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CAUSE & EFFECT: June & July 2015

CAUSE & EFFECT: June & July 2015

June/July issue

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Endowment

unnamedYour Community Foundation has been hard at work connecting with donors who want to see their philanthropy at work today, and to continue long after they are gone from this world.  We have established a great number of new funds for donors this year including a record number of Donor Advised Funds, which we like to call the “give now” money, the charitable checkbook. We are the community trust to ensure donors and their families can continue their legacies well into the future.

And while we work to assure current and future funds, our board of trustees has guided us to also become an active foundation working in our region to understand and address some of our community’s biggest issues.  We are meeting with not only nonprofit leaders, but also the end users, the residents are actively involved in seizing opportunities and creating the lives and neighborhoods we we all want. We are including business leaders, education leaders, philanthropists, government officials, and people from all sectors to seek solutions that financial support alone can’t create.

So as our assets approach $90 million, we are actively finding ways to increase our assets, yes, but also to be a leader in creating change in the region for the common good.  After all, that is our mission.  We are deeply grateful to all of you who have given, received, convened, talked and dreamed with us.  If you want to be part of creating change, please contact me by clicking here.

I am always listening.

In Gratitude,


2015 Florida Fellows

2015 Florida Fellows Chis Boogar, Adriana DiGraziano, Kelsie Ozanne, and Lauren Munsey of the University of Florida’s Public Interest Communications Program are working in nonprofits in the region this summer

Florida Fellows Program Adds Spark to Grantees

It’s all about storytelling.
In an added effort to assist the nonprofits to share the impact of the work that the SWFL Community Foundation funded this year, the Foundation, in partnership with the University of Florida’s Public Interest Communications program, has established the first Florida Fellows. This paid summer internship for UF students brings together their communications skills to area nonprofits.  This year, three nonprofit organizations, grantees from the SWFLCF 2015 Community Impact Grants, are hosting the Fellows.
It was all made possible by the support, generosity and wisdom of local PR Pro Amy Gravina, and the Al and Nancy Burnett Charitable Foundation.
These bright, young future leaders have been hard at work with the Gulf Coast Symphony, Naples Botanical Garden, and the Care and Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW).  You will be hearing more from them along the way!

WLF Contributors explored issues affecting women and girls in our region at the Spring WLF Luncheon. Click here for more photos from the luncheon and round table discussion

Women’s Legacy Fund Contributors Choose Access to Goods & Services in Neighborhoods for Women & Girls for 2015 Grant

The Women’s Legacy Fund (WLF) of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation has opened its annual call for grant applications.

This year, the WLF will be awarding $20,000 to an organization that increases access to goods and services for women and/or girls in a neighborhood in Southwest Florida.

Examples of programs that increase access to goods and services include, but are not limited to, a plan to distribute reduced cost bus passes to low-income women in the neighborhood to increase their access to goods and services; a series of neighborhood health days with free or low-cost doctors/dentists to increase access to health care; or a youth carnival at a neighborhood park to increase access to recreation.  Click here for more information on the grant.

Save the Date!  The check to the 2015 grantee will be presented at the fall WLF Luncheon will be held on October 22Click here for more information on getting involved with WLF.


(L to R) Ashley Skalecki, Regional Initiatives & Partnerships Coordinator; Sydney Roberts, executive assistant; Nick Saracione, accounting associate.

Welcome Our New Staff

Please join us in welcoming Ashley Stalecki, Regional Initiatives & Partnerships Coordinator; Sydney Roberts, executive assistant; and NickSaracione, accounting associate.
Each with their own areas of specialization, we are pleased to add these bright change makers to our team.  We hope you will stop in and say hi!

The attorneys of Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, P.A. share insights with the Community Foundation team

Wealth Advisors Update Team on Client Needs

Summertime has been a great opportunity to meet with the professionals in the region who work with donors in our community day in and day out.

Together we have been sharing insights on what we all are hearing from people who want to use philanthropy to support causes that they believe in now and in their legacies.

We are dedicated to being a resource for community philanthropy and to provide support to the wealth advisors, estate planning attorneys, and financial managers seeking ways to help their clients fulfill their philanthropic wishes with the greatest effect and saving tax dollars.  If you’d like to connect this summer, contact Carolyn Rogers, VP of Development and Communications by clicking here, or calling 239-274-5900


Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Grantee TribeThe Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Grantee Tribe Convenes at Community Hub to Begin Their Work

Leaders of the five nonprofit organizations who have been selected to receive grants from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation have begun their work together with the first monthly meeting.  Together the group will grow and share in the experience of being a grantee from the artist’s foundation.  This fall they will convene at the Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva.  For more information on the grantees selected, click here.

mobileGoing Mobile!

Chances are you are reading this e-newsletter on your mobile device such as your phone or pad.  We want to keep you informed and engaged in our work.

We’d love to hear from you.  What are you interested in?  What do you care about?

Please click here to share your thoughts.  Let us know what you want and how you want it delivered.

We are all listening!

In Gratitude.

We wish to extend a very special thank you to all of our friends and supporters who gave to support our annual appeal this fiscal year.  Your support of our work means so much to us all.

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, and launched a regional coalition to increase the number of working adults with college degrees or credentials from 27% to 40% by the year 2025.
It’s never too late to give.

It only takes a minute to change the world,
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