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The Giving Challenge is an exciting 24-hour giving event beginning at noon on September 20th.  People who support Canine Castaways can go online and make a secure donation, helping us receive special matching dollars and grant incentives.  


Last year , The Patterson Foundation matched all new donors up to $250.   It was our first year participating so ALL of our donors were considered new.   We raised a phenomenal total of $34,874.  This year, The Patterson Foundation is matching donations from both new donors and returning donors.  So, each and every person's donation can make a substantial impact and help save the life of a homeless dog.   

During the 2016 Giving Challenge there are also other ooportunities for us to win grant awards based on your donations:

THE MOST UNIQUE DONORS (Small, Medium & Large Organizations)

Highest number of “unique” (individual) donors who give online at during the 24-hour period:

1st Place $7,000

2nd Place $5,000

3rd Place $2,500

4th Place $1,500

5th Place $1,000


$500 grant each to the 50 nonprofits that are the first to get 50 donors to give online at


24 Grant Awards: $100

$100 hourly prize added to one random donor’s gift EVERY HOUR. 

24 Grant Awards: $100

$100 hourly prize made to an organization that tweets using #GivingChallenge16

Believe in The Power of One!

The Patterson Foundation will provide support for 2016 in two ways:

- A 2:1 match for each new online donor’s contributions – up to $100 per donor, per organization (Your $100 donation will become $300)

- A 1:1 match for returning donor’s contributions – up to $100 per donor, per organization (Your $100 donation will become $200)

The Patterson Foundation will also award separate prizes to the small, medium and large nonprofits who end up with the highest total dollars of new and returning donations.


Your donation will help dogs like these...

The 2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group. 

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