2016 Gulfshore Life Charity Listings

Your guide to 323 worthy causes in Southwest Florida.

BY August 30, 2016

Here is our annual listing of the hundreds of nonprofit organizations that populate the Gulfshore. Also see our Social Calendar for a full listing of fundraising galas, luncheons, golf tournaments and other charity events.


* An asterisk means this nonprofit has received a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, the highest ranking offered by the evaluation organization, which means it scored 90 or above on a 100-point scale in a combined score of financial health and accountability/transparency. Charity Navigator describes a 4-star nonprofit as one that “exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause.” Due to tax status, length of operation, source of revenue and other criteria, not all organizations are rated. For more information, visit




ABLE Academy

Offers applied behavior analysis therapy and family support services for children with developmental or intellectual delays, including autism, and provides intensive therapy, specialized schooling and family/caregiver training.

Executive director: Colleen Cornwall

(239) 352-7600

5860 Golden Gate Parkway

Naples, FL 34116


Action for Life 

Dedicated to protecting and advocating for the dignity and respect of all human life from conception until natural death.

President: Terese Melone

(239) 262-5433

2663 Airport-Pulling Road, Suite D109

Naples, FL 34112


Adonis Autism 

Create a safe, affordable, financially sustainable long-term residential cohousing community providing meaningful work, recreation, education and training for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Executive director: Debby Kays

(239) 450-6060

726 98th Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34108


Alzheimer’s Support Network

Serves Collier County families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders through guidance, education, support and special programs, free of charge.

Executive director: Clarke Pollard

(239) 262-8388

660 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 21

Naples, FL 34102


American Cancer Society—Marco Island Unit

Nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Executive director: Sue Olszak

(239) 642-8800

583 Tallwood St., Suite 101

Marco Island, FL 34145


American Cancer Society, Naples

Nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing 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

Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Executive director: Emily Borababy

(239) 596-6868

2610 Northbrooke Plaza Drive

Naples, FL 34119


Angels Undercover of Collier County

Provides school uniforms (shirts and shorts) to needy elementary students in Collier County Public Schools, so they come to school prepared to learn.

Executive director: Jackie Bennett

(239) 272-4747

1288 Via Portofino

Naples, FL 34108


Animal Compassion Project

Promotes alternatives to euthanasia/TNR for cats; assists with spay/neuter/pet food; advocates for animal rights; serves as educational resource; and operates a sanctuary for feral, unadoptable and special needs cats.

Executive director: Michele Antonia

(239) 825-4093

P. O. Box 11206

Naples, FL 34101


The Archangel Fund for Collier County Charities

The Art of Giving event raises funds to support programs that improve the lives of the underprivileged in the community. These funds are disbursed through the Archangel Fund for Collier County Charities, which is administered by Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church.

(239) 262-0353

553 Galleon Drive

Naples, FL 34102


* Artis—Naples

Creates and presents world-class visual and performing arts, inspiring, educating and entertaining through 450-plus concerts, events, exhibitions and educational programs annually to serve the growing Southwest Florida community.

Executive director: Kathleen van Bergen

(239) 254-2601

5833 Pelican Bay Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108

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Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Protects the natural resources of the Western Everglades and influences restoration for the benefit of wildlife and people through land management, science, education, restoration and advocacy.

Executive director: Jason Lauritsen

(239) 348-9151

375 Sanctuary Road

Naples, FL 34120


Audubon of the Western Everglades

Employs staff and volunteers who dedicate themselves every day to protecting the environment for the mutual benefit of both nature and people, with the belief that current and future generations are counting on us to preserve and improve it.

(239) 643-7822

1020 Eighth Ave. S., Suite 2

Naples, FL 34102


Ave Maria School of Law

A Catholic law school offering a distinctive education characterized by the harmony of faith and reason.

Chief Advancement and Communications Officer: Donna Heiser

(239) 687-5405

1025 Commons Circle

Naples, FL 34119


Ave Maria University

Dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service.

Executive director: Jim Towey

(239) 280-1695

5050 Ave Maria Blvd.

Ave Maria, FL 34142


Avow Hospice

Founded in 1983 as Collier County’s original, nonprofit hospice, Avow provides hospice care, palliative care consultations for people facing serious illness, and bereavement support services for children and adults.

Executive director: Jaysen Roa

(239) 261-4404

1095 Whippoorwill Lane

Naples, FL 34105




Baby Basics of Collier County

An 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

Lessens 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

Operates the Everglades Seafood Festival to help the local community with scholarships and other awards.

Executive director: Carol Foss

(239) 695-2277

P.O. Box 5029

Everglades City, FL 343139


* Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast

Provides one-to-one mentoring programs for at-risk children.

Executive director: Lois Ferguson

(239) 331-7133

809 Walkerbilt Road, Suite 3

Naples, FL 34110


Bikes for Tykes

Refurbishes bicycles for children and adults in need in Collier County.

