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Southwest Florida Community Foundation grants $539,000 to local nonprofits in annual Community Impact Grants

Southwest Florida Community Foundation grants $539,000 to local nonprofits in annual Community Impact Grants

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has awarded   $539,582.58 to both established and new programs that are designed to increase the quality of life in sustainable and equitable ways for Southwest Floridians.

Twenty local nonprofits were granted money from the community foundation’s available Field of Interest funds, as well as individual and corporate donations resulting from foundation’s Compassionate Shark Tank audience.

The nonprofits include: Center for Progress and Excellence, Florida Gulf Coast University and the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, Florida Department of Health in Charlotte, Family Health Centers of SWFL, Valerie’s House, Keep Lee County Beautiful, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Gulf Coast Partnership, Keiser University, Glades Education Foundation, Women’s Foundation of SWFL, Legal Aid Services of Collier County, Capital Good Fund, The Heights Center, Lee County Alliance for the Arts, Jewish Family and Community Services, Family Initiative Incorporated, LARC Inc.  and Lee County Domestic Animal Services.

Some examples of the regional funding include:

  • Development of a mental health clinic for low income and traditionally underserved families
  • Support of a cancer research program by college students
  • Support of dental sealant program for kids’ dental health
  • Support of mobile health clinic on wheels to take medical and dental care to low income rural communities
  • Establishment of a program to stop abuse of opioids in families, helping families cope with the loss of a parent or child from this epidemic
  • Support of planting 10,0000 mangrove propagules along the shorelines, many to replace the mangroves destroyed from Hurricane Irma
  • Establishment of a science summer camp for girls assessing change in environment in SWFL
  • Hiring of an autism navigator to help families find the help needed upon diagnosis
  • Support of an equitable financial services program to help low or constrained income families access loans for vehicles, immigration expenses and to provide families with an ability to gain credit
  • Support of multiple arts and cultural activities in the Harlem Heights community for all ages
  • Support of access to the arts for underserved African American communities starting in Dunbar with a theatre arts program
  • Support of a respite services program for caregivers of persons with dementia
  • Initiation of an animal bite prevention program

To review the details of the grants, please visit floridacommunity.com/portfolio/community-impact-grant/

“We are so pleased to welcome this amazing group of nonprofits to our 2018 Tribe,” said Sarah Owen, Southwest Florida Community Foundation president and CEO. “These relationships are true partnerships and we are grateful to our donors that make these grants possible. Generous people who care deeply about the region want to be certain that nonprofits serving their causes have the resources they need to create change and opportunity in Southwest Florida.”

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 $5.4 million in grants and programs to the community. With assets of $115 million, it has provided more than $71 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. Currently, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s regional headquarters are located off College Parkway in South Fort Myers, with satellite offices located on Sanibel Island, in LaBelle (Hendry County) and downtown Fort Myers.

For more information about the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, call 239-274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com.

Southwest Florida Community Foundation
Southwest Florida Community Foundation

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