The New Media Journalism Initiative began its journey in fall 2009 with a few important stars to guide us.
The Patterson Foundation, based in Sarasota, Fla., has formed a collaborative partnership with the University of South Florida to create New Realities of how populations manage chronic disease - from patient and physician education tools to societal perception of chronic disease.
In May 2010, The Patterson Foundation surveyed Sarasota County Public School teachers regarding their connections with arts, science and history organizations throughout the county. Approximately 17 percent (440) of Sarasota County public school teachers responded, more than double the expected return.
The Patterson Foundation, based in Sarasota, Fla., recently announced the launch of its Cultural Connections with Students Initiative, one of the nine initiatives honoring the Patterson family heritage. The aim of this initiative is to connect students with quality, integrative experiences in arts, science and history to help them become higher achievers, get better jobs, and become more engaged members of society. The Patterson Foundation is exploring ways to align with curriculum standards through a platform that enables teachers and organizations to connect with their students effectively and efficiently.
The real work of the Cultural Connections with Students Initiative began with a baseline survey in March 2010. To investigate the depth, breadth and frequency of their connections with Sarasota County Public School students, The Patterson Foundation invited Sarasota arts, science and history organizations to participate in an online survey.
Living on Florida's Gulf Coast has many advantages -- the sunshine, of course, and the beaches, a flip-flop lifestyle that embraces casual comfort, and cultural activities that span the spectrum. But this region has one more thing that is even more important: generous people who give when the need arises. Never has the need been greater than now, as Florida struggles to dig itself out of the worst economic times in recent history. Families are hurting as jobs have evaporated along with life savings and often hope for the future.
Either way, about 2,000 individual donors -- coupled with numerous corporate and foundations who gave -- helped push the annual Season of Sharing fundraising campaign to a record $1.5 million in donations this year.
With a blank charter from the late Dorothy Patterson to do good throughout Sarasota and beyond, The Patterson Foundation has launched with a mission to inspire individuals and organizations to transform communities through innovative, collaborative and efficient philanthropy.