Community generosity triggers $100K Season of Sharing contribution

Community generosity triggers $100K Season of Sharing contribution

Posted on December 15, 2014 by The Patterson Foundation

The Patterson Foundation has contributed $100,000 to Season of Sharing in recognition of the more than $500,000 raised to date by the community for the 2014-2015 campaign to benefit local individuals and families on the verge of homelessness. The annual effort, which began in late November, received an outpouring of support during Giving Tuesday, a worldwide day dedicated to giving back on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.

The Patterson Foundation has been a longtime supporter of Season of Sharing, which has helped more than 8,300 families in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties with emergency payments necessary to maintain secure housing. Of the families who receive assistance from Season of Sharing, only 15 percent require additional assistance the following year.

“It is wonderful that our caring community has crossed such a significant milestone in the early stages of the campaign,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Our hope is that this and future contributions promote continued generosity throughout Season of Sharing.”

Homelessness can often be dealt with more effectively through preventative measures like Season of Sharing, which is recognized in the Diminishing Homelessness 12-point plan. Studies conducted in Sarasota County have shown that those at risk of going homeless require about $1,000 from the community to keep their homes while a transition from the streets to stable housing costs about $8,000.

For every $500,000 raised during the 2014-2015 campaign, The Patterson Foundation will provide additional $100,000 contributions. Beyond this, The Patterson Foundation will make a $100,000 contribution once 4,000 unique donors have given to the campaign.

Season of Sharing, created by the Herald-Tribune Media Group in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, raised more than $2 million during the 2013-2014 campaign. The effort has grown to encompass several community media partners and individual donors since its inception in 2000.

Please visit to donate and learn more about the campaign. Follow Season of Sharing on Facebook at and Twitter using @SeasonOfSharing.

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