2015 Gulfshore Life Charity Listings


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Here we deliver 321 worthy Gulfshore causes in our Charity Listings, plus hundreds of their hottest fundraising galas, luncheons, golf tournaments and more in our extensive Social Calendar. We also recommend consulting the Community Foundation of Collier County’s Nonprofit Directory, found at, for an in-depth, searchable Collier County-focused database.


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ABLE Academy

Committed to the implementation of state-of-the-art, research-driven applied behavior analysis to effect change in the lives of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and interfering behaviors.

Executive director: Colleen Cornwall

(239) 352-7600

5860 Golden Gate Parkway

Naples, FL 34109


Action for Life Naples Pro-life Council

A pro-life group that defends and respects life from conception to natural death; offers a resource library that supports life beginning at conception; and fights for the unborn.

(239) 262-5433

2663 Airport-Pulling Road, Suite D109

Naples, FL 34112


Adonis Autism

Is creating a future for adults with autism through workshops, transitioning programs and annual conferences.

Executive director: Debby Kays

(239) 450-6060

726 98th Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34108


Africa 6000 International

Drills fresh, clean water wells in great-to-desperate-need African village regions, helping prevent up to 5,000 child deaths daily due to waterborne disease.

Executive director: Teresa Murtland

(814) 878-4419

950 Eighth St. S.

Naples, FL 34102


Alzheimer’s Support Network

Serves Collier County families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other neurocognitive disorders through guidance, education, support and special programs, without charge.

Executive director: Clarke Pollard

(239) 262-8388

660 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 21

Naples, FL 34102


American Association of University Women of Greater Naples

Advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Executive director: Janet Ankiel

(239) 331-7176

P.O. Box 9742

Naples, FL 34101


American Cancer Society, Marco Island Unit

The nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Executive director: Sue Olszak

(239) 642-8800

583 Tallwood St.

Marco Island, FL 34145


American Cancer Society, Naples

The nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Executive director: Mackenzie Sivret

(239) 261-0337

5020 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 108

Naples, FL 34103


American Red Cross Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter

Trains volunteers and communities in disaster preparedness and lifesaving skills; provides emergency help during disasters with shelter, food and other services; verifies emergencies for the U.S. military; and supports veterans.

Executive director: Jamie Andersen

(239) 596-6868

2610 Northbrooke Plaza Drive

Naples, FL 34119


AMIkids Big Cypress

Residential program for teen boys adjudicated to AMI by the Department of Juvenile Justice that includes a fully accredited high school plus culinary, masonry, mechanics and woodworking programs; GEDs; and advanced education.

Executive director: Jerome Platt

(239) 695-1001

25959 Turner River Road

Ochopee, FL 34141


Angels Undercover of Collier County

Promotes education by providing school uniforms to elementary school children in Collier County who would otherwise come to school inadequately dressed.

Executive director: Jackie Bennett

(239) 272-4747

853 Vanderbilt Beach Road

Naples, FL 34108


Animal Compassion Project

All-volunteer organization that operates a sanctuary for feral and special-needs cats; promotes alternatives to euthanasia; sponsors TNR for feral and community cats; and assists with spaying/neutering.

Executive director: Michele Antonia

(239) 825-4093

7620 Rookery Lane

Naples, FL 34120



The home of  The Baker Museum and the Naples Philharmonic creates and presents world-class visual and performing arts, inspiring, educating and entertaining through 300-plus concerts, events, exhibitions and educational programs annually.

Executive director: Kathleen van Bergen

(239) 254-2600

5833 Pelican Bay Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108

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ArtsNaples World Festival

Takes place each May in and around Naples and features cultural arts from around the globe. The 2016 festival, “Best of All Worlds,” will feature culinary creations, music, art, film, dance and more representing more than 20 countries.

Executive director: Trey Farmer

(239) 390-2788

P.O. Box 771176

Naples, FL 34107


Association of Fundraising Professionals, Everglades Chapter

Provides monthly educational programs to fundraisers; promotes ethics in fundraising; and honors those who make our lives and our communities better through philanthropy.

Executive director: Paul Seifert

(239) 877-6261

1460 Golden Gate Parkway, Suite 103, PMB 219

Naples, FL 34105


Audubon of the Western Everglades

Formerly Collier County Audubon Society, the independent chapter of the National Audubon Society and Florida Audubon promotes an understanding of, and interest in, wildlife and the natural environment that supports it and furthers the conservation of all natural resources.

(239) 643-7822

1020 Eighth Ave. S., Suite 2

Naples, FL 34102


Ave Maria School of Law

Ranked “one of the best” by Princeton Review, the school educates lawyers while blending faith and reason. Celebrating 15 years, it continues this tradition as Southwest Florida’s law school.

President and dean: Kevin Cieply

(239) 687-5404

1025 Commons Circle

Naples, FL 34119


Ave Maria University

A Catholic liberal arts institution of higher learning devoted to Mary the Mother of God; inspired by St. John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta; and dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional disciples of Jesus Christ.

President: Jim Towey

(239) 280-1565

5050 Ave Maria Blvd.

Ave Maria, FL 34142



A mission-driven organization founded in 1983 that provides compassionate care and support to those affected by serious illness, caregiving and loss through palliative care, hospice and grief support services.

(239) 261-4404

1095 Whippoorwill Lane

Naples, FL 34105




Baby Basics of Collier County

All-volunteer organization that provides and distributes diapers and kindness to 378 babies from hardworking, low-income families who do not receive any federal or state cash assistance.

Executive director: Jean Ann Lynch

(617) 510-4468

8570 Danbury Blvd., Suite 202

Naples, FL 34120


Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/Ophthalmology Research Foundation

Strives to lessen the burden of eye disease through outstanding clinical care, cutting-edge research and education of the ophthalmologists of tomorrow.

Executive director: Dr. Stephen G. Schwartz

(239) 659-3937

3880 Tamiami Trail N.

Naples, FL 34103


Betterment Association of the Everglades Area

Helps the local Everglades area community by organizing the annual Seafood Festival.

Executive director: Carol Foss

(239) 695-2277

P.O. Box 5029

Everglades City, FL 34139


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast****

Has proven success in creating and nurturing relationships between adults and children as the area’s preeminent youth-service organization for 39 years.

Executive director: Lois Ferguson

(239) 331-7133

809 Walkerbilt Road, Suite 3

Naples, FL 34110


Bikes for Tykes

Empowers children, fights childhood obesity and reduces environmental impact by reducing the number of bicycles in landfills and ensuring every child in Collier County has a bicycle.

Board president: Mike Nelson

(239) 248-1196

P.O. Box 8263

Naples, FL 34101


Blind Sailing Unlimited

Committed to teaching and promoting the sport of sailing to the blind and visually impaired through learn-to-sail classes, day sailing and regatta competitions.

Executive director: Kris Scheppe

(239) 206-3451

4910 42nd St. NE

Naples, FL 34120


Books for Collier Kids

Books for Collier Kids is the new name of First Book—Collier County, now entering its second decade of providing brand-new, top-quality books throughout the school year to more than 7,000 disadvantaged Collier pre-K, kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade students.

Executive director: Joanne Wyss

(239) 263-6687

1100 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 201

Naples, FL 34102


Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support

Helps with the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer for residents of Collier County and Bonita Springs, run solely by volunteers, all of whom are breast cancer survivors.

President: Joetta D. Abbazio

(239) 417-4600

4330 Tamiami Trail E.

Naples, FL 34112


Boys & Girls Club of Collier County****

A youth development organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of more than 3,000 youth in the community.

Executive director: Theresa J. Shaw

(239) 325-1700

7500 Davis Blvd.

Naples, FL 34104

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Brooke’s Legacy Animal Rescue

The award-winning animal adoption agency that’s all about second chances rescues cats and dogs from kill shelters and finds them new homes.

Executive director: Mary Bechtol

(239) 434-7480

P.O. Box 992055

Naples, FL 34116




Camp Many Paws

A cat rescue organization using the trap-neuter-release program to ensure the well-being of all feral abandoned homeless and domestic cats.

Executive director: Mary Jones Benjamin

(239) 404-7444

2264 Spruce St.

Naples, FL 34112


Cancer Alliance of Naples

Provides needs-based, financial assistance for non-medical bills of cancer patients currently in treatment; cancer support groups; nutritional programs; a resource library; and a cancer navigator for additional support needed.

Executive director: Jodi Bisogno

(239) 643-4673

990 First Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102

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CAPA Cultural and Performing Arts Center

Provides the community affordable, cultural, educational and performance opportunities while developing a new arts center to better serve the audiences and artists of Collier County.

Executive director: Chick Heithaus

(239) 775-2800

2400 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 303

Naples, FL 34103


Care Club of Collier County

Collier County’s only not-for-profit adult day service program for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders, which also provides respite for their caregivers.

Executive director: Luanne Wahlstrom

(239) 353-1994

1800 Santa Barbara Blvd.

Naples, FL 34116


Catholic Charities of Collier County****

Strives to fight poverty, strengthen families and build communities through agency services and programs that ensure human dignity and enhance the quality of life for all persons, regardless of race, creed, color or religious affiliation.

Executive director: Mary Shaughnessy

(239) 455-2655

2210 Santa Barbara Blvd.

Naples, FL 34116


Center for Reduction of Religious-Based Conflict

Sensitizes and educates people and governments to the very real problem of religious-based conflict, its causes, its problems and its increasing costs to us all and describes long-term solutions.

Executive director: Terry O. Trowbridge

(239) 821-4850

649 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 201

Naples, FL 34102


Champions for Learning™****

Brings the community together to invest in innovative practices that enrich the environment for student learning.

Executive director: Susan McManus

(239) 643-4755

3606 Enterprise Ave., Suite 150

Naples, FL 34104

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Charity for Change

Teaches children to be givers, volunteers and engaged citizens through its math and character education program serving 10,000 elementary school children weekly.

