This year, the Hensons are participating in the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Giving Challenge, a 24-hour philanthropic binge that begins at noon on Tuesday, April 26, with 700 participating nonprofits. Since 2012, the online event has brought in more than $59 million in unrestricted funding. In 2020 alone, the Giving Challenge raised $19.1 million in 24 hours at a time when people found themselves in particularly great need because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Instead of picking one organization and cause to support this year, the Hensons have decided to help them all. They’ve donated $100 to each Giving Challenge participant, for a total of $70,000. That amount was also matched by The Patterson Foundation, raising the total to $140,000 this year.