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National Aging Mastery Program coming to region

It’s no secret that people are living longer. With that, comes new realities to deal with — from managing health to working toward financial stability. A new program aims to change that for millions of older adults. Through support from The Patterson Foundation, three Suncoast-area agencies will begin offering the Aging Mastery Program®, a nationwide… Read more »

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Collaboratory summer exchange with Clemson University

An important strategy of The Collaboratory at Ringling College of Art & Design is not only to ensure that students at Ringling College have the opportunity to get real-world experience working with clients, but also to provide these opportunities for students from other universities through innovative educational exchange programs. After about eight months of planning… Read more »

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Suncoast panel features national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading expert

There was a full house at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee last night as hundreds of community members gathered to hear from Ron Fairchild, a senior leader of the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, as well as education leaders from Sarasota and Manatee counties. The event, which was part of the Herald-Tribune’s Hot Topics… Read more »

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Synergistic assets on aging in place – Habitat for Humanity

I really enjoyed the keynote speech at the Habitat for Humanity Learning Exchange on Aging in Place  in Gainesville, Florida, earlier this week. As it turns out, Habitat’s work is well-aligned with housing/aging in place — one of the eight “domains of livability” in age-friendly communities. As many of you know, Habitat for Humanity is in more than… Read more »

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‘People Power’ drives Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition

The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) is a group of people working together for a common goal. SNAC is focused on creating something new through the strength of collective people power; people who are developing “connective tissue” to create new realities. It has grown from the passion of a few to a coalition with 20… Read more »

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Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading offers community speaking engagements

For a movement like the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to be successful, the entire community deserves to understand the campaign’s goals, its significance and each individual’s power to make a difference. That’s why Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading leaders from Manatee and Sarasota counties are coming together to offer speaking engagements — at no cost —… Read more »

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Patriot Plaza guides share their favorite visitor stories

The Patterson Foundation’s objective for Patriot Plaza from design through construction was to Honor Veterans, Inspire Patriotism and Embrace Freedom. This objective included veterans who are serving, have served and even extended to those who might serve in our nation’s armed forces. To honor veterans and their families through commissioned art incorporating photojournalism, the hope… Read more »

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Entrepreneurial nonprofits begin earned-income journey to heighten mission impact

Five months ago, nearly 150 nonprofit leaders, board members, and staffers from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto Counties convened in Bradenton to attend the launch of Margin & Mission Ignition, an initiative of The Patterson Foundation designed to help nonprofits in the region build entrepreneurial capacity, boost revenue, and heighten mission impact. During that initial… Read more »

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EdExploreSRQ to feature new career explorations this fall

Explorations offered on EdExploreSRQ.com are intended to connect students to classroom learning.   These experiences enhance learning and help create new interests for students in our local community.  The site initially included nonprofit arts, cultural, environmental and science organizations. This year, EdExploreSRQ is branching out to include career explorations with employers. There’s a shared commitment between… Read more »

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Fueling the entrepreneurial spirit for a nonprofit serving the Latino community

Editor’s Note: UnidosNow is part of a group of organizations in our region that attended a series of educational labs about earned income strategies, which was supported by The Patterson Foundation. The organization is sharing its perspective about what it learned and how it might inform the organization’s future. UnidosNow is a nonprofit dedicated to… Read more »

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2015 Giving Challenge to use imagination, information to ignite region’s generosity

Each year, the Giving Challenge presents our region with a 24-hour opportunity to display its sincere generosity on behalf of the hundreds of charitable organizations working to better our community. The Giving Challenge, which is overseen by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, continues to provide The Patterson Foundation and several other foundations in our… Read more »

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A shared vision for Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading success

We are reminded every day in newspaper and on television that America is divided. Our different beliefs and opinions often drive a wedge between us. But, we are faced with an opportunity that can unite us: Our children’s ability to succeed and achieve. We all want to provide opportunities for real achievement for our children…. Read more »