Women’s Foundation of Collier County

OVERVIEW: This foundation is an endowment fund of the local community foundation and supports at-risk women and girls in Collier County, Florida. Funding areas are senior women, teen girls, women heads of household, homeless women and families, the gender wage gap.

FUNDING AREAS: Gender wage gap, at-risk senior women, homeless women and families, at-risk teen girls, impoverished women heads of household with children

IP TAKE: WFCC awards only a few grants each year, but requests that address poverty among local women have a good chance of getting noticed.  

PROFILE: The Women’s Foundation of Collier County (WFCC) is based in Naples, Florida, and has been an endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County since 2002. WFCC’s grant money comes from investment earnings and the proceeds of local women’s events. Its mission is to serve at-risk women and girls in the region.

A major issue here is the employment and earnings gender wage gap. The foundation points out that women who work full time in the county earn 85.9 cents for even dollar men make. Other interests are at-risk senior women, homeless women and families, at-risk teen girls, and impoverished women heads of household with children. WFCC has a Junior Women of Initiative to mentor middle school girls about life skills, confidence, and self-esteem.  

Grants typically range from $7,500 to $15,000 and have gone to Meals of Hope, the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County, and Jewish Family and Community Services. The foundation supports policy efforts and has given to the Women’s Policy Research Project Report to improve the status of Florida women and girls. It's heavily involved in research and supports topics like women in philanthropy, economic security, gender in media, health, and social change.

In a recent year, WFCC awarded over $50,000 to three organizations, and has set a goal to grant $60,000 per year going forward to support at-risk women and girls. The grantmaking deadline typically falls in April, with grants are announced in early December at the Power of the Purse luncheon. To apply for a WFCC grant, go through the Community Foundation of Collier County’s online system. Expect grants to be between $20,000 and $40,000 each. Grantmaking is restricted to groups that serve Collier County, Florida.

Reach the foundation at (239) 649-5000. Individual staff members’ email addresses are linked on the Contact Us page. Reach foundation president Eileen Connolly-Keesler at (239) 307-4518 or ekeesler@cfcollier.org. The address is 1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200, Naples, Florida 34108. Foundation events can be viewed on the WFCC website, as well as news about recent grantees and funding interests.

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