CFCC Distributes $5.5 million to 40 Give Where You Live Collier Nonprofits

Posted on April 30, 2019

Representatives from the 40 participating Give Where You Live Collier nonprofits display their checks. Photo by Nick Shirghio Photography

 

The Community Foundation of Collier County distributed $5,433,262 in checks to the 40 nonprofits that participated in the 2019 Give Where You Live Collier event at a post-event meeting held at the Community Foundation on April 23. Each nonprofit’s check included matching grant amounts from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and the Community Foundation.

The fifth anniversary of Give Where You Live Collier generated 2,744 donations, including 1394 made online. Online donation amounts rose 26% this year totaling $663,507 vs. $527,501 in 2018. The majority of online gifts were made by donors’ age 65 years and older, making 28% of gifts, out-donating younger age groups by about 10%.  Female donors made 64% of online gifts.

“The Give Where You Live Collier post-event meeting is one of our favorite events because we love to hand out these checks that will make such a big difference in our community,” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County, the organizing agency for the event. “Our nonprofits work very hard to raise awareness for Give Where You Live Collier which helps fund their outreach programs in our community. 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 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 40 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.

2019 Give Where You Live Collier Top Ten Fundraisers

  1. Habitat for Humanity of Collier County – $1,016,151.82
  2. Naples Senior Center at JFCS – $841,896.87
  3. New Horizons of SWFL – $591,842.52
  4. Champions For Learning – $512,368.04
  5. JDRF South Gulf Coast Chapter – $503,892.05
  6. Grace Place for Children and Families – $355,478.73
  7. Greater Marco Family YMCA – $175,814.36
  8. Conservancy of Southwest Florida – $164,249.79
  9. Friends of Foster Children Forever – $151,141.07
  10. Neighborhood Health Clinic – $109,908.05


(Numbers are reflective of matches that were applied after final determinations were made.)

 

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

 

Photo caption: Representatives from the 40 participating Give Where You Live Collier nonprofits display their checks.  Photo by Nick Shirghio Photography