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The Patterson Foundation Provides up to 1 Million Dollars for Hurricane Recovery Efforts

September 12, 2017
SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2017) — The Patterson Foundation is providing up to $1 million to strengthen recovery efforts in the regions and communities affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. These contributions will go to globally, nationally, and community-based entities effectively addressing the diverse range of challenges facing each of the areas affected by these recent major hurricanes.

The Patterson Foundation previously contributed $250,000 to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s (CDP) Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund, which will support recovery efforts in Texas and the affected regions in the coming months and years. The funding for Hurricane Irma will go to several partners focused on particular aspects of the storm, which has devastated communities from the Caribbean to the United States:
  • NetHope: a $50,000 contribution to support immediate disaster assessments throughout the Caribbean, along with up to $200,000 to restore and enhance the region’s communications infrastructure based on needs identified by these assessments. To support NetHope’s efforts, please visit nethope.org.
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy: a $250,000 contribution to the CDP Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund, which will focus on medium- and long-term recovery needs like rebuilding homes, businesses, and infrastructure while meeting the needs of young children and supporting mental health services for people throughout Florida and the Southeast. To support CDP’s efforts, please visit disasterphilanthropy.org.
  • Community Foundation of Sarasota County: a contribution up to $250,000 to its Disaster Relief Fund prioritizing services for communities in The Patterson Foundation’s home region of southwest Florida. To support the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s efforts, please visit www.cfsarasota.org.
“Working with highly effective national and global partners focused on disaster response over the past five years has revealed the complexities of these efforts and the importance of strategizing for holistic, long-term recovery,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Hurricane Irma has literally hit close to home, and The Patterson Foundation is committed to ensuring that the full range of challenges facing our community and other communities like us in Florida, the Southeast and beyond is addressed. Furthermore, the Foundation aspires to connect anyone wishing to contribute to ongoing recovery efforts to entities with a proven track record of strengthening communities impacted by natural disasters.”

NetHope, a collaboration of more than 50 international nonprofits, works to apply information technology solutions to challenges in the developing world. CDP focuses on increasing donor impact throughout the full cycle of disasters by providing educational and informational services, consulting expertise to foundations and corporations, and collaboration opportunities for donors. The Patterson Foundation has previously supported both entities during response efforts for major disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, the Ebola epidemic and the Global Refugee Crisis. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, a longtime partner of The Patterson Foundation, works to match donors to the right causes to create lasting impact in the community.

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Please visit www.thepattersonfoundation.org for more information on The Patterson Foundation and its support for disaster recovery efforts.

About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations and communities. The Foundation focuses on issues that address common aspirations and foster wide participation, along with ways organizations learn and share as they evolve. For more information, please visit www.thepattersonfoundation.org and connect with @ThePattersonFdn on Twitter.


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