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  • Our Holiday Gift Guide includes puppies, education, food for families, and mental healthcare and it’s all right here. If you are looking for the perfect gift, search our website to see hundreds of funds and lots of causes that you could give to in honor of a loved one....

  • So much has happened since the Women's Legacy Fund met this past spring at the WLF Contributors Spring Luncheon. To recap: the 2018 Contributors to the Women’s Legacy Fund voted 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 girls. ...

  • 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....

  • We just passed the longest day of the year last week and our team and the recipients of our grants are energized by the summer solstice as evidenced in their work. Our grantee tribe members are busy executing their programs and 135 local students are now preparing for college — all funded by generous foundation donors....

  • 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....

  • As we countdown to Earth Day, our foundation team is all about finding little ways that each of us can help save the planet. We have each made a pledge to do something to use less, save more, conserve, give up or volunteer. So with this, we would like to challenge you to do the same, and we've made it easy by sharing some ideas in a poll on our website....

  • HOME IS WHERE YOUR COMMUNITY IS…. Miami, Mexico City, Washington DC, Michigan, Immokalee, Fort Myers, Naples, LaBelle……. As you will see in Cause & Effect this month, members of my team and I as well as several of our partners have been on the road but we’ve also put out the welcome mat to some special guests visiting our community....

  • Help Us Rearrange the Stars: It's one of our favorite times of the year when our team at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation awards our annual Community Impact Grants to regional nonprofits. It also marks the start of the scholarship application process for students. Thanks to our generous donors, together we are rearranging the stars of local students of promise and providing more opportunity for nonprofits to create change in the region....

  • Milestones like these make us smile Sarah Owen, Pres & CEO Southwest Florida Community Foundation The Women's Legacy Fund is celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary this year. That's 10 years of grants to nonprofits providing education, inspiration and empowerment to women and girls. By working together, WLF contributors have funded programs designed to improve literacy, employment skills, neighborhood services, career planning, mentoring and suicide prevention....

  • Happy "NEWS" Year Perhaps you are still getting used to writing or even saying "2017," but the calendar doesn't wait and things are off to a great start in the community and the Foundation. Check out what's been in the news so far this year:...

  • As we wrap up the year filled with generosity and hard work on the part of all of our supporters, friends, trustees and partners, our team reflects on so much we ALL have to be grateful for. And together we wish you and yours an abundance of peace, love and joy this holiday season. With our eye on the holidays, our team encouraged me to share a piece that will be featured in this week's Florida Weekly (Fort Myers and Bonita Springs issues). To be able to give is such a privilege.... ...

  • It’s so exciting to see our seasonal friends return from their summers up north and out west. With their return, we start to see more and and more happenings in the community. At the Community Foundation, it’s no exception. We are ramping up for our Community Impact Grants review and the Compassionate Shark Tank so we can award resources to our nonprofit partners focused on improving the quality of life in our community. ...