Executive director: Teddy Plaisted

(239) 465-9047

P. O. Box 8263

Naples, FL 34101


Books for Collier Kids

Provides brand-new, top-quality, age-appropriate books throughout the school year to 7,000 disadvantaged Collier County pre-K students, kindergarteners, and first- and second-graders. Formerly First Book-Collier County, BCK has given more than 700,000 books since its 2005 founding.

Chair: Sallie Williams

(239) 394-4062

1857 San Marco Road, Suite 214

Marco, FL 34145


Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support

Run solely by volunteers, provides financial assistance to the uninsured and underinsured patients facing breast cancer in Collier County and Bonita Springs.

President: Joetta D. Abbazio

(239) 417-4600

P. O. Box 607

Naples, FL34106


*  Boys & Girls Club of Collier County

Strives to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

President and CEO: Theresa J. Shaw

(239) 325-1700

7500 Davis Blvd.

Naples, FL 34104

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Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN)

Provides non-medical financial assistance to low-income children and adult cancer patients living in Collier and Lee counties.

Executive director: Jodi Bisogno

(239) 643-4673

3384 Woods Edge Circle, Suite 102

Bonita Springs, FL 34134


CAPA Cultural and Performing Arts Center

Provides the community affordable, 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

239 Airport-Pulling Road S.

Naples, FL 34104


Care Club of Collier County

An adult day service that has been successfully serving the Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and memory disorder community for nearly 25 years with belief in the highest-quality care standards until there are cures.

Executive director: Kenn Voegele

(239) 353-1994

1800 Santa Barbara Blvd.

Naples, FL 34112


*  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice

Works to empower families and individuals to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency by delivering an array of comprehensive social services that move families and individuals toward economic and functional stability.

Executive director: Peter Routsis-Arroyo

(239) 455-2655

2210 Santa Barbara Blvd.

Naples, FL 34116

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Center for Reduction of Religious-Based Conflict

A unique, independent organization with international headquarters in Naples that works to sensitize and educate people and governments to the very real problem of religious-based conflict, its causes, its problems and its increasing costs to us all.

Executive director: Terry O. Trowbridge

(239) 821-4850

649 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 201

Naples, FL 34102


*Champions for Learning

Makes it possible for the community to impact lives by enriching the environment for student learning through teachers and directly with students.

Executive director: Susan McManus

(239) 643-4755

3606 Enterprise Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


Charity for Change

Through its Giver Program, teaches empathy, compassion and the giving spirit to 10,000 elementary schoolchildren in weekly math, character education and community service curriculum.

Executive director: Karen Conley

(239) 592-6787

10681 Airport-Pulling Road, Suite 23

Naples, FL 34119


*Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County

Strives to improve the lives of abused children in Collier County.

Executive director: Jackie Stephens

(239) 263-8383

1036 Sixth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34105

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Christ Child Society Naples

Improves infant care, provides basic needs and promotes literacy for underprivileged children of Collier County.

Co-presidents: Patty Schimpf, Jane Austermiller

(937) 361-9098, (847) 274-0914


Classic Chamber Concerts

Provides world-class music, educates young audiences and encourages them to enjoy classical music.

Executive director: Nancy Kerns

(239) 434-8505

P.O. Box 7854

Naples, FL 34101


Collier Child Care Resources

Provides high-quality early childhood care, education and resources to children, families and early learning professionals in Collier County.

Executive director: Niccole Howard

(239) 643-3908

2335 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 504

Naples, FL 34103


Collier County Honor Flight

With 100 percent volunteer efforts, transports local veterans, at no cost, to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials dedicated to honoring their service and sacrifices.

Executive director: Sean and Debi Lux

(239) 777-9295

P.O. Box 8001

Naples, FL 34101


Collier County Junior Deputies League, LLC

Prepares the youth in Collier County, in cooperation with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, to become responsible, law-abiding citizens.

Executive director: Elinor V. Krier

(239) 262-0015

P.O. Box 1833

Naples, FL 34106

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Collier Harvest Foundation

Provides donated food to local 501c(3) charities and churches who feed the less fortunate families in our community.

Executive director: Connie J. Preu

(239) 455-3663

P. O. Box 11143

Naples, FL 34101


Collier Resource Center

Trained volunteers connecting clients with appropriate resources.

(239) 434-2030

P.O. Box 110905

Naples, FL 34108


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. Oversees 510 funds, manages more than $110 million in assets and has distributed more than $88 million in grants.

Executive director: Eileen Connolly-Keesler

(239) 649-5000

1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200

Naples, FL 34108


Community Pregnancy Clinics

Founded in 1974, saves babies and helps moms experiencing unplanned pregnancies with life-affirming services at medical clinics in Naples, Fort Myers and a mobile clinic.

