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Aging Mastery Program shared at Aging in America conference

There are many reasons why The Patterson Foundation (TPF) partners with The National Council on Aging (NCOA), beginning with NCOA’s President and CEO Jim Firman’s unwavering quest to make a positive difference in the lives of older adults. After successfully spearheading and taking BenefitsCheckUp.org to scale, Jim and his team created the Aging Mastery Program… Read more »

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5 characteristics to consider before jumping into earned income

There is frequently a tendency for people to want to “jump into” those activities that offer potentially lucrative opportunities for financial growth. By jumping in, however, they may fail to consider whether or not they are actually prepared to pursue such an endeavor. For nonprofit organizations, earned income is an activity that increasingly fits such… Read more »

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Harvest House award to fuel rapid re-housing of homeless

Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series from exemplary Recoding Organizational DNA participants who were honored with a one-time ESO Award from The Patterson Foundation.  At the culmination of Recoding Organizational DNA, a six-month series of intensive workshops that brought together leaders and representatives of service agencies throughout Sarasota County, Harvest House Transitional… Read more »

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Catalyzing support for communications recovery in Vanuatu

Vanuatu. Three weeks ago, most of us had never heard of this island nation in the South Pacific Ocean and most of us couldn’t pronounce it (vah-noo-ah-too) correctly. However, this was not important to The Patterson Foundation (TPF) when we received an email from our international partner, NetHope, which was quickly mobilizing in response to its NGO… Read more »

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The power of listening to community aspirations

Last summer, The Patterson Foundation launched Aspirations to Actions, an initiative focused on applying the community engagement methods and techniques of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation across various issue areas and geographic locations in our four-county region. The goal of the work is to seek and use community aspirations as the starting point to… Read more »

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Sometimes taking a risk yields an alternative return

Similar to other private foundations, The Patterson Foundation (TPF) is self-funded and isn’t constrained by the need to generate revenue or to achieve a numerical rate of return on its invested capital. This provides the flexibility to assume risk that other organizations can’t, aren’t or won’t. While we are very intentional with our funding, and… Read more »

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Patriot Plaza moving forward

The spirit of the campaign to honor veterans, inspire patriotism within our communities and embrace freedom continues locally and beyond. Patriot Plaza, the outdoor ceremonial amphitheater and “museum” at Sarasota National Cemetery, is a gift to the nation from The Patterson Foundation. As bookends to the June 2014 dedication of this artistic and historic space, the… Read more »

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Why support a collaborative effort to advance nursing?

People who know even a little bit about The Patterson Foundation (TPF) know that it’s not a typical foundation. Rather than having a large staff, soliciting funds, administering an annual grant cycle, or writing checks to nonprofit organizations for specific issues, The Patterson Foundation takes a unique approach. With just three staff members, The Patterson… Read more »

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EdExploreSRQ, arts education featured at foundation donor event

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County recently shared its arts education work with donors and included EdExploreSRQ in the conversation. Sponsored by SunTrust Foundation, the event kicked off with a welcome from Tom Beames, who shared that musical instruments had given him both confidence and humility. Susie Bowie, Vice President of Philanthropic Education & Marketing,… Read more »

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Recoding Organizational DNA opportunities emerge

At the conclusion of the Recoding Organizational DNA presentations in January, we took the opportunity to recognize three organizations for embedding the change necessary with their stakeholders to achieve the three goals of the Marbut Plan. The ESO (Engaging System-Centric Outcomes) Awards honored: 1)    Engaging Award –  Harvest House 2)    System-Centric Award – Catholic Charities… Read more »

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The early-learning reality

Earlier this week, The Patterson Foundation hosted a learning and sharing session at USF Sarasota-Manatee about the importance of early learning. As a pillar of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, early learning is a key component to help all kids — especially those from low-income homes — be ready for school. This session is part… Read more »