2016 Giving Challenge Results

24 hours, 14 stops on Big MAC
540 individual gifts
$38,486 in donations
$57,512 in additional matching funds
and 1 truly amazing community experience.
You are the love for HSSC during the 2016 Giving Challenge.




The Giving Challenge is an exciting 24-hour giving event supporting more than 450 nonprofits serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties.

Since 2012, donors from throughout our region have shown their love for local nonprofit organizations by providing more than $15 million in unrestricted funding to support their missions. Last year’s event set a new standard for generosity in our community, when more than $7 million was raised in just 24 hours to benefit 449 nonprofits listed on The Giving Partner.

During the 2015 Giving Challenge, HSSC hoped to raise $20,000 to put towards a new transport van after ours was vandalized. We didn’t meet our goal; we doubled it! Thanks to donors like you, HSSC raised more than $42,000 to purchase a brand-new Chevy Express 2500 Cargo Van. A $20,000 grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation paid for the necessary interior customizations and the exterior graphics. Read more about the results of last year’s Giving Challenge.

THANK YOU for continuing to support HSSC during the 2016 Giving Challenge.

#BeTheLove Tour:

To celebrate the Giving Challenge, HSSC took to the streets in our Mobile Adoption Center (“Big Mac”). Beginning at noon on September 20,  Big MAC cruised around Sarasota. We spread the word about the Giving Challenge, and we had some furry friends with us. We posted real-time updates of Big MAC’s location on HSSC’s Facebook page all day, and had a lot of fun. Here are a few of the stops HSSC visited for the #BeTheLove Tour:

You can learn more about all of the wonderful programs and services HSSC provides the community, as well as view our financials and successes, on our profile on the Giving Partner’s website.

The 2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.

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The Humane Society of Sarasota County, Inc., a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (CH239), received 100% of all donated funds. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free (800) 435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.