CEO: Gary Ingold

(239) 262-6381

940 Fifth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102


Community School of Naples

Believes that providing financial assistance to qualified students is consistent with the overall school mission, and that it enhances our ability to enroll qualified and deserving students who might not otherwise be able to attend.

Executive director: Dr. David Watson

(239) 597-7575

13275 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34109


The Compassionate Friends of Southwest Florida

Provides comfort, hope and support to parents, siblings and grandparents when they suffer the intense pain, hopelessness and isolation that comes with losing a child.

Executive director: Alan Pedersen

(239) 690-7801

P.O. Box 112524

Naples, FL 34113


*  Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Regional conservation organization that protects the water, land, wildlife and future of Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Robert Moher

(239) 262-0304

1495 Smith Preserve Way

Naples, FL 34102


Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation (CHEF)

Serves culinary and hospitality arts professionals by providing scholarships, awards, financial incentives and skills development opportunities to deserving individuals in Lee and Collier counties who are committed to furthering their education and enhancing their careers.

Executive director: Judith Hushon

(239) 643-6222

81 Seagate Drive, Unit 1501

Naples, FL 34103




David Lawrence Center

The award-winning leading provider of mental health and substance abuse services restores and rebuilds lives by providing innovative, comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, residential and community-based prevention and treatment services.

Executive-director: Scott Burgess

(239) 455-8500

6075 Bathey Lane

Naples, FL 34116


Drug Free Collier

Unites the community to protect the children of Collier County from substance abuse.

(239) 552-1300

P.O. Box 770759

Naples, FL 34107




The English-Speaking Union

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

Branch president: Richard Smarg

(239) 330-2533

P.O. Box 413005, PMB 22

Naples, FL 34101


Everglades Foundation

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

Executive director: Eric Eikenberg

(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

Provides families in need with financial support for early childhood education and awards tuition assistance, which allows children to receive a quality early education.

Executive director: Brian Ingvalson

(612) 910-1024

10149 Biscayne Bay Lane

Naples, FL 34120




Feral Felines

Cares for stray cats in the Everglades area with a neuter/spay and release program and nightly feeding.

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 by providing positive educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy life choices through the sport of golf.

Executive director: Cindy Darland

(239) 825-4851

1370 Creekside Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108


For the Love of Cats

A no-kill rescue group dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned cats and kittens, 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

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Foundation of Collier County Medical Society

The charitable arm 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 individuals with developmental disabilities through community awareness; family support; housing options; and educational, social and recreational activities.

Executive director: Karen Govern

(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


The Founders Fund

Provides financial assistance to young men and women from Collier County in their pursuit of post-high school education and training.

Chair: Robert McNaghten

(239) 593-0124

707 Gulf Park Drive

Naples, FL 34108


Freedom Waters Foundation

Enhances the lives of those with special needs and veterans through boating and marine-
related opportunities.

Executive director: Debra Frenkel

(239) 248-1120

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

Naples, FL 34102


Fresh Start for Abused Women

Provides grants of financial assistance for education, rent and transportation to women and their children who have experienced domestic violence and are trying to move forward and become economically independent.

Volunteer committee chair: Linda Sims

(239) 598-5911

1708 Persimmon Drive

Naples, FL 34109


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 Collier County Museums

Preserves Collier County’s unique history by financing exhibits, educational programs, family events, a children’s express bus to the museums and historic restoration projects by raising funds and providing professional services and volunteer support.

Executive director: Terri Neuman

(410) 258-5227

3331 Tamiami Trail E.

Naples, FL 34112


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 an annual fundraiser and annual membership drive.

(239) 597-6196

11135 Gulfshore Drive

Naples, FL 34108


Friends of Fakahatchee

Dedicated to providing financial and volunteer support to Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and educating 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 by providing 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 34104


Friends of the Library of Collier County

Works to support Collier County Public Library; to obtain greater usefulness or wider use of the library; and to provide for the literary and educational needs of the community.

Executive director: Jon Zoler

(239) 262-8135

650 Central Ave.

Naples, FL 34102


The Friends of Rookery Bay

Connects people with Southwest Florida’s dynamic coastal environment, generating community involvement through an active volunteer program, outreach efforts and fundraising events that provide crucial financial support for Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. 

Executive director: Gary Lytton

(239) 530-5972

300 Tower Road

Naples, FL 34113


*  Fun Time Early Childhood Academy

Provides safe, quality, affordable education and care for children of low-income working families to prepare 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




The Garden of Hope & Courage

A 2.5-acre garden at the NCH Baker Hospital Downtown campus.

Executive director: Matt Mathias

(952) 239-1014

332 Eighth St. N.

Naples, FL 34102


Gargiulo Education Center

Develops educated and confident students within the Naples migrant community by providing academic programming that complements the public school curriculum, in addition to a variety of enriching out-of-school content and activities.