Executive director: Karen Conley

(239) 592-6787

10681 Airport-Pulling Road N., Suite 23-24

Naples, FL


Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County

Improves the lives of abused children in Collier County.

Executive director: Jackie Stephens

(239) 263-8383

1036 Sixth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34104


Christ Child Society of Naples

Improves infant care, providing basic needs and promoting literacy for underprivileged children in Collier County.

Co-presidents: Catherine Boltz and Patty Schimpf

(239) 434-2060

292 Springline Drive

Naples, FL 34102


Collier Child Care Resources

Supports the needs of Collier County’s children, families and early learning professionals by providing high-quality education, resources and child care services.

Executive director: Niccole Howard

(239) 643-3908

2335 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 504

Naples, FL 34103


Collier Harvest

Committed to being a reliable and trustworthy source of food provisions for more than 40 agencies supporting thousands of families in Collier and southern Lee counties.

Executive director: Connie Preu

(239) 455-3663

4451 Mercantile Ave.

Naples, FL 34105


Collier Senior Resources

Operates the Golden Gate Senior Center and is dedicated to facilitating access to comprehensive services and resources that enhance the quality of life of older adults and their caregivers, empowering them to maintain independent and meaningful lives.

Executive director: Tatiana Fortune

(239) 252-4541

4898 Coronado Parkway

Naples, FL 34116


Community Foundation of Collier County

Improves quality of life by connecting donors to community needs and providing leadership on critical community issues. Oversees 510 funds, manages nearly $100 million in assets and has distributed more than $79 million in grants.

Executive director: Eileen Connolly-Keesler

(239) 649-5000

2400 Tamiami Trail N.

Naples, FL 34103

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Community Pregnancy Clinics

Founded in 1974, Community Pregnancy Clinics provides free, life-affirming medical services, counseling, material support, classes and adoption referral services to women experiencing unexpected or unwanted pregnancies. 

Executive director: Gary Ingold

(239) 262-6381

940 Fifth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102


Community School of Naples

A Pre-K through grade 12 independent college preparatory day school.

Headmaster: David Watson

(239) 597-7575

13275 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34109


The Compassionate Friends Southwest Florida Chapter

Assists families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age, “Supporting Family After a Child Dies.”

Executive directors: Chrissy Hutchison and Linda Wallace

(239) 690-7801

P.O. Box 112524

Naples, FL 34108


Conservancy of Southwest Florida

A grassroots environmental organization founded in 1964 dedicated to protecting the region’s water, land, wildlife and future through the synergistic efforts of environmental education, policy, science and wildlife rehabilitation.

President and CEO: Robert Moher

(239) 262-0304

1495 Smith Preserve Way

Naples, FL 34102


Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation of Southwest Florida (CHEF)

Provides scholarships for Lee and Collier County college students studying for culinary and hospitality professions at FGCU, Johnson & Wales, North Miami and CIA Hyde Park. Also supports local high school and vocational school programs.

Executive director: Judith Hushon

(239) 643-6222

81 Seagate Drive, Suite 1501

Naples, FL 34103


Cure Cancer

Holds fundraising events for Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Research Center and donates 100 percent of proceeds to its emerging CTC technology that detects invasive cancers through a simple blood test.

Executive director: Rose Murphy

(239) 593-3555

1749 Winding Oaks Way

Naples, FL 34109




David Lawrence Center

Provides inpatient, outpatient, residential and community-based prevention and treatment services as the leading provider of mental health and substance abuse solutions, inspiring and creating life-changing wellness for children and adults.

Executive director: Scott Burgess

(239) 455-8500

6075 Bathey Lane

Naples, FL 34116


Drug Free Collier

A growing coalition of concerned parents, teachers, law enforcement officers, businesses, religious leaders, health care providers and other community leaders working to prevent adolescent substance abuse and reduce its tragic impact in Collier County.

Executive director: Melanie Black

(239) 377-0535

P.O. Box 770759

Naples, FL 34107




The English-Speaking Union, Naples Branch

Commits to promoting scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community.

Naples branch president: Richard Smarg

(239) 434-7500

1185 Immokalee Road, Suite 120

Naples, FL 34110


Everglades Foundation

Dedicated to restoring and preserving America’s Everglades, which provides the drinking water to one in three Floridians.

Director, Naples office: Stanley Boynton

(239) 823-2517

185 10th St. S.

Naples, FL 34102


Everglades Society for Historic Preservation

Strives to preserve all historic sites, structures, documents, artifacts and memories within the Everglades area.

Executive director: Marya Repko

(239) 695-2905

P.O. Box 46

Everglades City, FL 34139


ExEL Foundation

The ExEL (Excellence in Early Learning) Foundation provides tuition assistance for early childhood learning to needy families in the Golden Gate area so children are kindergarten-ready.

Executive director: Brian Ingvalson

(612) 910-1024

10149 Biscayne Bay Blvd.

Naples, FL 34120




Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Presents to coaches and athletes and all whom they influence the challenge to reach their potential by offering comprehensive athletic, spiritual and leadership training through camps, campus ministry and community ministry.

Executive director: Gretchen Shelton

(239) 784-3377

3000 Orange Blossom Drive

Naples, FL 34110


Feral Felines

Cares for stray cats in the Everglades area with a neuter, spay and release program and nightly feeding follow-up.

Executive director: Barbara Lewinski

(239) 695-3167

P.O. Box 564

Chokoloskee, FL 34138


Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District (BID)

Represents the interests of both property owners and businesses in growing and sustaining a healthy, vibrant Fifth Avenue South district.

Executive director: Lise Sundrla

(239) 692-8436

649 Fifth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102


The First Tee of Naples/Collier

Impacts the lives of young people of all ages and backgrounds by providing positive educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy lifestyles through the game of golf.

Executive director: Cindy Darland

(239) 825-4851

1370 Creekside Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108


For the Love of Cats

Dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned cats and kittens in the community as a no-kill, all-volunteer rescue group operating through the generous donations of the public since 2002.

Executive director: Jan Rich

(239) 642-8674

P.O. Box 1777

Marco Island, FL 34146


Foundation of Collier County Medical Society

Provides support and leadership to programs that address access to health care, promote health education and serve the community’s public health needs.

Executive director: April Donahue

(239) 435-7727

1148 Goodlette-Frank Road N.

Naples, FL 34102


Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled

Enhances the quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities through community awareness, support, housing, education and social/recreational activities.

(239) 594-9007

868 99th Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34108


Foundation for the Immokalee Child Care Center

Provides endowment and financial support to the Immokalee Child Care Center.

(239) 261-1774

3775 Airport-Pulling Road, Unit B

Naples, FL 34105


Freedom Waters Foundation

Improves the lives of individuals with special needs and veterans by providing therapeutic marine-related experiences on the waters of South Florida.

Executive director: Debra Frenkel

(239) 248-1120

895 10th St. S., Suite 302-F

Naples, FL 34102


Fresh Start for Abused Women

Supports Collier County women and children who leave their violent homes to become economically independent through grants of financial assistance.

Volunteer committee chair: Linda Sims

(239) 598-5911

2400 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 300

Naples, FL 34103


Friends of Baker Park

Supports the establishment of Naples’ final legacy park.

Board chair: Delores Sorey

(239) 263-2673

220 Gulf Shore Blvd. N.

Naples, FL 34102


Friends of the Collier County Museums

Promotes the Collier County Museum, its collections, educational activities and the Children’s Express and broadens financial support to enable the preservation and protection of our history and heritage for present and future generations.

Executive director: Ron Jamro

(239) 252-8476

3331 Tamiami Trail E.

Naples, FL 34114,


Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Promotes public awareness, use and enjoyment of the park; assists park management and staff; and improves park facilities by providing amenities through fundraisers.

(239) 593-2658

11135 Gulf Shore Drive N.

Naples, FL 34108


Friends of Fakahatchee

Provides financial and volunteer support to preserve the unique ecology and cultural heritage of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and educates the public about its importance.

Executive director: Francine Stevens

(239) 495-6744

P.O. Box 35

Everglades City, FL 34139


Friends of Foster Children Forever

Focuses on the children served with targeted educational and enrichment opportunities that allow each child to fulfill his or her potential.

Executive director: Jane Billings

(239) 262-1808

2675 Horseshoe Drive S., Suite 402

Naples, FL 34105


Friends of the Library of Collier County

Helps fund the expansion and enhancement of programs and services in the Collier County Public Library system.

Executive director: Jon Zoler

(239) 262-8135

650 Central Ave.

Naples, FL 34102


Friends of Rookery Bay

Connects people with Southwest Florida’s dynamic estuarine environment through education, engagement and stewardship. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve consists of 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forest, uplands and protected waters.

Executive director: Craig Seibert

(239) 530-5971

300 Tower Road

Naples, FL 34113


Fun Time Early Childhood Academy****

Provides safe, affordable education and care for children of low-income working families and prepares the children for kindergarten—ready to read and ready to learn.

Executive director: Barbara Tyrrell

(239) 261-8284

102 12th St. N.

Naples, FL 34102




Garden of Hope and Courage

Provides patients and visitors a place for peaceful reflection and restoration on the downtown campus of NCH Healthcare System.

Executive director: Amy Lane

(239) 434-6697

NCH Healthcare System Downtown Hospital campus

Second Avenue North and Eighth Street North

Naples, FL 34102


Gargiulo Education Center

Supports the academic and social development of North Naples migrant children through a free, safe and structured after-school program.

Executive director: Katie Stack

(508) 308-0775

1414 Rail Head Blvd.

Naples, FL 34110


Gene Doyle Memorial Foundation

Created to honor the memory and adventurous spirit of Robert Eugene “Gene” Doyle III (1976-1996), the foundation annually awards three Adventure Scholarships, helping deserving Collier County students undertake adventures of their dreams.

