide timely and relevant advice from experts with in-depth knowledge of disaster philanthropy.
Partnering with the world’s largest nonprofits and 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. The Patterson Foundation works with NetHope to improve information sharing and data-management strategies between NGOs, communities, and governments in locations around the world affected by disasters.
Season of Sharing is a partnership between the Herald-Tribune Media Group and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County that inspires the caring community to donate to help families in Florida’s Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties who are on the verge of homelessness. Season of Sharing provides individuals and families with the critical assistance they need to get back on their feet and stay in their homes, covering emergency expenses like medical bills, rent, child care, and transportation. Each year, The Patterson Foundation provides unique matching opportunities to spur further displays of generosity from community donors throughout Season of Sharing by strengthening the impact of their gifts.
COVID-19 is an unprecedented disaster that has disrupted individuals, organizations and communities near and far. As our world continues to come to terms with the reality of the pandemic, it will continue to face unforeseen challenges. While there is much uncertainty through which to navigate, The Patterson Foundation aspires to work with partners to help those who find themselves still coping as we explore new opportunities to innovate and shape our next normal..