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Cause & Effect: February 2015

Cause & Effect: February 2015

February 2015

This Lot: FULL 


A full parking lot means a full building. A full building at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation means a space filled with people who care about the community meeting to share ideas and solutions to issues facing Southwest Florida.

A little over three years ago the Board of Trustees and the team at the Foundation committed to becoming a community hub. We threw open our doors and started listening to donors, nonprofits and community advocates. We began the process of converting storage and offices into spaces designed for roundtable meetings, hung beautiful art created by Southwest Florida artists all over our walls and invited the community to come in to see it, and welcomed people in to share innovative ideas that could change our region.

Please join us for a roundtable, an art reception or just a visit in the Community Hub.


Let’s keep the conversation going. We have plenty of parking!


Upcoming Roundtables: 


The New Philanthropy

and a private briefing on

our work in the community

and its regional impact by Sarah Owen


Your choice of dates:


Wednesday, March 4

9 to 10 a.m.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation Office


Thursday, March 19

4 to 5 p.m.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation Office


Wednesday, March 25

4 to 5 p.m.

The Trianon Hotel

3401 Bay Commons Drive

Bonita Springs, FL 34134


RSVP to: 239-274-5900 or 
Click Here


Please note this is not a fund raising appeal



U.S. Under Secretary of Education Meets with SWFL leaders on Education


U.S Under Secretary of Education    Ted Mitchell at Rtiz Carlton last week
Last weekend, Under Secretary Ted Mitchell joined a small group of  community and business leaders to discuss the future of education in our region. He encouraged the group to continue to focus on attainment siting that only 50% of students who begin college or a training program actually complete the degree or certification, and first generation students are the highest among the population not reaching completion.
“We need to provide support systems for these students to succeed,” said Mitchell. In addition, he lauded the community for its work on the charter and acceptance into Lumina Foundation’s national cohort. “
It is a big deal to be invited into this national cohort,” he said. “In 10 years, I look forward to coming back to SWFL and seeing great change because of your work.”
Save the Date and Join Us:
FutureMakers Rally
Wed., March 11, 8 to 10 a.m.
Miromar Design Center, Estero

Women’s Legacy Fund News: Better Together


It’s that time of year to renew or to become a contributor to the Women’s Legacy Fund. A collective philanthropy group, the WLF inspires women around giving, and issues and causes related to women in SWFL. Contributor renewals have gone out in the mail, and a call for new Contributors begins now. For more information, please click here. Together we can do so much more than we could ever do alone. Please join us!


Upcoming WLF Events:


Ft. Myers Film Festival Special Screening of “Hardy,” especially for WLF Contributors – COMPLIMENTARY
Thursday, March 26, 5 p.m.

Bell Tower Theaters  

Prima Donor meet the director and Heather Hardy, leading lady of “Hardy.”
Friday, March 27, 3 – 5 pm
Foundation Office Community Hub


WLF Spring Contributors’ Luncheon
Thursday, May 14
Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club

Note: For WLF Contributors only 

Invitations are forthcoming, or click here if you would like an invitation.

Ideas Take Flights
Update on Impact Forum

It all began as an idea and now one project has taken form to solve a community problems.


An important result of the Florida Next Impact Forum held in Collier County on November 5, 2014, was Valerie’s House, presented as a safe place for people can go who suffer loss. Angela Melvin presented the idea that has gained momentum through


Valerie’s House raised $6,100 from 64 donors. Because of our partnership with Florida Next, Valerie’s House is gaining traction with seed money, volunteers helping to form a board, and a plan to create a special place for children and families in Southwest Florida to connect with one another and learn the tools to heal after they have experienced tragedy, loss and death.


The purpose of Valerie’s House is to help families in Southwest Florida work through their loss together and go on to live successful lives.

Keep an eye out for more developments on Valerie’s House, or for more information on other start ups, visit


It’s Scholarship Season!


The deadline for applications by students is fast approaching next week on March 2, 2015. Click here for more information.


Scholarship readers have been recruited and are now training for the difficult task of selecting the 2015 recipients. Nearly $500,000 will be granted from our more than 75 scholarship funds. As we like to say, “the future is bright!”


Check out this story about one of our special scholarship donors:

The G. Napier & Ellen T Wilson Scholarship Fund

Southwest Florida Community Foundation
Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Our ambition is a more vibrant community that will continually address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties in Southwest Florida. We invite you to join our family and invest in the community with us!