Executive director: Jody Russell

(239) 450-4018

P.O. Box 7225

Naples, FL 34101


George DeMarco Foundation

Donates money in memory of George DeMarco to children’s programs in Collier County, including ABLE Academy and the three local high school construction academies.

Executive director: Carla Belanger

(239) 643-4077

3527 Domestic Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


Girls on the Run of Collier County

A character development program for girls in third through eighth grade that teaches confidence and an appreciation of health and fitness through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games, culminating with a celebratory 5K.

Executive director: Christine McConnelee

(239) 777-3720

1103 Wisteria Lane

Naples, FL 34105


Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon)

Provides 38,000 square feet of inspiring permanent and temporary exhibits, as well as exciting daily programming.
Executive director: Karysia Demarest

(239) 514-0084

15080 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34109


Grace Center Foundation

Holistically serves impoverished women and children in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, keeping families together with temporary care and day care and assisting children growing up in prison with their incarcerated mothers.

Executive director: Marcie Erickson

(239) 597-3941

P.O. Box 112692

Naples, FL 34108


Grace Place for Children and Families

Works to provide pathways out of poverty by educating children and families in Golden Gate City through its three integrative academic programs.

Executive director: Tim Ferguson

(239) 234-2400

4300 21st Ave. SW

Naples, FL 34116


Greater Marco Family YMCA

Serves all people, regardless of their ability to pay, with programs that develop the spirit, mind and body, providing traditional day care, after-school programs, summer camp and more.

Executive director: Lucinda “Cindy” Love

(239) 394-9622

101 Sand Hill St.

Marco Island, FL 34145


Greater Naples YMCA

Strengthens communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive regardless of their age, income or background.

Executive director: Paul Thein

(239) 597-3148

5450 YMCA Road

Naples, FL 34109


Guadalupe Center

Breaks the cycle of poverty by providing educational, social, and other support programs and resources.

Executive director: Barbara Oppenheim

(239) 657-7711

509 Hope Circle

Naples, FL 34142


Gulf Coast Big Band

Performs free jazz concerts at Cambier Park on Sunday afternoons during season, November through March, and grants music scholarships to high school students.

Executive director: Timothy Hains

(239) 877-6090

6953 Burnt Sienna Circle

Naples, FL 34109


Gulfshore Opera

Serving Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties, presents professional opera theater and classical vocal music performances while maximizing accessibility to diverse audiences with educational outreach and affordable ticket prices.

Executive director: Steffanie Pearce

(239) 529-3925

3281Golden Gate Blvd. W.

Naples, FL 34120


Gulfshore Playhouse

Passionately devoted to creating high-quality professional theater—including venerated classics, Broadway hits, contemporary plays and world premieres—and diverse educational opportunities for the region.

Executive director: Kristen Coury

(239) 261-7529

1010 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 205

Naples, FL 34102




Habitat for Humanity of Collier County****

Works in partnership with families in need to provide homeownership opportunities. Requires families to undergo an exhaustive application process and invest 500 hours of sweat equity.

Executive director: Sam Durso

(239) 775-0036

11145 Tamiami Trail E.

Naples, FL 34113

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Hadassah, Collier/Lee Chapter

Nationally focused on health, education, youth and the environment, local Hadassah members advocate for women’s health, supporting groundbreaking medical research and treatment.

Executive director: Lynn Weiner

(239) 598-1009

2080 Isla de Palma Circle

Naples, FL 34119


Harmon-Meek Fund at Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Benefits at-risk youth and children’s art programs in Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Sarah Owen

(239) 274-3900

8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 201

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Harry Chapin Food Bank****

Distributes more than 19.6 million pounds of food valued at nearly $33.7 million to 150 partner agencies in Collier, Lee, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties, serving more than 30,000 people each month.

Executive director: Al Brislain

(239) 334-7007

2221 Corporation Blvd.

Naples, FL 34109

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Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida Foundation

Provides primary medical and dental care through 19 locations across Collier County, including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, welcoming all patients—insured or uninsured—and providing the same high-quality standard of care to all.

Executive director: Steve Wheeler

(239) 658-3116

3520 Kraft Road, Suite 100

Naples, FL 34105


Heil Luthringer Foundation for MS

Provides multiple sclerosis education to afflicted individuals and their families, caregivers of chronic illness and health care professionals.

Executive director: Dr. Debbie Heil

(239) 595-7179

6574 Trail Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108


Help a Diabetic Child

Raises money to purchase blood glucose test supplies and insulin for children who are in financial distress.

Executive director: Tami Balavage

(239) 821-5051

P.O. Box 110161

Naples, FL 34108


Helps Outreach

Christian charity dedicated to helping the poor and needy of the community by clothing the naked, feeding the hungry and ministering to the hurting.

Executive director: Angela Valentini

(239) 593-3226

2025 J&C Blvd.

Naples, FL 34109


Hispanic Council Foundation

Created by members of the Council of Hispanic Business Professionals (CHBP), the Hispanic Council Foundation undertakes charitable fundraising to support the Hispanic community in Collier County.

Executive director: Luis A. Bernal

(239) 449-8668

P.O. Box 110476

Naples, FL 34108


Hodges University

Institution of higher education.

President: David Borofsky

(239) 938-7827

2655 Northbrooke Drive

Naples, FL 34119


Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida

Promotes respect and understanding by teaching the history and lessons of the Holocaust, including serving an annual average of 15,000 Southwest Florida students through education programming.

Executive director: Amy Snyder

(239) 263-9200

4760 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 7

Naples, FL 34103


Hope for Haiti****

Improves the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through education, nutrition and health care.

President and CEO: Tiffany R. Kuehner

(239) 434-7183

1021 Fifth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102

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Humane Society Naples****

Southwest Florida’s premier no-kill pet shelter, adoption center and humane animal clinic provides animals shelter, locates lifelong homes and promotes responsible pet ownership.

Executive director: Michael Simonik

(239) 643-1880

370 Airport-Pulling Road N.

Naples, FL 34104


Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County

Facilitates solutions to prevent and end hunger and homelessness by coordinating services in Collier County.

Executive director: Angela Fisher

(239) 263-9363

5251 Golden Gate Parkway

Naples, FL 34116




IMAGINE Children’s Health Center

Provides compassionate and professional psychological treatment and health education to school-age children who experience emotional trauma, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD, grief or self-esteem issues.

Executive director: Molly Barrow

(239) 263-3908

810 Anchor Rode Drive

Naples, FL 34103

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Immokalee Child Care Center

Provides a safe and educationally conducive environment for children of the Immokalee area; provides the best in early childhood education and child care; and maintains a strong financial position supported by the community.

Executive director: Valarie Bostic

(239) 261-1774

3775 Airport-Pulling Road N.

Naples, FL 34105

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The Immokalee Foundation

Provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation and support; mentoring and tutoring; opportunities for broadening experiences; and life skills development leading to economic independence.

Executive director: Steven Kissinger

(239) 430-9122

3960 Radio Road, Suite 207

Naples, FL 34104


Immokalee Multicultural Multipurpose Community Action Agency

Assists low-income residents of Collier County, helping provide opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency through education, training and advocacy and provide assistance with rent and water bills on a once-a-year basis.

Executive director: Olga Hernandez

(239) 657-2213

P.O. Box 949

Immokalee, FL 34143




J. Timothy Hogan Foundation: Tim’s Kids

The premier community advocate for helping children of working-class families obtain the best mental health care to reduce suicide among teenagers and young adults.

Executive director: Pat Scoones

(239) 272-6176

9002 Gulf Shore Drive

Naples, FL 34108


JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

The leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence and working plan to better treat, prevent and eventually cure T1D.

Interim executive director: Melody Presnell

(239) 591-2825

5625 Strand Blvd., Suite 504

Naples, FL 34110


Jewish Federation of Collier County

Shapes and guides the building of a caring community in partnership with community synagogues as well as many other organizations in Collier County, benefactors and recipients of its services.

Executive director: Jeffrey D. Feld

(239) 263-4205

2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201

Naples, FL 34109

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JFCS of Southwest Florida

Empowers individuals and families by giving them tools to address life’s challenges. Programs include mental health counseling, geriatric case management and the Naples Senior Center.

Executive director: Jaclynn Faffer

(239) 325-4444

5025 Castello Drive

Naples, FL 34103




K is for Kids Foundation

A unique teen volunteer nonprofit that builds readers and leaders through student interns who serve as the foundation’s “young executives” while encouraging children to “Climb higher. Help others.”

Executive director: Karen Clawson

(239) 596-5437

4601 Oak Leaf Drive

Naples, FL 34119


Keep Collier Beautiful

An all-volunteer nonprofit that spearheads several programs to keep our waterways free of litter and debris and to encourage people not to litter.

Executive director: Jim Zimmerman

(239) 580-8319

2600 Corporate Flight Drive

Naples, FL 34104


Kingdom Community International (KCI)

Empowers and mentors individuals locally and worldwide as leaders to influence and impact their society, to establish communities for the purpose of discipling others.

Executive director: Trista Sue Kragh

(239) 465-0409

P.O. Box 363

Naples, FL 34106


Kneads, A Fresh Vision for Special Education

Provides the underserved community of adolescents and young adults with developmental delays, including those on the autism spectrum, with motivational and creative programs involving the arts, healthy lifestyles, mentoring and social community involvement.

Executive director: Edith Pagoni

(239) 961-8500

7818 Ashton Road

Naples, FL 34113


Kowiachobee Animal Preserve

An educational, hands-on learning facility and rescue home to more than 100 animals including domestic, farm, exotic and big cats.

Executive director: John Slaby

(239) 352-5387

2861 Fourth Ave. SE

Naples, FL 34117





Provides new shoes to needy kids in Collier and Lee counties.

