• Past Initiatives

    Past Initiatives

    Since 2009, The Patterson Foundation's journey through our initiatives has informed future work and our approach to philanthropy.
    Learn more about our past initiatives:

Aging Mastery Program®

Developed by the National Council on Aging, the Aging Mastery Program® offers community-based organizations a clear path to engage and strengthen the physical, financial, and emotional wellness of older adults through an innovative education program.

Aging with Dignity and Independence

To honor the legacy of Dorothy Patterson, who remained independent as she aged, The Patterson Foundation worked with SCOPE and USF Sarasota-Manatee on the Aging with Dignity and Independence initiative. During this collaboration, the organizations explored aging in our Florida community and presented findings to local officials and organizations and at state and national conferences.

Arthritis Foundation – Florida Chapter

The Patterson Foundation collaborated with the Arthritis Foundation – Florida Chapter to inspire philanthropy statewide by using technology, communications, and strategic consulting resources. Nearly $1.7 million was generated for vital research and education programs that improve the quality of life for people with arthritis while honoring the legacy of Dorothy Patterson, who lived with arthritis.

Aspirations to Actions Stepping Forward Book Circles

As an investment in our community through the Aspirations to Actions Initiative, The Patterson Foundation brought Rich Harwood back to the region to discuss his new book, Stepping Forward. In conjunction with the author’s visit, The Patterson Foundation supported registered Book Circles throughout Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.

Bringing Science Home

By understanding, creating solutions, and teaching others about life with diabetes, Bringing Science Home improved the lives of people with chronic conditions and those who care about them.

Caregiver Connect

Working with Share the Care, a nonprofit organization that provides community-based support for family caregivers, The Patterson Foundation explored new ways to connect caregivers with needed resources. The Caregiver Connect initiative yielded valuable lessons about financial thrivability and planning that continue to enrich other endeavors.

Census 2020 Education

Every ten years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States, known as the census. This information is used to allocate annually distributed federal funds based on each community’s population. Each community across the country must be accurately counted to ensure that they receive the funds needed to support critical programs such as public education, healthcare, and housing.

Clawback Recovery Challenge

Through no fault of their own, several organizations in Sarasota County, Florida, were unexpectedly affected by a clawback of funds. The Clawback Recovery Challenge helped those organizations raise funds through a recovery plan without disrupting their vital work in the community.

Collaborative Partnering

The Collaborative Partnering initiative provided to nonprofits technical assistance that promoted connecting in innovative ways and encouraged learning successful approaches to collaborate, merge, or operate more effectively.

Collaboratory at Ringling College of Art and Design

At the Collaboratory — a first-of-its-kind experience at an art school nationwide — Ringling College of Art and Design students put their skills to work in a professional setting by providing businesses and brands with creative, innovative, and relevant solutions.

Dorothy Patterson Fund

Honoring Dorothy Patterson’s hometown, the Dorothy Patterson Fund is a $1 million endowment at the New York Community Trust that assists organizations serving those less fortunate in Ossining, New York.

Honoring & Onward

Honoring & Onward was a celebration of The Patterson Foundation’s first decade of impact through people, organizations, and communities while continuing to connect, learn, share, evolve, and strengthen its efforts to realize shared aspirations.

HundredX Pilot Project

The Patterson Foundation piloted a project to connect regional nonprofits with HundredX's Express Feedback for Good™ program. HundredX is a mission-based data and analytics company. In its desire to help nonprofit organizations within its business model, HundredX created the Express Feedback for Good™ program. Through the program, nonprofit organizations can generate funding by inviting stakeholders to answer a brief series of strategic questions to aid consumer research. As a pilot, the foundation offered this opportunity to organizations that previously worked within its Nonprofit Thrivability initiative to explore how this might evolve into a proven model nonprofits in the region can use.

Legacy of Valor

Through 100 community partnerships over 13 months, our caring community rallied around the more than 100,000 veterans and their families who live and work in Southwest Florida during the Legacy of Valor campaign. This enthusiasm lives on at Patriot Plaza as our community uses the space to honor veterans and their stories for generations to come.

National Council on Aging

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.

New Media Journalism

To honor the Patterson family's legacy in the journalism industry and bolster the flow of information that is essential to democracy, The Patterson Foundation worked with Knight Digital Media Center to support a business-mentoring program for community news organizations. The initiative included creating an online platform that community journalists used to share ideas and discuss new concepts about the profession.

Recoding Organizational DNA

The Patterson Foundation developed Recoding Organizational DNA as a way for organizations to address complex community issues — such as homelessness — through a series of labs to help transition agencies to engaging, system-centric, and outcome-measured organizations.

Sarasota County Health Safety Net System of Care Collaboration

This collaboration continues to bring local healthcare providers together to address the challenges of providing health care for uninsured and underinsured individuals in Sarasota County, Florida.

Self-Management Alliance

Managing one’s own healthcare, especially multiple chronic conditions, is essential in order to stem increasing healthcare costs in America. The Patterson Foundation participated in the Self-Management Alliance, a tri-sector collaboration created by the National Council on Aging that explored how self-managed care might be approached to improve health.

Sister M. Lucia Haas Scholarship Endowment

The Patterson Foundation worked with Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota, Florida, to establish an endowment and create lasting benefit for the school via a scholarship program for student tuition assistance. The initiative honored the friendship between Dorothy Patterson and Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School President Sister M. Lucia Haas.


The SPIRE CoLab was a partnership between philanthropy and journalism to inspire communities to take action through solutions journalism, which focuses on responses to social issues.

Student Emergency Fund

Working directly with schools in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in Florida, the Student Emergency Fund provided one-time funding for critical student needs, such as eyeglasses, shoes, asthma inhalers, and other items that help keep children engaged in learning. An endowment challenge resulted in funds being available to help children for generations to come.

The Giving Partner

The Giving Partner helps people make more informed decisions about giving based on in-depth information provided by nonprofits. Together with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and other funders, The Patterson Foundation supported bringing this unique tool to our region in Florida.

Veterans Legacy Summit

The Patterson Foundation shared the unique public-private partnership story of Southwest Florida's Patriot Plaza with dignitaries from across the country in November 2014 during the Veterans Legacy Summit. Leaders from the government, military, philanthropy, national veterans-serving organizations, and others supporting veterans came together to share ideas, learn about unique partnerships such as Patriot Plaza, challenge assumptions, and push the boundaries of potential to honor our nation's heroes.

Share This Page