Recent Grants & Outcomes



Recent Grants from the




Tracking the Success of Our Grantmaking

Like all local grantmakers, we want to maximize the impact of our grant dollars to support the changing needs in our community.

The CHANGING NEEDS FUND was established in 1985 by a group of local citizens in Collier County to provide grants to nonprofits for the emerging and changing needs in our community.  Individuals, families and community groups can contribute directly to the FUND, or for $10,000 or more, they can create their own Named Fund for community grantmaking.

Grants from the CHANGING NEEDS FUND are recommended by the Foundation’s staff and committees.  They determine the community’s most pressing needs through research, recommend funding for needed programs and evaluate the impact of those grants in order to know if we made a difference.

During the past three years, The Foundation has granted more than $1 million from the CHANGING NEEDS FUND to organizations serving Collier County. Some grantees recently visited by members of our Performance & Outcomes Committee are below:



Funded Program: The Gargiulo Education Center develops educated and confident students within the Naples migrant community Afterschool Enrichment program for students of migrant families.  They provide academic programming that complements the public school curriculum, in addition to a variety of enriching out-of-school content and activities.  The Community Foundation granted $10,000 to add a new S.T.E.A.M. enrichment program.  The Community Foundation grant dollars will be used to cover the costs of program staff, equipment, and consumables.


One Year Later: Currently, all 60 children enrolled are participating in the year-long program. Due to the need of the students participating,  a grant from the Education Fund also provided needed technology in the classroom.

Funded Program:  STARability Foundation (formerly known as Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled) was granted $7,500 from the Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits, (a Field of Interest Fund of CFCC), to support their Trailblazer Academy. The academy offers a structured, full-time, daily program for developmentally disabled individuals that includes job preparation, vocational training, finance skills, nutrition education, and independent living skills. Participants develop workplace skills through direct community-based training leading to internships and employment, and possible independent living.


One Year Later: The number of clients served has increased to 28 from the initial goal of 10.  The waiting list has also grown to 37 for a total of 65 students that need services. All clients have made improvements in preparing for independent living, and three individuals have achieved independent living.


Funded Program:  A grant of $15,000 helped to expand needed behavioral health services at Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HCN). HCN will provide additional mental health services to at-risk populations to address the growing mental health concerns in children and adolescents.  They are also expanding their services and fostering new partnerships with a number of local organizations to create a safety net for at-risk populations in Collier County.

One Year Later: The grant helps serve adults lacking personal resources or insurance needed to receive behavioral health services.  These typically involve $50-$200 expenditures that are best provided within hours or a day or two of the initial diagnosis. The staff has increased from 2 to 13 professionals. The program is expected to well exceed the initial 100 adult goal.


Funded Program: A grant of $11,000 to The Immokalee Foundation supports the Immokalee Readers Program. Designed to target the bottom 17% of student readers and complement the reading instruction students receive during their regular school day, this program matches high school-aged tutors with elementary age children to provide intensive and enjoyable reading lessons that ensure that all students are reading on grade level by the third grade. High school tutors have shown improvements in overall reading proficiency as well.


One Year Later: 64% of students ended the year reading at their grade level and maintained their reading level over the summer. All of the students have shown measurable improvement in reading and literacy.

Funded Program: The Naples Senior Center at JFCS received a $15,000 grant to expand its Dementia Respite Support Program. The program offers seniors, who are experiencing memory loss, with cognitive stimulation, social activities and physical exercise with licensed personnel.  It also gives their caregivers free time for household chores, personal appointments, shopping, etc.  The grant will expand the number of respite support groups from four to eight, with two 4-hour sessions per week, 52 weeks per year for 120 clients and their caregivers.


One Year Later:  86% of the participants have shown less agitation and 98% of the caregivers report that the group has had a positive impact on their lives.

Funded Program:  A $13,000 grant to the Naples Art Association helped launch SOARing through the Arts, a year-long program of free, participatory art instruction to six collaborating nonprofits serving under-served populations in Collier County.


The funds will offer 200 students the opportunity to participate in clay, painting, felting, mixed media and photography classes. Eighteen unique opportunities vary from one-day workshops to four-week classes to be offered to six different organizations.

One Year Later: Over 230 hours of instruction has been completed by six professional teaching artists. Starting in the spring of 2018, classes will be offered at the Judy Sullivan Center in East Naples and in the fall classes will start at two of the counties community centers.




Funded Program: Residential Options of Florida, Inc. (ROOF) received $10,000 from the Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits to create a Supported Living Program for individuals with disabilities.