(239) 293-1215

1900 Gulf Shore Blvd. N.

Naples, FL 34102


Latchkey League

Helps support the Salvation Army Youth Center and other community organizations that provide after-school supervision and activities to thousands of children in the Naples area and are presently unable to afford such services.

Executive director: Myra Janco Daniels

(239) 658-5424

P.O. Box 413005, #221

Naples, FL 34101


The League Club

An organization of women strengthening communities through fellowship, education, volunteerism and philanthropy. Membership is limited to women who have been active members of a Junior League that is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International.

President: Susan Mainwaring

(239) 353-3100

5051 Castello Drive, Suite 240

Naples, FL 34103


League of Women Voters of Collier County

A nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government; influences public policy through education and advocacy; and empowers citizens to take an active role in shaping better communities worldwide.

Executive director: Charlotte Nycklemoe

(239) 263-4656

P.O. Box 9883

Naples, FL 34101


Lighthouse of Collier

Rehabilitation center for the blind and visually impaired in Collier County focused on empowering clients to foster independence and enhancing their quality of life. Offers summer camp for blind and visually impaired children.

Executive director: Robin Goldstone Garcia

(239) 430-3934

2685 Horseshoe Drive S., Suite 211

Naples, FL 34110


Literacy Volunteers of Collier County

Dedicated to enhancing the lives of students and their families by improving their literacy skills.

Executive director: Elaine Mayrides

(239) 262-4448

8833 Tamiami Trail E.

Naples, FL 34113


Lucky Parrot Sanctuary

Provides a haven in a natural setting for homeless, abused and/or unwanted parrots.

Executive director: Ethel Buchbinder

(239) 348-1991

P.O Box 110334

Naples, FL 34108




Marco Island Center for the Arts

A hub for arts activities on Marco Island with monthly exhibits, educational programs for children and adults, an assortment of events and a unique gift shop.

Executive director: Hyla Crane

(239) 394-4221

1010 Winterberry Drive

Marco Island, FL 34145


Marco Island Historical Society

Dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and heritage of Marco Island and the surrounding community.

Executive director: Patricia Rutledge

(203) 736-3582

180 S. Heathwood Drive

Marco Island, FL 34145


Marco Island Shell Club

Promotes the study, conservation, science, history and appreciation of seashells and mollusks in their forms. Engages in education and fundraising and finances scholarships and grants.

President: Marsha Prunetti

(239) 393-2238

P.O. Box 633

Marco Island, FL 34145


Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club

A service organization that raises funds for the benefit of the hungry and needy, locally first then internationally.

Executive director: Stan Neimczyk

(239) 404-6055

1865 Apataki Court

Marco Island, FL 34145


Meals of Hope

Provides a hands-on experience for individuals and organizations wishing to combat hunger in their community.

Executive director: Steve Popper

(800) 985-7698

2221 Corporation Blvd.

Naples, FL 34109


Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida

Has promoted healthy emotional and mental well-being since its inception in 1957.

Executive director: Petra Jones

(239) 261-5405

2335 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 404

Naples, FL 34103



Invests in the lives of people of potential with grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 made for education, business development and transportation. Provides a hand up, not a handout.

Executive director: Chuck Garrity

(239) 261-6360

1540 Ixora Drive

Naples, FL 34102


Miracles in Action

Supports poor Mayan artisans in the sales of fair-trade jewelry and handicrafts. Leaves a legacy of learning in building schools in Guatemala. Participates in the Marco Island Farmers Market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday November through April.

Executive director: Penny Rambacher

(239) 348-0815

241 Countryside Drive

Naples, FL 34104


Miracles Among Us

Provides support and resources to improve the quality of life for families and survivors of any type of brain injury, including trauma and illness.

Executive director: Suzan Berg

(239) 529-5284

P.O. Box 110992

Naples, FL 34108


Montessori Academy of Naples

Offers early childhood, elementary and middle school programs adhering to Montessori philosophy and practices and is noted for its trained and experienced staff.

Executive director: Kimberly Hunt

(239) 597-2255

2659 Professional Circle, Suite 1118

Naples, FL 34119


Mother Frances de Sales Auxiliary to the Homeless

Provides funds/service to area homeless, namely St. Vincent de Paul, Sunlight Home, Providence House and St. Matthew’s House. This year’s ball will recognize teenage Rose Girls for their two-year service commitment.

Executive director: Rebecca D. Foxhoven

(239) 434-0102

2450 Half Moon Walk

Naples, FL 34102


Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida

Since 2000, the MS Center of Southwest Florida has been providing access to therapeutic and wellness services to help those suffering from MS to manage the symptoms of their disease.

Executive director: Kay Jasso

(239) 435-1901

971 Third Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102


Museum of Military Memorabilia

Founded in 2006, the museum has collected more than 11,000 artifacts to preserve military history, enhance understanding of military conflicts and honor our veterans who protect the cause of freedom.

President: Bob McDonald

(941) 575-0401

500 Terminal Drive

Naples, FL 34104




NAMI of Collier County

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County improves the lives of the one in four families affected by serious and persistent mental illness through education, support and advocacy.

Executive director: Kathryn Hunter

(239) 260-7300

6216 Trail Blvd., Building C

Naples, FL 34108


Naples Alliance for Children

Connects the community through information, referral and programming with the resources that meet the educational, health and welfare needs of the children and families in Collier County.

Executive director: Myra Shapiro

(239) 649-5260

660 Ninth St. N., Suite 35D

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Art Association

Founded in 1954, the Naples Art Association operates The von Liebig Art Center and aims to promote and advance education, interest and participation in the visual arts.

Executive director: Aimee Schlehr

(239) 262-6517

585 Park St.

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Botanical Garden****

Combines 170 acres of gorgeous tropical gardens and pristine natural areas with innovative programs for people of all ages and abilities.

Executive director: Brian Holley

(239) 643-7275

4820 Bayshore Drive

Naples, FL 34112

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Naples Cat Alliance

Creates a no-kill community through Collier County’s official TNR Program designed to protect public health, reduce shelter euthanasia, increase cat adoptions, and improve the quality of life for Collier cats and residents.

Executive director: Megan Sorbara

(239) 300-0829

7785 Davis Blvd., Suite 104

Naples, FL 34104


Naples Children & Education Foundation

The founding organization of the Naples Winter Wine Festival is committed to improving the educational, emotional and health outcomes of underprivileged and at-risk children.

Executive director: Maria Jimenez-Lara

(239) 514-2239

4305 Exchange Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


Naples Christian Academy

A U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School (2007) for students in Pre-K through eighth grade that offers individualized yet rigorous academics, competitive sports and mission outreaches that prepare students to engage with their culture for Christ.

Headmaster: Phillip Tingle

(239) 455-1080

3161 Santa Barbara Blvd.

Naples, FL 34116


Naples Concert Band

Now in its 44th season of entertaining the community with a variety of musical selections each month at Naples’ Cambier Park.

President: Everett Hughes

(239) 263-9521

P.O. Box 31

Naples, FL 34106


Naples Equestrian Challenge

A Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Premier Accredited Center established in 1995 that provides therapeutic riding and other equine-assisted activities and therapy programs to more than 550 special needs children and adults every year.

Executive director: Kim Minarich

(239) 596-2988

208 Ridge Drive

Naples, FL 34106


Naples Garden Club

Fosters appreciation of horticulture, design and the environment by providing opportunities for learning and sharing.

Executive director: Roberta Ross

(239) 262-1272

4820 Bayshore Drive

Naples, FL 34112


Naples Historical Society

The “Central Voice of Naples History” preserves the community’s history through five preservation initiatives and 10 programs. Historic Palm Cottage serves as the society’s educational headquarters.

Executive director: Elaine L. Reed

(239) 261-8164

137 12th Ave. S.

P.O. Box 201

Naples, FL 34106


Naples International Film Festival

Celebrates independent film and filmmakers in an intimate festival setting that enhances the cultural and artistic life of our community, with an opening night film and party at Artis—Naples and weekend film showings at Silverspot Cinema.

Executive director: Shannon Franklin

(239) 775-3456

2338 Immokalee Road, Suite 110

Naples, FL 34110


Naples Junior Woman’s Club

Promotes empowerment, access to education and enhancement of lives through voluntarism, philanthropy and scholarships.

Executive director: Taylor Hebble

(415) 662-8115

570 Park St.

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Lions Club

The leading service club providing free eye exams, glasses, eye surgeries for adults and children, and vision and hearing screenings for preschool children ages 2 through 5.

Executive director: Jack Arvold

(239) 353 4800

P.O. Box 110474

Naples, FL 34108


Naples Music Club

Supports music education and performance, provides scholarships, and engages in collaborative outreach efforts within Naples and its neighboring communities.

Executive director: Gordon Hammes

(239) 593-0346

P.O. Box 112383

Naples FL 34108


Naples North Rotary Club Foundation

Along with the Naples North Rotary Club, supports projects including college scholarships for underprivileged children, youth causes like Girls on the Run and Naples High School JROTC, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, causes in Jamaica and service projects in Naples.

Executive director: Alex Garland Jr.

(239) 253-2788

P.O. Box 1307

Naples, FL 34106


Naples Orchestra and Chorus

A multigenerational volunteer organization that brings classical and popular music to local audiences, supports the growth of aspiring music students and enriches our communities.

President: Anne Wilson

(239) 415-1655

P.O. Box 9542

Naples, FL 34104


Naples Pathways Coalition

Works with local and county governments to plan and build safe, bikeable/walkable roadways and sponsors educational programs and special events to raise awareness of bike/pedestrian issues.

Executive director: Beth Brainard

(239) 777-7718

300 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 101, Box 464

Naples, FL 34102


The Naples Players

With a 63-year Naples history, offers community theater entertainment, education and cultural enrichment to patrons of all ages at Sugden Community Theater.

