Season of Sharing

December 2009 – Present

Season of Sharing

The Purpose

When members of a community work together to address the needs of their most vulnerable citizens, they spark change that endures well beyond the holiday season. Season of Sharing is a partnership between the Herald-Tribune Media Group and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County that each year inspires our caring community to donate to help families regain stability in the face of unforeseen disasters, be it hurricanes, Red Tide, economic downturns, or even a global pandemic. Season of Sharing helps individuals and families from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties in Florida. Funds may be used for rent or mortgage, utility bills, childcare, transportation, food vouchers, or other crucial expenses.

Strengthening the Impact

To strengthen community generosity, The Patterson Foundation has provided $6.9 million in matching funds for several consecutive years to support Season of Sharing. The campaign has raised more than $34 million to help more than 41,000 households get back on their feet.

From now through Jan. 31, 2023, The Patterson Foundation will contribute $100,000 to Season of Sharing for every $500,000 donated by the community — with no cap on the number of $100,000 contributions donors can activate throughout the campaign.

Visit the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to learn more and donate.


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Why does The Patterson Foundation support this initiative?

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 people, organizations, and communities recovering from challenging circumstances. Season of Sharing provides a time-tested and trusted resource for neighbors to support one another, whatever the crisis.

What is the impact of The Patterson Foundation’s support of Season of Sharing?

2022 – The Patterson Foundation is strengthening the givers in our region who make Season of Sharing’s impact possible. From now through Jan. 31, 2023, The Patterson Foundation will contribute $100,000 to Season of Sharing for every $500,000 donated by the community — with no cap on the number of $100,000 contributions donors can activate throughout the campaign.

2021 – Donors throughout the four-county region gave $4.45 million during the holiday campaign — breaking the record for the largest donation total in Season of Sharing’s 22-year history. Through Jan. 31, 2022, The Patterson Foundation contributed $100,000 to Season of Sharing for every $500,000 donated by the community. Its seven separate $100,000 contributions to Season of Sharing were the most contributions ever activated in a single campaign.

2020 – In response to COVID-19, Season of Sharing was reactivated in March 2020 to help families and individuals facing unforeseen financial hardship brought on by the pandemic — raising $2.8 million. The Patterson Foundation contributed an immediate $500,000 gift to the campaign and a $500,000 dollar-for-dollar match, which the community achieved in less than a month.

During the 2020-2021 holiday campaign, The Patterson Foundation continued to strengthen donors with $100,000 gifts triggered each time the community raised $500,000. More than 3,200 donors contributed nearly 3,800 gifts worth more than $3.7 million from November 2020 through January 2021, including $600,000 total in matching gifts from The Patterson Foundation.

Between both efforts, Season of Sharing raised more than $6.5 million to provide stability to the community’s most vulnerable.

Beyond these contributions, The Patterson Foundation provided a one-time honorarium of more than $450,000 total to the fiscal agents and community agencies strengthening Season of Sharing in celebration of their efforts to connect people in need with these funds.

How can I make a donation to Season of Sharing?

Who can I contact about the Season of Sharing initiative?

For more information, contact Stacey Gadeken in initiative support:
On January 6, TPF hosted the Sparkle event to honor Season of Sharing fiscal agents and community agencies. TPF gave more than $450,000 to dozens of organizations then asked each organization to share how it will use its honorarium to further its mission.
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