Giving Challenge

March 2012 – Present

Giving Challenge

The Purpose

The Giving Challenge is a 24-hour event supporting nearly 700 nonprofits serving Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties in Florida. Presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, 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. 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. Since 2012, donors have provided nearly $60 million in unrestricted funding to support nonprofits listed on The Giving Partner, which includes more than $24 million from The Patterson Foundation through matching donations and other donor incentives.


Strengthening the Impact

The Patterson Foundation supports strengthened giving during the Giving Challenge by providing matching challenges and prizes that encourage people to be generous. Past matches have encouraged nonprofits to cultivate new and existing donors during the challenge and beyond.


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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 – The Patterson Foundation will strengthen giving during the 2022 Giving Challenge, taking place April 26–April 27, 2022.

April 2020 – The Patterson Foundation contributed nearly $7.5 million to the 2020 Giving Challenge through a 1:1 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 $19.1 million in unrestricted funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic — the greatest Giving Challenge total to date.

May 2018 – The Patterson Foundation’s match for unique donations strengthened nonprofit outreach and donor engagement prior to and during the Giving Challenge, generating more than $5 million in matching dollars. The match strengthened the Giving Challenge’s $11.7 million total raised in 24 hours.

September 2016 – The Patterson Foundation provided $7.5 million in matching funds for both returning and new donors, contributing to the $13.4 million raised for local nonprofits.

September 2015 – The Patterson Foundation provided $2.9 million to match new online donations, contributing to a total of nearly $6.7 million raised by the community for area nonprofits — the highest grossing Giving Day in Florida's history.

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 $3.1 million for area nonprofits.

March 2013 – The Patterson Foundation announced $430,000 to match new or increased donations. The community raised $2.7 million for area nonprofits.

March 2012 – The Patterson Foundation announced $300,000 in matching funds to inspire generosity. The community raised $2.4 million.

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

Between 2012–2020, local nonprofits raised nearly $60 million, 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:
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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