1. What is the Women’s Legacy Fund (WLF)?
The WLF provides dynamic women the opportunity to be engaged in effecting change in our community through collective philanthropy. Through our contributors and our annual grant program we Inspire women to become leaders in philanthropy, Educate women and the community on current issues and philanthropic strategies, and Empower women to strengthen the community from their unique giving perspectives.
2. What is the WLF’s connection to the Southwest Florida Community Foundation?
The Women's Legacy Fund is a Fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. The WLF was established by the SWFLCF in 2007 to enable women in Southwest Florida make an impact on issues in our community through collective philanthropy.
3. What does my $250 contribution entitle me to?
When you contribute a minimum of $250 to the WLF you become a contributor and join the rest of the WLF contributors in making decisions on our community focus areas, and local grants. Additionally you receive newletters and community updates.
4. How can I contribute?
If you would like to become a WLF contributor your check will be made payable to the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. Just note WLF on your check. If you would like to pay by credit card you can do soon our website or call our office at 239-274-5900>.
5. Can I give more?
The fantastic advantage of collective philanthropy is that your contribution is combined with all of the contributions to the WLF. This creates maximum impact on an issue. The minimum gift is $250 but there is no maximum. Donors who contribute $10,000 or more to WLF join our Prima Donor Circle and are considered lifetime contributors to the WLF.
6. Can I pay online?
Yes, CLICK HERE. Once you have entered your information, be sure to indicate this donation is your WLF Contribution.
7. Will you bill me annually?
If you are a current WLF contributor you will receive an invoice each February to extend your annual contribution. Each year you contribute (by May 1), you are engaged in the selection of the local grant focus for the year.
8. Is this contribution on a calendar year basis?
9. Where does my contribution go and what is it for?
The WLF is based on collective philanthropy and the idea we can do far more together than we ever could alone. Each year, 50% of your contribution is placed in the WLF endowment fund which lasts forever while 50% goes to meeting immediate needs.
10. How does one get selected for the WLF Grants Committee?
11. What do I get as a Prima Donor?
Prima Donors are contributors who have made a commitment to the WLF of $10,000 or more. Primas can pay once or pledge the contribution over up to 5 years. Prima Donors get together for round tables, dine-arounds and educational opportunities to learn more about the community and emerging issues. Prima Donors are considered lifetime contributors to the WLF. There is also a tradition of Prima Donors purchasing each other Blue Shoes which are worn on special occasions!
12. How much has the WLF given out so far?
In just four years of granting, the WLF has already contributed almost $60,000 to address community needs in the areas of literacy, mental health, homelessness, and violence prevention. If you add the upcoming grant, that amount should increase by approximately $17,500.
13. Has the SWFLCF or any other donors matched this?
Yes, the SWFLCF matched a $5,000 grant awarded by the WLF at the October 2011 luncheon to support case management services for homeless families at the North Fort Myers United Way House, for a total of $10,000 awarded to the Salvation Army.
14. Can I leave some or all of my estate to the WLF? If so, how?
Yes. In working with your professional estate planning attorney, you may always designate a specific gift to the WLF. The Foundation's website contains sample bequest language which allows making a gift through your will or trust documents easy. As you think about making an estate gift, consider whether to include a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your total estate towards WLF. Each is a unique way to leave a legacy about what is important to you now, and, for the future.
15. What do I do if I need to change my estate plans to include the WLF?