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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...

Floridians learn to be creative in marking the seasons.  Since nature does not provide the obvious clues in the form of fall foliage, snow days and cherry blossom blooms, we...

  It wasn’t easy to jump into the fray of all the fundraising pledges happening under the tent on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, but leave it to a strong,...

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...

If you live in Southwest Florida year-round, you know the absolute best time to get outside and be active is the beginning of the year.  The skies are blue. The...

  During this month of “love,” I am pleased to share a love poem to the community written by residents who joined the trustees and team of the Southwest Florida Community...

For the past year I have been wearing a simple gold ring in the shape of a circle.  It isn’t an infinity sign, but the continuous circle serves as a...

For nearly 30 years a woman I never met has been whispering in my ear every time I sit down to write.  Sometimes she shows up in everyday conversations as...

  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...

The woman sat awkwardly on the folding chair outside the dark office of a small business, continually checking the posted hours of operation and the calendar housed on her phone. Without...

Last week a teammate placed a hand-crafted sign on her desk that read, “this is my year” and I believe her.  She is talented, committed and has some big goals. January...

I have long resisted the urge to use the phrase “huddle up everyone” in a team or staff meeting.  As a lover of all things sports and team building, I...

If the weather in Southwest Florida dips below 60 degrees I pull out my winter wear. Coats, sweaters, scarves, tights and boots all emerge from my closet and I am...

by Katie Leone, Impact and Sustainability Manager, Southwest Florida Community Foundation When I was little, I loved participating in our church’s charitable toy drive. My mom would let me choose the...

I knew it wouldn’t be long before someone asked me about ghosts. When the Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently moved into our new home, Collaboratory, we were following in the...

When I was a kid there was a corny saying that worked its way into conversations whenever someone said something that rhymed.  I am guessing most of you have uttered it at...

by Anne Chernin, MSW, MBA, Director of Client Services At Naples Senior Center we know that caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can be challenging and,...

by Gina Frazier, board member, I Will Mentorship Foundation   “What I liked about S.T.E.M this week is it tells young ladies that there is more to the world than phones, it...

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...

by Molly Murphy, Communications Specialist, Family Initiative Incorporated At the age of two and half Amanda Stachler was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Her parents, Julie and Matt suspected prior...

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 Sonya McCarter, Community Engagement Coordinator, Alliance for the Arts Four years ago, as an actress, my search for plays featuring compelling and interesting African-American characters in Ft. Myers came up...

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...

Preventing Dog Bites in Elementary Aged Children in Lee County   By Nicole Ferguson-Morrison, DVM, MS, MPH, MRCVS Veterinarian, Lee County Domestic Animal Services Dog bites are a frightening experience for anyone, especially children....

Every year our tribe of grantees make the journey to the Center for Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida.  While on retreat, the tribe members work on strategies...

Last week I ran into now former Fort Myers city councilman, Mike Flanders in a downtown coffee shop.  I flagged him down on his way out the door to introduce...

I found out last week that I am not the only one with a storied past.  If you are a regular reader of this column you know that I share...