Executive director: John F. Sorey III

(239) 263-7990

701 Fifth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Woman’s Club (GFWC)

The member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs is dedicated to enhancing the community through philanthropic activities and volunteer service.

President: Lee Kraus

(239) 262-6331

570 Park St.

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Yacht Club

Founded in 1947 and situated on picturesque Naples Bay, Naples Yacht Club has the proud distinction of being the city’s first and oldest private club.

Executive director: Commodore Russell G. Overton

(239) 262-6648

700 14th Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Zoo

Accredited as a zoo and botanical garden, Naples Zoo annually welcomes more than 370,000 guests through admissions, education programs, and conservation efforts that support the care of wildlife locally and globally.

President and CEO: Jack Mulvena

(239) 262-5409

1590 Goodlette-Frank Road

Naples, FL 34102


NCH Healthcare Foundation

As the fundraising arm of NCH Healthcare System, a nonprofit community hospital, the foundation supports the system’s mission to help everyone live a longer, happier and healthier life.

Executive director: Jim Martin

(239) 624-2000

350 Seventh St. N.

Naples, FL 34102


NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County

Facilitates and implements programs to combat childhood obesity, prevent childhood drowning and reduce sudden unexpected infant death.

Executive director: TJ Snopkowski

(239) 552-7788

P.O. Box 234

Naples, FL 34106


Neighborhood Health Clinic****

Delivers quality medical and dental care to low-income, working but uninsured Collier County adults, using a professional volunteer staff in a caring and supportive environment.

Executive director: Leslie Lascheid

(239) 261-6600

121 Goodlette-Frank Road

Naples, FL 34102


New Horizons of SWFL

Empowers at-risk youth to reach their full potential through tutoring, mentoring and faith. Has nearly 400 students grades K-12 enrolled in programs in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero.

Executve director: Debra Haley

(239) 948-4146

P.O. Box 111833

Naples, FL 34108

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Ohio State Alumni Club of Naples

The Naples Buckeyes is an organization made up of Buckeye Fans, family and friends working to help local students attend Ohio State University.

(239) 200-6918

P.O. Box 111835

Naples, FL 34108


One by One Leadership Foundation of SW Florida

Connects leaders from our area’s congregations, government, neighborhoods, business, education and social service community to address Southwest Florida’s most pressing needs.

Executive director: John Lawson

(239) 248-5857

P.O. Box 5393

Immokalee, FL 34143


Opera Naples

A decade strong, the city’s opera company presents opera and concerts featuring international and regional talent at area venues and its own Wang Opera Center, plus offerings of community education programs throughout Collier County. 

Acting executive director: John Hushon

(239) 963-9050

2377 Linwood Ave.

Naples, FL 34112




PACE Center for Girls—Collier

Provides girls and young women in Immokalee an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

Executive director: Marianne Kearns

(239) 842-5406

160 N. First St.

Immokalee, FL 34142


Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus

Southwest Florida’s premier men’s a cappella chorus.

President: Gray Poehler

(239) 352-6366

P.O. Box 111431

Naples, FL 34108


Parkinson Association of SWFL (PASFI)

Promotes quality of life for persons with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners by offering free-of-charge exercise classes, educational events and support/social programs.

Executive director: Jacqueline A. Urso

(239) 417-3465

1048 Goodlette-Frank Road, Suite 201

Naples, FL 34102



Helps victims of sex trafficking become healthy in spirit, soul and body by empowering each person through education, counseling and spiritual renewal.

Executive director: Ana Stevenson

(239) 331-4216

1200 Goodlette-Frank Road N., Suite 9916

Naples, FL 34101


Paws Assistance Dogs

Promotes independence and enhances quality of life for combat-wounded veterans and children with special needs through life-changing partnerships with skilled assistance dogs.

Executive director: Jeannie C. Bates

(239) 775-1660

3173 Horseshoe Drive S.

Naples, FL 34104


Physician Led Access Network (PLAN) of Collier County

A network of health care providers that donate services as charity care to low-income, uninsured adults in Collier County that qualify, PLAN has been “Making a Difference in the Health of Our Community” since 2003.

Executive director: Colleen Dunphy

(239) 776- 3016

501 Goodlette-Frank Road N., Suite B300

Naples, FL 34119


Pilot Club of Naples/Naples Pilot Foundation

Service organization that promotes community awareness and prevention of brain disorders and injuries by educating children with “protect your brain” puppet shows and giving away thousands of free bike helmets.

Executive director: Marilyn Lewis

(239) 434-2339

P.O. Box 8674

Naples, FL 34101


Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

Provides affordable access to comprehensive reproductive health care and accurate health information through patient care, education and advocacy at Naples, Immokalee and Fort Myers health centers.

Executive director: Barbara A. Zdravecky

(239) 262-8923

1425 Creech Road

Naples, FL 34103


Pregnancy Resource Center

Serves pregnant, at-risk women and their partners with prompt and accurate medical services such as pregnancy tests, sonograms, STI testing and treatment at no cost to the patient, plus life-affirming parenting classes and education.

Executive director: Janet Custer

(239) 513-9775

10611 Tamiami Trail N.

Naples, FL 34108


Project HELP

Works with dignity and compassion to ease the pain of those affected by rape, violence, crime or loss of a loved one.

Executive director: Michelle English

(239) 649-1404

3123 Terrace Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


Providence House

Provides a faith-based, transitional housing and self-sufficiency program for motivated single women with young children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

(239) 692-8779

P.O. Box 128

Naples, FL 34106




Quest College Admissions

Works with local students to assist them in the college admissions and scholarship process.

Executive director: Susan Zumstein

(239) 403-7174

2706 Horseshoe Drive S.

Naples, FL 34104




Reach Out Everglades and COPS Association

Neighborhood charity in the Everglades area that helps families in crisis.

Executive director: Carol Foss

(239) 695-2277

P.O. Box 894

Chokoloskee, FL 34138


Redlands Christian Migrant Association

Opens doors to opportunities through quality child care and education from crib to high school and beyond. Benefits from annual strawberry festival in Tampa in February.

Executive director: Barbara Mainster

(800) 282-6540

402 W. Main St.

Immokalee, FL 34142


Ricky King Children’s Fund

Empowers families of sick, dying and disabled children by providing support so their children can receive the services and equipment needed to get the most out of life.

Executive director: Jennifer Weidenbruch

(239) 449-0209

2390 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 102

Naples, FL 34103


Ride Nature

Mission organization that aims to reach youth both locally and internationally through action sports outreach, evangelism and discipleship.

Executive director: Mark Koch

(239) 220-5857

3100 Bailey Lane

Naples, FL 34105


The Rotary Club of Naples

Provides support for numerous local charities as well as international programs, including Polio Plus.

President: Mia Delk

(239) 262-1040

2375 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 110

Naples, FL 34103


Russian-American Museum of Art

In 2013, owners of Gallery on Fifth founded Russian-American Museum of Art with the goal to bridge two of the world’s greatest cultures through the means of fine art.

Executive director: Elizaveta Arkhangelskaya

(239) 821-9459

9115 Strada Place, Suite 5130

Naples, FL 34108




Saint Ann School Foundation

Provides need-based school tuition scholarships to the students of Saint Ann Catholic School, which welcomes and inspires children in Pre-K through eighth grade and teaches the whole child through spirit, mind and body.

Executive director: Pamela Macia

(239) 262-4110

475 Ninth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102


The Salvation Army of Collier County

Provides food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children.

Executive director: Major Dan Proctor

(239) 775-9447

3180 Estey Ave.

Naples, FL 34101


Seacrest Country Day School

Independent school for students Pre-K through grade 12 that fuels intellectual engagement, teaches ownership of the educational experience, cultivates quality of character and inspires students to lead lives of significance.

Head of school: John Watson

(239) 793-1986

7100 Davis Blvd.

Naples, FL 34104


Searching for Solutions Institute

Engages private sector leaders in learning about critical issues through the Imagine Solutions Conference.

Executive director: Randall Antik

(214) 215-6000

29130 Brendisi Way

Naples, FL 34110


Senior Friendship Health Center

Provides for the medical and dental needs of the underserved seniors of Collier County.

Executive director: Allie Krider-Harrison

(239) 566-7425

2171 Pine Ridge Road, Suite F

Naples, FL 34109


The Shelter for Abused Women & Children****

Strives to prevent, protect and prevail over domestic violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change. Envisions a community where every home is a safe haven.

Executive director: Linda Oberhaus

(239) 775-3862

P.O. Box 10102

Naples, FL 34101

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Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center

A refuge for exotic animals that have been abused, abandoned and/or neglected that has connected people and animals through education since 1993.

Board president: Deanna Deppen

(239) 455-1698

P.O. Box 3032

Naples, FL 34106


Special Needs Children’s Fund

Improves the lives of children and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities in Collier County by assisting in easing the financial demands brought on by their disabilities and by promoting access to resources.

President: Julie Stanley

(239) 601-4620

P.O. Box 8333

Naples, FL 34101


Special Olympics Florida—Collier County****

Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to share gifts, skills and friendship.

Executive director: David McKenzie

(239) 775-1991

5450 YMCA Road

Naples, FL 34109


Sports Club

Provides children a safe and enriching after-school, summer camp and youth sports environment through educational, physical and creative activities.

(239) 566-2582

3275 Pine Ridge Road

Naples, FL 34109

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St. Elizabeth Seton School

Serving Pre-K 3 through eighth-grade students since 1981, St. Elizabeth Seton is committed to providing a challenging, quality education that focuses on the development of the whole child.

Principal: Marrie McLaughlin

(239) 455-2262

2730 53rd Terrace SW

Naples, FL 34116


St. John Neumann Catholic High School

Roman Catholic, college-preparatory Diocesan high school serving students in grades 9 through 12 from throughout Collier County.

Principal: Sister Patricia Roche

(239) 455-3044

3000 53rd St. SW

Naples, FL 34116


St. Matthew’s House

Aims to change lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined, as well as provide housing for the homeless and food for the needy.

