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Turning outward helps Realize Bradenton win Knight Cities Challenge

Editor’s Note: Judy Sedgeman is an Initiative Consultant with The Patterson Foundation and retiring Chairman of the Board of Realize Bradenton; Johnette Isham is the Executive Director/CEO of Realize Bradenton.  In August 2014, the two of us partnered to lead the Manatee County group for a new initiative of The Patterson Foundation – Aspirations to Actions, which… Read more »

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Nurturing national connections from regional veterans efforts

At the core of The Patterson Foundation’s approach to philanthropy is the aspiration to seek and build purposeful connections that magnify the impact of every initiative. It was essential to embed this approach within Patriot Plaza, a living memorial capable of developing inspiring these connections in perpetuity. As the ceremonial amphitheater and its artwork have… Read more »

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Volunteer bright spots abound in Sarasota and Manatee counties

This post is part of a series highlighting the outstanding contributions of volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 12-18. These volunteers contribute meaningful time and talent that will contribute to the ongoing progress and success of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in our local community. Here are some ways volunteers are making a difference in Manatee County:… Read more »

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Collaboratory charettes offer learning beyond case studies

This blog post was inspired by a conversation I had with a friend about the Collaboratory at Ringling College of Art and Design (RCAD), which is a partnership with The Patterson Foundation. “What’s the big deal?” my friend asked. “Every good teacher involves students in case studies. Why would this make such a difference?” I… Read more »

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Volunteers key to thinking outside of the box to increase parent, community involvement

This post is part of a series highlighting the outstanding contributions of volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 12-18. These volunteers contribute meaningful time and talent that will contribute to the ongoing progress and success of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in our local community. Research has shown that the most successful students are those… Read more »

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All Faiths Food Bank serves the community through innovative, system-centric approaches

All Faiths Food Bank is truly honored to receive the Outcomes Award and the DNA ESO (Engaging – System Centric – Outcomes) Award, gifts that will support our work resulting from our participation in the Recoding Organizational DNA series. The series, a six-part workshop, was an innovative initiative created by The Patterson Foundation in partnership… Read more »

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Listening, learning and building bridges through Aspirations to Actions

The Aspirations to Actions initiative of The Patterson Foundation asks us to listen and learn. As a “guide on the side” I have listened and I certainly have learned! Some think it’s easy to listen and learn. What if the group you are listening to speaks a different language? What if there are cultural implications creating communication road… Read more »

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Shattering the myth of the starving artist

The ideas that creativity, design thinking, service design, visioning and working from vision are key elements in business success and critical skills for leadership have firmly taken hold. This has led to an explosion of demand for people who are original thinkers, who represent a marriage of the arts and business. This new concept is replacing… Read more »

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Season of Sharing’s $2 million+ demonstrates the power of a community movement

The 2014-2015 Season of Sharing campaign surpassed its goal by more than $1,200 and raised more than $2 million benefiting local families on the verge of homelessness. The funds raised will help more than 2,800 families stay in their homes. Created through a partnership between the Herald-Tribune Media Group and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County,… Read more »

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Award strengthens agency’s service to the homeless

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. was honored to participate in The Patterson Foundation’s Recoding Organizational DNA initiative and proud to receive one of the ESO (Engaging – System-Centric– Outcomes) Awards for demonstrating a commitment to achieving the goals outlined in the Marbut 12-point plan to address homelessness in Sarasota County. Catholic Charities received a one-time gift… Read more »

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The social capital of “US”

Recent attendance at the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) annual conference has reinforced the concept about the social capital of people.  Indeed the power of people, and particularly older adults, was identified in our recent Aging with Dignity and Independence (ADI) Initiative, which was conducted in partnership with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, SCOPE,… Read more »