The fifth anniversary of Give Where You Live Collier generated 2,221 donations, including 1394 made online, and raised a total of $5,464,847—representing a 39% increase over last year’s total of $3,917,731. Hosted by the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Give Where You Live Collier, gave 40 Collier County non-profits a much-needed boost with donations, a $500,000 matching fund and $50,000 in prizes.
Ten prizes of $5,000 each were given out this year to small, medium, and large organizations (size determined by operating budget) in several categories, some by chance and some by the highest amount of online donations made in a certain hour. One surprise gift was given out at the end of the event to the nonprofit that is new to Give Where You Live Collier and brought in the most online donations.
The online giving campaign was designed to transform the way Collier residents think about – and contribute to – local charities. Built upon the idea that everyone can be a philanthropist, this project gave individuals an easy way to support the education and basic needs efforts of 38 nonprofits through a 24-hour, online fundraiser and reminded the community of the importance of making a difference where you live, even if you are a part-time Collier County resident.
“We are awestruck by the donations raised this year –almost $5.5 million for 40 local nonprofits in 24 hours,” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County, the organizing agency for the event. “We are so moved by how our community continues to come together to show their love and support for Collier County. We are incredibly grateful to all the donors and the nonprofits for their hard work and especially thankful to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation for making this event possible for the fifth year in a row.
The ten prizes awarded include:
Happy Hour Prize for the organizations that brought in the most (highest dollar amount) online donations from 4 pm to 5 pm EST on February 20th: Friends of Rookery Bay, Grace Place for Children and Families, and Greater Naples YMCA
Golden Ticket Prize (random drawing): Artis—Naples, Lighthouse of Collier, and NAMI Collier County
Early Bird Prize for organizations that brought in the most (highest dollar amount) online donations from 7 am to 8 am EST on February 21st: David Lawrence Center, Friends of Foster Children Forever, and Greater Marco Family YMCA
Surprise Prize for the new Give Where You Live Collier organization that brought in the most online donations: Naples Botanical Garden
|2019 Give Where You Live Collier Participating Nonprofits|
|Artis-Naples||Habitat for Humanity of Collier County|
|Baby Basics of Collier County||Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida|
|Books For Collier Kids||Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida|
|Champions For Learning||JDRF South Florida Gulf Coast Chapter|
|Charity For Change||Lighthouse of Collier|
|Collier Child Care Resources||Literacy Volunteers of Collier County|
|Collier County Child Advocacy Center of Collier County||Make-A-Wish Southern Florida|
|Collier Harvest Foundation||Meals of Hope|
|Collier Senior Resources||NAMI of Collier County|
|Community Foundation of Collier County||Naples Botanical Garden|
|Conservancy of Southwest Florida||Naples Senior Center at JFCS|
|David Lawrence Center||Neighborhood Health Clinic|
|Friends of Foster Children Forever||New Horizons of Southwest Florida|
|Friends of Rookery Bay||Pace Center for Girls|
|Fun Time Early Childhood Academy||Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee|
|Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples||STARability|
|Grace Place for Children and Families||St. Matthews House|
|Greater Marco Family YMCA||The Salvation Army Naples|
|Greater Naples YMCA||The Shelter for Abused Women & Children|
|Guadalupe Center||Youth Haven|
2019 Give Where You Live Collier Top Ten Fundraisers
1.Habitat for Humanity of Collier County – $939,454.50
2.Naples Senior Center at JFCS – $778,466.74
3.New Horizons of SW FL – $540,665.67
4.Champions For Learning – $473,488.33
5.JDRF South Gulf Coast Chapter – $464,600.00
6.Grace Place for Children and Families – $327,322.00
7.Greater Marco Family YMCA – $155,334.55
8.Conservancy of Southwest Florida – $150,130.00
9.Friends of Foster Children Forever – $137,945.00
10.Neighborhood Health Clinic – $99,825.00
(Numbers are not reflective of the match that will be applied after final determinations have been made)
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 $178 million in assets and has distributed more than $137 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.