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CAUSE & EFFECT: May 2018 Issue

CAUSE & EFFECT: May 2018 Issue

May 2018 issue

What Do Scholars, Veterans, Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Nonprofits and a Ted Talker Have in Common?

Scholars, veterans, entrepreneurs and philanthropists have been hard at work in the region these past few months creating exciting progress in the areas of scholarship funding, and designing pitches for new business ideas for Southwest Florida as you will see in this issue of Cause & Effect.

Additionally, our nonprofit grantees have been focused this year on creating change in our region with grants received by the Foundation and its donors. Please follow our News blog this summer as 20 of our nonprofit grantees share their stories through the Foundation’s Florida Weekly column.

We will also be bringing you their stories via video after our visits with them all this year. Stay tuned to be inspired.

In Gratitude,

Sarah Owen, President & CEO, Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Foundation to Host Dan Pallotta and Bolder Board Training this Fall – register now!

Register today! Nonprofits boards will be seated together. 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.

$761,650 Awarded in Scholarships

The future in Southwest Florida just got brighter with 135 students who were just awarded over $760,000 in scholarship funding from donors of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

Ranging from studies in law, medicine, communications, and more to technical school programs that prepare students for careers needed in Southwest Florida, the scholarship program is supporting our future generation.

We offer a great big THANK YOU to our volunteer reviewers who help us with this difficult task of evaluating applications, and of course to the donors who made it all possible.

To review the list of recipients, click here and to find out more about establishing a fund, click here or give us a call!

Click here to see photos of the Scholarship Reviewer Reception

Dr. Sandra Kauanui, Veteran Alexandria White, Bobby Carbonell (Director, Veterans Florida) James Sampey (Chair, Veterans Florida) at the Compassionate Shark Tank for Veterans on April 28

Frank Stern Compassionate Shark Tank for Veterans Awards Entrepreneurs at FGCU

The FGCU Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program participants pitched their business ideas at the Emerging Technology Institue recently during the Frank Stern Compassionate Shark Tank for Veterans. Named after a WWII Veteran and Southwest Florida Community Foundation fundholder the late Frank Stern, the winners are sharing $81,000 in start-up funding, along with bragging rights.

The top two participants from this competition will be heading to Tampa on June 2nd for the “Vetrepreneur Battle of the Pitches.”

Grant Cycle to Open June 1st

Nonprofits leaders take note!

The Foundation’s Community Impact and Women’s Legacy Fund grant cycle will launch earlier and be open longer this year.

The web portal opens June 1 and will close July 31.

The funding will be awarded six months after the application deadline, so be sure to plan for that in your LOI development.

Mark your calendars now and start thinking about 2019! What change will you create with this year’s ideas? For more information, click here.

If you haven’t registered your nonprofit on our website, be sure to do that now here.

The Foundation In the News


as seen in Florida Weekly

I have never eaten a soufflé. In the scheme of things, it is not a big deal but recently I saw the offering on a menu and began to consider why I had never tried this culinary classic.



as seen in The News-Press
Can you imagine standing up on stage in front of a large rowdy crowd and reading excerpts from your childhood diary?



WORKFORCE:Check out today’s The News-Press (Fort Myers and Cape Coral) for an update on workforce in the making and the Foundation’s role as the backbone organization for the FutureMakers Coalition.


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