Since 2012, philanthropists in our region and beyond have demonstrated their commitment to hundreds of area nonprofit organizations during the Giving Challenge, which is an exciting 24-hour online giving event presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, by providing more than $28 million in unrestricted funding to support their missions. Each year, the Giving Challenge empowers all individuals to be philanthropists, no matter the size of their gift, and help make a positive, lasting difference across Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto Counties.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County has been a part of the Giving Challenge every year since its beginning, and is proud to be one of 625 nonprofits participating in the 2018 event, which will take place May 1 and 2 from noon to noon. The 2018 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation. In fact, The Patterson Foundation is generously providing a 1:1 match for all unique donations between $25 and $100 per donor, per organization, and encouraging everyone to “Be The One” to help worthy causes across our region.
The “Be The One” theme was inspired by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s belief that everyone has the potential to impact a person, a cause and a community. In fact, the theme set the stage for a new standard of generosity in our region during the 2016 Giving Challenge when more than $13.4 million was raised in just 24 hours to benefit more than 559 nonprofits listed on The Giving Partner that demonstrated transparency in their organizational profile. Of the total amount raised, 49 percent of the gifts were less than $50 proving that the Giving Challenge is an excellent platform for everyone, regardless of financial means, to “Be The One” by joining the movement and helping to make a significant impact in our region through small, charitable contributions.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County incorporated the powerful “Be The One” message in its 2016 Giving Challenge video called “What is Your Dream?” that can be seen below.
Throughout the 24 hours of the 2016 Giving Challenge, an incredible 180 individuals contributed in raising more than $41,000 for our organization. Because each one of those individuals chose to “Be The One” in 2016, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County was able to make a greater impact on the lives of more than 6,000 youth and teens across Sarasota County at five Club locations from Newtown to North Port. In fact, these donors enabled our organization to enhance our slate of programs for the youth we serve and provide them with greater opportunities to succeed in school, become leaders, live healthy lifestyles and create plans for success after high school graduation – ultimately helping them chart their path toward achieving their dreams. These donors helped make 2016 a milestone year for our organization and empowered us to:
- Serve 6,333 youth;
- Provide 94,653 healthy snacks and meals to Club members;
- Expose 774 teens to leadership development programs;
- Bring art programming to 2,637 youth;
- Implement two award-winning teen programs, SRQVolunteen and STAR (Students Taking Active Roles) Leadership Trianing; and
- Open the Tom & Debbie Shapiro Career Resource Center, a state-of-the-art facility for workforce development.
Together, these 180 individual donors opened the door for thousands of youth to achieve their great future.
You can join this amazing list of donors and “Be The One” to make an immediate impact on the children we serve during the 2018 Giving Challenge in three easy steps:
- Visit givingpartnerchallenge.org on May 1 and 2 from noon to noon;
- Search for “Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County;” and
- Make a secure, tax-deductible donation of $25 or more.
Be sure to follow #GivingChallenge18 and #BeTheOne on May 1 and 2 to see how thousands of donors are helping hundreds of nonprofits in our area make a lasting impact. Together, our region can “Be The One” to make significant community impact through philanthropy.
For more information, contact Sara Bealor, Director of Communications, at 941-366-3911.