August 2015 issue

Here we go!

Your Community Foundation has been hard at work wrapping up the last fiscal year and planning for more ways to effectively create change in our region and develop stronger fellowship with our region’s change makers.  This summer, many of our nonprofit grantees and active fund holders did much the same thing.

We’ve heard stories about the popular summer enrichment camps offered by Foundation Fund Holders Ryan and Hilary Shore of Full Steam Ahead in Naples, music lessons for the underserved in Dunbar, culinary programs for the underemployed in low income neighborhoods, the release of an American bald eagle at CROW on Sanibel, a film premiere about Fund Holders Sharon and Jerry Miller’s Trailways Camp, and lots of the exciting work happening nonstop here in our region.

In short, we have been enjoying the stories of the CHANGE MAKERS in our region who are doing work every day to enhance our community.

We hope you will join us at some of the interesting events we have planned this year.  And, as always, if you want to be part of creating change, please contact me by clicking here.

I am always listening.  Here we go!

In Gratitude,


Photograph by Andrew West
The Visual Voice Exhibit
You Won’t Want to Miss it
It’s Art, Community &  Conversation.
Please join us as we take a special look from a photojournalist’s view of the SWFL community .The Visual Voice exhibit will feature the work of award-winning News-Press photographers Andrew West, Kinfay Moroti, Jack Hardman, Sarah Coward, Amanda Inscore and Ric Rolon.
The exhibit will be on display Sept. 17-Oct. 23 at the Community Hub, here at our Fort Myers office.
A special reception will be held on Thursday, September 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. where you can meet the photographers and hear their stories behind their images.  Please click here to RSVP or call us at 239.274-5900
Special thanks to Randy and Kim Darrow of Palm Printing for their support of this show.
Community Impact Grant Cycle Underway
Nonprofit leaders and board members, take note!
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation opened its 2015-2016 Community Impact Grant season with a call for innovative projects and programs. More than $500,000 is available for both established and new programs that are designed to increase the quality of life in sustainable and equitable ways for Southwest Floridians.
Round One: “Letters of Idea” are due September 18th.  For more information, click here.

(Top Row L to R): Guy Whitesman, Larry Hobbs, MD,

Joe Mazurkiewicz, Sandy Robinson

Craig Folk, Chris Hill, Rusty Whitley,

Robbie Roepstorff. Gay Thompson

Welcome Our New Board Officers
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has installed its new board of trustees and executive committee chairs.
Guy E. Whitesman will serve as the new chairman of the board.Other trustees taking leadership roles include Larry Hobbs, MD, vice chair and governance committee chair; Joe Mazurkiewicz, Jr., immediate past chair; Sandy Robinson, treasurer and finance chair; Craig Folk, grantmaking committee chair; Christopher Hill, scholarship committee chair; Rusty Whitley, audit committee chair; and Robbie Roepstorff and Gay Thompson as at large executive committee members.


Women’s Legacy Fund Update
There is lots happening around women and girls this fall.  The Women’s Legacy Fund grants committee is gearing up for their Compassionate Shark Tank to select the beneficiary of the 2015 WLF Grant.  The cause area chosen by the committee is “access to goods and services in neighborhoods.”
Save the Date – October 22
Nonprofits chosen will share creative ideas around change they wish to make with the committee.  The winning program will be presented at the WLF Luncheon on Wed., October 22 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.  WLF Contributors and Foundation friends will all receive an invitation.  If you would like to get an invitation, please click here.
Women Playwrights Featured at Theatre Conspiracy this Season
Have you seen the line-up of shows that the Theatre Conspiracy has planned this season?  The theater group is featuring women playwrights all season long, and donating 50% of its proceeds on the opening night of their first show on Oct. 2 to The Women’s Legacy Fund.  Please come out and support the show.  And, for WLF Contributors, Theatre Conspiracy is offering you season tickets for 6 shows for $100, a savings for our group only!  For more information, click here.
New Prima Donors
The Women’s Legacy Fund’s Prima Donors keep growing, and that means the endowment fund does too!  Please join us in welcoming Rodlyn Woodward, Madelon Stewart and Pavita Sandhu.  A prima donor is a woman who is thinking of her philanthropic passions, planning her estate, and thinking about her legacy.  Click here to read more.
If you’d like more info on WLF, please contact Carolyn Rogers, VP of Development and Communications by clicking here, or calling 239-274-5900.
It Only Takes a Minute to Change the World.
Because of our donors this year, we:
  • provided job skills training
  • fostered music programs for underserved children
  • awarded scholarships
  • championed diversity
  • taught kids to read
  • provided access to food for the hungry
  • helped women and girls in need
  • saved baby wildlife
  • created more space for orphaned puppies seeking adoption
  • launched a regional coalition to increase the number of working adults with college degrees or credentials from 27% to 40% by the year 2025.
Your support of our work means so much to so many.


It’s Easy!
Our online giving is open 24 days/7 days a week. So please click below to give now.


With a hit of a button, you’re being part of positive change in Southwest Florida. Thank you!





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