Read this Before You Register to Participate

The Giving Challenge is an exciting 24-hour online giving event that connects about 700 nonprofit organizations with passionate donors and community members to support diverse causes and create enduring impact in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County's commitment to participating nonprofits is to provide:

  • A robust platform with tools and resources for building an online fundraising campaign as part of the Giving Challenge.
  • Online training on how to use the platform and technical assistance.
  • Region-wide marketing efforts to drive visitors to the platform.
  • Opportunities for donors to connect with nonprofits through the platform.
  • A platform for businesses to support nonprofits through employee matching and corporate matching funds.
  • A platform for individual (peer-to-peer) fundraisers to raise funds for the participating nonprofit of their choice.  
Please read through these requirements carefully prior to registering. 

To participate, your organization must: 

  • Be a 501(c)(3) public charity who serves in one or more of the following counties: Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and/or DeSoto county and have demonstrated transparency with an updated profile in The Giving Partner ( by 5:00 pm EST Jan. 12, 2024.
    • Questions regarding The Giving Partner or your nonprofit organization's profile in The Giving Partner?
      • Contact the GiveGab/Bonterra support team by clicking on the blue chat bubble at the bottom right-hand corner of The Giving Partner or Giving Challenge website and entering your email address and your question. Or, contact the Community Foundation of Sarasota County team via email at
      • Attend one of the weekly Virtual Open Houses for The Giving Partner - held every Friday 10:00-10:30am from Sept. 29 through Jan. 12. Learn more here
  • Complete the 2024 Giving Challenge online registration form by 5:00 pm EST Jan. 12, 2024

To complete the online registration form you will need the following information: 

  • The legal name of the organization as it appears in The Giving Partner.
  • To be able to agree to the 2024 Giving Challenge Terms of Service.
  • The name, email and phone number for your organization's 2024 Giving Challenge Team Lead.
    • Your organization’s 2024 Giving Challenge TEAM LEAD is the ONE person who will be your organization’s liaison to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County leading up to and during the 2024 Giving Challenge.  

Registration Review Process: 

  • An updated profile in The Giving Partner is required for your 2024 Giving Challenge registration to be approved. Once the Community Foundation has verified your organization has an updated profile in The Giving Partner, your 2024 Giving Challenge registration will be approved (there may be a few days lag time between the two).
  • Your 2024 Giving Challenge donation page will become visible to the public on the Giving Challenge website once it’s been verified your organization's profile in The Giving Partner is updated. Once that occurs, your 2024 Giving Challenge registration status will be changed to “approved.” In the meantime, you can begin building your organization’s customized 2024 Giving Challenge donation page after you've completed the online registration form. 

The Patterson Foundation Match:

  • The Patterson Foundation continues to uplift the nonprofit sector in our region through the 2024 Giving Challenge. To strengthen giving throughout our community, The Patterson Foundation will contribute a 1:1 match for unique donations, up to $100 per donor, per nonprofit organization. There is no limit on the number of unique individual matches a nonprofit organization can receive. 

Additional Matches & Challenges:

  • Participating nonprofit organizations are encouraged, but not required, to secure a match and/or challenge sponsor for their campaign. Any matching requirements or limitations are between the participating nonprofit and the match/challenge sponsor.  

Giving Challenge Prizes: 

  • Prize details are located here on the Giving Challenge website.   

Roles and Responsibilities:

If you have any questions concerning the requirements above, we recommend you contact us at before applying to participate in the 2024 Giving Challenge. 

**Deadline to register for the 2024 Giving Challenge is 5:00 pm Friday, January 12, 2024.**