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This is My Year

This is My Year

Last week a teammate placed a hand-crafted sign on her desk that read, “this is my year” and I believe her.  She is talented, committed and has some big goals.

January is a month of resolutions, declarations, affirmations and possibilities.  I am encouraged and inspired by the power of words to set new intentions.  Being deliberate about what we want to create, change or accomplish is a road map to achieving goals and dreams.

My colleague’s sign strategically placed between family photos was a reminder that our aspirations and hopes for the new year not only affect us but also everyone in our lives.  As we strive, our families, co-workers and friends are also impacted.

Each day the team at the Foundation meets and connects with donors, philanthropists, community advocates, and residents who have dreams and the desire to create possibilities around the causes they care about.

Whether it’s a grandfather passionate about the environment because he is concerned about the world he is leaving his grandchildren, a survivor of domestic violence standing up a new nonprofit so other women in her situation are supported, or a business owner setting up a scholarship fund providing support for a local student in an effort to pay it forward- they all are making their intentions known.

As we walk into to 2019 together let’s state our dreams and aspirations for our lives and our community.  What would our signs say?  I would love to hear from you at [email protected]

I have a feeling this is going to be our year to create change.

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 $6.8 million in grants and programs to the community. With assets of more than $126 million, it has provided $78.2 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 a satellite office located in LaBelle (Hendry County). For more information, call 239-274-5900 or visit



Sarah Owen
Sarah Owen

Sarah Owen, President & CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, leads a passionate and diverse team dedicated to driving regional change for the common good. The Foundation is committed to engaging the community in conversations and action that creates sustainable positive change and provides the funding to make those changes a reality. More