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A shared vision for Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading success

We are reminded every day in newspaper and on television that America is divided. Our different beliefs and opinions often drive a wedge between us. But, we are faced with an opportunity that can unite us: Our children’s ability to succeed and achieve. We all want to provide opportunities for real achievement for our children…. Read more »

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‘Opting out’ is OK in this funder-nonprofit dynamic

You have a good idea for your organization. You have the opportunity to receive free consulting to help implement that idea. However, you aren’t sure your organization has the capacity to execute on that idea. What do you do? Do you take the valuable, free consulting or not? Most would view this scenario from the… Read more »

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Words are important in turning aspirations to actions

Words are important — and when I see the words “Aspirations to Actions,” I find significant meaning for improving our communities in this very simple phrase. Essentially, it is a calling for individuals, organizations and communities to move from dreaming, wishing and hoping to creating a better place for people to proudly call their own…. Read more »

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A big payoff in early education investment

We all look for opportunities with big payoffs. What are the small changes we can make to our diets that will result in better health? What apps can we buy that will result in more productivity? What stock pick can I make now that will make me seem like a genius in 10 years? Perhaps it’s human nature… Read more »

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Celebrating a year of service

At Sarasota National Cemetery, all Patriot Plaza Guides are volunteers, but not all volunteers are Guides. On June 1, The Patterson Foundation hosted a Guide Appreciation Breakfast as a meaningful tribute to the work and dedication of these special volunteers. Patriot Plaza is a stunning amphitheater located at the Sarasota National Cemetery that can seat… Read more »

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A community’s journey toward age-friendliness

Previously, we shed light on the behind-the-scenes work that led to Age-Friendly Sarasota’s community launch. However, our community’s path to a better future for all ages began years ago – with some telling statistics. Our region, like much of Florida, is perceived by many to be home to a larger population of older residents. In… Read more »

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Tackling summer learning loss in Manatee and Sarasota counties

Summer. Sun-kissed shoulders, kickball games, bubble-stuff, corn-on-the-cob, and the sound of the ice-cream truck trolling down my street after dinner are a few of the images that spring into my head when I hear the word. Lately, though, a more startling thought pops into my mind at the mention of summer: learning loss. National statistics show us that… Read more »

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Promoting intergenerational relationships through age-friendly communities

Positive intergenerational relationships belie the origin of the World Health Organization’s age-friendly communities movement, which began in 2005. In 1999, at a ceremony launching the International Year of Older Persons, then Secretary of the General United Nations Kofi Anan stated: “A Society for All Ages is multigenerational, [not] fragmented, with youths, adults, and older persons going their separate ways…rather, it is… Read more »

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Partnering to develop the Patriot Plaza guide program

On June 1, The Patterson Foundation celebrated and recognized the Patriot Plaza guides on the first anniversary of the program. The guides — or docents — include 14 volunteers who share their time and talent to bring the stories of the art at Patriot Plaza to life and ensure the experience for visitors is truly memorable…. Read more »

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Diversifying revenue reduced this nonprofit’s dependence on government contracts

Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series featuring nonprofit leaders’ perspectives on what it’s like and what it takes to participate in an earned-income planning and implementation process. These nonprofits worked with the consultants at No Margin, No Mission on the strategies.  The Epilepsy Association of Central Florida is a 50+ year-old, 100%… Read more »

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What are people saying about the Collaboratory at Ringling College?

The past academic year was a landmark year for the Collaboratory at the Ringling College of Art & Design (RCAD). We continued to grow and expand our project offerings for students, and pursue an even higher vision through the generous support and partnership of The Patterson Foundation. Our purpose is to offer comprehensive experiential learning,… Read more »

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Grade-level reading is a community challenge and opportunity

It is so exciting to be a part of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading because we are gathering information, sharing knowledge, and beginning to formulate plans to make our world a better place. While I’m grateful for every individual who has already expressed a commitment to making sure all our children get the opportunities… Read more »