Executive director: Vann Ellison

(239) 774-0500

2001 Airport-Pulling Road S.

Naples, FL 34112

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Storytellers Creative Arts

Develops communities where artists can connect, celebrate and create art that expresses faith, transforms life and elevates culture with the theme of “transforming artists to transform culture.”

Executive director: Bill Barnett

(239) 287-7331

P.O. Box 111742

Naples, FL 34108


Stroke Research Foundation

Aims to improve post-stroke lifestyles through community outreach, advocacy and the funding of 21st century rehabilitation research.

Executive director: Bob Mandell

(239) 254-8266

5621 Strand Blvd., Suite 109

Naples, FL 34110


Sunlight Home

The only residential maternity home and program serving Collier County since 1994 attempts to break the cycle of poverty and abuse for at-risk pregnant women and teens.

Executive director: Linda Hale

(239) 352-0251

P.O. Box 9194

Naples, FL 34101


Sunshine Kids Foundation

Dedicated to helping children with cancer by providing emotional support, group activities and adventure trips for the kids during their treatments.

Co-chairperson: Brenda Fioretti

(239) 659-2429

621 Fifth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102





A professional Equity theater company producing professional-quality plays and musicals using professional actors, including Broadway veterans and celebrities. Employs professional musicians, directors and designers, creating a wonderful regional theatre company for Southwest Florida.

Artistic director: Mark Danni

(888) 966-3352

13275 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34109


Training Teens for Jobs

Provides exciting and affordable interactive job workshops for young adults given from the employer’s perspective, teaching the five fundamentals to finding a job: presentation, application, interview, résumé and skills.

Executive director: Derrick Lawary

(513) 708-7815

1087 Port Orange Way

Naples, FL 34120


Tumaini Fund USA

Aims to help the estimated 200,000 impoverished AIDS orphans in the Kagera region of Northwest Tanzania to survive and become self-sufficient by providing basic needs and education.

Executive director: Rick Swope

(239) 262-0170

533 Galleon Drive

Naples, FL 34102




United Arts Council of Collier County

Enriches lives and strengthens the community through the power of the arts.

Executive director: Katie Schweikhardt

(239) 254-8242

1495 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 5

Naples, FL 34112


United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Naples

Provides people with disabilities the assistance and support necessary to enable them to live valued lives in the community.

Executive director: Ellie Roberts

(239) 643-5338

4227 Exchange Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


United Way of Collier County****

Advances the common good by focusing on the building blocks for good quality of life—education, income, health and safety-net services—and partnering with hundreds of volunteers and 33 local charities to annually serve more than 100,000 residents.

Executive director: Steve Sanderson

(239) 261-7112

9015 Strada Stell Court, Suite 204

Naples, FL 34109

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The Village School

The private Christian school, the only STEAM-certified school in Collier County, focuses its curriculum on project-based, whole-body learning in a rigorous academic environment to enable students to work cooperatively, think critically and problem-solve with purpose.

Head of school: Ginger Sauter

(239) 593-7686

6000 Goodlette-Frank Road

Naples, FL 34109


Voices of Naples

A community chorus that performs concerts to raise money for scholarships for high school seniors who intend to pursue a major in vocal performance at the university level.

Executive director: Mariellen LeMasters

(239) 643-0980

2249 Clipper Way

Naples, FL 34104


Volunteer Services for Animals

Has been saving and improving the lives of homeless pets in Collier County since 1982.

Executive director: Phyllis Estes

(239) 290-6274

6017 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 330

Naples, FL 34119




Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation

Puts on a gala banquet that honors one of its recognized high school athlete recipients with the coveted Winged Foot award and a $10,000 scholarship and that features a nationally known keynote speaker.

Executive director: H.A. (Bud) Hornbeck II

(239) 262-7171

1395 Panther Lane, Suite 100

Naples, FL 34109


Wishing Well Foundation

Grants wishes and gives ongoing support to children in Collier County with life-threatening illness.

Executive director: Vicki Torbush

(239) 263-1704

4301 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Suite 1004

Naples, FL 34103


Women of Trinity

Hosts the Christmas Market and Church Mouse sales at Trinity-by-the-Cove for the benefit of local charities. Has donated $500,000 in the past five years.

President: Jan Huffman

(239) 262-6581

553 Galleon Drive

Naples, FL 34102




Young Life Naples

An organization for adolescents that enters the world of kids and what matters to them and talks to them about the truth about God and His love for us.

Executive director: Brad McKlveen

(239) 260-5047

2010 Orange Blossom Drive

Naples, FL 34109


Youth Haven

Since 1972, Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls age 6 to 17 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.

Executive director: Jinx Liggett

(239) 774-2904

5867 Whitaker Road

Naples, FL 34112





Abuse Counseling and Treatment

Agency serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties.

Executive director: Jennifer L. Benton

(239) 939-2553

P.O. Box 60401

Fort Myers, FL 33906

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Alliance for the Arts

Connects art, culture and community from its 10-acre campus with gallery exhibitions, concerts, plays, festivals, classes, and a wide variety of other art and culture programs.

Executive director: Lydia Black

(239) 939-2787

10091 McGregor Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33919

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Alzheimer’s Association—Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

Aims to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Executive director: Gloria Smith

(239) 405-7008

9220 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 223

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


American Cancer Society, Fort Myers

The nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Executive director: Stacey Mueller

(239) 936-1113

4575 Via Royale, Suite 110

Fort Myers, FL 33919


American Heart Association—Southwest Florida Office

Builds healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Executive director: Leslie Amick

(239) 495-4900

28441 Bonita Crossings Blvd.

Bonita Springs, FL 34135



Dedicated to helping troubled youth develop into responsible and productive citizens.

Executive director: Windye McNeal

(239) 765-9696

1190 Main St.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931


Animal Refuge Center

Southwest Florida’s largest no-kill shelter for homeless dogs and cats is in its 27th year of saving thousands of abandoned pets.

Executive director: Wayne Leinen

(239) 233-4375

18011 Old Bayshore Road

North Fort Myers, FL 33917


ArtFest Fort Myers

Creates public access to a broad array of visual art through ArtFest Fort Myers, an annual outdoor fine art festival, while supporting arts in education and encouraging the appreciation of arts in Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Sharon McAllister

(239) 768-3602

1375 Jackson St., Suite 401

Fort Myers, FL 33901




Barbara’s Friends—Golisano Children’s Hospital

Raises money for Southwest Florida children stricken with cancer and hematology blood disorders.

Chairman: Al Kinkle

(239) 343-6950

16451 HealthPark Commons Drive,
Suite 200

Fort Myers, FL 33908


BIG Arts

Cultural arts center that offers a full spectrum of professional performing arts, including music, dance, film and theater; visual arts exhibits; and more than 250 workshops and lectures each season.

Executive director: Lee Ellen Harder

(239) 395-0900

900 Dunlop Road

Sanibel, FL 33957


Bonita Springs Assistance Office

Has served as the primary social service agency in Bonita Springs since 1979, helping food-insecure and financially insecure residents at a time of crisis.

Executive director: Marjorie Johnson

(239) 992-3034

25300 Bernwood Drive, Unit 6

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Bonita Springs Chapter of Shoes That Fit

Provides new shoes and clothes for needy school children in Lee and Collier counties.

Executive director: Amy Fass

(239) 949-2986

23110 Oakglen Lane

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Bonita Springs YMCA****

Promotes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Executive director: Maribel Slabaugh

(239) 221-7560

27200 Kent Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County

Operates five sites throughout Lee County and serves more than 1,700 youth a year through after-school and summer enrichment programs for boys and girls 6 to 18 years old.

Executive director: Shannon Lane

(239) 334-1886

7275 Concourse Drive, Suite 200

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Builders Care

The charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) provides emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means.

Executive director: Heidi Taulman

(239) 938-0056

10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33966




Candlelighters of Southwest Florida

Provides support, education and family activities to children diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders throughout Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Klair M. Snellbaker

(239) 432-2223

9981 S. HealthPark Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Canterbury School

An independent college preparatory K-12 school.

Head of school: Richard Kirschner

(239) 481-4323

8141 College Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Cape Coral Caring Center

Provides an emergency food pantry, assistance with electric bills, 30-day bus pass for job searches, résumé help and assistance with applying for jobs online.

Executive director: Julie Ferguson

(239) 945-1927

4645 SE 15th Ave.

Cape Coral, FL 33904


Cape Coral Community Foundation

Has supported the public well-being and improved the quality of life for the community through the stewardship of permanently endowed and gifted funds since 1973.

Executive director: Beth Sanger

(239) 542-5594

1405 SE 47th St., Unit 2

Cape Coral, FL 33904


Cape Coral Historical Society

Dedicated to collecting, preserving and displaying the unique history of the City of Cape Coral.

Executive director: Regan Doherty

(239) 772-7037

544 Cultural Park Blvd.

Cape Coral, FL 33904


Catholic Charities of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties

Helps about 40,000 people annually in 10 counties, offering people an opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency with a wide range of assistance and serving all in need regardless of race, nationality or creed.

District director: Charles Anderson

(239) 334-4007

4235 Michigan Ave. Link

Fort Myers, FL 33916


Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Provides a wide range of affordable cultural activities that appeal to the whole family and improve quality of life.

Executive director: Susan Bridges

(239) 495-8989

26100 Old 41 Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida

Aims to improve the lives of children and their families through a coordinated response to child abuse and neglect.

Executive director: Jill Turner

(239) 939-2808

3830 Evans Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

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Children’s Network of Southwest Florida (Camelot Comm. Care)

Lead agency for child welfare that provides services to assure safety, permanency and well-being to nearly 2000 abused and neglected children and their families.

