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Recoding Organizational DNA – If it feels good, why don’t we do it more?

We know it feels good. We know we should do it more. It really doesn’t take that long. And at completion, we feel exhausted and exhilarated. These are the hallmarks of successful learning and sharing. The energy, the ideas, the clarification and the interaction create a power which can only be realized by brainstorming with our peers. And… Read more »

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New Season of Sharing Commitment Promotes Community Generosity

The Patterson Foundation will contribute $100,000 for every $500,000 raised by the community during Season of Sharing, the region’s annual campaign to assist individuals and families on the verge of homelessness. An additional $100,000 contribution will be made when the effort achieves 4,000 unique donors. Created by the Herald-Tribune Media Group in partnership with the… Read more »

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Heartfelt Appreciation for Veterans Legacy Summit Volunteers

Veterans Legacy Summit was incredible and would not have been possible without the amazing efforts of more than 200 volunteers engaged in 13 inspiring events over four days. As a volunteer, you may never know the effect that you may have made on a person that attended one of the Summit’s events. A kind word,… Read more »

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Community Guides on the Side Selected

The Patterson Foundation is pleased to announce that we have engaged with Mike Mansfield, Bill Little and Pam Truitt to serve as “guides on the side” for our Aspirations to Actions Community Engagement Teams. Mike, Bill and Pam are recent graduates of the Harwood Public Innovators Lab and will work closely with the A2A teams… Read more »

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Gallup Research Validates Collaboratory Model

In May 2014, Gallup Education released the findings of its inaugural Gallup-Purdue Index. The study of more than 30,000 graduates revealed that students who felt supported by their professors during college and had experiential learning opportunities such as long term class projects and internships more than doubled their odds of being engaged at work and… Read more »

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National military leaders to be featured at Veterans Legacy Summit

Col. Steve Parker, executive director of Joining Forces, and Maj. Gen. John G. Rossi, commanding general of Fort Sill, Okla., will participate in The Patterson Foundation’s Veterans Legacy Summit, a multi-day conference honoring the nation’s veterans and military families. Both will attend events on Saturday, Nov. 15. Joining Forces, an initiative launched by First Lady… Read more »

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Prevent Blindness Florida explores earned-income strategies

Prevent Blindness Florida was given the gift of working with No Margin, No Mission, a national consulting practice that helps nonprofits diversify revenue, through a grant from the Allegany Franciscan Ministries Tampa Bay Commission. The challenge for our organization was to reflect our mission – to prevent blindness and preserve sight – and develop high-revenue business strategies with… Read more »

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Celebrating service and sacrifice at Patriot Plaza

An inspirational Army veteran and best selling author? … Check. Five beautiful, accomplished “Forever Miss Americas”?  … Check. A world-class concert band with historical ties to the Revolutionary War? … Check. Speeches, ceremony, and events to inspire patriotism and remind us of all we owe to our service members past and present? … Check, Check… Read more »

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Survey feedback points way to EdExploreSRQ’s future

The EdExplore Community Partnership conducted an EdExplore Provider Survey marking EdExploreSRQ’s fourth birthday. EdExploreSRQ.com, the online platform connecting teachers to curriculum-aligned community learning experiences, includes 34 organizations and 30 teaching artists with 250 choices for the 2014-15 school year! After reviewing the survey results, Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Lori White wrote to the experience providers…. Read more »

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Veterans Legacy Film Festival will educate, inspire

On Friday, Nov. 14, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will be the home of the Veterans Legacy Film Festival, a series of films exploring patriotism and the experience of veterans as part of The Patterson Foundation’s Veterans Legacy Summit. The film festival begins at 10 am with a school-time performance of WE THE PEOPLE, which will be… Read more »

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Gift of appreciation for past Season of Sharing fiscal stewards

The Patterson Foundation has awarded $187,500 to local nonprofits that have been fiscal stewards for Season of Sharing, an annual campaign that assists individuals and families on the verge of homelessness. The gift from The Patterson Foundation, which is above and beyond its 2014-2015 Season of Sharing contribution, will help offset operational expenses associated with the… Read more »

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Developing a common language to communicate change

In my last blog about Recoding Organizational DNA, I discussed the common themes emerging for the challenging work these groups are pursuing: the need for direction, persistence, clear expectations and regular communications. The lab on Oct. 17 was structured to help develop a common language based on an update of the Marbut 12-point plan and… Read more »