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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 »

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A stronger Health Council of Southeast Florida through earned income

Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series featuring nonprofit leaders’ perspectives on what’s 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.  Times are challenging for nonprofits! We are grappling with dwindling donor… Read more »

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Philanthropy-Joining Forces anniversary continues to unite philanthropy and veterans

One year ago, more than 30 national philanthropic leaders pledged $200 million of their resources to support veterans and their families as part of the Philanthropy–Joining Forces Impact Pledge, which partners the White House’s Joining Forces campaign with philanthropic leaders from across the country. Representatives from those organizations and more came together on May 12 to discuss their progress… Read more »

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A look at age-friendly employment

Kudos to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Barbara Peters-Smith who once again, in her article “Boomer Reverberation,” has tapped into a critically important issue for boomers (those age 50-69 today) and persons older as well. The issue of employment represents yet another implication of our long-living society; that is, many of our friends and family members will… Read more »

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When talk is action

Let me state right from the start that I come from the ‘all talk and no action’ culture, so penning a piece that is 180 degrees opposite is going to be part devil’s advocate and part learning something new. The table is set. A recent conversation with Philip Brown, president of the United Way of… Read more »

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A shift at Selby Gardens

Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series featuring nonprofit leaders’ perspectives on what’s 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 their strategies.  I have a number of wise friends in my life. One… Read more »

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Beth Duda joins Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading effort

Editor’s Note: Beth Duda recently became a consultant to The Patterson Foundation and is guiding the foundation’s team that is working on the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.  I’m excited to begin my work as the lead consultant for The Patterson Foundation working on the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Over the years, I have… Read more »

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Florida Blue Foundation recognizes excellence in community health

The Florida Blue Foundation recognized excellence and innovation in community health at its 10 anniversary of the 2015 Sapphire Awards and Symposium. Florida Blue recognized achievements and shared its mission to help people and communities achieve better health as a leading innovator enabling healthy communities. I attended on behalf of The Patterson Foundation as a… Read more »

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Think of startup capital before starting a nonprofit earned-income venture

Startup business ventures – whether for-profit or nonprofit — come in all shapes and sizes, and almost always require some sort of capital to help launch the enterprise and get it off the ground. Whether starting a thrift shop, bookstore, coffee house, consulting practice, online store, curriculum business, or any number of other enterprises, there… Read more »

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Patriot Plaza art, beauty captured in words and pictures

I’m sure you’ve all heard the adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Photos have the power to evoke strong emotions and feelings — it’s all part of the beauty of photography. The same holds true for coffee table book featuring Patriot Plaza’s commissioned art, which documents the experiences of service members and military families… Read more »

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Age-Friendly Sarasota: How did we get here?

Sarasota County represents one of the nation’s highest populations of older adults with one-third age 65 and older and more than one-half age 50 and older, according to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. There is mounting interest on efforts to enhance aging in community. Aging well in community is a key focus and priority… Read more »