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Join us here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening for Collaboratory Chats, short videos from our Foundation team on tips to help during our new work world, information to help keep us informed and safe as we navigate new ways of serving our community.

Collaboratory Chats

Collaboratory Chats wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t look at one of our most popular cause areas – Animals. Our furry and feathered friends help comfort us in difficult times so we dedicate tonight’s message to all of the Animals in SWFL who keep us grounded. Tonight Jennifer from the Gulf Coast Humane Society shares some inside info no what’s happening to keep pets safe and healthy.

Collaboratory Chats

Tonight’s Collaboratory Chats plugs an upcoming peer to peer webinar for nonprofits on how to host a successful virtual event or fundraising gala. Learn how Florida Repertory Theater and Junior Achievement raised big bucks with an online fundraiser and how Collaboratory engaged donors and supporters in some online events. Register here:

Collaboratory Chats

We all experience life’s ups and downs in different ways. The good news is that there is help just a click away with specially trained counselors ready to help. Find out more in tonight’s Collaboratory Chats.

Collaboratory Chats

Isolation is hard on all of us, and tonight we are proud to feature our friends at Florida Blue who will tell us a 24/7 bilingual hotline available connecting you with specially trained counselors. And if you are in need of insurance during this crisis, they have help for that too.

Collaboratory Chats
Apoyo emocional 24/7

El aislamiento es difícil para todos nosotros, y esta noche estamos orgullosos de presentar a nuestros amigos en Florida Blue que nos informarán que hay una línea directa bilingüe disponible las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana, que lo conectará con consejeros especialmente capacitados. Y si necesita un seguro durante esta crisis, ellos también tienen ayuda para eso.

Collaboratory Chats

Check out these Fundraising Tips in tonight’s Collaboratory Chats to remind your donors that there is incentive to give now. Elisa from Markham Norton Mosteller & Wright shares ideas and tips for fundraising during these challenging times.e!

Collaboratory Chats

It’s 90s night! We asked our newest board trustee Malike to lighten things up for us today in Friday’s Collaboratory Chats because we don’t know anyone who is more fun. Malike, of Curate Entertainment, is passionate about mental health, he is an entrepreneur, a soon to be first time father and overall a bright light in our world. We hope his enthusiasm rubs off on you. We will see you at the Virtual Dance Party! Shake it up, y’all!

Collaboratory Chats

In this episode of Collaboratory Chats we welcome a very important international celebrity to share an important message with you about Earth Day. We hope you will listen carefully, we are!

Collaboratory Chats

This is a great time to be preparing for what’s next after COVID. Here are some tips from our friends at Fieldr to refine your resume. And if you are looing for work, while it may not be a dream job or a career job, there are opportunities out in the community! So don’t miss this helpful Collaboratory Chat.

Collaboratory Chats
Fundraising in Unprecedented Times

As nonprofit leaders and fundraising professionals, we are facing unprecedented challenges. In tonight’s Collaboratory Chats, we hear from Allen Abbott, the president of the SWFL chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals with tips and resources available to help guide your next steps.

Collaboratory Chats
Mental Health During Uncertain Times

Mental health isn’t something that happens to you, it’s something that needs constant attention especially during unusual and stressful times. In tonight’s Collaboratory Chats, Mental Health Professional Patty DeVost shares some tips on gauging where you are right now with your mental health and ways to cope, recognizing this sudden disruption.

Collaboratory Chats

Isolation of our senior citizens are a great concern during this COVID quarantine. In tonight’s Collaboratory Chats, Dr. Jaclynn Faffer of the Naples Senior Center presents tactics and tools to connect our treasured older adults in our community. Check out the resources referred to in this program.

Collaboratory Chats

It’s been said that those who adapt, survive. In tonight’s Collaboratory Chats, Jason Teeters of Kinective by Second Muse talks about adaptability and how you can adjust for your business right now. Check out this article  for even more info:  Adaptability_ The New Competitive Advantage.

Collaboratory Chats

It’s springtime in Florida and the weather and water has never been better, join Capt. Daniel Andrews of Captains for Clean Water tonight for Collaboratory Chat on the great outdoors.

Collaboratory Chats

In tonight’s #CollaboratoryChats we hear from Kim Williams, Collaboratory Facilities and Systems Coordinator. on tech tips for a successful Virtual Meeting.

Collaboratory Chats

It’s time for a Teams Huddle. One of our Collaboratory business partners Entech is here tonight to tell you everything you need to know about Microsoft Teams to keep your team connected, and they will feature a livestream webinar tomorrow at 2 p.m. at www.EntechUS/livestream, if you miss it, you can email us at [email protected] for the link. Stay safe!

