Juan D. Bendeck and Chauncey Goss have joined the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s board of trustees.
Bendeck is a partner with the Naples law firm, Hahn & Loeser. He focuses his practice in estate planning, estate administration and asset protection planning. A longtime resident of Southwest Florida, he is actively involved in the community and is a member of the Florida Gulf Coast University Planned Giving Committee, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Planned Giving Committee, and the Council of Hispanic Business Professionals. Bendeck also serves on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. and the Florida Humanities Council. In 2008, he was chosen as one of Gulfshore Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40.” Born in Spain, Bendeck is fluent in Spanish.
Goss was raised in Southwest Florida with a deep interest in the community and public policy. He has enjoyed a rich and varied career that ranges from being the executive director of a small, influential nonprofit in Southwest Florida and working for the President’s Office of Management and Budget to becoming the deputy staff director of the House Budget Committee under Paul Ryan and starting his own firm locally that provides budget forecasting and analysis. Goss received his bachelor’s degree from Rollins College and a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University. He serves on the Sanibel City Council where he is the council liaison to the Planning Commission and the Horizon Council. He is also chairman of the board of trustees for the Canterbury School in Fort Myers and sits on the boards of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee, the Lee Coast Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America Foundation, the Freedom and Virtue Institute, and the Main Street Growth Project. He is a member of the Sanibel Captiva Kiwanis and the Sanibel Community Church.
As leaders, conveners, grant makers and concierges of philanthropy, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is a foundation built on community leadership with an inspired history of fostering regional change for the common good in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Community Foundation, founded in 1976, connects donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $93 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $61.2 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. Last year, it granted more than $2.9 million to nonprofit organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services. It also granted $782,000 in nonprofit grants including more than $551,000 in regional community impact grants and additional $450,000 in scholarship grants.
For more information about the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, call 239-274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com.