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Byline: ZAC ANDERSON
Patterson Foundation will focus on a few key projects - with flexibility
The leaders of Sarasota's big new philanthropic juggernaut -- the $200 million Patterson Foundation -- set their group apart Wednesday by focusing on high-impact projects they select instead of seeking grant applications from local charities.
Think Bill Gates trying to wipe out malaria instead of smaller grants to a variety of causes.
In the process, foundation leaders are discouraging unsolicited requests for funding.
They will pick projects based on internal discussions and make larger, potentially more long-term financial commitments.
The strategy is unusual among Southwest Florida's large foundations, but one used by some major national and international foundations to funnel large sums of money …