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April 2019 issue

Celebrating Earth Day-Let’s Go Green!

Happy Earth Day!

The Foundation team and our co-collaborators in Collaboratory are coming together in celebration of Earth Day. Our staff has formed a Green Team as we seek ways to continually have less impact on our environment and to help preserve our community’s natural resources. What are you doing for Earth Day? If you need some ideas, take our Earth Day Quiz, there’s lots there to think about.

At this time of the year, we are also hyper-focused on our next generation of students–128 of them who are being awarded scholarships for their next big step. There is much to celebrate, please read more below.

In Gratitude,


Sarah Owen, President & CEO, Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Tune in Monday, April 22 at 1 p.m. on 90.1 for WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live radio show broadcasting from Collaboratory with special guests for Earth Day.

Earth Day the Southwest Florida Way at Collaboratory

Join us in person, on the air or online

The Foundation team and our friends and co-collaborators at Collaboratory are all putting their green foot forward this year. We have planned lots of great Earth Day activities.

Gulf Coast Live will broadcast from Collaboratory on April 22. Be sure to tune in to 90.1 FM from 1 to 2 pm and engage with guests: The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, CROW Clinic, Calusa Waterkeepers and Ecomedes.

You can pick up on some things YOU can do right away to save Mother Earth and help the Environment in Southwest Florida.

Take the Earth Day Quiz to pick up some specific ideas and if you wish to give to help, please consider being part of our Crowd Funding effort to the Fund for the Environment of Southwest Florida.

Scholarships to be Announced at Gratitude Reception for Donors & Reviewers on May 9

If you have a scholarship fund or were a reviewer of the Foundation’s scholarship applications, we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Scholarship Reception on Thursday, May 9. Invitations are forthcoming.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer reviewer, please join us to learn more about it!

We will announce the recipients and post them on our website to tie a big bow on a beautiful 2019 scholarship package.

Click here to read the stats on the amount awarded and more information on this year’s scholarships. The future is indeed very bright!

Look What’s Happening at

SWFL Coders Host Meet Up at Collaboratory

SWFL Coders is a group for techies, developers, coders and non-coders, who wish to learn more about the fantastic world of programming.

Meetings are held twice a month, one at Collaboratory in Midtown Fort Myers and the other one in Naples or Bonita Springs.

The group’s goal is to make the SWFL Tech Community bigger, helping techies connect and learn together, while learning from each other.

SWFL Coders embrace diversity in every way, and have members from different backgrounds, age groups and they welcome all levels.

Seminar on Charitable Gift Planning to be Held May 2
All are Invited

If you are interested in learning ways to give beyond using your checkbook, join us for a complimentary seminar and reception on Thursday, May 2, 4 to 6 p.m. at Collaboratory.

Suzanne Friday, managing director, National Standards, and VP of Legal Affairs for the Council on Foundations will present:

Creative Ways to Give Now and Later

Express Your Values Through Charitable Gift Planning

Learn about how the 3 types of planned gifts can benefit you and your favorite causes by using charitable gift planning techniques such as:

  • outright gifts that use appreciated assets as a substitute for cash;
  • gifts that return income or other financial benefits to the donor in return for the contribution;
  • gifts payable upon the donor’s death

The program is open to anyone interested in learning more, this is not a fundraising event. Seating is limited, click here to RSVP.

Women’s Legacy Fund Hosts Spring Contributors’ Luncheon

The Women’s Legacy Fund gathered more than 100 Contributors and supporters on April 12, 2019 at Collaboratory for the annual Women’s Legacy Fund Spring Luncheon.

The Women’s Legacy Fund is a group of women who combine their contributions in this collective philanthropy initiative to

foster the immersion of women in philanthropy and develop the region’s next philanthropic leaders.

During this year’s luncheon, WLF contributors explored the focus area of their first multi-year grant award: access and attainment for education opportunities for women and girls in healthcare.

The working luncheon included a presentation of research on the latest statistics on women in the workforce in Southwest Florida followed by a panel of regional women spearheading programs offering educational opportunities to women, as well as table conversations led by facilitators. The format allowed contributors to review and discuss this topic deeper as a group of collective philanthropists.

For more information on the Women’s Legacy Fund, click here.

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The Foundation In the News


You’re Not Too Little and It’s Not Too Late
as seen in Florida Weekly

by Sarah Owen

I could see his lip quivering as he approached the car. A little man on a mission to make it to the backseat before anyone saw him burst into tears…


Close-up Of Man Using Gps Navigation System In Car

CAUSE & EFFECT: Making Amends with my GPS
as seen in The News-Press

by Sarah Owen

I have always been perplexed by people who become upset with inanimate objects. Someone who stubs their toe and is mad at the table, or unattended burned cookies become the fault of the oven…


Earth Day 2019


Earth Day and every day we all need to recognize the importance of preserving our environment…


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