Collaboratory Chats

In this episode Tessa LeSage shares tips on creating a virtual space for collaboration and staying productive and engaged in virtual meetings.

Collaboratory Chats

In tonight’s #CollaboratoryChats we hear from Alliance for the Arts​’ Lydia Antunes Black​ with some of the best produced information we’ve seen on the CARESAct. Here are the direct links Lydia references:

Collaboratory Chats

Being safe is more than just following CDC rules to avoid the COVID-19, it’s also important in the cyber sense. In this episode of #CollaboratoryChats, we hear from our friends Cigent with tips on keeping safe while working remotely at home and a free offer for 6 months free of protection (go to

Collaboratory Chats

In this episode our President & CEO Sarah Owen shares the latest on the SWFL Emergency Relief Fund and how we can help with the newly passed stimulus package. More info is here.

Collaboratory Chats

To understand the immediate needs of our community, we need your input! On behalf of our regional partners, please share your organization’s needs so we can get information on our Southwest Florida community. The more information, the better.

Collaboratory Chats

There’s something you can do RIGHT NOW to help your community. This episode comes to us from a community advocate who wants to get our community mobilized to help everyone in Southwest Florida in the near future. Take the census!

Collaboratory Chats

In this first episode our President & CEO Sarah Owen stresses connectivity. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation wants to offer resources and support to our nonprofit partners, local entrepreneurs, small businesses. Tune in to social media and our Resources page on our website every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Be well, stay well!

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Here are some tactics to fight fear and gain gratitude brought to us by the Ingenuity Lab. In this episode we hear from Dr. Dave Fleming “Don’t Let Fear Rule the Day.” Tune in for a quick reset.


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It’s not business as usual, especially for our nonprofit partners, local small businesses and entrepreneurs, so we are sharing some tips and tools to help you find efficient and effective ways to stay connected to your team and your supporters. If you have any favorites of your own, please share them with us.   


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Borealis Philanthropy: Disability Inclusion Fund
The Disability Inclusion Fund (DIF) supports U.S. groups run by and for disabled people to lead transformational change. The DIF is launching a $200,000 rapid response fund to provide support for organizations on the front lines that are serving people with disabilities during COVID-19. This will include support for mutual aid, organizing, policy, and systems-change advocacy. Applicants can request a maximum of $15,000 to support their COVID-19 efforts. The application deadline is May 6, 2020. 

Lois Lenski Covey Foundation: Bookmobile Grant Program
The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation is dedicated to advancing literacy and fostering a love of reading among underserved and at-risk children and youth. The Foundation’s Bookmobile Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and its territories that operate a lending bookmobile that travels into neighborhoods populated by underserved youth. These grants, ranging from $500 to $3,000, are for purchasing books published for young people, preschool through grade eight, and cannot be used for administrative or operational uses. Applications may be submitted through September 1st of each year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the guidelines for the Bookmobile Grant Program. 

Environmental Protection Agency Program Supports Environmental Health for Children
The Children’s Healthy Learning Environments Grant Initiative provides capacity building to address children’s environmental health in school and childcare settings. Supported efforts include projects that improve an organization’s long-term effectiveness and sustainability through management practices, implementation, and dedication to achieving results towards children’s environmental health. The application deadline is June 1, 2020. 

Department of Agriculture: Farmers Market Promotion Program
The Farmers Market Promotion Program supports projects that develop, coordinate, and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. The focus is on developing, coordinating, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, online sales, or other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. The application deadline is May 26, 2020. 

Save Small Business 
The Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and its territories. 

Omidyar Network: COVID-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fund 
The Omidyar Network’s COVID-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fund plans to infuse 501(c)(4) funding into national, state, and local advocacy and organizing efforts aimed at passing economic stimulus to address the immediate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on working people.  

Support for Programming to Aid People with Alzheimer’s or Dementia 
The Brookdale National Group Respite Program awards seed grants to service providers that plan to develop new, dementia-specific Group Respite or specialized Early Memory Loss (EML) programming to participants, along with support to caregivers and care partners.  

Youth Soccer Programs Funded Nationwide 
Target Youth Soccer Grants support nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies throughout the United States that have soccer programs serving youth 5 to 18 years old.  

Grants Benefit LGBTQI Organizations 
The Funding Queerly Giving Circle, administered by Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, supports LGBTQI organizations throughout the United States.  

Model Justice Efforts Recognized 
The Foundation for Improvement of Justice works to enhance local, state, and federal systems of justice by rewarding the accomplishments of innovative programs throughout the United States.  