Executive director: Tom Bamrick

(425) 844-3100

1414 Rail Head Blvd.

Naples, FL 34110


The Gate Project

Aims to influence stability in emerging democracies by providing higher education to qualified women, and establishing them in leadership positions in their home countries through strategic global partnerships.

President and founder: Suzanne Lesko


George De Marco Foundation

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

Executive director: Carla De Marco

(239) 643-4077

3527 Domestic Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


Girls on the Run of Collier County

Helps young girls reach for their limitless potential by inspiring them to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.

Executive director: Christine McConnelee

(239) 777-3720

1103 Wisteria Lane

Naples, FL 34105


Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples

As Southwest Florida’s first museum devoted for children and families to learn through play, C’mon has served more than 600,000 people since 2012.

Executive director: Karysia Demarest

(239) 514-0084

15080 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34109

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Grace Center Foundation

Founded by Naples native Marcie Erickson, serves the poor in Ethiopia through day care, temporary care, child sponsorship, a feeding program, medical assistance, assistance of children whose mothers are serving prison sentences, and more.

Executive director: Marcie Erickson

(239) 465-6435

P.O. Box 112692O

Naples, FL 34108


* Grace Place for Children and Families

Serves as the educational touchstone for the Golden Gate community, currently enrolling more than 800 students in its Bright Beginnings program, School Age Programs and an Adult Education Program.

Executive director: Dr. Tim Ferguson

(239) 234-2400

P.O. Box 990531

Naples, FL 34116

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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, adult classes and more.

Executive director: Lucinda “Cindy” Love

(239) 394-9622

101 Sand Hill St.

Marco Island, FL 34145


Greater Naples YMCA 

Has been serving the Collier County community for 50-plus years, dedicated to strengthening the community through youth development and healthy living programming.

Executive director: Paul J. Thein

(239) 963-3766

5450 YMCA, Suite 100 

Naples, FL 34109


Guadalupe Center

Strives to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.

Executive director: Dawn Montecalvo

(239) 657-7711

509 Hope Circle

Immokalee, FL 34142

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Gulf Coast Big Band

Volunteer performances of jazz concerts in Cambier Park on six Sunday afternoons November through April with the goal of granting scholarships to local high school students and entertaining jazz lovers in Collier County.

Executive director: Timothy Hains

(239) 877-6090

6953 Burnt Sienna Circle

Naples, FL 34109


Gulfshore Opera

Presents professional opera and classical vocal concerts to Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties to promote community well-being through performances and a youth development program that empowers at-risk children through music.

Executive director: Steffanie Pearce

(239) 529-3925

3281 Golden Gate Blvd. W.

Naples, FL 34120


Gulfshore Playhouse

Is passionately devoted to creating high-
quality professional theater—including venerated classics, Broadway hits, contemporary plays and world premieres—and diverse educational opportunities for our 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, requiring families to undergo an exhaustive application process and invest 500 hours of sweat equity.

Executive director: Lisa Lefkow

(239) 775-0036

11145 Tamiami Trail E.

Naples, FL 34113

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Hadassah, Collier/Lee Chapter

Local unit of a global health and medical research organization.

Executive director: Gayle Dorio

(239) 591-1494

6017 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 319

Naples, FL 34119


Harmon-Meek Gallery Fund at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Dedicated to supporting at-risk youth and children’s art programs by providing grants to local nonprofit organizations for arts-related programming.

Executive director: J. William Meek III

(239) 261-2637

599 Ninth St. N., Suite 309

Naples, FL 34102


Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida Foundation

Provides high-quality primary, dental and behavioral health care in Collier County—
regardless of patients’ ability to pay—serving more than 48,000 patients annually in 21 locations, including 60 percent of the children and roughly half of the expectant mothers in the community.

Executive director: Steve Wheeler

(239) 658-3113

3520 Kraft Road, Suite 100

Naples, FL 34112


Heil Luthringer Foundation for MS

Provides education to afflicted individuals with multiple sclerosis, their families and caregivers, the community and health care professionals.

Executive director: Dr. Debbie Heil

(239) 595-7179

6574 Trail Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108


HELP (Housing, Education, Lending Programs)

HELP, d/b/a HDC of SW Florida Inc., provides homebuyer education, credit and budget counseling, financial management education and foreclosure intervention services to Southwest Florida as a HUD-approved nonprofit agency.

Executive director: Michael Puchalla

(239) 434-2397

3200 Bailey Lane, Suite 109

Naples, FL 34105


Help a Diabetic Child Foundation

Purchases lifesaving diabetic supplies and insulin for children and college students who are in financial need.

Executive director: Tami Balavage

(239) 821-5051

P.O. Box 110161

Naples, FL 34108


Hodges University

A private, nonprofit, accredited institution of higher learning founded in Naples in 1990, providing transformational, learner-driven educational opportunities.

