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Introducing the Aspiration to Actions Public Innovators

A very hearty congratulations to the newest class of Public Innovators trained by The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.  The Patterson Foundation is very proud to announce that the following individuals recently completed a three-day intensive training program that equipped them with tools and techniques they can apply to their work in the community. Participants… Read more »

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Collaboratory demonstrates philanthropy and educational innovation

The buzzword in higher education these days is “innovation.” The impetus for creative change pushes these institutions against a tough obstacle: innovation and change require entrepreneurial spirt and investment. But, money and time are scarce. This is where philanthropic efforts come into the picture. Major institutions have always been able to count on successful alumni… Read more »

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Nurturing organizational change

Sixteen organizations Sixteen different missions Sixteen different perspectives Sixteen different sets of programs and funding sources Sixteen different areas of expertise Sixteen organizations willing to Lead the Change. That’s one unifying theme. “The purpose is to explore how diverse organizations can unify around a common theme to share and learn, and to use their respective… Read more »

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Supporting NetHope’s Ebola virus information management

On Aug. 13, The Patterson Foundation received an email from its international partner NetHope. The subject line read: NetHope – Ebola Outbreak – Urgent Appeal. The Patterson Foundation receives a number of requests for financial support, and almost each one of these requests is met with a very polite and encouraging email explaining that the foundation doesn’t… Read more »

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Turn Again: Aspirations to Actions

Reduce poverty Increase job opportunities Increase civility I was fortunate to be included in the recent Public Innovators Lab, which was funded by The Patterson Foundation and presented by The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. Prior to the training, which is part of The Patterson Foundation’s Aspirations to Actions initiative, a Town Hall presentation with… Read more »

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Patriot Plaza community dedication brings positive outcomes

To say the Patriot Plaza community dedication exuded positivity would be quite the understatement. Beginning with the ticket distribution in early June,  you could feel the spirit of patriotism shared by everyone — from young families to retired veterans — who went out of their way to obtain the free tickets for the event. When… Read more »

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Community change is about seeing the possibilities

In the last blog, I wrote about turning outward, which is one of the tools taught by Rich Harwood and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. How will things be different if we turn outward and use other tools taught by Rich and his team? How will it impact our community, our organization and us, as individuals?… Read more »

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Students with Diabetes connects young people to careers making a difference

Students With Diabetes was founded to help young adults with Type 1 Diabetes transition from youth to adulthood in a safe, socially acceptable, and relevant way. Over the years, the mission of the organization has held true, but the vehicles it uses have grown in scope. One such vehicle is the Students With Diabetes Internship… Read more »

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When partnering, alignment and trust can trump money

Foundations have money. Nonprofit agencies need money to do their work. This dynamic makes for interesting relationships. Or should I say partnerships? Foundations and nonprofits like to call their relationships partnerships, but what does this really mean and what makes a good partnership? Some may say that any time a foundation “gifts” money to a… Read more »

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Sentiments collected at Patriot Plaza dedication shared at VA hospital

The Patterson Foundation collected more than 200 personally written thank you cards during the Patriot Plaza community dedication June 28. These cards, which included words of gratitude and encouragement, were recently distributed to veterans being cared for at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in St. Petersburg. Andy Hooker, a veteran who lives in Sarasota… Read more »

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Turning outward to drive community change

In the work of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, Rich Harwood, founder and president, talks about public innovators “turning outward.” But what does that mean and how do you do that? Each day, we all make decisions based on a variety of inputs we receive from our surroundings. If we are trying to make a personal… Read more »