Community foundations across the U.S. have stepped up their response to COVID-19 — creating funds to support those affected and partnering with local governments and health organizations to help contain its spread. As our community’s philanthropic first responder, the Community Foundation of Collier County activated its emergency relief funds to collect donations to aid in Coronavirus relief.
The Collier Comes Together Fund for Coronavirus Relief complements public health officials’ work and expands local capacity to address the outbreak as effectively as possible. Donations to this fund will help us address immediate and long-term needs such as food, medical expenses and supplies, rent, education, technology, and legal assistance.
Thanks to our donors, together, we are making a difference in meeting the critical needs of our community. We will continue to be strategic and proactive about how best to make an impact.
The Collier Comes Together Fund is going strong and enabling great work in our community.
The Community Foundation of Collier County has received $1.87 million in donations to our Collier Comes Together for Coronavirus Relief Fund. Of that, more than 96 percent has been distributed for human services, health, education, and public and societal benefit, including $717,000 granted from CFCC Donor-Advised Funds either through the Collier Comes Together Fund or directly to nonprofits.
We are committed to helping our nonprofits survive during this economically challenging time and have modified our grantmaking process to focus on unrestricted operational grants. We know our local nonprofits who do vital work in our community are reeling from lost income from events and donations, so our new grant process will help keep them afloat.
Over $830,000 in grants for general operating support, programs, and COVID-19 relief to help our nonprofits get back on their feet and continue their fantastic work have been awarded since July 1, 2020 thanks in part to Collier Comes Together funds, Angel Fund Grants, and DAFs, whose donors want to help us fund more grant requests.
Grants were given in arts & environment, education & employment, healthcare & mental health, human services & housing, and to build the capacity of small nonprofits.
While we can’t list them all, several notable grants include:
Audubon of Florida/Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary – $15,000
Avow – $7,000
Cancer Alliance of Naples – $7,000
Coalition of Immokalee Workers – $5,000
FGCU Foundation, Inc. – $5,000
Friends of Foster Children Forever – $15,000
Friends of Rookery Bay – $10,000
Guadalupe Center – $15,000
Grand Piano Series- $1,500
Greater Naples YMCA – $6,000
Habitat for Humanity of Collier County – $5,000
Meals of Hope – $10,000
NAMI of Collier County – $12,000
Naples Therapeutic Riding Center – $15,000
Neighborhood Health Clinic – $10,000
Our Daily Food Pantry – $15,000
STARability – $10,000
The Naples Players – $15,000
Youth Haven – $15,000
Thank you to all who are making these organization-saving grants possible!
Here at CFCC, we focus on the needs of the community without regard to race, religion, education, residency, ethnicity, or gender roles. But philanthropy is not just about funding to promote the welfare of others; it’s also about advocacy and bringing about meaningful change for the greater good. We must do our part to support equal rights, opportunities, protection, and justice — not just in our backyard, but in our nation. Silence is unacceptable.
We know our community is passionate about supporting our area in times of crisis. With the activation of the Collier Comes Together Fund, we can help support our nonprofits who will in turn provide aid to the community.
We want to assure donors that help will reach their intended cause. Too often, crowdsource fundraising sites can be a scam. Please note that the Community Foundation does not accept bitcoin. Any emails stating this are fraudulent. Do not click on donation email links sent on behalf of a third party. Delete the email or report it to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
As the Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, donations are tax-deductible. 100% of all funds will be distributed for Coronavirus relief with no administrative fees.
If you would like to support the Lee County Coronavirus Relief effort, please visit our partners at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.
The Community Foundation of Collier County is not able to directly help individuals but supports our nonprofit partners who do. To learn more about organizations in your community that can offer help, please call 211 or text your zip code to 898211.
We are making plans for our phased reopening starting in July. Rest assured whether we are in the office or working remotely, the CFCC team continues to seamlessly serve our fundholders, donors, nonprofits, and the community in these new and uncertain times.
Please see the staff directory if you wish to reach a certain member of the CFCC team.
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