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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 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 about the harsh reality and dismal outlook for our nation if we don’t all find the courage as individuals… 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 »

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Nonprofits invited to unleash entrepreneurial potential

Editor’s Note: Michael Oxman and Larry Clark are the co-founders, managing partners and principals of No Margin, No Mission.™  The Patterson Foundation is partnering with this national consulting firm and social enterprise on the foundation’s new Margin & Mission Ignition Initiative. Calling all nonprofit leaders, board members, and staffers … • Is your organization striving… Read more »

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If collaborations work, why aren’t there more of them?

The new year started positively for those in the collaboration space. Thanks to support from The Lodestar Foundation, a recently released study reaffirmed that nonprofit collaboration works and is successful. I’m going to write a few blog posts based on the findings from the study: *Collaboration is defined as ‘formal’ – associations, joint programs, shared… Read more »

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Season of Sharing tops $1 million, community can help trigger next incentive

Season of Sharing, the region’s annual campaign benefiting local individuals and families on the verge of homelessness, has so far raised $1.37 million from foundations, community partners and nearly 2,900 individuals since beginning just over a month ago. The 2014-2015 effort, which began shortly after Thanksgiving, received a surge of support during the holiday season…. Read more »

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Patriot Plaza’s model of philanthropy honoring veterans

From the outset, Patriot Plaza was designed as a project that would generate widespread and multifaceted impact for veterans and military families. As part of The Patterson Foundation’s Military Initiative, the ceremonial amphitheater, which was dedicated and donated to the Department of Veterans Affairs – National Cemetery Administration in summer 2014, has accomplished this all-important mission… Read more »

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Venice Middle School ‘Young Marines’ tour Patriot Plaza

In November, Patriot Plaza guides gave many tours — from church groups and clubs to neighborhood groups and condo associations. And, on Dec. 17, they provided a very special tour for a patriotic group of Venice Middle School students. More than 88 Young Marines in grades 6-8 dressed in fatigues (their school uniform) arrived at Patriot… Read more »

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The Legacy of Valor campaign’s lasting impact

Our veterans and military families are one of our community’s greatest assets. Their commitment to duty and honor should be no less visible in civilian life than it was during their time in uniform and they deserve our support and gratitude. Through Legacy of Valor, The Patterson Foundation accomplished this in 2013 by building a… Read more »

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The enduring impact of the Veterans Legacy Summit

The Veterans Legacy Summit was part of the inspiring conclusion to years of The Patterson Foundation’s efforts on behalf of our veterans and military families through its Military Initiative. The Military Initiative also included the Legacy of Valor campaign honoring veterans in Southwest Florida and the design, construction and completion of Patriot Plaza, the ceremonial… Read more »

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Forever Miss Americas make inspiring impression on Southwest Florida

As part of The Patterson Foundation’s Military Initiative, the Veterans Legacy Summit in November 2014 brought together leaders from across the country who care about making connections to support veterans and their families. Among the participants was a group of Forever Miss Americas who served as masters of ceremony during the summit and visited local… Read more »