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The team at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is constantly learning.  We are committed to staying connected to the community and are always on the lookout for ways to engage...

As a rule, I like to look at the things I have rather than the things I don’t.  Focusing on gratitude can be a life-changing experience.  I am fortunate in...

  Over the holidays a friend stopped by with a fresh baked cherry pie – so fresh it was still steaming from her oven. Standing there on our doorstep three days...

  I noticed the Guide to Flipping Houses on the internet not too long ago, “5 Easy Steps to House Flipping.” I’m a closet fan of Flip or Flop, Flipping Out...

by Lauren G. Schmidt, Health Education Program Consultant, Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County   Charlotte County children suffer unnecessary dental complications due to limited dental treatment options for the under...

How Yuzellie Turned a Dark Experience into a Drive for The Future By Dayhanna Acosta, Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation   Two years ago, Yuzellie Garcia decided to return to school to become the...

by Jack Ham, Principal, The Academy, Port Charlotte, Fla. Another school year has come to a close, and The Academy has even more reason to celebrate than usual. Given the school's...

Sometimes I feel like I am living in a commercial for Southwest Florida complete with soundbites, video clips, campaign themes and headlines. I see it all around me as I...

  I am a Girl Scout and a Boy Scout. I joined the Girl Scouts as a young girl, starting out as a Brownie scout and staying involved all the way through...

There was something very special about Mary. She lived to be 96 and during her lifetime she was educated, married a wonderful man, was well-traveled, had children and grandchildren she...

I have always known that lessons come from those you least expect. I have experienced it many times in my life so I was surprised how long it took me...

At 9 and 6 years old, my kids are fully engaged in Halloween.  They imagine their costumes well in advance, constructing a long list of all the things they could...

  FGCU Institute for Entrepreneurship Hosts Second Annual Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 28, 2017)– Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Institute for Entrepreneurship concluded the second annual Veterans Florida...

A friend invited me to lunch last week.  Not long ago she had a highly successful career, owned her own business, and was a leader in her field.  Those were...

Congratulations to the Southwest Florida Community Foundation board of trustees and senior advisors celebrating 40 years of philanthropy.  The anniversary events were kicked off tonight with the awarding of the...

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2016) – Tessa LeSage, director of strategy for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, will be a guest presenter at Lumina Foundation’s national conference in February. LeSage...