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A Challenge, not a Competition

Release Date: 
05/05/2018

Philanthropy is not exclusive, it’s for everyone. This week’s 24-hour Giving Challenge raised more than 74,000 gifts from almost 50,000 people.

While the buzz of those 24 hours causes a whirlwind of excitement throughout our community, the real magic is what happens leading up to the challenge. For months, participating nonprofits have been coming together as an organization, pulling their board, staff and volunteers together for an “all hands on deck, full steam ahead” approach to increase their capacity and make the most out of this almost too-good-to-be-true opportunity to raise unrestricted funding and matching dollars from The Patterson Foundation. 

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34th Annual Florida Literacy Conference to be Held in Central Florida May 9-11

Release Date: 
05/04/2018

The Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) will be hosting the 34th Annual Florida Literacy Conference next week at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. This premier three-day literacy event offers adult and family literacy practitioners, volunteers and adult learners the opportunity to develop new skills and strategies to boost learning outcomes. The conference will include a wide range of sessions presented by local, state and national adult literacy educators.

During this event, Florida Blue Foundation will also be announcing 2018 health literacy grant that will be awarded to 14 Florida organizations. Another highlight will include FLC's Annual Meeting, in which the 2018 Adult Learner Essay Book, On Our Way, will be unveiled

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Report details plight of Florida's homeless youth

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05/04/2018

One of the most pervasive topics of discussion at the Florida Chamber of Commerce Summit on Prosperity & Economic Opportunity was the role affordable housing, or the lack of it, plays in holding back poor Floridians, especially children.

A report presented by Anne Ray of the University of Florida’s Shimberg Center for Housing Studies provided some metrics on just how much the housing crisis is influencing the trajectory of Florida youth. The full report, a joint effort by the Shimberg Center and Miami Homes for All, is available online.

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STEM VS. STEM+A [Arts]

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05/04/2018

Few acronyms developed such ubiquity in the world of education as STEM. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math became the 21st-century buzzwords surrounding education in a world dominated by computers and a growing sense that Asian academia has started to surpass the United States when it came to providing young people the skills to thrive in a digital future. On the Gulf Coast alone, millions have been spent to turn most middle school classrooms into technology labs.

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation in 2009 launched its STEMsmart initiative to the envy of educators around the nation. Armed with research showing the region, state and country as a whole lagged behind some developing nations in terms of its math and science offerings, the foundation took a ...

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Game Changer Village Academy Head Start Students Receive STEAM Lab

Release Date: 
05/04/2018

Before many of the early education students at Village Academy can understand what an architect or software developer actually does, they will be learning hands-on what the basics entail.

The opportunity to explore a physics playground or the marine sciences is thanks to a recent grant from PNC Bank to add a STEAM Lab.

The opening of the lab was part of a culmination of a two-year grant funded by the PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great Initiative to enhance preschool education.

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Manatee-based animal rescue leads donations in 2018 Giving Challenge

Release Date: 
05/03/2018

The 2018 Giving Challenge — benefiting nonprofit groups in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto counties — raised more than $11.7 million with help from the Patterson Foundation, which matched up to $100 per donor, per organization. Throughout the 24-hour event, more than 74,600 gifts were collected.

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