December 2009 – Present
Season of Sharing
Strengthening the Impact
COVID-19 ResponseThe Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Herald-Tribune Media Group are activating Season of Sharing’s network of agencies to help individuals and families in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with emergency assistance for immediate basic needs such as payments for utilities, childcare, and rent. To strengthen this important safety net, The Patterson Foundation has committed up to $1 million through an immediate $500,000 contribution, along with an additional dollar-for-dollar match up to $500,000. When the match is fulfilled by the community, there will be $1.5 million total in available funds for people and families in the region facing financial hardship due to the pandemic. Visit the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s website to donate.
Why does The Patterson Foundation support this initiative?
The Patterson Foundation demonstrates that every citizen and organization must be part of a solution. With more than 2,000 donors each year, Season of Sharing is a model for the nation.
What is the impact of The Patterson Foundation’s support of Season of Sharing?
2019 – Season of Sharing celebrated its 20th year by achieving its largest donation total to date, with more than $2.5 million from over 3,000 individual gifts. This generosity triggered four $100,000 gifts from The Patterson Foundation with each $500,000 raised by the community during the campaign.
2018 – Nearly 3,000 people contributed to a $2 million total during Season of Sharing. The Patterson Foundation strengthened giving with additional $100,000 contributions for every $500,000 raised by the community.
2017 – For the third consecutive year, The Patterson Foundation gave $100,000 each time the community raised $500,000 — bringing its total contribution to Season of Sharing to $3.9 million since 2010. More than 2,900 individual donors gave over $2 million for families and individuals in need.
2016 – The Patterson Foundation once more provided $100,000 contributions for every $500,000 raised by the community. Season of Sharing donors gave over 2,900 individual gifts totaling more than $2 million.
2015 – The Patterson Foundation provided $100,000 for every $500,000 raised by the community — without a cap. Our region raised more than $2 million to support 2,800 families on the verge of homelessness.
2014 – The Patterson Foundation provided the Season of Sharing initiative with $2,726,224 in matched funds, which attracted $6,646,219 from 16,664 total gifts.
November 2013 – The Patterson Foundation announces it will match up to $500,000 in new or increased donations made to Season of Sharing.
February 2012 – The 2011–2012 Season of Sharing campaign reaches a new milestone of $1.6 million, supported by a $500,000 match by The Patterson Foundation.
July 2012 – The Patterson Foundation announces a $250,000 match for donations made to the Diane McFarlin Season of Sharing Endowment Fund, which ensures emergency funds for families on the verge of homelessness will always be available.
November 2011 – The Patterson Foundation issues a $500,000 matching challenge for all new or increased donations made to Season of Sharing.
2010 – The Patterson Foundation issues a $500,000 match for all new or increased donations made to Season of Sharing.
2009 – The Patterson Foundation contributes a $250,000 catalytic contribution and a $250,000 matching challenge to Season of Sharing.
How is Season of Sharing strengthening people financially affected by COVID-19?
How is The Patterson Foundation strengthening Season of Sharing’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
- An initial $500,000 contribution for immediate needs
- An additional dollar-for-dollar match up to $500,000