What Do We Do?

We collaborate. We convene. We connect.


Working with donors, we inspire ideas, ignite action, and mobilize resources to address community needs in Collier County. For Good. Forever.


The Community Foundation was incorporated in 1985 by local visionaries who believed that a community foundation in Naples, like foundations in other cities across the country, could help charitable-minded people create legacies for the immediate and future needs of the area.

William Oberhelman, a retired businessman from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Donald T. Franke, a well-known Naples attorney, combined resources and formed a Board of like-minded citizens and raised $300,000 to fund the fledgling organization’s permanent charitable endowment. Bill Oberhelman was named executive director and Don Franke continued as chairman of the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Their dedicated efforts in the early years of the Foundation ensured a perpetual source of income to meet the ever-changing needs of Collier County.

Growing For Good – In Good Company

The Community Foundation celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2015. Today, with generous community support, the Community Foundation oversees more than 750 funds and manages $224 million in assets.   We have distributed more than $184 million in grants and scholarships in our history. Between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, we distributed $35 million to nonprofit organizations and community programs.

All community foundations share the common goal of serving donors, nonprofit organizations, and the community as a whole. We are designed to pool charitable donations into a coordinated investment and distribute scholarships and grants dedicated to a positive change of a particular county or region. Community foundations are a global phenomenon with 1500 existing around the world that manage over $40 billion in assets. Over 750 community foundations exist in the United States.

Community Needs Assessment

We heard you, Collier! You wanted to know more about the needs in our community and what we can do to improve. The result was a year-long community needs assessment study (CNA) project initiated by the Community Foundation and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. The results offer a portrait of Collier County and the needs of its residents by presenting data on demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, as well as an appraisal of economic, physical, service, and social environments.

The CNA also moves beyond specifics to provide a broader analysis regarding foundational issues that impact the quality of life and assets found within the county.

This survey report was created because we know you care about needs in our community and how we can meet them—whether you call Collier County home seasonally or year-round.

Click here to view, download or print the report and learn what is working, what isn’t, and how we can improve.

Click here to view, download or print the executive summary

Click here to view, download or print the appendix report

You Make A Difference…We Make It Easier

What We Offer

  • Personalized service – We make giving easy, flexible, and effective, accepting a wide variety of gifts, including cash, stocks, property, bequests, and more. Donors can leave personal legacies by establishing a charitable fund in their name or the name of a loved one, and they can be personally involved in recommending the uses of their gift.
  • Local expertise – Our staff has an in-depth understanding of the issues, opportunities, and resources that shape your community. We can help donors learn more about the nonprofit agencies and the programs that impact the areas that donors care about most.
  • Community leadership – We invest in the long term and bring people and organizations together, convening diverse voices to address local issues and needs. Our business is community building.