Currently, there are no permanent supportive housing units in Immokalee designed for individuals with developmental disabilities allowing them to live independently. ROOF proposes to create Immokalee’s first supported living home. The staff finds and qualifies tenants, helps them secure needed services, communicates and encourages participation in activities in the community and conducts regular home visits. In addition, staff completes all paperwork for compliance with regulatory agencies and funders, collects rent, issues rent receipts, and manages maintenance requests.

One Year Later: ROOF recently bought a three bedroom, single-family home in Immokalee built in 2017. They are currently retrofitting the home to make it wheelchair accessible and have identified three residents who have developmental disabilities.





Funded Program:  The Salvation Army (TSA) received $19,000 for Year Two of their pilot Preventing Homelessness Program. The goal of this program is to stabilize their clients’ housing situation by providing rental assistance and other resources, to avoid homelessness. The average one-month rent is approx. $1,200-$1,400. 


One Year Later: During the first year of the pilot program, 12 households were helped out of 289 applications.  90% are still in their home and paying their bills. Year 2, thus far, has served 11 households at $1,049 per household.

  Funded Program: The Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) received $15,000 to help expand riding time for its therapeutic riding program. NTRC provides programs to hundreds of adults with behavioral disorders, physical limitations, mental illness as well as at-risk children. It is home to eleven therapy horses, a therapeutic riding center, advanced therapeutic riding programs.  The grant will help NTRC expand therapy sessions from 30 to 45 minutes, offer concurrent lessons, add two PATH-certified instructors and add two volunteer coordinators


One Year Later:  70% of riders evaluated maintained or improved their overall social, communication and motor skills. NTRC has grown from serving four participants in 1999 to more than 700 in 2017.

Funded Program: The United Arts Council of Collier County received $11,625 to help support an  Arts & Economic Prosperity Impact Study for Collier County, conducted by Americans for the Arts. The Study will specifically identify the economic impact on communities based on spending by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences.


One Year Later: Impact Study provides a baseline for measuring the current economic value of the Arts in Collier County. The study found that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $107.7 million industry in Collier County supporting 2,923 full time equivalent jobs and generating $10.8 million in local and state government revenue. Communities that support arts & culture are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and is the cornerstone of tourism.

Funded Program: $11,000 to United Cerebral Palsy  (UCP) of SWFL to support their Meaningful Day Program. This program provides physical, emotional, and intellectual stimulation to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities 253 days per year. UCP of SWFL is the only program in Collier County that does not require 100% private pay and will accept the lowest level of ability with the highest level of supervision for clients. The Naples site is the only facility in the area that provides the 1:3 and 1:5 level of supervision and will accept clients without the ability to pay the daily rate of $35.82.


One Year Later: Only 3 of 77 clients can privately pay who attend daycare program at UCP. 75 clients enrolled rely on Medicaid, grants (like CFCC) and individual donations. The majority of their clients have an IQ below 70, many are not mobile, most need adult diapers, and the majority live in group homes.

Funded Program: Collier Resources Center received $10,000 from the Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits to hire a Client Program Service Coordinator part-time. Collier Resource Center provides information, referral and resource coordination to individuals and families in Collier County covering the following areas: medical, dental and behavioral, addiction services, disabilities, domestic violence, housing, and senior services.


One Year Later: 184 people received assistance in navigating the maze of health and human services organizations in 2017. The level of outreach and awareness of CRC services is impressive since hiring Program Coordinator, Norma Diaz. She is making a positive impact on the quality and level of services of the CRC, marketing outreach/awareness and in the recruiting and training of volunteers.

Funded Program: Panira Healthcare Clinic received a $15,000 grant from the Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits to provide free primary care at their clinic in East Naples. Up to 300 qualifying patients, with income at 200% or less than the Federal Poverty Level, will be waived the standard copay fee of $50.


One Year Later: The goal was to increase access to primary care and decrease expensive emergency room visits by funding 25 visits every 2nd Wednesday of each month or 300 visits. Visits were complicated by the fact that most patients presented more complicated, multiple health issues and required longer appointments and additional diagnostic testing. A total of 94 new or follow-up patient visits were seen.

Funded Program:  Since 2008, Providence House has provided faith-based, transitional housing and self-sufficiency program for single mothers and their young children (under 10 years old) who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. A grant for $10,000 from the Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits will provide free childcare for 12 children.


One Year Later: Free childcare helps residents pursue independent living. 100% of the women residents are working and 50% of them are now pursuing advanced education at both technical and university programs. Three of the eight women successfully completed the two-year program and will be leaving Providence House soon. One is awaiting a new Habitat house, one is leasing a condo near Providence House, and the third is moving to Section 8 housing while continuing her education at SW Florida College.

How do we know?

Every organization that receives a grant from the Foundation for programs and services must provide a final outcome report.  Visit our NONPROFIT DIRECTORY for in-depth, frequently-updated information about nonprofits serving our area.