Happy “NEWS” Year
Perhaps you are still getting used to writing or even saying “2017,” but the calendar doesn’t wait and things are off to a great start in the community and the Foundation.
Check out what’s been in the news so far this year:
Happy “NEWS” Year
As we wrap up the year filled with generosity and hard work on the part of all of our supporters, friends, trustees and partners, our team reflects on so much we ALL have to be grateful for. And together we wish you and yours an abundance of peace, love and joy this holiday season.
With our eye on the holidays, our team encouraged me to share a piece that will be featured in this week’s Florida Weekly (Fort Myers and Bonita Springs issues).
To be able to give is such a privilege….
It’s so exciting to see our seasonal friends return from their summers up north and out west. With their return, we start to see more and and more happenings in the community. At the Community Foundation, it’s no exception. We are ramping up for our Community Impact Grants review and the Compassionate Shark Tank so we can award resources to our nonprofit partners focused on improving the quality of life in our community.
As our scholarship recipients prepare for college, and the events “season” calendar takes a rest, the otherwise blank squares on my Outlook calendar are filling up because I am back on the Listening Tour to all corners of SWFL.
In April the Foundation made an agreement with the Lee…
INSIDE: I am a FutureMaker, Regional coalition will increase college and postsecondary attainment to 40 percent by 2025, Lumina Makes Our Future Brighter, Success not a Statistic: Yajaida Vasquez Changes her Future
Chejai Onumbu came out slamming. Declaring the importance of aspiration, preparation and determination in education, the slam poet and local college sophomore nailed the mission of the new FutureMakers Coalition during a mid-March rally announcing the regional initiative. At that moment, with her personal message of education leading to greatness, Ms. Onumbu became a FutureMaker and an inspiration. (To view her poem and video, visit www.FutureMakersCoalition.com.com)
Our March e-newsletter – and time marches on!
We have had so much going on at the Community Foundation this winter season, if we have missed you in March, we hope you will join us for some April activities highlighted here, or you can always check out our website’s Event…
INSIDE: Measuring the results of community impact grants, New interactive display at CROW showcases rescued baby wildlife, Grantee Videos Online, The Leverage Effect
Three months after distributing more than $551,000 in community impact grants – including $35,500 in private donor funding – the Southwest Florida Community Foundation took to the highways and byways to see how the 15 recipients have impacted their communities and the Southwest Florida region.
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…
Here we go!
We are already 1/12 of the way into 2015 and at this time of the year, we are all enjoying the very best that our community has to offer.
The bright sunshiny days and cloudless crystal blue skies are a perfect backdrop for the multitude of festivals…
INSIDE: #yearofgiving, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fund iLab, SWFL Impact Forum Sparks Great Ideas, Philanthropists can be the guy and girl next door
A granting partnership between the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation created an opportunity for local organizations to participate in a day-long iLab (Idea Lab) on December 18, 2014.
INSIDE: FutureMakers Participants, School-by-school FAFSA Completion, The Financial Challenge
“Research shows a direct correlation between thriving cities and education beyond high
school. Increased attainment delivers stronger local economies, greater individual
earning power and better quality of life. Every community in America wants that, and
we’ve designed this work to give civic leaders the tools they need to be successful.”
President & CEO, Lumina Foundation
Great ideas flow at ilab for nonprofit leaders
The Community Foundation recently brought together 100 nonprofit leaders from Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Collier counties for the redesign of the funding process for regional agency programs and projects.
Hosted by Arthrex at its Naples headquarters, iLAB 2014 was the launch of the Foundation’s new Community Impact Grant process. iLAB was the first phase and an “idea-to-project” event.
In this issue: Nonprofit support • Bonita Grant • Owen Recognized • The Next 100 Years
Inside the Advocates Studio: National expert on domestic violence shares insights on advocacy
Bonita and Sanibel Roundtables on the New Philanthropy
In this issue: Scholarships Deadline • Message from our CEO • Women’s Legacy Fund • In the News
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Taps SWFL Community Foundation to partner in regional literacy initiative