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Six weeks into the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s annual 12-week Season of Sharing campaign, grassroots donors and local foundations have raised more than $2.1 million to alleviate immediate basic needs and restore stability for our most vulnerable in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties. Combined with four matching gifts of $400,000 total by The Patterson Foundation, Season of Sharing has raised more than $2.5 million, including a notable gift from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. The funds raised will be used throughout 2021 to help those in need with rental assistance, utility bills, child care, transportation, and other crucial expenses.

This year's gifts bring Season of Sharing’s two-decade total to more than $29 million, with more than 35,000 households served. There are no administrative fees and 100 percent of funding goes to supporting people and families with timely assistance.

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