Magic Revealed – Daily SRQ May 7, 2022

Guest correspondence

Magicians like to keep their secrets just that – secret. This keeps the audience curious and waiting for the next round. But it also maintains that mastery among a select few and puts their craft in danger of atrophying.

The greatest magic each of us can do is to help develop the abilities of others and build their self-confidence to create magic in their daily lives. We saw that magic come to life last week during the Donation Challenge 2022when tens of thousands of people came together to raise nearly $16 million for our community’s nonprofit Guardians.

Thanks to the generosity of everyone who donated, the spark of magic they ignited will manifest in the lives of people they may never meet.

The person who receives food and care, the young person who will pursue a career to fight climate change, the performer who will bring joy to the lives of their audience. It is true magic that continues to reverberate well beyond the 24 hours of giving that initiates this energetic progression toward good.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank everyone who participated in the Giving Challenge this year, and every year before. Over the past decade, our community has raised over $75 million through eight giving challenges. This incredible effort is greatly supported by our partners at the Patterson Foundation, whose matching gifts provided $30 million of this total. The funds certainly provide the launching power for so many good things, but perhaps more important is how these funds have built the power of caregivers in our community.

We all need to come together and create a community where everyone can thrive. I feel lucky to see this time and time again in our work at the Community Foundation where we truly believe that each person can impact another person, a cause, a community. The Giving Challenge is a way for us to reveal the secrets of the magic that happens when people come together.

By sharing knowledge and resources, we build hope and engage the hands, hearts and minds of our entire community.

I would love to know what anyone has shared with you that has challenged you to dedicate yourself to causes that are close to your heart. Please reach out and share.

By remembering that initial spark, we can send flares to others to welcome more magicians into our community.

Roxie Jerd is President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.