Executive director: Dr. Donald Wortham

(239) 513-1122

2655 Northbrooke Drive

Naples, FL 34119


The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida

Celebrates 15 years of educating Southwest Florida students grades K-12 through college/university with age-appropriate programs that teach the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred and violence.

Executive director: Amy Snyder

(239) 263-9200

4760 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 7

Naples, FL 34103


*  Hope for Haiti

Works to connect through education; heal through health care, nutrition and clean water; and empower through programs in infrastructure and economy.

Executive director: Tiffany R. Kuehner

(239) 434-7183

1021 Fifth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102

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House of Gaia Community Center

Provides a safe, fun and creative environment and educational programs for children, parents and individuals, wanting to empower its students to connect to each other and to the global community through art, well-being, community service and travel programs.

Executive director: Maria Luisa Carter

(239) 272-6152

1660 Trade Center Way, Suite 1

Naples, FL 34109


*  Humane Society Naples

Southwest Florida’s premier no-kill, cage-free animal shelter.

Executive director: Michael Simonik

(239) 643-1555

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: Rene Givens

(239) 263-9363

5251 Golden Gate Parkway, Suite E

Naples, FL 34116




IMAGINE Children’s Health Center

Provides psychological treatment and health education for school-age children; leadership and coping skills training for middle and high school children; and supervision of Hodges University interns and FGCU volunteers.

Executive director: Molly Barrow

(239) 263-3908

5500 Bryson Drive, Suite 301

Naples, FL 34109

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*  Immokalee Child Care Center

Serves by providing exceptional educational programs and the highest quality child care.

Executive director: Valarie Bostic

(239) 261-1774

415 Colorado Ave.

Immokalee, FL 34142


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

Provides financial assistance to low-income residents of Collier County who meet the federal income guidelines, and educational assistance to individuals wishing to further their education or enhance their employment skills.

Executive director: Olga Hernandez

(239) 657-2213

P.O. Box 949

Immokalee, FL 34143





Funds Type 1 diabetes research to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating and preventing T1D.

Executive director: Diane Lazette

(239) 591-2825

5625 Strand Blvd., Suite 504

Naples, FL 34110


Jewish Federation of Collier County

Enhances and enriches the quality of Jewish life by recognizing and supporting the charitable, educational, humanitarian and social service needs of the Jewish community locally, nationally, overseas and in the State of Israel.

Executive director: Jeffrey Feld

(239) 263-4205

2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201

Naples, FL 34109


JFCS of Southwest Florida

Empowers individuals and families by giving them tools to address life’s challenges, with services including mental health counseling, geriatric case management, dementia respite support, the JFCS Food Pantry and the Naples Senior Center.

Executive director: Dr. Jaclynn Faffer

(239) 325-4444

5025 Castello Drive

Naples, FL 34103




K Is for Kids Foundation

A unique student-driven, volunteer-based organization that builds readers and leaders, helping to cultivate the skills kids need to be creative thinkers, adventurous problem solvers and visionary leaders.

Executive director: Karen D. Clawson

(239) 596-5437

c/o 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


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


Kingdom Community International

Empowers and mentors individuals locally and worldwide to become 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


Kiwanis Club of Pelican Bay

A local club of Kiwanis International dedicated to changing the world one child at a time, working in Collier County schools and partnering with others to eliminate local childhood hunger.

Executive director: Alan Beckner

(239) 293-0104

2065 Painted Palm Drive

Naples, FL 45119

Kiwanis Foundation

Rotary Clubs of Marco and Kiwanis join together to raise money to benefit the community and nearby communities.

Executive director: Stan Niemczyk

(239) 777-1484

1865 Apataki Court

Marco Island, FL 34145





Provides new shoes (preferably sneakers) to low-income and disadvantaged children in Collier and Lee counties.

(239) 591-1172

1976 Bethany Place

Naples, FL 34109


Latchkey League

Supports and provides educational, cultural and recreational services to children in the greater Naples area who are in need of after-school supervision and activities, and promotes educational development for the future.

Executive director: Myra Janco Daniels

(239) 598-4047

P. O. Box 413005, No. 221

Naples, FL 34101


Leadership Collier Foundation

The affiliate of The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce educates and builds networks of community leaders, enabling them to work toward solutions in the public interest.

Executive director: Michael Dalby

(239) 403-2903

2390 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 210

Naples, FL 34103


The League Club

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

President: Margaret Brodeur

(239) 353-3100

5051 Castello Drive, Suite 240

Naples, FL 34103


Lighthouse of Collier

A vision rehabilitation center that provides programs to teach Collier County children and adults who are blind/vision-impaired to navigate, communicate and socialize while feeling in a sighted world.

Executive director: Robin Goldstone Garcia

(239) 430-3934

2685 Horseshoe Drive S., Suite 211

Naples, FL 34104

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Literacy Volunteers of Collier County

Serves adults and children in Collier County who need to be able to speak, read and communicate effectively in English.