Executive director: Nadereh Salim

(239) 226-1524

2232 Altamont Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

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Community Cooperative

Fights to end homelessness and hunger by providing more than 14,000 meals monthly through Community Cafés and Marketplace and Meals on Wheels programs and by offering homeless and comprehensive case management services.

Executive director: Tracey Galloway

(239) 332-7687

3429 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33916


CREW Land & Water Trust

Conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of the water resources and natural communities in and around the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW).

Executive director: Brenda Brooks

(239) 657-2253

23998 Corkscrew Road

Estero, FL 33928


CROW—Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife

This 47-year-old clinic operates a state-of-the-art wildlife hospital/visitor education center, helping nearly 4,000 injured wildlife per year and offering special presentations daily and the chance to watch recovering patients via live critter-cams.

Executive director: Linda Estep

(239) 472-3644

3883 Sanibel-Captiva Road

Sanibel, FL 33957




Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center

Has been serving Southwest Florida since 1983, providing sign class, lip reading class, sign language interpreting, deaf mentoring, and free phones for the hearing- or speech-impaired.

Executive director: Dianna Druding

(239) 461-0334

1860 Boy Scout Drive, Suite B208

Fort Myers, FL 33907


Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers

Trains and creates meaningful employment opportunities within the insurance industry for disabled veterans.

President and CEO: Gary L. Bryant

(239) 209-1479

1275 Kasamada Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Dr. Piper Center for Social Services

Enhances the social and economic well-being of seniors 55 and older and makes a positive impact in the lives of children with special needs, the frail elderly clients and our communities at large.

Executive director: Nida C. Eluna

(239) 332-5346

2607 Dr. Ella Piper Way

Fort Myers, FL 33916




The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida

Serves the families of Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties to make certain that children from birth to age 5 and beyond have access to high-quality early education experiences to cultivate their natural enthusiasm for learning.

Executive director: Susan E. Block

(239) 935-6100

2675 Winkler Ave., Suite 300

Fort Myers, FL 33901

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An international Christian organization that provides global hunger solutions through agricultural information, consultation and seeds for small-scale farmers in developing countries.

Executive director: Stan Doerr

(239) 543-3246

17391 Durrance Road

North Fort Myers, FL 33917

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Edison Festival of Light

Honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to Southwest Florida through three weeks of community events each February.

(239) 334-2999

P.O. Box 339

Fort Myers, FL 33902


Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida

Provides critical medical attention, including medication, to uninsured individuals over 18 in an eight-county area headquartered in Sarasota, plus case management; referrals to other community services; and prevention and educational programs.

Executive director: Kevin Lindberg

(239) 275-4838

4040 Palm Beach Blvd., Suite D

Fort Myers, FL 33916




FGCU “Wings of Hope” Environmental Education Program

Connects FGCU students with Collier and Lee County fourth-and fifth-graders to build bridges of hope for the endangered Florida panther, wildlife, water conservation and the natural world through education, research and awareness.

Executive director: Ricky Pires

(239) 777-1108

10501 FGCU Blvd. S.

Fort Myers, FL 33965


Florida Arts

Presents world-class exhibits and performances through a restored state-of-the-art facility and provides enriching educational arts experiences for children and adults alike, on-site at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and throughout the community.

Executive director: Jim Griffith

(239) 333-1933

2301 First St.

Fort Myers, FL 33991


Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation

Provides non-medical living expense assistance to qualified cancer patients by offering short-term, one-time financial support to individuals undergoing cancer treatment in the state of Florida.

Executive Director: Valerie Vance

(941) 677-7184

4371 Veronica S. Shoemaker Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33916


Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation

Encourages, solicits, receives and administers gifts for scientific, educational and charitable purposes, all for the development of Florida Gulf Coast University.

Executive director: Chris Simoneau

(239) 590-1067

10501 FGCU Blvd. S.

Fort Myers, FL 33965


Florida Repertory Theatre

A regional professional theater company producing nine full-scale plays and musicals from October to May each year in the River District of Fort Myers.

Executive director: Robert Cacioppo

(239) 332-4665

2267 First St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


For the Kids Foundation

Provides entertainment and gifts and runs special programs at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida while supporting the child life specialists who help distract children fighting for their lives in therapy with smiles and joy.

Executive director: Sean Hoover

(239) 541-0461

P.O. Box 101264

Cape Coral, FL 33910


Fort Myers Beach Art Association

An all-volunteer organization that promotes and instructs the visual arts with classes, programs, exhibits and studio space in Fort Myers Beach.

President: Floyd Lawrence

(239) 463-3909

P.O. Box 2359

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932


Fort Myers YMCA****

Promotes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

(239) 275-9622

1360 Royal Palm Square Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33919

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Foster Care Advisory Services

Support group for foster children and their caregivers that has been helping children in need in the local area for more than 30 years.

Executive director: Charles Becton Johnson

(239) 939-1338

4165 E. River Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33916


The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools****

Education foundation that enhances and enriches the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators.

Executive director: Marshall T. Bower

(239) 337-0433

2266 Second St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Friends of Lovers Key

Supports Lovers Key State Park and is raising funds to build an environmental education center at the park.

Board president: Tim Horvatich

(239) 463-4588

8700 Estero Blvd.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931




Gladiolus Learning and Development

Provides quality day care for low-income children as a nationally accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment that received the Gold Seal of Excellence by the state of Florida.

Executive director: Tina Parsons

(239) 481-2100

10320 Gladiolus Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

A state-of-the-art, family-centered, full-service hospital that provides the highest level of lifesaving care 365 days a year to more than 5,000 children annually.

Executive director: Kathy Bridge-Liles

(239) 343-6950

9981 S. Healthpark Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida

Committed to serving people with disabilities and disadvantages by providing life-changing opportunities to achieve independence.

Executive director: Rick Evanchyk

(239) 995-2106

5100 Tice St.

Fort Myers, FL 33905


Gulf Coast Humane Society

No-kill animal welfare organization that cares for the neglected and abandoned pets of Southwest Florida until they find their forever homes, relying solely on donations, grants, bequests and fundraising events.

Executive director: Jennifer Galloway

(239) 332-0364

2010 Arcadia St.

Fort Myers, FL 33916


Gulfshore Ballet

Southwest Florida’s premier not-for-profit school of classical ballet.

Executive director: Lisa D. Tafel

(239) 590-6191

2155 Andrea Lane

Fort Myers, FL 33912




Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties****

Ecumenical Christian housing ministry serving families with income between 30 and 80 percent of the area median. Habitat houses are sold to partner families with zero interest mortgages, making homeownership affordable.

Executive director: Kitty Green

(239) 652-0434

1288 N. Tamiami Trail

North Fort Myers, FL 33903

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Harvest Time Ministries

Feeds bodies and souls with visits to farm worker camps and others in need, supplying food, clothing and baby items, as well as school supplies for 400-plus children.

Executive director: Rev. Geraldine K. Franck

(239) 947-6016

P. O. Box 366277

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Healthy Start Coalition Southwest Florida

Aims to reduce infant death and increase healthy births.

Executive director: Cathy Timuta

(239) 425-6920

1921 Jefferson Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


The Heights Foundation

Works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood by promoting family and community development; supporting education, health and wellness; and providing the benefits of enrichment and expressive and cultural arts.

Executive director: Kathryn Kelly

(239) 482-7706

15570 Hagie Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida

A community resource that offers people living with mental illness opportunities for work, education, friendship and support in a caring and dignified community setting.

Executive director: Debra Webb

(239) 267-1777

3602 Broadway

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Hope Hospice

A program of Hope HealthCare Services that provides specialized care for all people with complex needs related to life-changing illness, regardless of their ability to pay.

Executive director: Samira K. Beckwith

(239) 482-4673

9470 HealthPark Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33908


The Hot Flashz

An over-45 dance troupe dedicated to raising money for two children’s charities—Camp Boggy Creek and Special Operation Warriors Foundation—that provides high-energy, fun entertainment for all ages and is available to dance at clubs or events.

Executive director: Marjean Sage

(239) 482-6252

P.O. Box 07421

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships

Provides human trafficking prevention programs for youth and intervention programs for organizations (hotels, hospitals, libraries, law enforcement) where victimization may be seen, in both Lee and Collier County.

Executive director: Nola Theiss

(239) 415-2635

7275 Concourse Drive, Unit 400

Fort Myers, FL 33908




Interfaith Charities of South Lee

A food pantry and community outreach that serves residents in need in South Lee county.

Executive director: Nancy Martin

(239) 267-3510

17592 Rockefeller Circle

Fort Myers, FL33967




John Entwistle Foundation

Raises funds for children’s hospital music rooms and animal welfare through donations and by holding celebrity concert events and memorabilia auctions.

Executive director: Steve Luongo

(239) 482-6880

13300 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 56

Fort Myers, FL 33907


Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

The world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing students to succeed in a global economy. Using business volunteers, provides programs for students in grades K-12.

(239) 225-2590

9530 Marketplace Road, Suite 302

Fort Myers, FL 33912


Junior League of Fort Myers

An organization founded in 1966 and comprised of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Executive director: Danielle Lucht

(239) 277-1197

1500 Colonial Blvd., Suite 104

Fort Myers, FL 33907




Keep Lee County Beautiful

An environmental education organization compromised of business leaders, municipalities and volunteers serving to provide a pathway to a cleaner environment in the community at large.

Executive director: Tricia Fancher

(239) 334-3488

P.O. Box 9244

Fort Myers, FL 33902




The Laboratory Theater of Florida

Cutting-edge theater and performing arts education dedicated to thought-provoking entertainment and support of local artists and playwrights.

Executive director: Annette Trossbach

(239) 218-0481

P.O. Box 334

Fort Myers, FL 33902



Promotes and provides comprehensive community-based supports and services to adults with developmental disabilities, which allows them to live, work and recreate in their own communities and prevent institutionalization.

