The Giving Challenge is an exciting 24-hour online giving event supporting more than 625 local nonprofits that have shown a commitment to transparency by having profiles in The Giving Partner.

The Board has not asked for any contribution since the 2016 Giving Challenge.
The Board is now asking.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, with its partner, The Patterson Foundation, will provide for bonuses from $2,000 to $5,000 by competition among local nonprofits and match all contributions 1:1 up to $100 per donor (minimum gift of $25).

You can view our Chapter’s profile in the Giving Partner at:

Since 2012, donors from throughout our region have shown their love for local nonprofit organizations by providing more than $28 million in unrestricted funding to support their missions during the Giving Challenge.

The last Giving Challenge event in 2016 set a new standard for generosity in our community, when more than $13.4 million was raised in just 24 hours to benefit 550 nonprofits listed on The Giving Partner.

This year matching funds are not tied to “new” donors as in the past and spouses can separately give so that, for example, two $100 contributions become $400! Even better, there is no limit to the number of individual matches from unique donors a nonprofit can receive during the Giving Challenge.

The link to the Chapter’s profile was shown above and repeated here. The all-volunteer Chapter’s budget of $16,000 and formal statements as to why the Board is asking for wide participation in the Giving Challenge are stated in that document. Even a $25 contribution demonstrates the number of caring persons in the community to help the Chapter support, advocate, and educate for those with hearing loss.

You and potential donors can view our Chapter’s profile in the Giving Partner at:

The profile states the Chapter’s Mission and all contacts. You will find our major accomplishments, top 4 goals for 2017-2018, items we are seeking assistance with, community outreach efforts, as well as governance, financials, and a breakdown of the $16,000 revenues and expenses in the current budget.

In addition to donor contributions, the Chapter will attempt to generate additional funds by competing in the following bonus categories:

★ “Best Giving Challenge Community Event”
★ “Best Business Partnership”
★ “Best Use of Social Media”
★ “Knight Foundation Communities”

Email flyers throughout April will provide more information and instruction, as we get closer to May 1.

Thank you, Community Foundation!

In this issue, read about – and join us! – at two Giving Challenge events hosted by our chapter:

★ Giving Challenge Happy Hour, April 20 at 5 PM

★ Giving Challenge Wine and Cheese Reception, April 27 at 5 PM




Did you know that the airlines are required by law to block seats up to 24 hours prior to a flight for those of us with hearing loss?  No, you can’t have champagne in First Class, but you can be in the front seats of coach (or your class of service), so you can be alerted to emergency announcements (beats 34E every time).


Listen!Up presented this in 2016 but comments at chapter meetings call for a repeat.

In May of 2016, the FAA, in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, issued a rule applying to all commercial airlines. The Rule, 14 CFR Part 382, is parsed and highlighted below by clicking “READ MORE”.

Every U.S. airline displays a link on their webpage and assigns trained personnel to handle your seating arrangement if you identify as deaf or hard of hearing, they are required to provide a seat for you and your travelling companion and to assist you with the announcements as well.

The seats are required to be blocked for disability assignment up to 24 hours before the flight. An airline that has open seating such as Southwest can designate your ticket for disability seating at any time prior to boarding announcement to give you priority along with other disabled flyers. You are boarded ahead of all other passengers.

Here are the links for some of our local airlines to use once you purchase your ticket:

Jet Blue–,KB=askblue,Case=obj(2327)

Applicable portions of 14 CFR Part 382 which applies to U.S. carriers:
§382.81 For which passengers must carriers make seating accommodations?

As a carrier, you must provide the following seating accommodations to the following passengers on request, if the passenger self-identifies to you as having a disability specified in this section and the type of seating accommodation in question exists on the particular aircraft. Once the passenger self-identifies to you, you must ensure that the information is recorded and properly transmitted to personnel responsible for providing the accommodation.

(b) You must provide an adjoining seat for a person assisting a passenger with a disability in the following


(3) When a passenger with a hearing impairment is traveling with an interpreter who will be performing functions for the individual during the flight; or

§382.83 Through what mechanisms do carriers make seating accommodations?

(a) If you are a carrier that provides advance seat assignments to passengers (i.e., offer seat assignments to passengers before the day of the flight), you must comply with the requirements of §382.81 of this part by any of the following methods:

(1) You may “block” an adequate number of the seats used to provide the seating accommodations required by §382.81.

(i) You must not assign these seats to passengers who do not meet the criteria of §382.81 until 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the flight.

(iii) You must assign a seat meeting the requirements of this section to a passenger with a disability listed in §382.81 of this part who requests the accommodation at the time the passenger makes the request. You may require such a passenger to check in and request the seating accommodation at least one hour before the standard check-in time for the flight. If all designated priority seats that would accommodate the passenger have been assigned to other passengers, you must reassign the seats of the other passengers as needed to provide the requested accommodation.

(c) If you do not provide advance seat assignments to passengers, you must allow passengers specified in §382.81 to board the aircraft before other passengers, including other “preboarded” passengers, so that the passengers needing seating accommodations can select seats that best meet their needs.