Community Foundation of Collier County

OVERVIEW: This community funder supports Collier County, Florida, in human services, education, community, health, art, environment, religion, and economic development.

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, education, community, health, art, environment, religion, economic development

IP TAKE: This is a good local funder for small nonprofits seeking grants between $5,000 and $15,000. It is also a good place to secure capacity-building support.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of Collier County (CFCC) is based in Naples, Florida, and serves the local community. It was incorporated in 1985, oversees over 510 funds, and manages around $174 million in assets.

CFCC makes some grants through its Community Needs Fund, which is supported by families and individuals who trust CFCC to respond to the most current needs in the county. In a recent grantmaking year, the foundation board recommended distribution of over $700,000 in Community Needs Funds. In 2017, CFCC began using a Grants Performance and Outcomes Committee to evaluate grants made by the foundation and make recommendations for future grantmaking.

This is a big funder of capacity-building efforts. Around six capacity-building grants of $2,000 are made per grant cycle. The Network for Good Foundation matches these grants with $1,000 and applicants are required to match the rest at specified amounts. CFCC also makes grants through field-of-interest funds and pays attention to organizations with net assets of $1 million or less. Field-of-interest fund grants are typically between $5,000 and $15,000. Recently, the majority of grant dollars support human services, followed by education, community impact, and health.

Grants have gone to Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Classic Chamber Concerts, Friends of Fakahathee, Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida, and Collier Child Care Resources. Most CFCC grants have been between $1,000 and $10,000. In a recent fiscal year, the funder distributed more than $12.7 million to nonprofits and community programs. View current financial data here.

In a recent year, the foundation raised over $3.9 million with 2,303 donations in 24 hours as part of its Give Where You Live program. A total of 38 local nonprofits were supported with this effort. To apply for a CFCC grant, local nonprofits must be listed in the funder’s online nonprofit directory.

The foundation also sets up agency endowment funds for nonprofits. The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, established in 1997, has moved to Hodges University and has provided training for at least 7,000 participants from local nonprofits.  

Grant seekers can reach the staff with general questions at (239) 649-5000; individual staff email addresses are linked on the Contact Us page. Good names to know here are Eileen Connolly-Keesler, the president/CEO, and Mary George, the vice president of community grantmaking. The address is 1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200, Naples, Florida 34108. Keep up with recent foundation news here; relevant events are posted on the funder’s website.


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