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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 »

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Veterans-serving organizations to share hope, inspiration and knowledge

If you haven’t yet visited Patriot Plaza, you won’t want to miss the Legacy Zone at the Celebrate Service and Sacrifice event on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, which is part of the Veterans Legacy Summit hosted by The Patterson Foundation. Adding to the event will be for the first time in one space more than two… Read more »

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West Point Band to perform for community during Veterans Legacy Summit

The West Point Band educates, trains, and inspires the United States Military Corps of Cadets through music. Through the Veterans Legacy Summit Nov. 14-15 in Sarasota, our community will have the chance to become inspired as the West Point Band performs for our community. Presented by The Patterson Foundation, the Veterans Legacy Summit brings to… Read more »

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Veterans Legacy Summit features partnership with The Hermitage Artist Retreat

Partnership has many implications; but perhaps most importantly a partnership implies a joining of resources to achieve a common goal. Equally implied is a mutuality of benefit – that all partners gain something of value in the process. The Hermitage Artist Retreat has had the privilege of being one of the early partners with The… Read more »

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Get “Zoned In” at the Veterans Legacy Summit workshops and panels

The Patterson Foundation will host Zoned In, on Saturday, Nov. 15, as part of the Veterans Legacy Summit. During Zoned In, participants will share thought-provoking ideas through panel discussions and workshops to challenge assumptions about what it means to honor service members, veterans, and their families. Here’s what to expect: Learn how philanthropic organizations support veterans-related… Read more »

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Forever Miss Americas join Veterans Legacy Summit festivities

Miss America has always been a wonderful symbol of our country. Over the years, the organization has made a difference in people’s lives through countless charitable and community endeavors. Jean Bartel, Miss America 1943, went so far as to use her celebrity in the war effort. She was credited with selling more Series E war… Read more »

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Brentwood Elementary, Florida Studio Theatre link education standards

The job of an educator is difficult — there is no doubt about it. They deal with a variety of children, each one with a unique personality and unique needs. They are tasked with teaching concepts in multiple subject areas, assisting in the development of various skills, and keeping a well ordered classroom. Add to the… Read more »

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Beyond the merger, nonprofits can come together to benefit clients and others

Jo DeBolt, a partner at LaPiana Consulting, recently penned a blog post about nonprofit merger myths. I appreciated what she had to say partly because it touched on information I’ve collected over the past few years of the many ways that organizations who serve clients (people and animals) can find ways to be more effective and… Read more »

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Patriot Plaza guides to begin offering tours Oct. 7

Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery is a unique amphitheater surrounded by stunning sculptures and artwork. Many have said it is like an outdoor museum. With that in mind, a program has been created that provides trained guides for those who would like to experience a tour of the space to uncover a deeper understanding… Read more »

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Uncovering keys to creating organizational change

Three labs down and three to go. On Sept. 12, 16 organizations that comprise the Recoding Organizational DNA initiative convened once again at Girl Scout Gulfcoast Event and Conference Center. Board members, CEOs, executive directors, and staff from the organizations listened as Bill Horne, the city manager of Clearwater, shared his experiences in creating systemic change across… Read more »