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SWFLCF to host “Morning Joe & Art” coffee conversation


The Southwest Florida Community Foundation invites women in the community interested in the work of the foundation to join the team for “Morning Joe & Art,” a cup of coffee and the latest Arts & Community exhibit on display at the foundation’s office, on Friday, May 2, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The foundation is located at 8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 201 in Fort Myers.

SWFLCF features Alliance for the Arts and Art Quilters Unlimited in April/May exhibit

The Art Council of Southwest Florida is presenting works from the Alliance for the arts and Art Quilters Unlimited in this month’s Art & Community exhibit at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s headquarters located at 8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 201 in Fort Myers.

The exhibit will include varied works of art including acrylic, fiber, mixed media, silk and even vinyl records from artists Dale and Jeff Ocasio, Carol Holsopple, Alisha Koyanis, Roseline Young and Pam Richardson.

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.

The foundation invites the community to celebrate the exhibit by hosting a reception on Friday, April 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. Reservations can be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The exhibit will run through May 30 and is available for public viewing hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule a tour, call Kim Williams at the SWFLCF office at 239-274-5900.

SWFLCF hosts art reception featuring Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

Art & Community exhibition series to run through May

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation held a reception for the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs on Friday, March 28 at the foundation’s headquarters in Fort Myers.

In partnership with the Art Council of Southwest Florida, the show is part of the SWFLCF’s Art & Community exhibition series. The Center for the Arts’ show featured works of art including acrylic, watercolor, photography, mixed media and more from artists Jacke McCurdy, Eileen Walden Johnson, Patti Leavitt and Michael Domina, as well as several others from the Center.

The final exhibit of the season will start Friday, April 4 and includes works from Art Quilters Unlimited and the Alliance for the Arts.

BSCF presents $20,000 grant to Center for Performing Arts

Longtime Bonita Springs resident John Warfield honored at 2014 Love of Bonita celebration

“Love and Faith in Bonita” was the theme of the 2014 Love of Bonita celebration, held on March 12 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, as the Bonita Springs Community Fund, a fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, presented a $20,000 check to the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs in support of its new performing arts center’s programs for the youth and adults of Bonita.

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Partners with SWFLCF

jebbushsaraowenDollar General Literacy Foundation helps lead local initiative.

During the 14th Annual Celebration of Reading event held on Feb. 14, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced that the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy will pilot the "Family and Community Connections Initiative" to expand educational opportunities in Lee County, where young children and their low-income parents can learn together.

This new initiative, supported by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, marks the first community-wide approach to family literacy by engaging multiple early childhood and adult literacy programs. The goal is to coordinate the efforts of both groups – creating new avenues to offer and access the benefits of family literacy. In the spring, these groups will receive invitations to attend educational symposiums on developing coordinated family literacy programs. Programs selected to participate in the pilot will be provided with capacity-building grants to expand local family literacy opportunities.

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.


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