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Cause & Effect: January 2015

Cause & Effect: January 2015

January 2015

Here we go!
We are already 1/12 of the way into 2015 and at this time of the year, we are all enjoying the very best that our community has to offer.

The bright sunshiny days and cloudless crystal blue skies are a perfect backdrop for the multitude of festivals and Farmer’s Markets so popular here.

At the Foundation, we are focused on the beauty and the sustainability of our area. We constantly ask ourselves: are we poised to protect the natural beauty of Southwest Florida?

Next week, we will welcome Award-winning Nature Photographer John Moran to our community. He has been photographing the changes in our state’s springs and aquifer for decades. And it is alarming…

We don’t have the answers, but we know that by posing the questions and bringing the best minds together in the region, we can seek solutions.

We hope you’ll join us for one of the presentations.

Click here to learn more and to RSVP.

Women’s Legacy Fund Events Planned

Save the Dates:
Prima Donor Dinner
Thurs., Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m.

Ft. Myers Film Festival Special Screening of “Hardy,” especially for WLF Contributors
Thursday, March 26, 6 p.m.

Prima Donor meet the director and leading lady of “Hardy.”
Friday, March 27, 3 – 5 pm
Foundation Office Community Hub

WLF Spring Luncheon
Thursday, May 14
Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club

Invitations are forthcoming, or email us if you would like an invitation.

Inside the Advocates Studio

Click here to view Sarah Owen’s interview with Al Letson


Water is Focus of Award-winning Photographer’s Work Featuring Florida’s Springs & Aquifer 
You’re Invited to Join Us
Presented by John Moran


Mark your calendar for an interesting photographic presentation featuring John Moran and his work illustrating the natural beauty of our state, and the threats to our natural resources.

The presentation will be held on:

  • Wed., February 4, 4 to 5 p.m. in the Fort Myers office Community Hub
  • Thurs., February 5, 4 to 5 p.m. at our Sanibel office located at the Sanibel Sea School on the corner of Periwinkle and Lagoon Lane, on the east side of the island.The Fort Myers presentation will also feature a photographic art exhibit featuring photos of the natural SWFL environment by News-Press photographers.

There will be a meet the photographers reception to follow.

Click here to read more about it, and to RSVP

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fund’s Compassionate Shark Tank

Compassionate Questions

by Community Leaders in

“the tank.”

Representatives of government, business, and philanthropy from across the region gathered as a Compassionate Shark Tank on January 22nd to hear 3-minute presentations highlighting opportunities to use partnerships and innovation to solve some of the regions most challenging problems. A partnership between the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation provided opportunity for 17 nonprofits to present their ideas aimed at improving climate & the environment, youth development & post-secondary education, arts & culture, economic development, and equitable services & access.

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Attention Agency Endowment Fundholders

It’s that time of year again.

The Foundation has recently mailed the annual distribution worksheets to all of our agency endowment fundholders.

Be on the lookout for your mail, here’s what you need to know:

  1. The worksheet will list your current distribution amount available, you can opt to take the distribution or you can roll it over to help “grow” your fund.
  2. If you opted not to take your distribution in 2014, you can take it this year! For the first time, we have included any leftover funds available from Fiscal Year 2014 in this year’s distribution total. The Board of Trustee recently approved that any available amounts not taken as of July 1, 2013 can be taken in future years.
  3. Do we have up-to-date information? We strive to keep our files current, so please make any updates to the fund information on the worksheet and return to Robert Raymond at [email protected] or by mail: Southwest Florida Community Foundation, 8771 College Parkway #201, Fort Myers, FL 33919

If you do not receive your worksheet or if you have any questions, please contact us at 239-274-5900.

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