Executive director: Christopher Nind

(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

Commits to enriching the community through art and offers education for adults and youth, monthly gallery exhibits, music programs, fun events, a gift shop and much more.

Executive director: Hyla Crane

(239) 394-4221

1010 Winterberry Drive

Marco Island, FL 34145


The Marco Island Historical Society

Preserves the history and heritage of Marco Island and the surrounding community.

Executive director: Patricia Rutledge

(239) 389-6447

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 all their forms; engages in education and fundraising; and finances scholarships and grants.

President: Kathy Benedik

(618) 925-0745

P.O. Box 633

Marco Island, FL 34145


Meals of Hope

Brings communities together to end hunger.

Executive director: Stephen Popper

(239) 777-9113

2221 Corporation Blvd.

Naples, FL 34109



With a belief in work as a solution to economic problems, invests in the lives of low-income people of potential who want to improve their long-term ability to help them increase their income—either through small-business development or by getting and retaining stable employment.

Southwest Florida manager: Chuck Garrity

(239) 261-6360


Miracles Among Us

Offers monthly support group meetings and resources to improve the quality of life for families and survivors of brain injury, including trauma and illness.

Executive director: Suzan Berg

(239) 529-5284

P.O. Box 110992

Naples, FL 34108


Miracles in Action

Empowers Guatemalans living in extreme poverty to help themselves through sustainable projects that improve education, nutrition and vocational skills and create jobs.

Executive director: Penny Rambacher

(239) 348-0815

3559 Kent Drive

Naples, FL 34112

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Montessori Academy of Naples

A school serving students from 8 weeks to
15 years old, adhering to Montessori philosophy and practices, which foster independence, resourcefulness, personal responsibility and social awareness and emphasize the development of the whole child.

Executive director: Kimberly Hunt

(239) 597-2255

2659 Professional Circle

Naples, FL 34119


Mother Frances de Sales Auxiliary to the Homeless

Operating on three pillars—charity to the homeless, dignity for women and purity—provides funds and service to area homeless organizations and offers a formation process for young ladies by way of a two-year service commitment ending with a ball.

Executive director: Rebecca D. Foxhoven

(770) 366-0653




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 mental illness through education, support and advocacy.

Executive director: Pamela J. Baker

(239) 260-7300

6216 Trail Blvd., Building C

Naples, FL 34108


Naples Art Association

A respected and award-winning nonprofit organization that has served and enriched the community by championing education, interest and involvement in the visual arts in Southwest Florida since its inception in 1954.

Executive director: Aimee Schlehr

(239) 262-6517

585 Park St.

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Asian Professionals Association

Supports charitable and educational causes to promote the professional development of Asian Americans in the Southwest Florida community.

Executive director: Cynthia Roemisch

(239) 209-3677

P.O. Box 413005, PMB 4

Naples, FL 34101

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Naples Backyard History

Ensures that the unique local culture and priceless history in Naples remains accessible and intact for many generations to come.

Executive director: Judith A Bishop

(239) 643-8093

131 Broad Ave. S.

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

A group of dedicated volunteers committed to creating a no-kill community through Collier County’s TNR Program, cat rescues and adoptions.

Executive director: Megan Sorbara

(424) 835-1523

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

An independent, nondenominational Christian school serving PK3 through eighth grade.

Executive director: Kayla Walling

(239) 455-1080

3161 Santa Barbara Blvd.

Naples, FL 34116


Naples Concert Band

A community band averaging 80 members who perform a wide repertoire of music during free concerts in Cambier Park.

Executive director: Howard Hawkins

(513) 582-4031

P. O. Box 31

Naples, FL 34116


Naples Equestrian Challenge

A Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Premier Accredited Center providing therapeutic riding and other equine-assisted activities and therapy programs to more than 580 special needs children and adults annually.

Executive director: Kim Minarich

(239) 596-2988

208 Ridge Drive

Naples, FL 34106


Naples Garden Club

Community-oriented charitable and educational organization fostering appreciation and understanding of horticulture, design and the environment by providing opportunities for learning and sharing.

(239) 262-1272

4820 Bayshore Drive, Suite 101

Naples, FL 34112


Naples Historical Society

Dedicated to the preservation of Naples history for the community and future generations to enjoy.

Executive director: Elaine L. Reed

(239) 261-8164

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.

(239) 775-3456

Festival director: Jon Fitzgerald

2338 Immokalee Road, Suite 110

Naples, FL 3110


Naples Jazz Society

The proud sponsor of two Dixieland
Jazz Bands, which perform free concerts
on select Sundays at Cambier Park during season, and at Norris and River Park Community Centers on designated times and dates during the year.

President: Dr. Jim Gover

(239) 263-1113

470 18th Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Junior Woman’s Club

Promotes empowerment, access to education and enhancement of lives through voluntarism and philanthropy. Hosts an annual Derby Dash scholarship fundraiser.

