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CAUSE & EFFECT: July – Summer 2018 Issue

CAUSE & EFFECT: July – Summer 2018 Issue

July – Summer 2018 issue

Have I Got a Story for You!

Let’s make that a lot of stories…..we have several a day at the Foundation that I know would interest you! From the stories of our grantees using donor funding to create change in their neighborhoods and communities to topics we explore daily on equity struggles, issues about our environment, safety concerns of our citizens, the health of our animals and so much more.

You can read and watch videos about some of it here in Cause & Effect this month.

And with summer travels and visits with families, we know you have some of your own tales to share. What cause are you working on? Please drop me a line. I appreciate getting caught up on the important things in your lives.

Please reply to this email or email me at [email protected] or just click here.

In Gratitude,

Sarah Owen, President & CEO, Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Click here to watch this short video about this year’s grant to the Education Foundation in Glades County and their AVID Success program.

It’s Our Why – Click Here to Learn More About Our Grants at Work in SWFL

2018 Tribe Stories:

Check Out How Regional Nonprofits are Using Our Grant Money to Create Change in SWFL

The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) About Success program is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills through the use of organizational strategies, tutoring, mentoring, and college/post-secondary education preparation. AVID is a comprehensive system for instructing teachers at all grade levels how to inspire their students to be leaders and achievers, as well as collaborate with others.

This year 20 organizations were awarded nearly $550,000 to execute their very specific plans to solve a problem in our community or cultivate positive change for the region to benefit our neighbors.

To view the short videos, click here and be sure to check back every week all summer long for the series of stories. To review a list of our Field of Interest Fund and Multi-donor Fund grants, click here.

If you are a member of a nonprofit board in Southwest Florida, be sure that you and your fellow board members get your tickets to spend the day with renown Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur Dan Pallotta as he brings his acclaimed training for nonprofit boards to our area. Board members will be seated together.

One of TED Talks’ most viewed presenters on “The Way You Look at Charities is Dead Wrong,” Pallotta will be in the Collaboratory on Saturday, November 3 for a daylong seminar specifically for nonprofit board members and their organization’s leader. Tickets are limited. For more information or reservations, click here.

Nonprofits: Check Out These Capacity Building Resources

The 2018 nonprofit capacity survey is now open!

Each year, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation distributes a capacity survey to nonprofit organizations, their leadership and staff, across Southwest Florida. The survey is a self-assessment instrument that helps nonprofits identify capacity strengths and challenges and establish capacity-building goals. Individual reports are built and shared with each organization that takes the assessment to use as a diagnostic and learning tool that provides a useful framework for measuring growth in capacity over time.

The Foundation team has posted a vast offering of resources on our website for nonprofits to review to help increase capacity in their organizations.

Click here for Nonprofit Capacity Building Resources on the Foundation’s website

Our hope is that nonprofits take the capacity assessment each year to use the results and changes as a catalyst for the organization’s key stakeholders to discuss the capacity of the organization.To take the survey click here.

The outcomes of the past survey reports are now available on our website here.

Nonprofit Capacity Building Resources
Considering the regional areas for capacity growth and organizational scores, nonprofit leaders may want to develop their own internal capacity building strategy. Based on the Nonprofit Capacity Survey results, leaders will find some resources and tools that can help build organizational capacity in each of the capacity areas.

9 Ways Women Can Make the Most of Their Time, Talent & Resources

If you’re interested in discovering your best way to give back personally to your community, you most likely have ideas as well as a lot of questions.

To download this unique paper with local ideas, click below or as always, give us a call!

Women’s Legacy Fund’s Prima Donors Explore Climate Change

The CLEO Institute’s Co-Executive Director & Sr. Climate Change Advisor Yoca Arditi-Rocha spent the evening with the Foundation’s Prima Donors discussing climate change and its effect on women and girls.

Prima Donors are part of the Women’s Legacy Fund who give a one-time gift to the WLF endowment fund. They gather twice a year to explore topics through presentations and after-dinner conversation. If you want more information on the Women’s Legacy Fund and/or becoming a Prima Donor, click here.

For more information on climate change as part of the Foundation’s sustainability plan, click here. And to learn more about the CLEO Institute, visit their website at

Interested in Climate Change? Give to the new SWFL Climate Change Fund by clicking here.

The Collaboratory construction is underway, click the link below to see the latest footageof the construction progress.

Coming in September 2018.

6-month Statements Available for Fundholders
check your mailbox soon, and of course it’s on DonorView

If you have a fund with SWFL Community Foundation or serve as a related party, you will recieve the 6-month statements in early August which will reflect fund activity from January through June.

And, as always, you can get up to the minute fund activity through the DonorView portal. Need more information on how to access your fund? Give us a call or click here to connect with Kathy Edwards.

The Foundation In the News

Looking for Change
as seen in Florida Weekly

My name is Angela Melvin and I am the founder of Valerie’s House, a special place for children in Southwest Florida to connect…


as seen in The News-Press

 work alongside a team member who likes to ask “there are no bad ideas, right?” before she launches into an idea generating session at the office.


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!