• Current Initiatives

    Current Initiatives

    The Patterson Foundation encourages connecting and collaboration to strengthen people, organizations, and communities.
    Learn more about our current initiatives:

Age-Friendly Sarasota

A county-wide effort to promote active, engaged, and healthy living for people of all ages, Age-Friendly Sarasota was the first community in Florida to be recognized as an age-friendly community by the World Health Organization and AARP. The effort is uncovering aspirations and enhancements to the community that align with factors that influence the ability to live well at any age.

Aspirations to Actions

This initiative is an opportunity for our Suncoast Florida community to learn and apply The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation's time-tested techniques to evolve community dialogue and aspirations into positive actions.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is transforming disaster giving by providing strategies, education, and funding opportunities that are timely, relevant, and thoughtful to increase donor impact throughout the lifecycle of domestic and global disasters.


Recognizing the vast cultural offerings in this region of Florida, EdExploreSRQ connects Sarasota County teachers, administrators, and parents to curriculum-aligned experiences benefiting students.

Giving Challenge

The Giving Challenge is a 24-hour giving event supporting more than 600 nonprofits serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties in Florida. Since 2012, donors have provided more than $28 million in unrestricted funding to support nonprofits listed on The Giving Partner.

Margin & Mission Ignition

This initiative provides the structure, mentoring, and monitoring to build capacity, boost revenue, and strengthen nonprofit mission impact through the development and implementation of earned-income strategies.


Joining the world’s largest nonprofits with technology innovators across the globe, NetHope is a catalyst for productive collaboration, innovation, and problem solving to reimagine how technology can improve our world. Through catalytic funding, The Patterson Foundation supports NetHope’s information communications technology responses to disasters worldwide.

Patriot Plaza

Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida is a 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater honoring the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans and their families. This is the first time a private foundation partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to work on an enhancement of this complexity at a national cemetery.

Season of Sharing

Through a partnership between the Herald-Tribune Media Group and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in Florida, each year our caring community steps up with generosity to help families on the verge of homelessness.

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Part of a nationwide early-literacy movement, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading works to ensure all children read on grade level by the end of third grade in Manatee and Sarasota counties in Florida.

Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition

In collaboration with educators, employers, and philanthropists from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties in Florida, the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition is working to transform health care in our local region through a more educated nursing workforce.

The Bay

Fifty-three acres of Sarasota’s bayfront are designated for legacy development. The Bay, a multi-sector, community-focused effort to create a vision and long-term plan for this land, is underway.

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