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New Decade Brings New Opportunity to Strengthen the Giving Challenge

Posted on January 14, 2020 by Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation
2020 ushers in a new decade and marks the 10-year anniversary of The Patterson Foundation’s launch. Looking back on ways The Patterson Foundation has worked to strengthen the people, organizations, and communities in our region in the past decade affords the opportunity to honor the initiatives behind the impact we have witnessed in that span — all while seizing and strengthening new opportunities to create an even greater impact.

The Giving Challenge is a true pride point along The Patterson Foundation’s journey, where months of imaginative planning and outreach by nonprofit organizations throughout our region lays the essential groundwork for 24 hours of online giving and engagement that strengthens philanthropic missions well into the future.

Since 2012, nonprofit organizations and donors have capitalized on this opportunity presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, contributing more than $40 million to nonprofit organizations in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties — a total which includes more than $16 million in matching dollars and prizes from The Patterson Foundation to incentivize participation.

The Giving Challenge returns and with it a fresh opportunity for each of us to rally behind the nonprofit organizations working tirelessly toward fulfilling our shared aspirations for our region — an opportunity The Patterson Foundation is honored to incentivize once more.

To strengthen the 2020 Giving Challenge, The Patterson Foundation is making the following contributions:
  • A 1:1 match for unique donations, up to $100 per donor, per nonprofit organization. There will be no limit on the number of unique individual matches a nonprofit organization can receive.

  • $51,000 in prizes to nonprofit organizations that cultivate the highest number of unique donors.
Throughout The Patterson Foundation’s first decade of work, the Giving Challenge has exemplified the vibrancy of our region’s nonprofit community and the generosity of those who both benefit from and support their invaluable service. With this contribution, The Patterson Foundation hopes to strengthen the impact of the inspiring momentum that the 2020 Giving Challenge will generate from today through its conclusion at noon on April 29.

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