Women’s Foundation of Collier County Awarded $60,000 in Scholarships at 2018 Women of Initiative Honorees Luncheon


The Women’s Foundation of Collier County, a fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County, awarded twelve $5,000 scholarships for local women at the 2018 Women of Initiative Honorees Luncheon. The Women of Initiative Scholarship Fund was founded by Women of Initiative alumnae in honor of the 20th anniversary of the awards. The scholarship is… Read the full story…

Fragile Lands & Vital Waters


This Community Foundation of Collier County environment issue paper explores how Collier County is coming together on several fronts to understand the environmental impact of Hurricane Irma and plan for the future in the face of climate change.

Give Where You Live Collier Raises Over $3.9 Million in 24 hours


February 23, 2018) – The fourth annual giving day in Collier County, Give Where You Live Collier, generated 2303 donations and a 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 38 Collier County non-profits a much-needed boost with donations… Read the full story…

Tax Changes Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017


By: David R. Pash, Esq. and Edward E. Wollman, Esq. On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “TCJA of 2017” or the “TCJA”).   The TCJA is one of the largest overhauls of our federal tax code in years.  Some of the goals of the… Read the full story…

Laying the Groundwork for College Savings


By Patrick Logue CFP® Prudent Financial Planning As you gaze lovingly into your infant’s eyes, it’s probably hard to imagine him or her heading off to college. Although that day may seem a long way off, it will arrive sooner than you think. To help your child get a head start to a secure future,… Read the full story…

Music to Learn By


When Judy Evans, M.M.E., began teaching children to play the violin to improve their learning outcomes in 2008, it was the only program of its kind in the nation. A decade later, it has become a model for other communities across the nation and the United Arab Emirates. Evans, founder and director of MusicScores! Pre-K… Read the full story…

Charitable Lead Trusts: An Overlooked Gift & Estate Tool


By Charles A. Kerwood III, CFP®, ChFC®, AEP® Partner/Waller Financial Planning Group, Inc. As a financial planner, it is important to be familiar with various tools that help our clients develop appropriate strategies to meet their lifestyle and legacy goals.  Most are familiar with giving cash, donating household items and gifting highly appreciated securities to their… Read the full story…

Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund Receives over $2 Million in Commitments for Hurricane Irma Relief


The Collier Comes Together Fund, held at the Community Foundation of Collier County in partnership with the United Way of Collier County, has received $2,079,858 in commitments to distribute to nonprofits for Hurricane Irma victims thanks to a $75,000 donation from Comcast in a surprise presentation to the Community Foundation Board of Trustees with Naples… Read the full story…

Women’s Foundation of Collier County to be Beneficiary of Waterside Shops 25th Anniversary Event


Waterside Shops, the Gulf Coast’s premier shopping and dining destination, invites the community to benefit the Women’s Foundation of Collier County, a fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County, at the center’s 25th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Throughout the day on February 25, 10% of all sales, up to $25,000, will… Read the full story…

Seeing Clearly Now – Thanks to SPOT Scanners and The Naples Lions Club


An ambitious campaign to screen young Collier County children for lazy eye is catching the condition that causes blurred vision in hundreds, ensuring they can receive early treatment for more confident futures. Retired ophthalmologist Dr. Howard Freedman, who spearheaded the Amblyopia Elimination Project at the Naples Lions Club, estimates the screening program and its results… Read the full story…