Age-Friendly Sarasota is a countywide effort in Florida to promote active, engaged, and healthy living for people of all ages. Sarasota County is the first community in Florida to be recognized as an age-friendly community by AARP and the World Health Organization (WHO) and is part of a global network. AFS has developed a comprehensive sustainability plan by addressing WHO's 8 Domains of Livability. This action plan is currently in its implementation phase.
Through a partnership between journalism and philanthropy, Aspirations Journalism is an initiative to share information and engage communities through stories that encourage people to be part of the solution and take action. While examining relevant social issues, Aspirations Journalism focuses on motivating, innovating and collaborating through the lenses of The Patterson Foundation’s initiatives: Age-Friendly Sarasota, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition and its work with the National Council on Aging.
Fifty-three acres of bayfront in Sarasota, Florida, are designated for legacy development. The Patterson Foundation initially supported the work of this multi-sector community strengthening effort by providing expertise to the team of volunteers who developed the framework to create the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization. Following the positive response from Sarasota City Commissioners in 2016, The Patterson Foundation expanded its support by providing catalytic funding and consulting support benefiting the planning organization’s formation and work. With its continuing interest in helping the community achieve its aspirations through The Bay, the foundation has engaged a consultant to provide strategic expertise to the master-planning process.
From a catastrophic storm to an unpaid bill for a family working to make ends meet, people routinely face unforeseen challenges that affect their well-being. Understanding that disaster takes many forms, The Patterson Foundation works to create outcomes that strengthen communities recovering from challenging circumstances. To guide these efforts, the Foundation connects with global networks evolving the philanthropic sector’s approach to disaster recovery and community movements working to strengthen people and families.
Each day the National Council on Aging works to improve older adults’ health and economic security by bringing together the nation’s leading organizations to create alliances and partnerships to achieve a society in which each of us, as we age, lives with dignity, purpose, and security. As an enterprise funder, The Patterson Foundation supports the National Council on Aging’s mission as a national thought leader, and locally, The Patterson Foundation works with External Stakeholders to strengthen the lives of older adults in Florida’s Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.
In 2014, through a first-of-its-kind partnership, The Patterson Foundation donated Patriot Plaza — a 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida — to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Patterson Foundation connects the community, including schools in Charlotte, Desoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties, with Patriot Plaza by working with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, which facilitates Patriot Plaza Tours and EdExploreSRQ EdExplorations. The Patterson Foundation realized that the primary concern for educators when selecting any EdExploration is transportation funding. As a result, The Patterson Foundation began funding these field trips to Patriot Plaza for any school in the four-county area.