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The 36-Hour Giving Challenge: Leveraging Community Generosity

March 16, 2012

Just a couple of weeks away from our region’s first 36-hour giving challenge, I’m reminded that philanthropy is something that is embedded in our cultural DNA as Americans. It can be traced to generosity during the first Thanksgiving.

The United States is one of the most philanthropic nations in the world, with its citizens donating more than $300 billion a year. The vast majority of donations do not come from corporations or foundations but from individual donors. This means each of us has the ability to make an impact and help create a New Realities for our local communities.

In our region, there is an opportunity to continue to be a model for others. To help leverage the generosity of those who want to make contributions within our four-county region, The Patterson Foundation is proud to support The Giving Partner. To celebrate and inspire philanthropy, we will be matching donations made during The Giving Partner’s 36-hour Giving Challenge, which kicks off on March 27

The Patterson Foundation is matching the contributions made by collaborating funders of The Giving Partner two-to-one to create the pool of dollars that will be available for donor matches and prizes for nonprofits in a variety of categories.

The Patterson Foundation dollars will be used to match dollar-for-dollar individual contributions up to $1,000 per donor per organization listed on The Giving Partner – with The Patterson Foundation investing up to $334,000 in this community-giving event.

Join your friends, neighbors and community members as we all give on March 27 and 28 and build a stronger community vision of philanthropy.

-Debra Jacobs, President and CEO
The Patterson Foundation

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