08 Aug SWFLCF Inaugural Prima Dinner for Prima Donors
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 6, 2012) – The Women’s Legacy Fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation hosted its “Prima Donors” for the Inaugural Prima Dinner on July 31 at Sweet Melissa’s Café on Sanibel Island. The evening included dinner and conversation with Southwest Florida Community Foundation CEO Sarah Owen and John Talmage, a demographer and expert at The Metropolitan Center of Florida International University.
The group learned about the Community Foundation’s 3D Project: Data. Dialogue. Decisions. which centers around a theme of working regionally to bring increased streams of investors and funding to the Southwest Florida area so nonprofits and funders can work collectively to solve regional challenges.
The dinner marks the first of an ongoing educational dinner series the SWFLCF is providing for Prima Donors who are local women who have contributed $10,000 or more to the Women’s Legacy Fund and are committed to making an impact in their community through charitable giving.
The Women’s Legacy Fund was established in 2007 by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation to enable women in Southwest Florida to direct their giving in focused, strategic ways. The WLF’s mission is to engage women in effecting change in our community through collective philanthropy.
In just five years of existence, the WLF has been able to provide $60,000 in grants to benefit people and communities in Southwest Florida. This year the focus of the WLF is students experiencing homelessness, and the group’s funding will be directed to finding innovative solutions to solve this community issue.
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is celebrating its 35th year of supporting the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Collier counties by connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. The community foundation has provided more than $50 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. During its 2011 fiscal year, the SWFLCF granted more than $3 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts and human services.