Community Foundation of Collier County & Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to Host Fourth Annual Giving Day

Posted on January 9, 2018

The Community Foundation of Collier County has partnered, once again, with the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to host the fourth annual giving day in Collier County. Give Where You Live Collier, to be held noon February 21 through 11:59am on February 22, 2018, is an effort to give 38 Collier County basic needs and education non-profits a much-needed boost with donations and a $400,000 matching fund from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and a $100,000 match from the Community Foundation.

The online giving campaign is designed to transform the way local residents think about – and contribute to – Collier County charities. Built upon the idea that everyone can be a philanthropist, this project affords individuals a simplified means of supporting the education and basic needs efforts of 38 nonprofits through a 24-hour, online fundraiser and reminds the community of the importance of making a difference where you live, even if you are a part-time Collier County resident.

“Last year’s Give Where You Live Collier event was a huge success – raising over $4 million in 24 hours. We are so grateful to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation for enabling us to continue this highly anticipated giving event again this year,” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County, the organizing agency for the event. “Give Where You Live Collier makes it easy to participate so that everyone has the chance to make a difference in our community, whether you call Collier County home seasonally or year-round.”

With a focus on making giving fun and easy, Give Where You Live Collier participants will use social, print and broadcast media, as well as word of mouth. The aim is to give each organization a voice and a face, thereby raising their community visibility. Give Where You Live Collier will culminate in a coordinated local day of giving effort when donors visit GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org and give to any or all of the 38 nonprofits that have been chosen to participate.

Mary Beth Geier, Florida Regional Director, for the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation – co-sponsor and generous matching donor for Give Where You Live Collier – explained the Schulze family’s interest in sponsoring this important event: “There are a tremendous number of fantastic, non-profit organizations within Collier County that are working together in a collaborative fashion to serve the people in our community. These efforts were quite evident as organizations and people came together to serve others during Hurricane Irma. Yet, even with those concentrated efforts, there are still people who remain hungry and in need of clothing and shelter. Likewise, as our community grows, so does the need for high-quality early childhood hood, educational and after-school programs for children and their families. Therefore, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation is excited, once again, to partner with the Community Foundation of Collier County to raise awareness, and funds, for the amazing work being done by so many non-profit organizations! We look forward to working with all the organization involved in Give Where You Live, as we continue to make Collier County a wonderful place to live, work and play – for all individuals in the county!”

2018 Give Where You Live Collier Participating Nonprofits
Baby Basics of Collier County Habitat for Humanity Collier County
Books for Collier Kids Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida
Champions For Learning Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida Foundation
Charity For Change, LLC JDRF South Gulf Coast Chapter
Collier Child Care Resources Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Collier County Child Advocacy Council, Inc. Lighthouse of Collier, Inc.
Collier Harvest Foundation Literacy Volunteers of Collier County
Collier Senior Resources Make-A-Wish Southern Florida
Community Foundation of Collier County Meals of Hope
Conservancy of Southwest Florida NAMI of Collier County
David Lawrence Center for Mental Health Naples Senior Center at JFCS
Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled Neighborhood Health Clinic
Friends of Foster Children Forever New Horizons of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Friends of Rookery Bay Pace Center for Girls
Fun Time Early Childhood Academy Pathways Education Center of Immokalee
Grace Place for Children and Families St. Matthew’s House
Greater Marco Family YMCA The Salvation Army of Naples
Greater Naples YMCA The Shelter for Abused Women & Children
Guadeloupe Center Youth Haven

About the Community Foundation of Collier County
The Community Foundation of Collier County is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization, established in 1985 to increase and focus private philanthropy in the area. Today, the Community Foundation of Collier County manages more than 700 funds, collaborates with more than 400 nonprofits, holds almost $170 million in assets and has distributed more than $130 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs since its inception. The Community Foundation of Collier County is one of Florida’s fastest growing community foundations. For good. Forever. Learn more at cfcollier.org or call 239-649-5000.

About the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation was founded in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, as a way to give back to the community. Schulze and his family believe that a good education, a supportive family, and a strong work ethic prepare children for a successful future. To support that belief, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation supports education and basic human services, among other types of organizations. It is the vision of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to connect in a meaningful way with grantees to make strategic contributions that achieve specific, measurable outcomes.