What’s #GivingChallenge16 ?
Join us and other nonprofits serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties during this exciting 24-hour giving event! People who care about causes in our community can go online and make a secure donation, helping their favorite organizations receive special matching dollars and grant incentives. (Please note that the donations page will not be available until Sept. 20, 2016 at noon sharp!)
(Hate putting your financial info online? Come to our party on Tuesday September 20, from 4 to 7pm at the Crocker Church, and we’ll make sure all is secure… while you sip and nibble, chat with local history experts and enjoy live classical guitar music from our Giving Challenge partner, Guitarsarasota.org. )
We believe that you have a right to know how we run our nonprofit. Visit our profile on www.thegivingpartner.org to learn more about our programmatic impact, leadership, planning, financials and needs.
Your donation does double or even triple good, since the Patterson Foundation is matching both repeat donors and “new” donors’ contributions during the Giving Challenge. There’s a minimum donation of $25, and matches will be made up to $100. For larger donations, consider splitting your gift with friends or family.
What’s the story behind the Giving Challenge? Read this by Roxie Jerde, president of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
The 2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.
How can I #BeTheOne ?
Each and every person can be the one to make a difference during the
Giving Challenge. Everyone, no matter the size of their gift, can be a philanthropist.
This year, The Patterson Foundation is making donations from both new donors –individuals who did not donate to a particular organization during the 2016 Giving Challenge – and returning donors – individuals who did support a particular organization during the 2016 Giving Challenge even more valuable! The Patterson Foundation will provide support in two ways:
– A 2:1 match for each new online donor’s contributions – up to $100 per donor, per organization (that’s you, if you didn’t get a chance to donate to HSoSC in 2015! That means your $25 donation gets HSoSC $75, and your $100 donation means $300 to HSoSC!)
– A 1:1 match for each returning donor’s contribution – up to $100 per donor, per organization (that’s you, if you did donate to HSoSC in 2015!)
Some quick, no-cost ways to add to the excitement: Post this graphic on your Facebook profile
or simply share this post, adding your own wording if you like! Follow us on Facebook and share our daily posts with your friends and loved ones. Yup, they too can donate, even if they live Up North or heck, in Tahiti!
Hesitant to donate online? We’ll have ambassadors to do this, securely, for you during our Ring the Bell Party Tuesday Sept. 20, from 4 to 7pm! Music, fun, nibbles and more: read about it!
Our Facebook Graphics
We’ve had a good time coming up with some historic examples of donations that made a difference. Now, these are marketing tools for social media, not historical reference. Yes, we know that John Ringling didn’t give his museum to our county, exactly, and that sometimes, the grammar doesn’t make sense (after all, the Women’s Improvement Society isn’t “the one.”) But we had fun pointing out examples about how YOU can make an impact. We hope you’re inspired to join us in making #GivingChallenge16 the most fun you’ve had recently!
With thanks to…
We couldn’t have gathered these messages without the help of Jeff LaHurd, John McCarthy, and some wonderful Internet resources including the Facebook groups “If you grew up in Sarasota“, The SRQ Quiz, and Old Forgotten Florida as well as our historic peers’ sites, which can be found on our Links Page.
And thanks to Tour de SRQ for the gathering photo in front of the Bidwell-Wood House used in our header on this page!
Other ways to help…
In addition to Giving Challenge, there are other ways that will help HSoSC continue its mission. This season, we will have three opportunities for you to participate in the recycling and repurposing of material goods. These will help you declutter your home, and refresh your life. See how history books, baubles from your jewelry box, and underloved home and garden decor can be recycled!