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March 2019 issue

Springing Into Action

Spring has definitely sprung at the Foundation and we are seeing lots of action and collaboration happening in our region. This season we partnered with our Midwestern friends from the Battle Creek Community Foundation for a reception and luncheon for those who winter in Florida. In April we will gather our Women’s Legacy Fund Contributors at our annual luncheon, finalize the Scholarship Recipient reviews, and host literally hundreds of other meetings and events in our space, Collaboratory.

We keep an active calendar so please keep an eye out for something that interests you. We look forward to seeing you in Collaboratory.

In Gratitude,


Sarah Owen, President & CEO, Southwest Florida Community Foundation

WLF Contributors are our complimentary guests. Already a Contributor? Click here to RSVP to attend.

Women’s Legacy Fund Contributors Luncheon is April 12 at Collaboratory

There is still time to give!

The 2019 WLF Contributors Luncheon will feature an in-depth discussion on the focus area of our first multi-year grant award: access and attainment for education opportunities for women and girls in healthcare.

We have planned a working luncheon with a presentation of
research on the latest statistics on women in the workforce in Southwest Florida followed by a panel of regional women spearheading programs offering educational opportunities to women. We will also enjoy meaningful table conversation led by a facilitator. The format will allow Contributors to review and discuss this topic deeper as a group of collective philanthropists.

Nonprofits: Lee County Arts & Attractions Marketing Grant Opens in April

Application Workshop is Required

Nonprofits interested in applying for the Lee County TDC Arts & Attractions Marketing Grant must attend the Application Workshop and register by April 12. Workshops will be held April 12 and 19, 3 to 5 p.m. at the County Administration Building.

New Website Tools to Connect Us to a Sustainable Community

Check out the Cause icons for more information on our impact areas and how we hope to affect and measure sustainable change


The Southwest Florida Community Foundation understands that working toward a more sustainable future in our region is a powerful tool in efforts to protect and enhance our quality of life. It is also true that global change starts at the local level, magnifying the importance of our success right here in Southwest Florida.

Sustainability is at the center of everything we do. Please check out how we are measuring and affecting regional change for the common good.

Peter Ocsody Joins Foundation Team

Entrepreneur joins non-profit as Chief Strategy & Operations Officer

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has named Peter Ocsody as its Chief Strategy and Operations Officer.

An avid entrepreneur and an educator of entrepreneurship, for the past five years Ocsody has been working with the Foundation and the FutureMakers Coalition’s guiding team on various projects as well as providing workshops to its staff and its non-profit tribe members.

In his new role as the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, he is responsible to assess, formulate and execute various organizational changes in order to prepare the foundation for its next phase of growth. For more information on Peter, click here.

Michiganders Connect at Foundation Luncheon

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation hosted friends from the Battle Creek Community Foundation for the Inaugural C3 Luncheon, Calhoun County Connections.

If you or someone you know are new or seasonal residents to Southwest Florida from Michigan and specifically Battle Creek or Kalamazoo areas, let us know so we can invite you next year! We are saving the date February 28, 2020.

Bonita Springs Community Advisory Committee Awards Grants

The committee awarded grants to two nonprofits serving the specific needs of Bonitians. Bonita Wonder Gardens, Inc. received $15,000 and Bonita Springs Concert Band, Inc. received $9,000. For more information on the grants programs, click here.

Sarah Owen, Dan Pallotta, Scott Fischer

Bolder Boards Training Continues with Dan Pallotta Revisit in May

As an extension of the Bolder Board TrainingTM, Dan Pallotta will be back in Collaboratory on Saturday, May 18 exclusively for the attendees of the November workshop. If you attended the training in November and would like to attend this follow up training, please click here.

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The Foundation In the News


Not All Flat Tires Are Created Equal
as seen in Florida Weekly

by Sarah Owen

The wheel starts shaking, the car slows down, rubber is flying, and it takes just a few seconds to realize that an extended stop on the side of the road…



CAUSE & EFFECT: Go Slow to Go Fast
as seen in The News-Press

by Sarah Owen

The first cup of my vacation coffee was bitter and full of grounds. As my family planned a week of high adventure, going as fast as they could down mountains,……..




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