Giving Challenge

The Giving Challenge is an exciting 24-hour giving event supporting more than 630 nonprofits serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, who have shown a commitment to transparency by having profiles in The Giving Partner.  

Since 2012, donors from throughout our region have shown their love for local nonprofit organizations by providing more than $40 million in unrestricted funding to support their missions. The 2018 Giving Challenge set a new standard for generosity in our community, when more than $11.7 million was raised in just 24 hours to benefit more than 630 nonprofits listed on The Giving Partner. 

Save the date for the next Giving Challenge, happening on April 28th and 29th, 2020!

Each participating organization has demonstrated transparency by developing an in-depth profile in The Giving Partner. Visit to learn more about each nonprofit’s programmatic impact, leadership, planning, financials and needs. 

When we first launched the Giving Challenge in 2012, our foundation originally committed to hosting the event for three year. Thanks to our community’s generous support and enthusiasm for the Giving Challenge, we decided to keep a good thing going on a variable timeline. This intermittent schedule allows nonprofit organizations to develop independent fundraising plans that support their important work in a deeper way throughout the year – not just during the challenge. This format also allows time for relationships to develop between organizations and their donors who may have first become connected with their mission from this special event.

If you have questions about the Giving Challenge, or the incredibly important online tool, The Giving Partner, which guides our grantmaking and is a resource for donors, please contact our Director of Community Impact, Abigail Oakes or call 941-556-7149.

The 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. 


Community Foundation of Sarasota County

2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota FL 34237
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