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Giving Challenge

March 2012 – Present

Giving Challenge

The Purpose

The Giving Challenge is a 24-hour event supporting more than 700 nonprofits serving Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties in Florida. Hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Giving Challenge gives nonprofits a chance to raise unrestricted dollars for their work in our region while creatively connecting with new and existing supporters. Since 2012, donors have provided nearly $60 million in unrestricted funding to support nonprofits listed on The Giving Partner.

 

Strengthening the Impact

The Patterson Foundation believes that anyone can be a philanthropist, and the Giving Challenge provides opportunities for donors at all levels to strengthen nonprofit futures. The Patterson Foundation supports strengthened giving during the Giving Challenge by providing matching challenges and donor incentives that encourage people to be generous. Past matches have encouraged nonprofits to cultivate new and existing donors during the Giving Challenge and beyond. The Patterson Foundation has contributed more than $24 million to the Giving Challenge since 2012.




STRENGTHENING GIVING DURING THE 2022 GIVING CHALLENGE

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In celebration of the Giving Challenge’s decade of generosity, The Patterson Foundation will strengthen giving during the 2022 Giving Challenge with a 1:1 match on all unique donations between $25 and $100 per donor, per nonprofit organization — with no cap on the number of individual matches from unique donors a nonprofit organization can receive. The 2022 Giving Challenge will take place April 26–April 27, 2022.

FAQ's

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Why does The Patterson Foundation support this initiative?

Building awareness about The Giving Partner and encouraging its use strengthens philanthropy in our region by helping donors make informed decisions. The Giving Challenge encourages contributions to organizations listed on The Giving Partner by offering incentives and other benefits to donors and citizen philanthropists over a 24-hour period. Both are useful donor development tools that complement other nonprofit fundraising efforts, furthering the idea that anyone can be a philanthropist. Funds raised during the Giving Challenge are unrestricted in nature, lending nonprofits flexibility in how they are used. The inherent potential within unrestricted funding makes it a vital resource for all nonprofit organizations.

What is the impact of The Patterson Foundation’s support of the Giving Challenge?

April 2022 – In celebration of the Giving Challenge’s decade of generosity, The Patterson Foundation will strengthen giving during the 2022 Giving Challenge with a 1:1 match on all unique donations between $25 and $100 per donor, per nonprofit organization — with no cap on the number of individual matches from unique donors a nonprofit organization can receive. The 2022 Giving Challenge will take place April 26–April 27, 2022.

April 2020 – The Patterson Foundation contributed more than $7.4 million to the 2020 Giving Challenge through a 1:1 uncapped match for all unique donations between $25 and $100 per donor, per nonprofit organization — in addition to $51,000 in prizes for nonprofit organizations that cultivated the highest number of unique donors. The contribution strengthened our caring community’s generosity as it raised $19,157,104 in unrestricted funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic — the greatest Giving Challenge total to date.

May 2018 – The Patterson Foundation’s 1:1 match for unique donations — up to $100 per person per organization with no cap — strengthened nonprofit outreach and donor engagement prior to and during the Giving Challenge, generating nearly $5 million in matching dollars. The match strengthened the Giving Challenge’s $11,677,317 total raised in 24 hours.

September 2016 – The Patterson Foundation evolved its match structure to emphasize the importance of connecting with both new and existing supporters, with a 2:1 match for donations from new donors and a 1:1 match for those from returning donors — both up to $100 per person per organization with no cap. Donors catalyzed $7.6 million in matching funds from The Patterson Foundation, contributing to the $13,566,267 raised for local nonprofits.

September 2015 – The Patterson Foundation matched new online donations, up to $250 per person per organization — this time with no cap on its total contribution to participating nonprofit organizations. The match generated $2.9 million and contributed to a total of $6,905,132 raised by the community for area nonprofits — the highest-grossing Giving Day in Florida's history at the time.

May 2014 – The Patterson Foundation announced $450,000 to match new or increased donations, up to $1,000 per person per organization. The community raised $3,100,281 for area nonprofits.

March 2013 – The Patterson Foundation announced $430,000 to match new or increased donations compared to the 2012 Giving Challenge. The community raised $2,777,198 for area nonprofits.

March 2012 – The Patterson Foundation provided a $334,000 dollar-for-dollar match to inspire generosity, which was quickly achieved by donors. The community raised $2,396,475 million.

What is the Giving Challenge’s total impact to date?

Between 2012–2020, local nonprofits raised more than $59 million in unrestricted funds, including The Patterson Foundation’s match funds, through the Giving Challenge.

What has The Patterson Foundation contributed to the Giving Challenge to date?

The Patterson Foundation has provided more than $24 million to the Giving Challenge to date through matching donations and other donor incentives.

Who can I contact about the Giving Challenge?

For more information about the Giving Challenge's annual event, contact the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

For more information about the Giving Challenge initiative, contact initiative consultant Michael Corley: mcorley@thepattersonfoundation.org.
Social distancing left many of us wanting to feel connected to our larger community. Fortunately, the online, 24-hour give day known as the Giving Challenge was already scheduled for noon–noon, April 28–29.
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