USF’s Bringing Science Home gets $2M challenge grant

Sarasota, FL (Oct. 3, 2011) — The Patterson Foundation announced today that it has extended its $5.6 million collaborative partnership with USF Health for the Bringing Science Home initiative from three years to five years. In addition, The Patterson Foundation announced a dollar-for-dollar matching challenge up to $2 million for donations benefiting Bringing Science Home. This challenge creates the potential for a $4 million endowment for the initiative to ensure it thrives financially in perpetuity.

L to R: Nicole Johnson, Bringing Science Home executive director; Debra Jacobs, CEO and president of The Patterson Foundation; Michael Hoad, USF vice president of communications and marketing; and USF President Judy Genshaft. 

“This initiative is about helping people live better with chronic health conditions,” said Nicole Johnson, executive director of Bringing Science Home. “We are working to improve the daily lives of people affected by creating programs and tools for individuals and training programs for health professionals. We are excited The Patterson Foundation is continuing its efforts in making our vision a reality.”

Bringing Science Home strives to transform and enable people to live optimistically with chronic health conditions by developing new ways of educating, training and caring for them. Through projects like exploring how to help young adults with Type 1 diabetes optimize their daily living and transition through important life stages, Bringing Science Home has become a model program for chronic illness care.

“The Bringing Science Home team has effectively leveraged our investment and has been an innovative steward of our gift,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “We were inspired to extend our partnership with them, and as with all of our partnerships, we have a vested interest in seeing Bringing Science Home thrive financially into perpetuity. We hope to inspire generosity through our $2 million matching challenge.”

– News release from The Patterson Foundation

About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation exists to inspire others through innovative, collaborative and efficient philanthropy and generosity. The foundation approaches its work through communications, finance and technology, with an emphasis on learning and sharing with others to leverage resources and create New Realities. For more information, please visit

About USF Health
USF Health is dedicated to creating a model of health care based on understanding the full spectrum of health. It includes the University of South Florida’s colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy, the School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences; and the USF Physician’s Group.  Ranked 34th in federal research expenditures for public universities by the National Science Foundation, the University of South Florida is a high impact global research university.