Aspiring philanthropic leaders have the potential to catalyze innovations to strengthen people, organizations, and communities around the world. While these opportunities are numerous, maximizing them takes leaders who have the willingness, capacity, and foresight to drive long-term change. Through nearly a decade of experience with innovative initiatives spanning the globe, The Patterson Foundation has shaped its approach to philanthropy into a valuable model for a network of emerging leaders who seek their continued professional evolution while strengthening the impact of their efforts.
Through EdExploreSRQ — a digital platform that connects students and teachers with local, cultural, and science experiences integrated with classroom curriculum — The Patterson Foundation supports enhancing the education experience for Florida’s Sarasota County students. A formal collaboration among community partners recognizes the region’s vast cultural offerings and ensures EdExploreSRQ will benefit students for years to come.
The Patterson Foundation supports strengthened giving during the Giving Challenge by providing matching funding and prizes that encourage people to be generous. Building awareness about The Giving Partner — an online tool providing comprehensive and in-depth information — and encouraging the tool’s use strengthens philanthropy in Florida’s Charlotte, Desoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties by helping donors make informed decisions. With the minimum gift amount set at $25, the Giving Challenge, held over a 24-hour period, furthers the idea that anyone can be a philanthropist.
The Patterson Foundation’s Nonprofit Thrivability initiative shares opportunities for organizations to strengthen their mission impact by embracing a thrivable operating model. Nonprofit Thrivability works by connecting nonprofits with expertise and resources to learn concepts like strategic decision-making while adopting and implementing entrepreneurial principles to generate the revenue necessary to support and expand their operations.