Funds Available to Combat Rural Opioid Use 
The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (Implementation) seeks to reduce the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in high risk rural communities.  

Anti-Gang Efforts Supported 
The Comprehensive Anti-Gang Programs for Youth initiative helps communities develop youth gang intervention or suppression programs that aim to reduce violence.  

Peace Development Fund: De Colores Rapid Response Fund
As the outbreak of COVID-19 presents growing and unprecedented challenges for organizers nationwide, the De Colores Rapid Response Fund offers grants of $500 to $1,000 to grassroots organizations working to make positive community interventions through strategic, organizing-focused approaches, especially in marginalized communities of color and working-class communities. More information on the criteria and application instructions can be found here or by emailing the program coordinator: [email protected] 

Fund for Shared Insight: Listen4Good
Fund for Shared Insight is a funder collaborative working to improve philanthropy by elevating the voices of those least heard. Shared Insight’s signature grantmaking initiative, Listen4Good (L4G), supports nonprofits in implementing high-quality feedback loops, a systematic and rigorous way to listen and respond to the people they serve. To participate in the 2020 co-funded L4G grant round, a nonprofit must be customer-facing, have a minimum annual budget of $500,000, and be nominated by an existing or new funder. Grantees will receive $30,000 over 18 months. Nominating funders agree to contribute $15,000, which is matched by Fund for Shared Insight. The application deadline, recently extended, is July 17, 2020. Visit Shared Insight’s website to learn more about the L4G grant process. 

ELCA Domestic Hunger Grants
ELCA World Hunger is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). ELCA World Hunger’s Domestic Hunger Grants accompany congregations and their partners throughout the United States and the Caribbean as they draw on the strengths of communities to address local issues such as food security, clean water, housing, job readiness, human rights, policy change, leadership development, and more. Together, these ministries are part of a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger—for good. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and be able to demonstrate an established relationship with an ELCA congregation. Organizations may register to apply through May 8, 2020; the application cycle will be open through June 1, 2020. Visit the ELCA website to review the funding guidelines.

Foundation for Financial Planning
The mission of the Foundation for Financial Planning is to help people take control of their financial lives by connecting the financial planning community with individuals and families in need. The Foundation awards grants to community-based organizations and nonprofit organizations nationwide to support the delivery of pro bono financial planning to populations who could not otherwise afford or access financial planning services. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 fund programs helping many diverse groups, including active military members and veterans, people with cancer, seniors and family caregivers, domestic violence survivors, low-income families, etc. Grants are provided to organizations that engage Certified Financial Planner professionals as volunteers, include one-on-one engagements between financial planner volunteers and pro bono clients, and help people in need of financial guidance or in a financial crisis who are underserved by the market and couldn’t ordinarily access quality, ethical advice. Online applications must be submitted by June 1, 2020. Grant guidelines and application information are available on the Foundation’s website. 

Environmental Protection Agency
The Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program supports research, investigation, study, demonstration, education, and training using source reduction approaches to prevent pollution. The focus is on reducing or eliminating pollutants from entering any waste stream or otherwise being released into the environment prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal. The program seeks to improve public health and the surrounding environment by reducing the use of hazardous substances, reducing toxic pollutants, supporting efficiencies in reducing resource use (e.g. water and energy), and reducing business expenditures and liability costs. The application deadline is May 15, 2020. 

Department of Agriculture
The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program supports projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. Priority is given to projects that use direct-to-consumer sales marketing; provide locally or regionally produced fruits and vegetables; have demonstrated the ability to provide services to underserved or economically distressed communities; coordinate with multiple stakeholders, such as farm organizations, nutrition education programs, cooperative extension services, public health departments, private and public health insurance agencies, cooperative grocers, grocery associations, and community-based and non-governmental organizations; offer supplemental services in high-need communities, including online ordering, transportation between home and store, and delivery services; and include food retailers that are open for extended hours and most or all days of the year. The application deadline is May 18, 2020. 

National Restaurant Association Educational Fund Employee Relief Fund (Grants) 
The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have demonstrated being financially impacted by COVID-19, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. These grants will be made on a first-come first-served basis, subject to availability of funds. 100% of the Fund’s proceeds will go to providing grants to restaurant workers. This Fund is operated by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, whose mission is to attract, empower and advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workers. 

Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation
The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation is activating $1.25 million in emergency funding to support organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the health or hunger relief field providing essential services to people impacted by COVID-19.  The Foundation plans to review applications on a rolling basis and approve funding as soon as possible. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $25,000, but larger amounts will be considered. Visit their website to apply. 

