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CAUSE & EFFECT: July 2019

CAUSE & EFFECT: July 2019

July 2019 issue

People, People, People!

In everything we do, we know it’s all about people. Daily we are reminded that it’s people we serve. It may be those who are seeking ways to give their time, talent or treasure in the most impactful of ways in the community, or those in the nonprofit organizations who are taking care of our neighbors’ needs or seizing opportunities to make our community better for all of us.

In this issue, you will see how we are connecting with people in our community. Check out the information about On the Table, a Collaboratory intiative bringing neighbors together to talk about their community this October 17.

Nonprofits, don’t miss connecting at our monthly Caffeinated Conversations as well as the closing of our annual Community Impact Grants call. For those organizations serving the legal rights of immigrants, we have a robust learning community that is also introduced here for you.

People are connecting at Collaboratory or because of Collaboratory….we hope you will all find a way to connect, to plug into your community. We are here to help.

Here we go,


Sarah Owen, President & CEO, Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Regional Initiative to Bring People Together at On the Table® is October 17, 2019

Sign Up to Be a Host!

Will you be a host?

On the Table® Southwest Florida is an initiative coordinated by dozens of regional partners to unite people from all backgrounds and explore how we can all learn from each other to improve the quality of life in our region.

We believe the best ideas and greatest impact come from the people who live, work, learn and play in our neighborhoods and communities.

Just add people! It is really easy to be part. Click the button to the right or go to the website for more information, click here.

Caffeinated Conversations Held Monthly for Nonprofits

We saved a cup for you!

Our nonprofit partners from throughout Southwest Florida are invited to join us for Caffeinated Conversations with the staff of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

This monthly gathering gives us the time to get to know one another and to learn what is happening in the nonprofit organizations.

Reservations are required.

Nonprofits meet with Foundation monthly at Collaboratory

Meet One of Our In-house Co-Collaborators: Captains for Clean Water

Captains For Clean Water began as a group of local fishing guides that grew increasingly concerned with the state’s water management practices. They banded together to advance education, public awareness and scientifically supported solutions that inform policymakers in order to restore and protect marine ecosystems and water-quality for future generations.

We look forward to them moving into Collaboratory in September.

Click on the image to play a 30 second video about Captains for Clean Water from Captains Chris Wittman, program director and Daniel Andrews, executive director.

Grants Call for Nonprofit Applications Closing

July 31st Deadline

IMPORTANT! The 2019-2020 Community Impact Grants call ends July 31st. Nonprofits are urged to apply and bring their ideas, projects, and programs–both established and new—that are designed to increase the quality of life in sustainable and equitable ways for Southwest Floridians.

Based on the available Field of Interest funds, Community Impact Grants provide funding in the following areas: Animals, Environment, Health & Safety, Education, Arts & Community Culture, and Equity & Empowerment.

Immigration Learning Community Meets Monthly

Immigration learning community meetings provide a special space for organizations to share good practices, challenges, opportunities, stories, collective impact, and resources. Attendees are organizations ranging from health care to human services, attorneys, consultants, local law school, churches, and private citizens concerned with immigrants and refugees in SWFL. The next meeting is August 27 at Collaboratory.

Immigration Learning Community Meets Quarterly

Katie Leone Joins Team as Sustainability Manager

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently welcomed Katie Leone as Impact and Sustainability Manager.

In her new position, Katie works on the Social Innovation & Sustainability (SIS) Team where she will support the development, execution, measurement and reporting of sustainability initiatives including the FutureMakers Coalition.

Her work will center on making complex issues understandable and actionable to assist the foundation and regional partners in improving the quality of life in our region.

Prior to joining the Foundation’s staff, Katie was the Sustainability Manager at Florida Gulf Coast University where she worked across institutional units to bridge educational and operational sustainability goals.

Katie Leone, Sustainability Manager

Donor Advised Funds Are Convenient & Easy Ways to Give

It’s almost as if you had your own personal Foundation

Donor Advised Funds now nationally outnumber all other charitable giving tools while providing significant advantages. We think of the donor advised fund as your personal foundation, your philanthropic checkbook to make grants today.

Donor Advised Funds offer:

  • no start-up cost
  • we organize your giving
  • low administrative fees
  • anonymity
  • fewer restrictions on giving
  • charitable dollars grow tax-free in your fund
  • simple agreement with no legal work required
  • immediate tax benefit

These charitable giving accounts can be created by individuals, families and organizations and offer immediate tax benefit. Donors grow their funds and make grants to a favorite nonprofit organization any time and over time. Simple, affordable and flexible, donor advised funds can be created by gifts of cash, publicly traded and registered stock, mutual funds, whole life insurance policies, real estate, tangible personal property and other assets. Non-cash assets can be transferred to a donor advised fund without taxes, as they are a gift to charity (your fund at the Community Foundation).

Your recommendations help designate grant awards to specific charities. The Community Foundation will also work with you to discuss your goals and identify strategic gift-giving to produce maximum impact. The donor involvement component of these funds often proves perfect for many families who want to instill a spirit of philanthropy for their children and future generations.

To read more, click here, or to start a fund or talk to us about your needs, please click here or call us at 239-333-GIVE.

Author and TED speaker Dan Pallotta to lead Board Training Seminar in November

Tickets Now Available!

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation will bring back nationally renowned author and TED talk speaker Dan Pallotta to town on Saturday, November 2 for a one-day Board training seminar for nonprofit leaders and their board members.

Designed specifically for nonprofit boards, The Bolder Board Training℠ teaches how to work with CEOs to create possibilities for impact.

“This training was so successful last fall and sold out so we wanted to bring Dan back for those that either missed his first visit or previous attendees that want to learn more,” said Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. “This is not a traditional training on governance and finance but a one-day event that is an immersion in possibility and aspiration that positively disrupts traditional ways of thinking. It is part lecture, part workshop.”

The Bolder Board Training℠ will be held at the Community Foundation’s Collaboratory located at 2031 Jackson Street in downtown Fort Myers. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are now being accepted by visiting The cost is $150 per person and tables for four or eight are available for nonprofits. Seating is limited and the event is expected to sell out.

The Foundation In the News


Home Base Warrior Health & Fitness Program
Florida Weekly

by Armando Hernandez

On the battlefield service members are placed in unimaginable situations. Many returning veterans find solace in avoiding these traumatic memories which only exacerbates the intensity, frequency…


Numbers game, education dot to dot game for children, Octopus

CAUSE & EFFECT: Connecting the Dots for Change
as seen in The News-Press

by Sarah Owen

a lineup of nearly identical sea life drawings, one of the pictures seemed a bit out of place. I always looked forward to picking up my youngest child from…




LARC, Inc. unveils Lab for Living this morning to provide a space to train adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Proud of these nonprofit partners and all they do to make our community better for everyone.


Southwest Florida Community Foundation
Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Our ambition is a more vibrant community that will continually address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties in Southwest Florida. We invite you to join our family and invest in the community with us!