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, scholarships, and vision and hearing screenings for adults and 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 music scholarships, and engages in collaborative outreach efforts within Naples and its neighboring communities.

Executive director: Linda Noel

(239) 384-9205

P.O. Box 112383

Naples, FL 34108


Naples Orchestra and Chorus

Provides classical and popular music to Collier and Lee County audiences, supporting aspiring music students.

President: Anne Wilson
(908) 415-1655

P.O. Box 9542

Naples, FL 34101


Naples Pathways Coalition (NPC)

Works for safe, bikeable, walkable communities through advocacy and education.

Executive director: Beth Brainard

(239) 777-7718

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

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Performing Arts Center

Provides the highest level of training in acting, music and dance to all ages; offers private and group instruction; and awards scholarships so all students can experience the joy of performing, develop life skills and build self-confidence through the performing arts.

Executive director: Lori Oliver

(239) 597-6722

6646 Willow Park

Naples, FL 34109


Naples Pilot Foundation

Along with The Pilot Club of Naples, has provided community service and financial assistance in the area of brain disorders and traumatic brain injury for more than 57 years.

Executive director: Paulette Dickerson

(239) 280-0025

P.O. Box 8674

Naples, FL 34101


The Naples Players

A premier community theater, inspiring passion for the performing arts through life-long opportunities to participate in vibrant theatrical experiences.

Executive director: John Sorey

(239) 434-7340

701 Fifth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102

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Naples Woman’s Club

A group of community advocates dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service as a part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international organization dedicated to community improvement.

Executive director: Jalna MacLaren

(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 at Caribbean Gardens

A 44-acre botanical garden and AZA-
accredited zoo.

Executive director: Jack Mulvena

(239) 262-5409

1590 Goodlette-Frank Road

Naples, FL 34102


NCH Healthcare System Foundation

The largest nonprofit, community-based provider of health care services in Collier County.

Executive director: Jim Martin

(239) 624-2000

350 Seventh St. N.

Naples, FL 34102


*  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 and funded solely by private philanthropy.

Executive director: Leslie Lascheid

(239) 261-6600

121 Goodlette-Frank Road N.

Naples, FL 34102


New Horizons of SW FL

A local, faith-based nonprofit providing year-round tutoring and mentoring to 430 at-risk youth who are growing up in an environment of poverty, academic failure and hopelessness.

Executive director: Debra Haley

(239) 948-4146

P.O. Box 111833

Naples, FL 34108

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One by One Leadership Foundation

Engages a focus on Immokalee to build on the natural sports, arts and entrepreneurial assets of youth leaders in order to build the capacity of the community.

Executive director: John J. Lawson

(239) 248-5857

1390 N. 15th St.

Immokalee, FL 34143


Opera Naples

Enriches the Southwest Florida community by presenting opera performances and educational programs.

Executive director: Jerry Goldberg

(239) 963-9050

2408 Linwood Ave.

Naples, FL 34112




Pace Center for Girls Collier

A non-residential delinquency prevention program targeting the unique needs of girls ages 12 to 18 facing challenges such as abuse, school truancy, academic failure, foster care, exposure to substance use and/or incarcerated parent(s).

Executive director: Marianne Kearns

(239) 842-5406

160 N. First St.

Immokalee, FL 34142



Feeds local hungry kids with a bike ride across Florida—180 miles in 2 days.

Executive director: Maura Plante

(561) 400-2712

1400 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Suite 106

Naples, FL 34102

Paradise Coastmen

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

President: Gray Poehler

(239) 352-6366

P.O. Box 111400

Naples, FL 34108


The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida

Promotes quality of life for persons with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners.

Executive director: Jacqueline Urso

(239) 417-3465

1048 Goodlette-Frank Road, Suite 201

Naples, FL 34102



Provides awareness to all of Southwest Florida, striving to stop the exploration of women and children human trafficking.

Executive director: Ana Stevenson

(239) 398-9961

1200 Goodlette-Frank Road N., Suite 9916

Naples, FL 34101


PAWS Assistance Dogs

Raises, trains and gifts skilled assistance dogs to wounded combat veterans and children with life-changing disabilities, at no cost to recipients.

Executive director: Jeannie C. Bates

(239) 775-1660

3173 Horseshoe Drive S.

Naples, FL 34104

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PFLAG Naples

Provides support for family and friends of LGBT people who are dealing with issues arising out of their sexual orientation.

Executive director: David B. Goldstein

(239) 963-4670

P.O. Box 770294

Naples, FL 34107


Physicians Regional Healthcare System

Comprises two hospitals (Collier Boulevard and Pine Ridge), an affiliated multi-specialty physician group and a medical staff of more than 300 highly trained physicians.

(239) 304-4805

6101 Pine Ridge Road

Naples, FL 34119


Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida

Provides high-quality affordable health care for women, men and young people, and is the nation’s largest provider of sex education.

