TOTAL IN GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
SCHOLARSHIPS GRANTED IN 2016
INVESTED IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH GRANTS AND PROGRAMS IN 2017
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.
The Foundation partners with individuals, families and corporations who have created over 400 philanthropic funds and/or have contributed to one of the foundation’s funds to be part of the foundation’s mission. Thanks to them, last year the Foundation invested $5 million in grants and programs to the community. As part of our mission, the Foundation serves as the backbone organization for the regional FutureMakers Coalition and Lee County’s Sustainability Plan.
Based in Fort Myers, the Foundation has satellite offices located in Sanibel Island, LaBelle (Hendry County), and downtown Fort Myers.
Because we are entrusted with our donors’ philanthropic funds, our first priority as a community foundation is responsible stewardship of these gifts. We are diligent at managing donor funds, guiding investments with oversight from our board of directors and finance committee, adhering to strict investment policies with an eye on long-term growth, keeping donor intent, and granting with the greatest return on investment in our community.
STEWARDSHIP & FINANCE
Investing and granting charitable dollars entrusted to us by donors is something we don’t take lightly. Read about our investment objectives and check out our financial statements and audited financials.
Governed by a volunteer board of trustees since 1976, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is built on a history of exceptional leadership focused on identifying and solving community needs.