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April 26-27, noon to noon


The Giving Challenge is an exciting 24-hour online giving event that connects 700+ nonprofit organizations with passionate donors and community members to support diverse causes and create enduring impact in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties.

The Giving Challenge is hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation.


  • BE THE ONE to instill CONFIDENCE on the water in our youth at NBP
  • BE THE ONE to build TEAMWORK at NBP
  • BE THE ONE to make Olympic DREAMS come true at NBP
  • BE THE ONE to give OPPORTUNITIES to learn water sports in underrepresented youth in our community at NBP
  • BE THE ONE to build COMMUNITY through rowing, paddling, fishing, running and more at NBP!
  • BE THE ONE to GIVE to Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy in the 24-hour Giving Challenge!



Community Pop-Up April 26 noon to 8 pm April 27 8 am to noon

As a community gathering space, Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy positively impacts many nonprofits in our community year-round.

Join us at the park for a Giving Challenge Pop-Up and learn more about these organizations while enjoying entertainment and presentations of our programs. Food trucks will be onsite offering food and refreshments for purchase.

Bridge a Life, Inc.
Circus Arts Conservancy*
Friends of the Legacy Trail
Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota (Pops Orchestra, Inc)
Rise and Nye’s (Inclusion Revolution)
Sarasota Orchestra
Sertoma Kids, Inc.
Team Tony Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Friends of Sarasota County Parks 

Learn more about NBP programs with hands-on activities and tours of the Finish Tower at Nathan Benderson Park and Entertainment by the Circus Arts Conservancy and Sarasota Pops Orchestra.

Food trucks will be available with food for purchase along with Ryes & Nye’s ice cream and cookies. 

Schedule of Activities

Tuesday, April 26


Giving Challenge Begins

Noon-1 p.m.

Circus Sarasota/Sarasota Pops

1-2 p.m.

Finish Tower Tour

2-3:30 p.m.

Circus Arts Conservancy and Sarasota Pops Orchestra

3:30 -4:30 p.m.

NBP Community Rowing Demo

4:30 -5:30 p.m.

Pops Orchestra Performance

5:30-6:30 p.m.

NBP Paddling Demo

7-8 p.m.

Sunset Finish Tower Tour

Wednesday, April 27

8 a.m.

Community Pop-Up Begins

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Sarasota Pops Orchestra

9-10 a.m.

NBP Rec Day Demostrations

10-11 a.m.

Finish Tower Tour




Giving Challenge and Pop-Up Concludes

We hope to see you there!



When you give to Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy you help build our community.

Here at Nathan Benderson Park, we aren’t just about international events in a world-class venue. We want to improve the health and wellness of the Sarasota-Bradenton community. We want to provide environmental education programs and be a preserve for local wildlife. We also believe we are a place where the Sarasota and Bradenton communities can come together.

To continue to do this, and to expand opportunities to do so, we ask for your support, if you can.

Nathan Benderson Park is managed by a non-profit, Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy Inc.. As a regional asset generates economic benefit across the Sarasota-Bradenton area, the park  is a community jewel. The Conservancy reinvests your support to give others the opportunity to participate in our programs.

Even a small amount can go a long way to ensuring that…
• The area’s youth can have a place for a summer camp, making friends and lifelong memories, learning skills on the water and on land.
• Breast cancer survivors can learn to paddle, helping restore their strength and confidence, and providing camaraderie with other survivors.
• Community members can exercise in nature, whether it’s running, stand-up paddleboarding, dragon boat paddling as part of a team, and more.
• Children can play in a safe environment.
• People can enjoy a freshwater lake for recreation and enjoyment.

Your support ensures we can be all these things — nature center, world-class sports venue, community center — for everyone in our community, and that we can continue to be a place of pride for southwest Florida.

Give today, and help us build a stronger park and community!

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