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The Harwood Effect

Last summer, I was invited to be part of an initiative started by The Patterson Foundation — Aspirations to Actions — that is engaging people in Southwest Florida through The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation’s unique approach. The Harwood Institute’s process — which develops Public Innovators — is aspirational and inspirational. It is built on the understanding that… Read more »

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Becoming a collaborationist and the future of collaboration

This is my fourth — and final – post about the collaboration study funded by the Lodestar Foundation. The first three were reflections, but this one is focused on the future. I participated in the webinar announcing the study and was pleased to learn that John Macintosh laid out future plans and introduced a new word… Read more »

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Remembering Kathy Baylis

It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of our beloved friend and colleague, Kathy Baylis, following an arduous battle with cancer. Kathy, a cherished member of The Patterson Foundation’s team, contributed her intelligence, compassion and unwavering tenacity to help generate sustained outcomes in our community. Rather than grieve her absence, Kathy… Read more »

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In Recoding Organizational DNA, the experiment is proving the hypothesis

Eight months ago, The Patterson Foundation had a hypothesis: Complex community issues can be addressed –and change can take root within organizations– if those working on the issues are given the opportunity to learn, explore, share and challenge assumptions in a “safe” and productive setting. Included in this setting is a room that supports discussion,… Read more »

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Reading is the window to the world

I attended the recent Campaign for Grade-Level Reading breakfast hosted by The Patterson Foundation in Sarasota and was inspired and moved by Ralph Smith’s talk. I am an avid reader and take the skill for granted, as many probably do. Yet, when Smith presents the statistics, the reality that a significant portion of our community… Read more »

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Continuing to collaborate on Sarasota County’s system of care

Since 2011, the Sarasota County Health Safety Net System of Care Collaboration (SCC) has continued to preserve the quality of care provided to the uninsured and underinsured citizens of Sarasota County.  This collaboration among Sarasota Memorial Health Care System (SMH), Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (FLDOH) and Senior Friendship Centers has persevered and… Read more »

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Insights and learnings from collaboration in philanthropy

Recently published with support from the Lodestar Foundation, this study has inspired my past two blog posts focused on this premise: if collaborations work, why aren’t there more? Today, I’m highlighting my own insights and learnings from being involved with collaborative processes in philanthropy. Scaling is a hot topic in the philanthropic world. Funders and nonprofits… Read more »

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Taking on barriers to nonprofit collaboration

If collaborations work, why aren’t there more of them? Let’s look at the barriers to collaboration shared by this study, which was recently published through support from the Lodestar Foundation. Many of the barriers identified by foundations and nonprofits are aligned in their priority, except one — matchmaking. Nonprofits rank it high and foundations low…. Read more »

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Campaign for Grade-Level Reading leader inspires a region

More than 300 people participated in “Breakfast with a Visionary” in Sarasota on Friday featuring Ralph Smith, the managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and senior vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Smith shared the harsh reality and dismal outlook our nation faces if we don’t all find the courage as… Read more »

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Building bridges from the word gap to childhood reading success

With the exciting visit of Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, to Sarasota and Manatee counties this week, we will all learn more about his passion for this work and the research that supports why reading at a third-grade level by the end of third grade is such an important milestone in a… Read more »