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Cause & Effect: March 2015

Cause & Effect: March 2015

March 2015

Our March e-newsletter – and time marches on!

We have had so much going on at the Community Foundation this winter season, if we have missed you in March, we hope you will join us for some April activities highlighted here, or you can always check out our website’s Event Calendar.

April Roundtables

Please join Sarah Owen and several other community leaders

for a roundtable discussion about

The New Philanthropy

and a private briefing on our work in the community and its regional impact

Your choice of dates:

Wednesday, April 15th

12noon to 1pm

The SWFL Community Foundation Office

8771 College Parkway, Suite 201

Fort Myers, FL 33919

Wednesday, April 29th

4pm to 5pm

The SWFL Community Foundation Office located on Sanibel Island

455 Periwinkle Way

Sanibel, FL 33957

Click here to RSVP or please call 239-274-5900

Please note this is not a fund raising appeal

WLF Spring Luncheon  for Contributors Only 

Thursday, May 14
Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club

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

FutureMakers Coalition Launched 
National recognition, support from Lumina Foundation

More than 80 business, government, education, workforce and economic development leaders joined together this month to launch a regional cohort, FutureMakers Coalition.

The goal of the FutureMakers Coalition is to increase the number of people in Southwest Florida with high-quality degrees, certificates, and other credentials to 40 percent by the year 2025.

“Currently 27 percent of the workforce in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties has some sort of post-secondary degree,” said Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, the Coalition’s backbone organization. “With targeted funding, legislation and uniting groups around the same goal, we expect to be able to meet this milestone by 2025.”

Click here to read more and to see photo from the FutureMakers Rally held recently.


Women’s Legacy Fund

We Invite You to Become Part, Renew & Save the Date


It’s that special time of year to focus on identifying the cause areas for the Women’s Legacy Fund 2015 grant.

Be sure to have a “voice in the choice” and become a contributor, or renew your support by May 1.

Watch for your invitation for the Contributors-Only Spring Luncheon

Thursday, May 14

Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club

We will dive deeper with discussion into the areas affecting women and children in the region for grant consideration from the collective philanthropy of women.

Click here to contribute today!

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Non-profit Regional Road Trip


Our team of program evaluator, writer and photo/videographer visited with five of our 15 nonprofit 2015 Community Impact grantees to meet with their end-users and to see how the grant money is working toward the nonprofits’ program goals.

Check out their stories and watch the short videos to get to know the nonprofits a little better.

Click here


Scholarship Season, oh my!


Just like spring, the Community Foundation’s scholarship season has sprung. This year’s cycle has attracted an unprecedented number of 1,212 applications for the nearly $500,000 in awards. More than 100 volunteer readers are working on their evaluations, due by April 10. If you are interested in helping, please contact Melanie Holaway, scholarship coordinator, by clicking here

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Art Blooms in Community Hub



The Fort Myers Art League hosted more than 60 guests at the March 26 Art & Community Reception. The Women’s Legacy Fund contributors and friends enjoyed a screening of Hardy, in partnership with the Fort Myers Film Festival, at the Bell Tower Cinema, and the prima donors welcomed Heather “the Heat” Hardy for a private screening, along with the documentary film’s director Natasha Verma included a Q&A led by Stephanie Davis.

Wait, there’s more! Please save the date April 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. for the Pan American Alliance and Naples Art Association Reception celebrating their show to be featured in the Foundation’s Community Hub throughout the month of April.


Safe Streets – We are Advocates!


Getting to our office, the beaches, or the ball park on safe streets has been a hot topic of conversation thanks to the News-Press. Check out more on that from reporter Janine Zeitlin and a guest editorial from our President & CEO Sarah Owen.

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