Building Philanthropy for a Better Florida

Giving Back: Giving Challenge offers you a chance to be informed and engaged in your community

April 10, 2018

During the 2018 Giving Challenge from May 1-2, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is giving nonprofits and individuals the chance to go big. Each donation made on the online platform found at will raise unrestricted dollars supporting local organizations addressing health, human services, education, environment, animal welfare and the arts. As in previous years, millions of dollars will likely be raised, and each of us has the opportunity to decide which organizations of the more than 600 we wish to support.

This year, The Patterson Foundation will provide a 1:1 match for all unique donations, up to $100 per donor, per organization. There is no limit to the number of individual matches from unique donors a nonprofit can receive during the 2018 Giving Challenge. But there’s a catch. As in past years, not every organization can participate. Each eligible nonprofit has made a commitment to transparency with a publicly accessible profile in The Giving Partner (, including financial history, leadership, needs, and operations.

Susie Bowie is the executive director of the Manatee Community Foundation.