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Giving Challenge

March 2012 – Present

Giving Challenge

The Purpose

The Giving Challenge is a 24-hour giving event supporting more than 700 nonprofits serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties in Florida. Since 2012, donors have provided more than $40 million in unrestricted funding to support nonprofits listed on The Giving Partner. The next Giving Challenge is scheduled for April 28–29, 2020.

 

Strengthening the Impact

The Patterson Foundation supports strengthened giving during the Giving Challenge by providing matching challenges and prizes that encourage people to be generous. Past matches have encouraged nonprofits to cultivate new and existing donors during the challenge and beyond.

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COVID-19 Response

As an online giving event, the 2020 Giving Challenge is an excellent way to connect with and contribute to nonprofits working creatively to strengthen our local communities dealing with COVID-19. The unrestricted funds to be raised during the Giving Challenge provide regional nonprofits flexibility to respond to community needs, especially as those needs evolve or change. In the 30 days leading up to the 2020 Giving Challenge, The Patterson Foundation is sharing daily tips through social media that nonprofit organizations and donors can use to strengthen their opportunities to connect through the event. Follow The Patterson Foundation on Facebook and Twitter to receive tips on ways to creatively harness the opportunities of the 2020 Giving Challenge from now until the April 28 kickoff.

FAQ's

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Why does The Patterson Foundation support this initiative?

Building awareness about The Giving Partner and encouraging its use strengthens philanthropy in our region by helping donors make informed decisions. The Giving Challenge encourages contributions to organizations listed on The Giving Partner by offering incentives and other benefits to donors and citizen philanthropists over a 24-hour period. Both are useful donor development tools that complement other nonprofit fundraising efforts, furthering the idea that anyone can be a philanthropist.

What is the impact of The Patterson Foundation’s support of the Giving Challenge?

January 2020 – The Patterson Foundation announced a 1:1 match for all unique donations — up to $100 per donor, per nonprofit organization — in addition to $51,000 in prizes for nonprofit organizations that cultivate the highest number of unique donors. 

May 2018 – The Patterson Foundation’s match for unique donations strengthened nonprofit outreach and donor engagement prior to and during the Giving Challenge, generating more than $5 million in matching dollars. The match strengthened the Giving Challenge’s $11.7 million total raised in 24 hours.

September 2016 – The Patterson Foundation provided $7.5 million in matching funds for both returning and new donors, contributing to the $13.4 million raised for local nonprofits.

September 2015 – The Patterson Foundation provided $2.9 million to match new online donations, contributing to a total of nearly $6.7 million raised by the community for area nonprofits — the highest grossing Giving Day in Florida's history.

May 2014 – The Patterson Foundation announced $450,000 to match new or increased donations, up to $1,000 per person per organization. The community raised $3.1 million for area nonprofits.

March 2013 – The Patterson Foundation announced $430,000 to match new or increased donations. The community raised $2.7 million for area nonprofits.

March 2012 – The Patterson Foundation announced $300,000 in matching funds to inspire generosity. The community raised $2.4 million.

What is the Giving Challenge’s total impact to date?

Between 2012–2018, local nonprofits raised more than $40 million, including The Patterson Foundation’s match funds, through the Giving Challenge.

How can the 2020 Giving Challenge strengthen nonprofits affected by COVID-19?

As an online giving event, the 2020 Giving Challenge is an excellent way to connect with and contribute to nonprofits working creatively to strengthen our local communities dealing with COVID-19. The unrestricted funds to be raised during the Giving Challenge provide regional nonprofits flexibility to respond to community needs, especially as those needs evolve or change.

What has The Patterson Foundation contributed to the Giving Challenge to date?

The Patterson Foundation has provided more than $16 million to the Giving Challenge to date through matching donations and other donor incentives.

Beyond matching dollars and prizes, how else is The Patterson Foundation strengthening nonprofits and donors participating in the 2020 Giving Challenge?

In the 30 days leading up to the 2020 Giving Challenge, The Patterson Foundation is sharing daily tips through social media that nonprofit organizations and donors can use to strengthen their opportunities to connect through the event. Follow The Patterson Foundation on Facebook and Twitter to receive tips on ways to creatively harness the opportunities of the 2020 Giving Challenge from now until the April 28 kickoff.

Who can I contact about the Giving Challenge?

For more information about the Giving Challenge's annual event, contact the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

For more information about the Giving Challenge initiative, contact initiative consultant Michael Corley: mcorley@thepattersonfoundation.org.
For 24 hours during the Giving Challenge, our community's generosity came to life through dozens of events and celebrations
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