To improve the quality of life in Collier County by connecting donors to community needs and providing leadership on critical community issues. 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.
The Community Foundation celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2015. Today, with generous community support, the Community Foundation oversees more than 510 funds and manages nearly $130 million in assets. We have distributed more than $100 million in grants in our history. Between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, we distributed over $12.7 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 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.