Community Foundation of Collier County Distributes $16 Million in Grants in Second Quarter 2019-20 Fiscal Year

01/24/2020

The Community Foundation of Collier County has distributed $15,966,432 in 726 grants in the second quarter of the 2019-20 fiscal year ending December 31, 2019, to nonprofit agencies and scholarships for secondary education and specialized training.   The total for the first fiscal half-year is over $19 million, already exceeding the entire 2018-19 fiscal year… Read the full story…

New Hope for Addressing Mental Health

01/24/2020

Finding a Peace of Mind and a Way Forward Off the Street It’s become clear to Pamela Baker that local residents struggling with mental illness have become increasingly homeless by surveying the parking lot of NAMI Collier County. Many of those sleeping in their cars appear to be women in their 50s. NAMI seems a… Read the full story…

Pottery with a Purpose

01/24/2020

This is the story of the donor-advised STEP Fund grant that keeps on giving. It features Empty Bowls of Naples, a quintessential example of a non-profit whose beauty is its focus and simplicity. For more than a decade, it has marshaled volunteers from all walks of life, all year long, to produce one-of-a-kind handmade ceramic… Read the full story…

There’s No Place Like Home

01/24/2020

Angel Fund’s Wings Spread Hope to the Disabled Sometimes, the biggest surprises come in small packages—a truth that a nonprofit helping disabled residents live independently has realized through the Angel Fund at the Community Foundation. Residential Options of Florida (ROOF) empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live independently, increase their income, develop self-sufficiency,… Read the full story…

Grateful CHEF

01/24/2020

Estrellita Diaz is serving up a bright future with a CFCC Scholarship My name is Estrellita Diaz, and I am honored to be a recipient of the CHEF scholarship. Thanks to generous scholarships like yours, I will be able to graduate first in my family this following December from The Culinary Institute of America. I’m… Read the full story…

Charitable Giving Tips for Year-End

11/08/2019

It’s hard to believe, but the countdown is on to make your year-end charitable gifts. Due to deadlines imposed by various custodians and brokerage firms, it’s important to make decisions quickly and to implement as soon as possible. Many of these institutions will not guarantee gifts will be processed after December 15. Here are some… Read the full story…

Embracing Florida’s Veteran Community

11/08/2019

By Carlos Batlle and Sharon R. Treiser, J.P. Morgan Private Bank Naples Help at the home front When military members return home, they should have an actual place to call home. Yet, with veterans returning home each day, the issue of veteran homelessness remains a concern. In 2017, the number of homeless veterans in the… Read the full story…

What is a Stretch IRA?

11/08/2019

Have you heard about the Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, or the SECURE Act, and its proposed provisions for retirement savings plans? In May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the SECURE Act, which aims to provide Americans with more opportunities to save for retirement. The Act, if passed, may… Read the full story…

English Literacy is a Family Affair

10/30/2019

CFCC grant helps provides English Literacy classes to parents — while their children are being cared for Some non-profits might look at toddlers of parents seeking English literacy skills as a problem: How can we afford to provide babysitting while parents attend classes? But the Literacy Volunteers of Collier County (LVCC) regards the situation as… Read the full story…

A Bright Start for All

10/30/2019

CFCC Grant benefits affordable access to quality childcare  Imagine all children, no matter their family’s financial ability, starting their day in brightly decorated classrooms, abounding with activity and learning opportunities led by caring and engaged teachers. This vision of the Greater Naples YMCA works to strengthen and serve the Collier County community by focusing on youth… Read the full story…