Supporting Stewards of the Estuary

01/19/2018

The future of one of Collier County’s most valuable natural treasures—the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve—will be in the caring hands and minds of tomorrow’s stewards. Thanks to a recent Community Foundation of Collier County grant to the nonprofit Friends of Rookery Bay, the magnitude of the vast ecosystem is already being instilled in… Read the full story…

A Gentleman Scholar

01/19/2018

Jason Francoeur and four like-minded friends elicited mused reactions at Lely High School when they pitched a new campus club: the Young Gentlemen’s Association. The posse of studious pals, who rose up through Cambridge and Advance Placement courses together, pitched the club during their senior year to teach underclassmen etiquette, including knotting a necktie and… Read the full story…

Impactful Giving is Alive and Well

01/19/2018

Charitable Giving Under the New Tax Act “Thankfully, under the new tax law (the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) signed into law on December 22, 2017, by President Trump, there is good news for charitable-minded donors – The opportunities are now more prevalent for making a significant tax-favored gift to support your favorite charitable organizations.”… Read the full story…

Community Foundation of Collier County & Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to Host Fourth Annual Giving Day

01/09/2018

The Community Foundation of Collier County has partnered, once again, with the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to host the fourth annual giving day in Collier County. Give Where You Live Collier, to be held noon February 21 through 11:59am on February 22, 2018, is an effort to give 38 Collier County basic needs and… Read the full story…

Rooms To Go Donates 80 Rooms of Furniture for Hurricane Irma Victims in Collier County

11/09/2017

Naples, FL (November 9, 2017) – Rooms To Go has donated 80 rooms of furniture, along with a $25,000 donation, for Hurricane Irma victims in Collier County through the Collier Comes Together Fund, held at the Community Foundation of Collier County in partnership with the United Way of Collier County. The delivery of 40 rooms… Read the full story…

Allyn Family Philanthropy

10/26/2017

Nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, the Allyn family has called the area home for five generations.  Winding roads, farms, corn fields and charming houses dot the beautiful countryside, with the Skaneateles Lake as the centerpiece of the close-knit, hardworking community. It was in this area, in 1915 that William… Read the full story…

The Curtain Rises

10/26/2017

Supporting youths’ exposure to the performing arts is a passionate goal of the Cole Caruso Family Fund at the Community Foundation Youth acting classes and live theatre performances had a profound impact on Cole Caruso—and it’s a passion he’s sharing in the community through his donor-advised fund. “It built the foundation of who I am… Read the full story…

A Recipe for Social Investment

10/26/2017

Johanson Vilsaint is the first in his family to go to college. After attending Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, the 18-year-old Immokalee High School graduate intends to transfer to the University of Florida to get a bachelor’s degree in business administration. A few years ago, this vision wasn’t on Vilsaint’s radar. He didn’t think… Read the full story…

Collier Comes Together To Provide Local Hurricane Relief

10/26/2017

On September 10th, Collier County received a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, the largest hurricane to ever hit Florida, leaving behind major damage to Marco Island, Everglades, Chokoloskee, Goodland, Golden Gate, East Naples, and Immokalee as well as the City of Naples.  This massive storm claimed 34 lives in Florida, two in Collier County. According to Collier County… Read the full story…

Sustaining Your Family’s Philanthropic Legacy

10/26/2017

Donor-Advised Funds as a charitable solution for high-net-worth families We all hold a special place in our hearts for the charities and other non-profit organizations that are dedicated to serving our community and our country. In gratitude for their admirable initiatives, many of us feel compelled to support these community organizations by donating our time,… Read the full story…