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Patriot Plaza showcased during Edstravaganza event for educators

Patriot Plaza was one of more than 40 experiences showcased recently at the Suncoast Technical College in Sarasota as part of Edstravaganza, an event for educators throughout Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. Organized by Angela Hartvigsen, EdExploreSRQ Manager, 200 teachers, principals, and assistant principals had the opportunity to: Meet 40+ organizational providers and teaching artists offering explorations… Read more »

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When Age-Friendly Sarasota meets AARP’s Livable Communities

Recently, Rodney Harrell, PhD, the director of Livable Communities AARP Public Policy Institute visited Sarasota in support of the emerging Age-Friendly Sarasota movement. During his two-day visit, he addressed and engaged diverse groups including business and community leaders, neighborhood leaders and government planners. He also conducted an open public forum. Dr. Harrell shared his research… Read more »

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2016 Giving Challenge to flex region’s philanthropic muscles

Since 2012, our region has proven itself as a force in philanthropy and donors have shown their love for local nonprofit organizations by providing more than $15 million in unrestricted funding to support their missions during the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Giving Challenge. Last year’s event set an incredible new standard for generosity in… Read more »

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New nonprofits to participate as entrepreneurial initiative expands

A new group of entrepreneurial nonprofits from Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties will participate in an 18-month initiative designed to build capacity, boost revenue, and strengthen mission impact through the development and implementation of earned-income strategies. After launching a successful earned-income initiative benefiting regional nonprofits in 2015, The Patterson Foundation is expanding the reach of… Read more »

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Mind in the Making technique strengthens goal-setting, achievement

Mind in the Making workshops offered in both English and Spanish are happening throughout the Suncoast region and participants are loving every minute. The workshops are based on Mind in the Making, a ground-breaking education book by Ellen Galinsky, which breaks down executive functions into seven essential life skills. During the sessions, facilitators– who were trained… Read more »

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Leading the way toward an age-friendly Florida

Age-Friendly Sarasota continues to lead the state’s age-friendly community network. There are seven age-friendly communities in Florida –Tallahassee, Winter Haven, St. Petersburg, Hallandale Beach, Coral Springs, Cutler Bay and Pembroke Pines — but Sarasota will always be Florida’s first World Health Organization age-friendly community. Age-Friendly Sarasota recently presented a session on creating age-friendly communities at… Read more »

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Media and philanthropy connect community to social issues through SPIRE CoLab

Once a straightforward, one-way communication vehicle, journalism is becoming an ever-complex and diverse community resource. SPIRE CoLab, a partnership between journalism and philanthropy to create compelling media that inspire, inform and empower communities to take action on relevant social issues, is poised to do just that. The SPIRE CoLab seeks not only to communicate outwardly but also… Read more »

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SNAC employer team engages healthcare, education institutions

The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) Employer Team, which comprises representatives from regional healthcare employers, was the first SNAC team to take action to achieve the aspiration to improve health and healthcare by advancing nursing in our region. The Employer Team engages healthcare and educational institutions to achieve a higher percentage of nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. With… Read more »

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Celebrating a year of Age-Friendly Sarasota

Sarasota is home to many firsts and bests- in rankings and status – and it’s time to celebrate yet another: Age-Friendly Sarasota completed its first year this month and there have been many notable accomplishments. An initiative designed to support active, healthy and engaged living in all aspects of community life, Age-Friendly Sarasota is Florida’s… Read more »

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School readiness bright spots in Manatee and Sarasota counties

So much happens at the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading that we sometimes have to step back to ask ourselves where we have been, what happened, who and how many did we impact, and what does all of that mean as we move the needle to ensure all children read on grade level by the… Read more »

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Leveraging the investment in earned income

In early 2015, The Patterson Foundation began the Margin & Mission Ignition initiative, an effort in partnership with national consulting firm and social enterprise No Margin, No Mission, to help entrepreneurial nonprofits in our region create earned-income plans to support their missions. Throughout the year, six nonprofits completed 14 weeks of business-planning coaching; 14 weeks… Read more »