May 1-2: Support Mote during the 2018 Giving Challenge

You can be the one to create a better environment for each other, our children and the ocean life that supports our health and happiness: Donate to Mote Marine Laboratory during the 2018 Giving Challenge on May 1 and 2 in southwest Florida.

The Giving Challenge is a 24-hour online fundraising event from noon on May 1 through noon on May 2. Instead of a telethon, the Giving Challenge is an “Internet-a-thon” that allows the community to support nonprofits in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto counties, through online donations that will be matched by area organizations.

To thank the southwest Florida community for this fantastic opportunity, Mote is offering a free session of Yoga: Om for the Oceans on May 1 at Mote’s City Island research campus. Details below.

The Giving Challenge theme is “Be the one.” One kind gesture for the ocean — Earth’s life support system — can make waves that touch many lives. Mote’s mission is to advance marine research, informal science education and public outreach, leading to new discoveries, revitalization and sustainability of the oceans and greater public understanding of marine resources. Please “be the one” to help Mote make a difference.

To learn more about the oceans resources that depend on community support, watch Mote’s video:

The last Giving Challenge in 2016 raised $115,303 for Mote and close to $13.5 million total.

“Thanks to the Giving Challenge, Mote Marine Laboratory is able to conduct innovative scientific research that is essential for improving the health of our oceans to conserve our most precious resources for future generations,” said Mote President & CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby.

The 2018 Giving Challenge will go live at noon on May 1. Visit and find Mote’s donation page using the search function, or give through your Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Manatee Community Foundation, or Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

The Patterson Foundation will provide a one-to-one match for all Giving Challenge donations up to $100 per donor, per organization. Thanks to a generous, anonymous donor, gifts to Mote will also be matched one-to-one.

Participate in the Giving Challenge

  • Online donations must be made between noon May 1 and noon May 2 at The minimum gift amount is $25.
  • A debit or credit card must be used.
  • Donations are 100-percent tax deductible.
  • For pledges in advance, contact Kate Knepper from Mote’s Development team at 941-388-4441, ext. 393.

The 2018 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation.

Yoga: Om for the Oceans

Enjoy a free, evening yoga session in honor of the Giving Challenge. Join Mote and “Yoga Meg” (Meg Metcalf) for the relaxing and strengthening event Yoga: Om for the Oceans, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on May 1 by the large shark habitat in Mote Aquarium’s courtyard on City Island, Sarasota.