06/02/13 2 COMMENTS

What is the 36-Hour Giving Challenge

It is an online giving event providing donors the opportunity to learn more about nonprofits and their causes in the Sarasota area.  Matching funds and special grants totaling more than $600,000 are available to 501 (c)(3) nonprofits as incentives during this short, exciting period of time.  Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is partnering with the 36-Hour Giving Challenge.

Visit our profile at

Here’s How To Give….March 5 at 7 a.m. to March 6 ‘at 7 p.m.

  1.  Visit
  2. Go to “Find an organization”
  3. Then click on “animal related”
  4. Choose Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary as your Charity
  5. With a credit card you can make a Secure Online Donation.

WHY Donate? Brutus Needs a New Home!

To partner directly with Big Cat Habit and Gulf Coast Sanctuary to create a NEW habitat for Brutus, the 900 plus pound Liger (father – a lion & mother – a tiger).  Brutus is three and a half years old.  He will continue to grow until his 5th birthday.  At that time he should weight between 1200 to 1300 pounds.  Brutus needs your help to make this a reality, please,

DONATE..minimum donations are $25.00 to have your name posted on the Leaderboard.  Smaller contributions can be sent by check to Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240.

When You Can Help

The online Giving Event will take place from 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013.  Anyone who wishes to participate will be able to make a secure donation to Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary by debit or credit card.

Where: Donate Online

Access the 36-Hour Giving Challenge through a link on The Giving Partner website at directly through the Challenge site at  It is not possible to donate on the Challenge website until 7:00 a.m. on March 5.

Who is Matching Donations & Giving Grants?

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Patterson Foundation are presenting partners in the Challenge, with support from sponsors Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, Charlotte Community Foundation and the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation.  These Foundations are providing the matching 1:1 grants and the special grants throughout the Giving Challenge.


1 George
12:28:10, 06/02/13

What a healthy looking animal! He is beautiful! How much does a cat like this eat? How do you afford to feed all these cats and they other animals there?

2 admin
09:51:39, 09/02/13

George, thank you! He is beautiful. We have educational shows that raise a significant amount of money for us and that helps us through about half of the year. We are open 5 days a week and visitors and their donations also help us. We have some donations of food as well. With over 100 different animals which requires proper medical care, food and building new habitats we work very hard and try to meet our budget each year. Building habitats like the one we need for Brutus will require a significant amount of money that we just don’t have.

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