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The Bay

March 2016 – Present

The Bay

The Purpose

Forty-two acres of bayfront in Sarasota, Florida, are designated for legacy development. A multi-year, multi-sector, community-focused effort is underway to responsibly develop this land into a community asset.

Strengthening the Impact

The Patterson Foundation supported the work of this multi-sector community strengthening effort by providing expertise to the Framework Team of volunteers who developed the framework to create a planning organization.

Following the positive response from Sarasota City Commissioners, The Patterson Foundation expanded its support by providing $300,000 in catalytic funding and consulting support benefiting the formation and work of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization. The planning organization has hired a project manager and national planning firm to develop the master plan.

FAQs Click on frequently asked questions below to learn more about this initiative...

Why does The Patterson Foundation support this initiative and the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization?

The Patterson Foundation supports strengthening the community by providing consulting support that help organizations explore possibilities for greater impact. The Patterson Foundation's financial commitment is a catalyst by providing immediate support and challenge opportunities that can propel fundraising by community volunteers.

How did The Patterson Foundation support the Sarasota Bayfront Framework Team?

Since March 2016, The Patterson Foundation has provided consulting support for a Framework Team of volunteers who focused on developing a framework to create a planning organization to advance the vision and guiding principles of The Bay. The Patterson Foundation will continue to provide facilitation support as requested by the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization.

What is The Patterson Foundation’s financial commitment to the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization?

The Patterson Foundation, a fully endowed foundation, provided $300,000 in catalytic funding and consulting support benefiting the formation and work of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization.

The Patterson Foundation's support includes:

  • $100,000 contribution toward the formation and work of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization
  • $100,000 contribution when the community donated $1 million (The Patterson Foundation's initial contribution is not included in this goal)
  • $100,000 capping contribution when the community donated $2.4 million (The Patterson Foundation's two previous contributions are included in this goal)

Why do we need to spend time and effort here? Why not move on with the work?

Such a large and complex project requires thoughtful use of resources while being careful about how to execute the planning phase of this wonderful challenge. It will take more time to do it right, but it will be worth the effort for both current and future generations. There is one chance to get it right.

Who can I contact about the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization and The Bay?

For more information about the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization, visit www.thebaysarasota.org.

For more information about The Bay, contact The Patterson Foundation’s Strategic Communications Lead, Roxanne Joffe at rjoffe@magnifygood.com.


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