March 2012 – Present
The Giving Challenge is a 24-hour event supporting nearly 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 more than $75 million in unrestricted funding to support nonprofits listed on The Giving Partner.
Strengthening the Impact
Why does The Patterson Foundation support this initiative?
What is the impact of The Patterson Foundation’s support of the Giving Challenge?
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.