The Patterson Foundation works to strengthen people, organizations and communities. By engaging people, businesses, nonprofits, government, and media around shared aspirations, The Patterson Foundation fosters wide participation to move the needle on issues that impact all of us.
A community is often united in its shared aspirations. The Patterson Foundation works to enhance opportunities that address these common aspirations by fostering wide participation among people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities with various perceptions and perspectives. By generating Catalysts for Good, The Patterson Foundation harnesses the power of our collective vision to actualize new realities.
Research shows that reading proficiency by the end of third grade is one of the most important predictors of continued success. Throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada, there is a movement bringing together the collective resources of foundations, nonprofit partners, government agencies, states, and hundreds of communities helping children from birth through 3rd grade, especially those from asset-limited families, succeed in life by ensuring they read on grade level. This movement, led by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, focuses on key solutions that impact a child’s ability to read while strengthening support for children and families:
As a four-county region, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading works toward the goals of this movement in The Patterson Foundation’s home region of Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Approaching its work as a catalyst for good, The Patterson Foundation is focused on strengthening nonprofits by connecting them with resources and platforms to learn, share, and build capacity in ways that evolve their philanthropic missions and the good they create. This work manifests through strategies like catalytic match opportunities, along with opportunities to explore earned-income initiatives and collaborate with partners working toward the same aspirations.
From a catastrophic storm to an unpaid bill for a family working to make ends meet, people routinely face unforeseen challenges that affect their well-being. Understanding that disaster takes many forms, The Patterson Foundation works to create outcomes that strengthen communities recovering from challenging circumstances. To guide these efforts, the Foundation connects with global networks evolving the philanthropic sector’s approach to disaster recovery and community movements working to strengthen people and families.