The Southwest Florida Community Foundation announces the 2016 Florida Fellows Kelsey Pena, Karly Marcy and Taylor Tringali have joined the foundation staff for paid summer fellowships in public interest communications.
Now in its second year, the fellowship is made possible through a donation from the Al and Nancy Burnett Charitable Foundation. The project is a partnership with the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications.
The Community Foundation’s Florida Fellows are assigned to one of the nonprofit organizations funded through the Foundation’s annual community impact grants. The fellows will assist the nonprofit leadership in developing messaging and stories of those who are benefiting from the grant. This year’s nonprofit fellowship partners are Gulf Coast Humane Society for their spay and neuter program, the Alliance for the Arts for the arts economic impact study and Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida for the Neighborhood Improvement Association community farming programs.
“Through this fellowship and other work with the nonprofit leaders throughout the year in our 2016 Grantee Tribe, we hope to support, strengthen and leverage the important work of the nonprofits in our region and provide a network for nonprofit leaders to connect and share ideas,” said Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.
The 8-week fellowship will provide students with real-life experience in viable nonprofit organizations. One of the students will be selected to present at the University of Florida’s frank2017 Gathering, an annual conference hosted in Gainesville for people who use communications to drive social change.
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2016. As leaders, conveners, grant makers and concierges of philanthropy, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is a foundation built on community leadership with an inspired history of fostering regional change for the common good in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Community Foundation, founded in 1976, connects donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $93 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $63 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. Last year, it granted more than $3.2 million to nonprofit organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services, as well as provided regional community impact grants and scholarship grants.
For more information about the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, call 239-274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com.