One Million Dollars and Counting for Season of Sharing

One Million Dollars and Counting for Season of Sharing

Posted on January 18, 2017 by The Patterson Foundation
The generosity of our community never ceases to amaze us! Thanks to an outpouring of support during the holidays, Season of Sharing, the region’s annual campaign benefiting local individuals and families on the verge of homelessness, has raised more than $1 million. This latest milestone sparked a second $100,000 contribution from The Patterson Foundation.

“Season of Sharing gives everyone in our community the power to help someone remain secure in their home,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “The Patterson Foundation is honored to strengthen giving during Season of Sharing as others add their gifts to help even more local families on the verge of homelessness.”

A longtime supporter of Season of Sharing, The Patterson Foundation will give $100,000 each time the community raises $500,000—there is no cap on the total contribution. So far, the Foundation has contributed $200,000 to the 2016–2017 campaign and this figure is expected to grow as more milestones are met by the community.

The annual campaign, created by the Herald-Tribune Media Group in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, enables our community to channel its giving spirit into an effort focused on alleviating the hardships faced by people at risk of losing their homes. Each $100,000 incentive contributed during Season of Sharing will help at least 100 additional families in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties maintain stable housing by providing targeted financial assistance for vital needs like rent, utilities, car repair and other emergency expenses.

Season of Sharing gives 100 percent of all donations directly to those in need. Each year, staff of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Herald-Tribune Media Group and more than 50 nonprofit organizations donate hundreds of hours for project management, administration and creative planning to allow Season of Sharing to serve the community without any operating expenses.

Since 2000, Season of Sharing has provided more than $15 million in emergency funding for more than 16,000 families and individuals in the region. Of those who receive Season of Sharing funds, 85 percent achieve stability and do not require additional assistance the following year.

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

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