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Witnessing the mission: The media’s role in sharing the military experience

American history is rife with stories of our veterans’ heroism and sacrifices in battles near and far, volumes of which remain buried and untold by the men and women who lived them. For many veterans, simply sharing their stories with others can serve as a path to healing from the trauma experienced on the front… Read more »

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Nearly 2,000 participate in 2014 Wreaths Across America Ceremony

What an amazing community turnout for the 2014 Wreaths Across America event on Dec. 13 at Sarasota National Cemetery. This year, the number of community attendees more than doubled as the ceremony was hosted in Patriot Plaza, the new 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater designed and donated by The Patterson Foundation in partnership with the National Cemetery Administration…. Read more »

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Learning from community conversations

I’ve participated in three community conversations, so that now makes me an expert, right? Think again! As a “guide on the side” for The Patterson Foundation’s Aspirations to Actions initiative, I’ve spent the past few weeks learning how one of The Harwood Institute’s “turn-outward components”—Community Conversations—work. Here’s what I’ve learned so far: The Conversation Leader’s greatest… Read more »

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Community generosity triggers $100K Season of Sharing contribution

The Patterson Foundation has contributed $100,000 to Season of Sharing in recognition of the more than $500,000 raised to date by the community for the 2014-2015 campaign to benefit local individuals and families on the verge of homelessness. The annual effort, which began in late November, received an outpouring of support during Giving Tuesday, a… Read more »

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Empowering women drives this courageous nonprofit collaboration

Collaboration… It sounds so easy, so efficient, so logical; then why don’t more not for profit organizations with similar missions do it? Because, what sounds so simple, actually, is anything but. Now, thanks to The Patterson Foundation and No Margin, No Mission, (a national consulting firm helping nonprofit organizations craft business plans), the CEOs and… Read more »

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Sarasota—A Model of Excellence

Editor’s Note: Sharlene Wells Hawkes, Miss America 1985, is president of Remember My Service, a production company dedicated to preserving the legacy of service members through content-rich books and ebooks. Sharlene and the Forever Miss Americas served as masters of ceremonies for Celebrate Service & Sacrifice at Patriot Plaza during The Patterson Foundation’s Veterans Legacy… Read more »

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Legacy Zone creates lasting connections with national organizations serving veterans

The Legacy Zone was part of an amazing series of events over four days during the Veterans Legacy Summit Nov. 14-15 in Sarasota. Culminating several years of The Patterson Foundation’s military initiative, individuals, organizations and foundations from more than 25 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico came to our community to share, learn… Read more »

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Learning to be a ‘guide on the side’ in philanthropy

A unique aspect of The Patterson Foundation’s approach to partnerships in philanthropy is the assignment of a consultant to serve as a “guide on the side” — someone who offers intellectual capital in addition to the financial support TPF provides. As other foundations examine this partnership model, recognizing the limitations and opportunities in this arrangement is critical…. Read more »

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Florida funders support earned-income fast pitch event

Four Southwest Florida-based philanthropies, plus nearly 50 investors and business leaders, convened in Sarasota recently to watch three mini business-plan pitches from nonprofit entrepreneurs in a session likened to a kinder version of Shark Tank. Known as the FAST FOUR, the teams hailed from Bradenton, Myakka City, and St. Petersburg. The FAST PITCH marked the… Read more »

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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 »