The Patterson Foundation’s initiative will build enhanced capacity for organizations serving homeless residents
SARASOTA, Fla. (May 23, 2014) – Agencies working to improve the lives of Sarasota’s homeless residents will have the opportunity to amplify their effectiveness as they participate in the Recoding Organizational DNA Initiative.
Created by The Patterson Foundation and Marbut Consulting, the initiative aspires to facilitate the transition of Sarasota’s homelessness service agencies into engaging, system-centric, and outcome-measured organizations. Select homelessness agencies will interact during six “labs” – or workshops – focused on different aspects of organizational development. The participants will learn how to implement innovative approaches to leadership, communications, stakeholder engagement and funding.
“The homelessness agencies in our community do a wonderful job helping those less fortunate,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Through this initiative, we are giving the agencies a platform to deepen their respective approaches to align with the overall community plan.”
The initiative’s approach is based on the recommendations of Dr. Robert Marbut, a homelessness expert hired by Sarasota County and the city of Sarasota to research solutions to the community’s long-standing homelessness issue. By strengthening internal operations of agencies serving the homeless, the initiative is designed to increase impact as the organizations work on their own plans while sharing and learning from each other.
Agencies will be invited to participate and will be selected per guidelines of commitment. Recoding Organizational DNA will launch with its first lab July 11, and the series will conclude January 2015.
About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation works with partners to accelerate positive change by sharing fresh perspectives on strategy, contributing new ideas, and providing resources. We believe we’re stronger together – that the act of creative collaboration produces results and knowledge that can be applied more broadly to transcend any single act of philanthropy. For more information, please visit www.thepattersonfoundation.org.