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Community Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Fund to hold Fall breakfast

Community Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Fund to hold Fall breakfast

$30,000 Grant Check to be presented to help women with education for a career in healthcare

The Women’s Legacy Fund (WLF) of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation will hold its 2018 Fall Breakfast for Contributors and Friends on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

The event is being hosted by the I Will Mentorship Foundation and will be held at 3903 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Fort Myers. The cost is $20 per person. Prima Donors are complimentary.

In addition to breakfast, the event will include facility tours, a program and interviews with students from I Will Mentorship, a foundation that empowers youth to make positive life choices through Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Math (STEAM) based learning and evidence based mentoring programs focused on increasing academic achievement, strengthening community and providing exposure to opportunities to improve socioeconomic mobility.

The WLF will also present their 2018 grant check to the Career Pipeline for Women in Health Care program, a program focused on enrolling women in underserved and underemployed communities in health science education programs at the two Lee County technical colleges, Fort Myers Technical College and Cape Coral Technical College. The 2018 Contributors to the Women’s Legacy Fund voted in the spring to design a multi-year grant process in which a three-year partnership would form with an organization that would satisfy the chosen cause area: Increase access and attainment to educational opportunities for women and girlsThis inaugural year for the Fund’s first three-year grant and partnership is the largest grant to date at $30,000.

The Women’s Legacy Fund is a group of women who combine their contributions in this collective philanthropy initiative to foster the immersion of women in philanthropy and develop the region’s next philanthropic leaders.

Since its inception, the WLF has been able to provide more than $200,000 in grants to benefit people and communities in Southwest Florida including this year’s grant of $30,000. Currently, the Fund has $860,670 in endowment that will continue to help fund local issues now and in the future.

Contributors to the WLF give a minimum of $250 each year ($100 for women younger than 25). The first half of contributions is pooled for the purpose of immediate annual grants, while the second half is pooled into the WLF’s endowment fund which provides additional grants to be made both now and in years to come. Prima Donors are local women who have contributed $10,000 or more to the WLF endowment and are committed to making an impact in their community through charitable giving.

To attend please RSVP by October 10 and purchase tickets, please visit and click on the Quick Link on the home page, or contact Sydney Roberts at (239) 274-5900 or [email protected]


About the Southwest Florida Community Foundation
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Foundation partners with individuals, families and corporations who have created more than 400 philanthropic funds. Thanks to them, the Foundation invested $6.3 million in grants and programs to the community. With assets of more than $126 million, it has provided $79.9 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves since inception. The Foundation is the backbone organization for the regional FutureMakers Coalition and Lee County’s Sustainability Plan. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s regional headquarters are now located in the historic ACL Train Depot at Collaboratory in downtown Fort Myers, with satellite offices located on Sanibel Island, in LaBelle (Hendry County). For more information, call 239-274-5900 or visit


Carolyn Rogers
Carolyn Rogers