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October 2015 issue

So what is the SWFL Community Foundation?

We get asked that every day.

And I was asked that most recently by News-Press Reporter Charles Runnells, and we think he nailed it.

We call ourselves change agents and change-makers, and in our work we are surrounded by all kinds of change-makers, people doing and giving whatever they can to make our region better for everyone.

So please read more….you can click here to read his article or visit the News section on our website here if you are not a subscriber of the newspaper.

In this issue of Cause & Effect, you will see a few more change-makers.  We go into November with an attitude of gratitude for our community, grateful for our supporters, our nonprofit partners and for everyone who has ever been a part of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

In Gratitude,


Faces of Philanthropy
Nominate Your Favorite Philanthropist


The SWFL Community Foundation and Brian Tietz Photography are seeking nominations for outstanding philanthropists in the SWFL region to honor as one of the Southwest Florida FACES OF PHILANTHROPY.
Selected nominees will be photographed by award-winning commercial, editorial and corporate photographer Brian Tietz and will be featured in the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s Photo Art Exhibit FACES OF PHILANTHROPY this spring and more.
Click here for nomination criteria and to learn more and to start your nomination today.



Tessa LeSage of the SWFL Community Foundation facilitated the “Friendly” Shark Tank, modeled after the Foundation’s Compassionate Shark Tanks, while redevelopment agencies pitched their ideas for creative solutions to walkable communities
Sharks Make Waves at Mayor’s Symposium on Walkable Urban Communities


As more than 400 from across SWFL convened to “Make Dollars and Sense of Mixed Use Walkable Urban Communities”, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation redesigned their Compassionate Shark Tank (a tool of perspective used in the granting process conceived by the SWFL Community Foundation) to cultivate change during October’s Mayor’s Symposium.
Incorporating Shark Tank pitches among presentations from redevelopment experts throughout the day, local leaders received a platform to present plans, feedback, and opportunity to spark the interest of potential partners and funders in attendance.
The Sharks brought experience from successful projects across Florida and the Country and offered valuable advice to the City of Punta Gorda, City of Cape Coral, College Parkway Redevelopment Group, and City of Bonita Springs. Achieving the goal of walkability in strategic communities will provide economic, social and environmental benefits throughout SWFL.


It’s A One-Woman Show Not to be Missed
Barbara Hawker Yeomans’ Work to be Featured in Dec. & Jan.
As part of our Art, Community & Conversation, we are pleased to feature the colorful and contemporary art of Barbara Hawker Yeomans.  A popular artist and Prima Donor with the Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Fund, Barbara is passionate about supporting the arts in her community
Over the years, she has had several one-woman shows in Florida, England, New Jersey and New York. Her work is sold exclusively in New York at the Broadfoot & Broadfoot Gallery and in England at Twenty-One B Gallery. Her work has been collected and placed in homes and businesses everywhere from Sag Harbor, Montreal, Calgary, New York to Milan and Hong Kong.


The exhibit will be open in the Community Hub for public viewing  Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting December 1st.  Please call the office in advance to assure that part of the exhibit that is in meeting space will be available, 239-274-5900.  Two special receptions will be held on December 10 and 11, also open to the public. Please [email protected] or call Andrea McKiddie at 239-274-5900.


For more info on Barbara, please visit:
FutureMakers Sarah Owen and Mary Beth Geier,
of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Grants $300,000 to FutureMakers Coalition


The grant, which is payable during the next three years, will help fund programs and projects developed by the Coalition’s Regional Action Teams focused on the FutureMakers’ goal of increasing the number of Southwest Florida residents with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 40 percent by the year 2025.
 “It resonates throughout the region when big organizations work together for the greater good,” said Mary Beth Geier, Florida region coordinator of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. “The work FutureMakers is doing really falls in line with what we want to do, and we love the collaborative aspect of this effort.”
The Schulze Family Foundation was created in 2004 by Best Buy founder Dick Schulze, a Southwest Florida resident. It supports education, human services, health and medical research, and transformational entrepreneurship.


The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is serving as the anchor organization for Lumina Foundation’s Community Partnership for Attainment network. For more information and to become a FutureMaker, visit


Juan Bendeck          Chauncey Goss
Bendeck and Goss Join Board
Juan D. Bendeck and Chauncey Goss have joined the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s board of trustees.  Both raised in Southwest Florida and active within their community, Bendeck is an estate planning attorney in Naples with the firm Hahn & Loeser, In 2008, he was chosen as one of Gulfshore Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40.” Born in Spain, Bendeck is fluent in Spanish.
Goss, of Sanibel Island, has a firm that provides budget forecasting and analysis.  With a deep


interest in community and public policy, Goss is a Sanibel city councilman, and 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.


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!