A community that embraces equity and empowerment is one that lives within its means; cultivates collaboration; ensures inclusion; embraces diversity; and provides an equal opportunity to access employment, education, and resources. Equity ensures participation in the political and cultural life of the community and fair access to public resources. It embraces stewardship of our natural resources so they are available to future generations, and recognizes these resources exist not only for the benefit of human beings, but all life forms. It promotes engagement in all facets of society and cooperation for the benefit of the whole, creating a culture of collaboration that encourages innovation, shared accountability, and transparency in our actions. Sustainable communities use their diversity in people, cultures, economies and the natural environment to form an identity, where all residents have access to the tools needed to pursue a desirable quality of life.
by Kara Walter, Development Project Assistant I found myself in a panic two days before a dear friend’s wedding because I did not have a dress to wear! I confess,......Equity & EmpowermentFlorida WeeklyPhilanthopy & Community TrustResources for ChangeNo comment0 Likes
by Anne M. Chernin, MBA, MSW, Director of Client Services JFCS of Southwest Florida Last month I had the opportunity to travel to the University of Florida in Gainesville to......Arts Community & CultureEquity & EmpowermentFlorida WeeklyHealth Safety & AnimalsPhilanthopy & Community TrustResources for ChangeNo comment0 Likes
Grant cycle closes June 29, 2017 The Women’s Legacy Fund (WLF) of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is placing its annual call for grant applications. This year, the WLF will......Economy & JobsEducationEquity & EmpowermentPhilanthopy & Community TrustPress ReleasesResources for ChangeNo comment0 Likes
So many undocumented immigrants—collectively a force in our local economy—could win legal standing here if only they had proper guidance. Activists are working to make that happen....Equity & EmpowermentInspirationsPhilanthopy & Community TrustResources for ChangeNo comment0 Likes
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Catching up with former scholarship recipients who are changing the world. Recently at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation we’ve begun following the lives and successes of the people impacted by our programs. One of our biggest thrills is seeing scholarship recipients earn post-secondary college degrees and certifications and sharing their success stories with our community....Economy & JobsEducationEquity & EmpowermentPhilanthopy & Community TrustPublicationsResources for ChangeNo comment0 Likes
David Rockefeller, who died last week at 101, was a giant among American philanthropists. He continued the tradition of giving that ran from his grandfather, John D., the founder of Standard Oil; through his father, John Jr.; and his oldest brother, John III. In his lifetime, Mr. Rockefeller gave away an estimated $2 billion to organizations, from Harvard and Rockefeller Universities to a “Living Pyramid” made of wild grass and flowers in Queens. “No individual has contributed more to the commercial and civic life of New York City over a longer period of time than David Rockefeller,” Michael R. Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, said in a statement. Click here to read more....Equity & EmpowermentInspirationsPhilanthopy & Community TrustNo comment0 Likes