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March 15, 2013

David Biemesderfer, President & CEO of the Florida Philanthropic Network, give some extra love to a rescued puppy from Honor Animal Rescue while visiting during the 36-Hour Giving Challenge

David Biemesderfer, President & CEO of the Florida Philanthropic Network, gives some extra love to a rescued puppy from Honor Animal Rescue while visiting during the 36-Hour Giving Challenge

If you stopped by to visit during the 36-Hour Giving Challenge, you had the opportunity to meet Lori Larson, the senior director of DonorEdge at GuideStar(DonorEdge is the national brand for the tool we call “The Giving Partner” locally in Southwest Florida, helping donors and funders make more informed choices about giving through better nonprofit knowledge.)

Lori doesn’t typically visit community foundations during Giving Challenges. She came to us because our community is such an epicenter of philanthropy and collaboration.

Our Challenge was made possible not by one foundation, but by six of them. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, in partnership with The Patterson Foundation, presented the Challenge with support from Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, Charlotte Community Foundation and the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation.

Lori was touched by the exceptional nature of our community, with so many funders coming together to promote giving in one initiative. She also remarked about the greatness of so many nonprofits taking the plunge to work together during the 36-Hour Giving Challenge.

Lori’s recognition of our community’s uniqueness from her esteemed national point of view is pretty special.

David Beimsderfer, president and CEO of the Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN), also paid us a visit.  FPN is the statewide association of grantmakers, with members representing family foundations, community foundations, corporate funders and others.

Be sure to read David’s blog post to understand the significance of our local giving event from the perspective of a professional who witnesses many philanthropic endeavors across our state.

He writes, “Kudos to everyone involved in this year’s 36-Hour Giving Challenge, from the nonprofit participants to the donors to the foundation and business supporters. It’s encouraging and inspiring to see that philanthropy is alive, well and growing in Florida.”

Special thanks to both Lori Larson and David Beimsderfer for sharing these exciting moments of generosity with us.

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