Friday, April 27, 2018

What is the Giving Challenge and Why Should You Care?

Early next week more than 630 southwest Florida  nonprofit organizations from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties will be  participating in the 2018 Giving Challenge, presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.  Starting on May 1 at noon, the online 24-hour giving day allows people to support nonprofits and have their donations matched dollar for dollar, up to $100 per donor for each organization they give to, through support of the Patterson Foundation.
This means a lot for organizations in our community that work to protect children and other vulnerable groups, help feed the needy, build homes for those who can't affort them, protect animals, preserve history, protect the environment, provide cultural enrichment and education and many other local causes.  Funds from the past five Giving Challenges have helped  seniors and veterans;  cultural organizations; vulnerable populations; environmental causes; and thousands of sheltered animals among others. Many Charlotte County organizations are participating this year -- all with needs.  Some of them include the Kiwanis Foundation of Charlotte County, the Punta Gorda Rotary, Gator Wilderness Camp, the Homeless Coalition, the Boys and Girls Club, the Animal Welfare League, CARE, Charlotte Alliance for  Safe and Drug Free Community, the Visual Arts Center, Healthy Start, CHEC, Team Punta Gorda, Punta Gorda Historical Society, Punta Gorda History Center and Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society and more.  
This year, the Patterson Foundation is incentivizing donations with a match for each unique online donor’s contributions — up to $100 per donor, per organization — with no limit to the number of individual matches a nonprofit can receive. 
Donations are tax-deductible. To give to a charity or more than one charity you want to support, you  can make a secure donation (minimum gift is $25) by debit or credit card at from noon May 1 until noon May 2.  This is a time to help your community with a small donation that can add up to a lot for these nonprofit groups.  

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