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Southwest Florida Community Foundation presents limited summer exhibition

Summer exhibition open to the public until Aug. 27

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation will feature special artwork in a limited summer exhibition of its Art & Community series at the foundation’s main headquarters located at 8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 201 in Fort Myers.

The exhibit will include varied works of art including acrylic, watercolor, photography, mixed media and more from artists Barbara Benton, Ursula Cappelletti, Eileen Amster, Shirley Blake, as well as several others from the Art Council of Southwest Florida. All participating artists will give 35 percent of any sale to the Fund for the Arts in Southwest Florida, which benefits art organizations in our region.

Southwest Florida Community Foundation hosts iLAB

Foundation redesigns funding process for regional projects and programs.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently brought together 100 nonprofits from Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Collier counties for the redesign of their funding process for regional and agency programs and projects.

Hosted by Arthrex at its Naples headquarters located at 1370 Creekside Boulecard, iLAB 2014 was the launch of the Foundation’s new Community Impact Grant process. The five-hour iLAB was the first phase and an “idea-to-project” event. Participants spent essential time moving from issue clarification to project design. At the end of the five hours, participants had created two to three regional projects and presented them to a team of reviewers. The Foundation plans to evaluate the potential of these ideas and consider funding one or more through this year’s Community Impact Grants.

Southwest Florida Added To Lumina Foundation’s Community-Based Postsecondary Education Attainment Strategy

LuminaSouthwest Florida has been included in 35 new U.S. communities announced in the second cohort of Lumina Foundation’s community-based postsecondary education attainment strategy. The strategy was designed to help communities and regions dramatically increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials. The collaborative effort connects participating cities with significant technical and planning assistance, data tools, flexible funding, and the ability to customize attainment plans that will best suit each community’s needs and the well-being of its residents. The Southwest Florida regional participation is being coordinated by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

SWFLCF awards scholarships

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently granted 84 scholarships to local high-school students and undergraduate and graduate students from Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties.

For the 2014 scholarship season, 950 eligible applications were received from high-school and college students in the five-county area the Community Foundation serves.

SWFLCF holds Women’s Legacy Fund spring luncheon

The Women’s Legacy Fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently held its annual spring luncheon at St. Charles Harbour for its contributors and Prima Donors.

The luncheon began with facilitated discussions on this year’s WLF grant focus areas, which were violence against women, economic empowerment and literacy, so attendees could learn more about the areas up for consideration by the group. Statistics shared with the group included that immigrant women are at a higher risk of being victims of domestic violence because many of them depend upon their abusive partners for legal and economic protection in the U.S., and there is a significant problem in Southwest Florida.

Women's Legacy Fund

The WLF's Mission is to engage women in effecting change in our community through collective philanthropy. We Inspire, Educate, Empower.


Bonita Springs Community Fund

Established in 1997, this special fund supports the communities of the greater Bonita Springs area by providing grants to local nonprofits.


FutureMakers: 3D Initiative

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