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CAUSE & EFFECT: January 2019

CAUSE & EFFECT: January 2019

January 2019 issue

Here We Go 2019!

Happy New Year from our team. We hope your 2019 is off to a great start, and we also hope to see you more this year helping to create change in your community at Collaboratory or through your philanthropy at the Foundation.

As we like to say, “Here we go!”

In Gratitude,


Sarah Owen, President & CEO, Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Tune In to Gulf Coast Live This Monday

Collaboratory will be the topic of Gulf Coast Live with Julie Glenn on Monday, January 7, 2019. Please tune in to 90.1 FM WGCU/NPR and hear from our CEO Sarah Owen and City of Fort Myers Historian Jim Powers.

Prima Donor Dinner to Feature Rani Gupta, First Female Engineer at Ford Motor Co.

The winter Prima Donor Dinner will be held Thursday, January 10 and will feature Rani Gupta, the first female engineer at Ford Motor Co., and conversation led by Jennifer Reed, senior writer at Gulfshore Life.

Damyanti "Rani" Gupta to visit Collaboratory

The dinner will follow the traditional format of a casual reception, dinner and “after dinner conversation” on topics of interest related to women, girls, philanthropy, community causes and current events.

Rani is retired from Ford and she and her husband Subhash live in Fort Myers. Rani (which means “queen” in her native language) is the mother of Sanjay Gupta, MD, senior medical correspondent of CNN, and Suneel Gupta, entrepreneur and recent candidate for US Congress in Michigan, and a grandmother of 5 girls.

If you are a prima donor, please make sure you RSVP by January 8.

If you are interested in becoming a Prima Donor, or wish to be part of the Women’s Legacy Fund, click here or contact Carolyn Rogers at the Foundation 239-274-5900.

Look What’s Happening at Collaboratory:

Questions About Climate Change?

Sign up today for a climate action workshop at Collaboratory that will cover the latest scientific data and solutions to the climate crisis presented by CLEO Institute of Miami on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10 a.m. What a great way to start the new year learning more about your community and your world.

The CLEO Climate Change 101 Workshop

People hear a lot about global warming/climate change, but do not fully understand how or why it is happening, nor do they know what they can do to help mitigate or adapt to it. The CLEO Climate Change 101 Workshop provides participants with a baseline knowledge of climate science causes and effects, and solutions.

For more details, click here and to RSVP click the button below.

Scholarship Season is Here!
Go Online Now to Apply

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation Scholarship portal is now open offering more than 130 scholarships for post-secondary students with a wide variety of criteria.

Scholarships are available for high school seniors, adults returning to school, GED holders, undergraduate students and graduate students to continue their education at vocational/technical schools, community colleges, state colleges and universities.

Check out the scholarship descriptions by clicking here, and start getting your materials together to apply as outlined here.

Site-Specific Play to Feature Train Depot

Ghostbird Theatre Company, of Fort Myers,is the only theatre company in the American South devoted to site-specific theatre, where the team designs and mounts original works specifically for non-theatre venues. Their work is often immersive, always intimate and magical.

Ghostbird will present Everyone On The Train, written by Gcostbird’s James Brock, on January 19 and 25 for the general public. For tickets click here for more information on tickets.

AN INVITATION for Foundation Legacy Society Members

Members of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s Legacy Society are invited for a special private showing of Everyone On This Train on either Friday night, January 18 or Saturday, January 26 with a reception at 6:30 p.m. at Collaboratory hosted by the Foundation and the board of trustees. Invitations have been mailed. If you are a Legacy Society member, please RSVP below today.

If you are interested in having a fund with the Foundation or have plans to include the Foundation in your will or estate plan, please contact Carolyn Rogers at 239-274-5900.

The event is casual and a portion of the program is outdoors. Seating is limited.

Nonprofits and Individual Artists Who Live in the City of Fort Myers, Arts & Culture Grant Cycle Ends January 18

The City of Fort Myers recognizes the importance of the arts to the cultural, educational, and economic well-being of its diverse population. In order to enhance access by all its residents to a full range of cultural experiences, the City of Fort Myers provides funding for arts and cultural programs, through the City of Fort Myers Public Art Committee. Administered by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, the grants cycle ends January 18 so login today and apply here!

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