In the spirit of communitywide philanthropy, the Giving Challenge is a 24-hour giving day that brings together more than 700 local nonprofits with their passionate donors and community members to support the causes they care about while creating transformative impact.

At the heart of the Giving Challenge is a shared goal of collaboration and relationship building across sectors that bridges the diverse missions of our local nonprofits and inspires a vibrant culture of charitable giving.

Being a part of the Giving Challenge can transform people and nonprofit organization through meaningful relationships, partnerships, and giving. 

The 2024 Giving Challenge marked the ninth Giving Challenge we've hosted during the last 12 years. Since the initial Giving Challenge in 2012 more than $92 million of unrestricted funding has been raised for local nonprofit organizations that serve our region. 

This year, $17.2 million was raised to strengthen 724 participating charitable organizations. In 2024, an unprecedented number of donors--more than 53,000!--made 90,000 gifts, totalling more than $10.5 million. An additional $6.7 million was provided by The Patterson Foundation through their generous dollar-for-dollar match. 

In the aftermath of the 2022 Giving Challenge, we invited participating nonprofits to complete a survey that offered their insights and outcomes. While we await results of a new survey to be distributed this year, you can see all the 2022 stats and read about the takeaways here

Being a part of the Giving Challenge can transform people and nonprofit organizations through meaningful relationships, partnerships, and giving.

May 17, 2024

2024 Giving Challenge Competitive Campaign Prizes Awarded to 63 Nonprofits

By Press Release, Blog, Homepage - Blog,

Nearly $100,000 was awarded to organizations through contests of creativity and strategy. SARASOTA, FL – Prizes for the 2024 Giving Challenge have been announced, with an additional 63…

May 14, 2024

East Bradenton nonprofits benefit from Giving Challenge

By Homepage - Story of Impact, Story of Impact - Featured, Observer Media Group,

Lakewood Ranch Library staff members Tiffany Mautino and Hayley Rigatti walked into Slim Chickens on April 9 with a button maker and 100 3D printed chicks in hand. Mautino and Rigatti, along w…

May 9, 2024

Hope in the face of opportunity

By Press Release, Blog, Roxie Jerde, Homepage - Blog,

It is human nature to rush in to help in the aftermath of a crisis. We see it time and again after natural disasters or accidents, the immediate aid given to help restore normalcy. While this…

2022 Giving Challenge | Connection, Collaboration, Coming Together #BeTheOne

Once again, our community reached out with a remarkable outpouring of support in just 24 hours during the 2022 Giving Challenge, providing $16.2 million to nearly 700 nonprofit organizations across Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties. Behind this success are the countless relationships that make us feel like we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that helped our community connect on a newfound – and often personal – level, sharing experiences and stories while opening hearts to new possibilities. This video captures these connections, which are the heart of #GivingChallenge2022 #BeTheOne #WeAreOne

(May 2022, 4:25 minutes)

#WeAreOne Giving Challenge 2020

Social distancing has left many of us wanting to feel connected to our larger community and be part of something that unites our region. In the true collaborative nature of the area’s nonprofit community, several hundred organizations came together to enhance the spirit of unity the 2020 Giving Challenge presents and quickly developed a video - dubbed the #WeAreOne video - to remind our region of the possibilities we have to work together to support one another. 

(April 2020; 1 minute)


Aude Eureka Monde

Manager, Nonprofit Services