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For the past year I have been wearing a simple gold ring in the shape of a circle.  It isn’t an infinity sign, but the continuous circle serves as a...

For nearly 30 years a woman I never met has been whispering in my ear every time I sit down to write.  Sometimes she shows up in everyday conversations as...

  Over the holidays a friend stopped by with a fresh baked cherry pie – so fresh it was still steaming from her oven. Standing there on our doorstep three days...

The woman sat awkwardly on the folding chair outside the dark office of a small business, continually checking the posted hours of operation and the calendar housed on her phone. Without...

120 people from 32 nonprofits from throughout Southwest Florida gathered on Saturday, Nov. 3 for Dan Pallotta's Bolder Board Training at Collaboratory located in midtown Fort Myers. The event was...

by Gina Frazier, iWill Mentorship The youth’s eyes glistened with tears as he passed me in the hallway.   Fearing the worst, I hesitantly asked “how’d it go?”  He smiled ear to...

by Dr. Debra Mathinos, The Heights Foundation Fifty-six year old Roderick Lee has a past he isn’t proud of, but he’s not shy about saying so.  Since 2010 he has been unemployed. ...

by Janelle Beaber, Director of Project Advancement, New Mission Systems International Two years ago, New Mission Systems International was opening The Fig Leaf Boutique, an upscale, second hand clothing and furniture...

This summer, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is spotlighting the nonprofit organizations funded through the 2016 competitive grant cycle.  We have asked our 2016 grantees to send us their stories. ...

Over the past few weeks I have been telling anyone who will listen that it’s great to be 40…again! Those that know me roll their eyes while those who don’t are...

Something special happens when we get together with friends who share a long and common history.  It might be high school teammates, college roommates or colleagues we worked with building...

What's Your Word? Every week we will feature one of our Faces of Philanthropy in honor of the Foundation's 40th anniversary. Everyone has something to share in our community. Please engage...