Executive director: Roger Bradley

(239) 334-6285

2570 Hanson St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida

Aims to reduce substance abuse in Lee County by raising awareness of prevention resources through collaboration, education and inspiration. Believes engagement is key to prevention and that prevention saves lives and money.

Executive director: Deborah Comella

(239) 931-9317

P.O. Box 61688

Fort Myers, FL 33906

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Lee Memorial Health System Foundation

The primary fundraising entity for Lee Memorial Health System—caring people, caring for people.

Executive director: Sharon MacDonald

(239) 343-6950

16451 HealthPark Commons Drive,
Suite 200

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Lifeline Family Center

Two-year home and learning center for young women in crisis pregnancies.

Executive director: Kathy Miller

(239) 242-7238

907 SE Fifth Ave.

Cape Coral, FL 33990


Lighthouse of SWFL

Rehabilitation center dedicated to providing tools, support and opportunities necessary for individuals with blindness and visual impairment to successfully achieve their desired level of independence.

Executive director: Douglas Fowler

(239) 997-7797

35 W. Mariana Ave.

North Fort Myers, FL 33903


Literacy Council Gulf Coast

Assists adults and children in acquiring the English literacy skills necessary to improve their lives through programs including ESL, GED, U.S. citizenship, advanced writing and family literacy.

Executive director: Susan Acuna

(239) 676-5202

29820 Old 41 Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Lutheran Services Florida

Helps youth and families in crisis through no-cost housing, counseling and substance abuse treatment.

Executive director: Shannon Martin

(239) 278-1140

3615 Central Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Lymphedema Resources

Provides financial assistance to those at risk of developing lymphedema or suffering from it in Southwest Florida.

President: John Wellum

(844) 394-3154

P.O. Box 1115

Estero, FL 33929




Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida

Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Executive director: Norman Wedderburn

(239) 992-9474

3655 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 3

Bonita Springs, FL 34134


March of Dimes

The leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health, dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.

Executive director: Trent Howe

(239) 271-2562

6314 Corporate Court, Suite 140

Fort Myers, FL 33919


The McGregor Clinic

Provides primary medical care and social services to persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Executive director: Sharon Murphy

(239) 334-9555

3487 Broadway

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Southwest Florida

The nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking.

Executive director: Lori Burke

(239) 791-7560

13650 Fiddlesticks Blvd., Suite 202-158

Fort Myers, FL 33912


Muscular Dystrophy Association

The world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases works to fund research; provide comprehensive services and support; and rally communities to fight.

Executive director: Erin Randall

(239) 437-6900

6315 Presidential Court

Fort Myers, FL 33990


Music For Minors Foundation

Raises money to purchase or refurbish instruments to award to deserving students in Collier and Lee counties.

(239) 273-2250

P. O. Box 1503

Bonita Springs, FL 34133




The Nations Association Charities

Reaches out to at-risk youth and their families to help them become self-sufficient and transform them into “Points of Light” in our community.

Executive director: Dr. Israel Suarez

(239) 332-7575

4625 Palm Beach Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33905




PACE Center for Girls, Lee County

Provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy through a research-based model tailored to meet their needs through gender-responsive, trauma-informed and strength-based programs and services.

Executive director: Meg M. Geltner

(239) 425-2366

3800 Evans Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Partners for Breast Cancer Care

Funds breast screening and diagnostic testing for uninsured/underinsured, low-income women and men in Lee County.

Executive director: Janet Darnell

(239) 454-8583

9470 Healthpark Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33908


The Passion Foundation

Raises funds to build shade structures over playgrounds and to educate children about proper sun exposure. 

Executive director: Jonathan Parla

(239) 898-6441

21607 Bella Terra Blvd.

Estero, FL 33928


Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

Provides affordable access to comprehensive reproductive health care and accurate health information through patient care, education and advocacy at Naples, Immokalee and Fort Myers Health Centers.

Executive director: Barbara A. Zdravecky

(239) 481-9999

8595 College Parkway, Suite 250

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Project Linus

Makes blankets and quilts for children in crises through 12 different agencies in Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Matilda Wilson

(239) 489-3582

8260 Cypress Lake Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33919




Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida

Provides youth development programs including after-school, summer camp, teen and early learning programs to help at-risk youth realize their potential though arts, academics and character-building activities.

Executive director: Abdul’haq Muhammed

(239) 334-2797

3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33916




Renaissance Montessori School

An accredited independent school with a professional faculty serving toddler through elementary children that inspires individuals to express their unique potential with purpose, passion and vision.

Executive director: Kathleen Leitch

(239) 275-2022

37 Barkley Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33907


Rockin’ Christmas Fund

Focuses on helping young people who suffered a parental tragedy to get a scholarship to help fund college or university tuition/expenses, as well as establishes endowments at major colleges/universities.

Executive director: Victoria Julia Wolanin

(239) 225-6100

P.O. Box 1515

Sanibel Island, FL 33957


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida

Dedicated to the health and well-being of children and keeping families together.

Executive director: Laura Ragain

(239) 437-0202

16100 Roserush Court

Fort Myers, FL 33908

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Rotary Club of Fort Myers

Chartered in 1922, the Rotary Club of Fort Myers has proudly served the community for 93 years with the motto “service above self.” Membership includes 170 men and women volunteers.

Executive director: Cherry Robson

(239) 332-8158

McGregor Blvd., Suite 101

Fort Myers, FL 33901





Provides exceptional and compassionate behavioral health care.

Executive director: Kevin B. Lewis

(239) 275-3222

3763 Evans Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties

Provides programs and services to people experiencing hunger, addiction and homelessness and helps people attain goals of housing and stable employment while fostering a sense of greater self-determination.

Area commander: Major Timothy P. Gilliam

(239) 278-1551

10291 McGregor Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33919


SanCap Cares

Raises funds and awareness for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Amanda Cross

(239) 472-2082

1349 Bay Drive

Sanibel, FL 33957


Sanibel Community Association: Sanibel Community House

Enriches community spirit through educational, cultural and social gatherings in the historic Community House built in 1927 and provides low-rate rentals to nonprofits, service organizations and clubs, and new business entrepreneurs.

Executive director: Teresa Riska-Hall

(239) 472-2155

2173 Periwinkle Way

Sanibel Island, FL 33957


Senior Friendship Centers

Promotes health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging and leads the way in delivery of comprehensive services that enrich the lives of older adults and their families.

Executive director: Nancy Green-Irwin

(239) 275-1881

5272 Summerlin Commons Way

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Society of St. Vincent de Paul—Our Lady of Light Conf.

Community-based volunteer organization that provides emergency financial and material assistance to the needy while maintaining their dignity and privacy in the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul.

President: Bill Bell

(239) 690-6685

19680 Cypress View Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33967


Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Leaders, conveners, grant makers and concierges of philanthropy form a foundation built on community leadership with an inspired history of fostering regional change for the common good in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

Executive director: Sarah Owen

(239) 274-5900

8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 201

Fort Myers, FL 33919

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Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

The Southwest Florida Symphony and its family of affiliates are committed to sharing their passion for world-class music with the entire Southwest Florida community.

Executive director: Amy Padilla

(239) 418-0996

8290 College Parkway, Suite 103

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Special Equestrians

Offers therapeutic horseback riding classes and equine-assisted activities for Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

Executive director: Jan Fifer

(239) 226-1221

5121 Staley Road

Fort Myers, FL 33905


Steinway Piano Society of Southwest Florida

Nurtures and sustains piano performance and study within the Southwest Florida community by providing young musicians with opportunities to strive toward new heights.

Executive director: Greg Billings

(239) 498-9884

28751 S. Tamiami Trail

Bonita Springs, FL 34134


Susan G. Komen

An organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

Executive director: Charlie Myrick

(239) 498-0016

4061 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 103

Bonita Springs, FL 34134

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SWFL Children’s Charities

Provides funding to local children’s charities through its signature two-day Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, which was ranked sixth among the Top 10 U.S. Charity Wine Auctions of 2014 by Wine Spectator.

Board president: Elaine Hawkins

(239) 513-7990

9736 Commerce Center Court

Fort Myers, FL 33908




Theatre Conspiracy

“From the classics to the cutting edge,” Theatre Conspiracy is committed to the highest artistic quality and provides audiences with unique, thought-provoking and stimulating theater.

Executive director: Bill Taylor

(239) 936-3239

10091 McGregor Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Turtle Time

Dedicated to the conservation and recovery of endangered sea turtles.

Executive director: Eve M. Haverfield

(239) 481-5566

3627 Heritage Lane

Fort Myers, FL 33908




Uncommon Friends Foundation

Provides character education curriculum for K-12, post-secondary and business ethics education programs, and historic preservation through property management and historical tours of the Burroughs Home & Gardens.

Executive director: Angela Melvin

(239) 337-9503

2505 First St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades & Okeechobee****

A volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in our community. Supports 82 local partner agencies.

Executive director: Cliff Smith

(239) 433-2000

7273 Concourse Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908

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WGCU Public Media

Provides PBS and NPR for Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Rick Johnson

(239) 590-7072

10501 FGCU Blvd. S.

Fort Myers, FL 33965


Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida

Aims to build a $5 million endowed organization by offering long-term investments in slavery abolition and economic security for women in Southwest Florida through intense local research and partnerships.

Executive director: Brenda Tate

(239) 281-2233

27320 Hidden River Court

Bonita Springs, FL 34134




Young Artists Awards

The area’s largest performing arts education, audition, performance and scholarship program for students ages 8 to 21 from throughout Southwest Florida is now in its 13th year.

Executive director: Katherine Boren

(239) 574-9321

10051 McGregor Blvd., Suite 104

Fort Myers, FL 33919




The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs

A club comprised of business and professional women whose mission is to enhance the status of women locally and globally, through service and fundraising.

President: Sara McCallum

(239) 949-6115

8960 Colonnades Court, Suite 927

Bonita Springs, FL 34135