$100,000 Season of Sharing contribution sparked by the community

$100,000 Season of Sharing contribution sparked by the community

Posted on December 15, 2015 by The Patterson Foundation

The community has raised more than $500,000 for the 2015-2016 Season of Sharing campaign, triggering a $100,000 contribution from The Patterson Foundation. The annual campaign began in late November and received a boost during Giving Tuesday, a worldwide day dedicated to giving back celebrated on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving. On Giving Tuesday, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County matched all gifts made to Season of Sharing, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000.

Season of Sharing helps families, seniors, veterans and other individuals in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties who are on the verge of homelessness stay in their homes. The Patterson Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the campaign, which has helped more than 12,000 families by providing targeted financial assistance for vital needs like car repair, rent and other emergency expenses.

“Every year the community’s giving spirit amazes and inspires us,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “People continue to show that caring for others is part of their DNA. Our hope is that this and future contributions continue to spur generosity throughout Season of Sharing.”

The Patterson Foundation will provide additional $100,000 contributions for every $500,000 raised during the campaign. There is no cap on the total contribution.

Created by the Herald-Tribune Media Group in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in 2000, Season of Sharing has raised more than $13 million to help local families in need. Each year, staff of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Herald-Tribune Media Group, nonprofit organizations and other media partners donate hundreds of hours for project management, administration and creative planning to ensure that 100 percent of each donation goes directly to help those in need.

Of those who receive aid from Season of Sharing, 85 percent do not require additional assistance the following year, indicating that the campaign is effective at generating sustainable impact.

To contribute and learn more about Season of Sharing, please visit www.CFSarasota.org. Follow Season of Sharing on Facebook and Twitter. Spread the word by using #SeasonofSharing15.

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