Wells Fargo Announces Aid to Communities Impacted by COVID-19 
Wells Fargo & Company announced additional comprehensive steps to help customers, communities and employees grappling with the impact of COVID-19. The company has suspended residential property foreclosure sales, evictions and involuntary auto repossessions. Additionally, the Wells Fargo Foundation will increase its charitable donations to $175 million to help address food, shelter, small business and housing stability, and to provide help to public health organizations. 

Remote health care: The Department of Health and Human Services’ Telehealth Network Grant Program seeks to enhance telehealth networks to deliver 24-hour emergency department consultation services to rural providers without emergency care specialists. The emphasis is on stroke, behavioral health, and emergency medical services. The application deadline is April 13.  

Civic engagement:  Craig Newmark Philanthropies, created by the Craigslist founder, works to advance grassroots organizations that are “getting stuff done” in: trustworthy journalism and the information ecosystem, voter protection, gender diversity in technology, and veterans and military families. Online applications may be submitted at any time.  

Community Organizations Active in a Disaster – Charlotte County Pre-Screening Application 

HUD Provides Immediate Relief for Homeowners Amid Nationwide Coronavirus Response 

  •  These working capital loans are intended to assist small businesses in meeting their financial obligations through the disaster recovery period.
  •  These loans may be used to pay fixed debts (Bridge Loan), payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
  •  The application is available online at
  •  The interest rate for businesses is 3.75% with loan terms up to 30 years.
  •  SBA offers loans with long-term repayments to keep payments affordable for businesses without the financial ability to weather the adverse impacts of COVID-19.

The Applicants may call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomer- [email protected] for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard- of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 18, 2020. Disaster declaration details are at: DeclarationDetails?declNumber=6063372. For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit:

Community Organizations Active in a Disaster – Charlotte County Pre-Screening Application

HUD Provides Immediate Relief for Homeowners Amid Nationwide Coronavirus Response

Remote health care: The Department of Health and Human Services’ Telehealth Network Grant Program seeks to enhance telehealth networks to deliver 24-hour emergency department consultation services to rural providers without emergency care specialists. The emphasis is on stroke, behavioral health, and emergency medical services. The application deadline is April 13.

Civic engagement:  Craig Newmark Philanthropies, created by the Craigslist founder, works to advance grassroots organizations that are “getting stuff done” in: trustworthy journalism and the information ecosystem, voter protection, gender diversity in technology, and veterans and military families. Online applications may be submitted at any time.

Coronavirus IRS Tax Relief
The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. The site has online resources to help taxpayers, guidance, frequently asked questions, and more.

Bank of America Announces Additional Support for Small Business Clients Experiencing Hardship from Impact of Coronavirus
Bank of America announced additional support for small business clients, in response to the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus, through its Client Assistance Program.

Florida Department of Economic Opprtunity Short Time Compensation Program for Employers
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has a Short Time Compensation program available to help small businesses continue to pay workers even with reduced work hours. Application information, eligibility, and program goals are listed on their website.

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans
Provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses recover from declared disasters. Businesses can apply for loans online through a 3-step loan process.



Now more than ever, we need to keep our bodies, hearts and our minds healthy and strong, that’s why we wanted to share some of our team’s favorite practicies with you. Check back often as we are finding new tips and ideas every day.

Online Group Instruction and Practice of Maharishi YogaSM Asanas and PranayamaEvery Friday at 4:00 pm Central Time (60 min.), followed by a 20-minute Online Group Meditation.  Register here (no charge).  Led by Maharishi International University Faculty 

InsightTimer: Free App for Sleep, Anxiety, and Stress 

Brain Integration: Keeping Our Brain Free from the Stress of a Pandemic, A Conversation with Neuroscientist Dr. Frederick Travis (April 19th live webinar, 5:00 pm EDT) To connect with video, click:  To call in and for audio only, dial 929-205-6099 or 253-215-8782, then enter Access Code 177 174 913#   

David Lynch Foundation Mediation Resources 

Meditate Live on Facebook and Instagram This Week at 12 PM EST with Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., MARR.   

NAMI: COVID19 Resource and Information Guide 

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra for Well-Being, Health, and Removal of Obstacles 

Calm Blog: Free Resources to Relax, Meditate, and Sleep 

Home Base Operation [email protected]: Essential Skills for the Mind, Body and Soul

Home Base Nation Podcast


It’s not business as usual, especially for our nonprofit partners, local small businesses and entrepreneurs, so we are sharing some tech tips and tools to help you find efficient and effective ways to stay connected to your team and your supporters. If you have any favorites of your own, please share them with us.