Your passion. Your Collier.

Addressing the challenges facing our community 

The Community Foundation of Collier County has been connecting people who care to causes that matter, growing charitable legacies, and funding nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life in Collier County for 35 years. We connect with hundreds of local nonprofits to make Collier County a better place and conduct significant studies that lead to real change in the community— like the 2017 Community Needs and Assets Assessment initiative with the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and 30 other community partners.

 

As a direct result, the Community Foundation has launched the $15.5 million Your PassionYour Collier. campaign to address mental health & substance abuse, housing & hunger, education & employment, seniors & veterans, environment & accessibility, and crisis and disaster relief.

Meeting our community’s needs

 
Mental Health & Substance Abuse:

Read “A Sobering Reality” – a report on what area experts have to say about an overloaded system’s challenges and how the Community Foundation will support their programs and help raise awareness.

Watch the donor education series discussion with area experts

 

 

 
Housing & Hunger:

Read “Priced Out of Paradise” – a report on what area experts have to say about the challenges of elevated housing costs, increased demand for food pantries, and how the Community Foundation will help lead collaborative projects and support food accessibility programs. 

Watch the donor education series discussion with area experts

 

 

 
Education & Employment:

Read “Cradle-to-Career Collaborations” – a report on what area experts have to say about the challenges of inadequate scholarship opportunities and lack of high-paying jobs that require advanced education and training, and how the Community Foundation will help support college and career readiness programs and scholarships to build our workforce. 

Watch the donor education series discussion with area experts

 

 

 
Seniors & Veterans:

Read “Valuing Valor & Our Elders” a report on what area experts have to say about the struggles of isolation, loneliness, and depression, and lack of housing and how the Community Foundation will help support affordable housing and invest in case management for our seniors and veterans. 

Watch the donor education series discussion with area experts

 

 

 
Environment & Accessibility:

Read “Upstream Stewardship” – a report on what area experts have to say about the challenges of changing climate patterns, natural disasters, and inaccessible recreational activities and how the Community Foundation will help support collaborative planting and restoration projects and enhanced park access.

Watch the donor education series discussion with area experts

 

 
Crisis & Disaster Relief:

Read “When Disaster Strikes…” a report on what area experts have to say about the hurdles to access food, healthcare, and financial support during challenging times and how the Community Foundation will help support infrastructure and capital improvements and funding for crisis assistance programs.

Watch the donor education series discussion with area experts

 

 

Want to learn more?

Read our case statement of who we are and how we spark change

 
 

Follow your passion!

 

Get in touch

Eileen Connolly-Keesler, President/CEO
ekeesler@cfcollier.org  
239-307-4518

Julie Howe Van Tongeren, VP of Development
jvantongeren@cfcollier.org  
239-307-4521

Call CFCC at: 239-649-5000