Aspirations to Actions: Building Trust, Strengthening Communities

August 2012 – Present

Aspirations to Actions: Building Trust, Strengthening Communities

The Purpose

The Patterson Foundation believes that change happens at the speed of trust. Aspirations to Actions aims to provide space for the first step in building trust - strengthening connective tissue. From uplifting people to facilitating community conversations, Aspirations to Actions is an adaptive and innovative initiative working to keep time with the ever-evolving challenges of today and tomorrow.

Strengthening the Impact

Aspirations to Actions works with people, business, nonprofits, government, and the media to create opportunities for purposeful engagement. The Patterson Foundation has learned that the power of a community exists in its people. Aspirations to Actions works to provide new ways to build trust through personal development, active engagement, and shared aspirations.

A Walk to Respect at the Kennedy Center 2023

Social and political polarization. Is that what we want, as escalating, intractable way of life in America? It need not be.

The Patterson Foundation is presenting a staged reading of the one-act play, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: A Walk to Respect — written by award-winning playwright Beth Duda, with original spoken word poetry by Cedric Hameed, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 11:00am and 7:30pm. A panel discussion with the actors and production team will take place immediately following the reading.

Tickets must be reserved in advance. As a gift to the community, The Patterson Foundation is pleased to offer tickets to these two performances at no-cost. Tickets are available at the Kennedy Center Box Office, by phone (202) 467-4600 and on their website.


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

Why does The Patterson Foundation support this initiative?

The Patterson Foundation supports Aspirations to Actions to strengthen people, organizations, and communities. By investing in building connective tissue, Aspirations to Actions helps people drive positive change at home, at work, and in the community.

What is the objective of this initiative?

The Aspirations to Actions initiative's objective is for our community to take aspirations and turn them into actions that will result in positive change. This initiative can change the way our community approaches issues and the way it develops innovative, collaborative partnerships that may not have otherwise formed.

What is the value of this initiative?

Aspirations to Actions helps to create a more inclusive and responsive community focused on turning outward and harnessing the power of our collective abundance for lasting change.

What is the timeframe of this initiative?

Aspirations to Actions is ongoing. Change takes time, so there is no time limit on the initiative, but it is considered to be ever-evolving as we learn more from and about our community.

Who is Aspirations to Actions for?

Aspirations to Actions is for people, organizations, and communities who are ready and willing to take their engagement to the next level. Those passionate about discovering shared aspirations and thinking strategically about what comes next are welcome to explore any of the Aspirations to Actions projects.

Who can I contact about the Aspirations to Actions initiative?

For more information, contact TPF Fellow Connor LaGrange:
Learnings from the first year of Aspirations to Actions.
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