SARASOTA, FL – Within 24 hours on April 28 and 29, donors across the community united with an outpouring of support for the 2020 Giving Challenge, raising $18.4 million for 686 participating nonprofit organizations in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties. With $10.9 million provided in community support and prizes from 58,947 donors and 106,570 total gifts, along with $7.5 million in matching funds from The Patterson Foundation, the 2020 Giving Challenge set a new standard for community generosity, outperforming the previous six challenges.
The seventh of its kind presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the 2020 Giving Challenge was an online, 24-hour giving day that connected those with the means to give with causes and nonprofit organizations close to their hearts. While this year’s Giving Challenge remained focused on increasing awareness about local choices in giving, it also served as an opportunity to strengthen the local nonprofit community during these difficult times.
“In the face of unprecedented challenges, our caring community responded with true resiliency, passion, and support during the 2020 Giving Challenge,” said Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We continue to be inspired and proud by our region’s inherent generosity, now more than ever, as these gifts will provide a vital lifeline and much needed flexibility for our nonprofit partners as we move forward together to address our community’s evolving needs. Thank you to everyone who joined us during this year’s Giving Challenge – all of you are truly the heartbeat of our community.”
As a way to engage and strengthen the community’s philanthropic spirit during the Giving Challenge, The Patterson Foundation generously provided a 1:1 match for all unique donations, up to $100 per donor, per organization, which amounted to $7.5 million in additional funds for local nonprofits. While this matching opportunity encourages participation in charitable giving at all levels, it also helps define the Giving Challenge as one of the most unique giving days in the nation.
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