Executive director: Barbara Zdravecky

(239) 262-0301

1425 Creech Road

Naples, FL 34103


Pope Francis Home and School

A Catholic home and school located in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa, that provides a safe healthy environment for 100 vulnerable children.

Executive director: Michael Barry

(239) 450-0348

P.O. Box 11732

Naples, FL 34102


Pregnancy Resource Center of Southwest Florida

Now in two locations—Naples and Estero (FGCU)—meets the emotional and physical needs of women facing unplanned pregnancies, free of charge, through medical assistance, education and advocacy.

Executive director: Janet Custer

(239) 513-9775

10611 Tamiami Trail N.

Naples, FL 34108


Project HELP

Professional counselors and advocates committed to providing hope, empowerment and healing to those affected by sexual violence, sudden death and other crimes through free counseling and advocacy services and a 24-Hour Crisis & Referral Hotline: (239) 262-7227.

Executive director: Eileen Wesley

(239) 649-1404

3123 Terrace Ave.

Naples, FL 34104

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Providence House

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

Executive director: Jean Takacs

(239) 692-8779

P.O Box 128

Naples, FL 34106




ReachOut Everglades and COPS Association

A neighborhood charity that helps people in crisis and operates the local Thrift Shop.

Executive director: Anne Mitchell

(239) 695-2009

P.O. Box 894

Chokoloskee, FL 34138


Redlands Christian Migrant Association

Funded partly by Head Start, caters to Florida’s rural poor—particularly farm workers and their children—through the operation of 68 child care centers and three charter schools.

Executive director: Barbara Mainster

(239) 658-3560

402 W. Main St.

Immokalee, FL 34142


Ricky King Children’s Fund

Enriches the lives of children with disabilities in Southwest Florida by providing essential medical equipment and services in times of need.

Executive director: Jennifer Weidenbruch

(239) 449-0209

2390 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 102

Naples, FL 34103


Ride Nature

An action sports missions organization dedicated to reaching youth both locally and internationally through surf and skate outreach.

Executive director: Mark Koch

(239) 220-5857

3100 Bailey Lane

Naples, FL 34105


The Rotary Club of Naples

A service organization that serves the needs of the community and the world.

Executive director: Mia Delk

(239) 272-5186

P.O. Box 990216

Naples, FL 34116


Royal Palm Academy

A private, independent Catholic school serving pre-kindergarten through grade 8 children, providing an education of rich academics while teaching the mind, educating the heart and forming the character of tomorrow’s leaders.

Head of school: Scott Baier

(239) 594-9888

16100 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34110




Saint Ann School Foundation

Provides scholarships to the students of Saint Ann School, which welcomes and inspires children in Pre-K through 8 to embrace academic excellence through an education of 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.

(239) 775-9447

3180 Estey Ave.

Naples, FL 34101


SCORE Naples

Dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping local small businesses start, grow and succeed, providing free consulting on a broad variety of topics.

Co-chair: Margaret Holt

(239) 431-5362

900 Goodlette-Frank Road N.

Naples, FL 34102


Seacrest Country Day School

Preschool-grade 12 college preparatory, independent school 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: D. John Watson

(239) 793-1986

7100 Davis Blvd.

Naples, FL 34104


Searching for Solutions Institute

Engages private sector leaders in learning about critical issues from top-thought leaders at the Imagine Solutions Conference.

Executive director: Randall Antik

(214) 215-6000


Senior Friendship Health Center

Through retired volunteer doctors and dentists, provides medical and dental care for those age 50 and older and who fall within 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

Executive director: M. J. Scarpelli

(239) 658-3779

2355 Stanford Court, Suite 701

Naples, FL 34112


*  The Shelter for Abused Women & Children

With the vision of a community free from domestic violence so that every home is a safe haven for the family it shelters, leads the community to “prevent, protect and prevail” over domestic violence and human trafficking through advocacy, empowerment and social change.

Executive director: Linda Oberhaus

(239) 775-3862

P.O. Box 10102

Naples, FL 34101

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Shy Wolf Sanctuary

Reconnects people and animals through education.

Executive director: Deanna Deppen

(239) 290-9867

1161 27th St. SW

Naples, FL 34117


Special Needs Children’s Fund

Focused on improving the lives of children with special needs and disabilities, works to provide access to resources and to lessen financial impact on families with special needs children.

Executive director: Mark R. Schlehr

(239) 440-3534

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

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Sports Camp

Started in 1999 as Sports CLUB, an activity-based after-school program and summer camp for kids. K6 Sports were added in 2008, which added team play on weekends.

Executive director: Lane Beatty

(239) 537-1004

3275 Pine Ridge Road

Naples, FL 34109

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St. John Neumann Catholic High School

A Catholic, college-preparatory high school for young men and women in grades nine through 12 from across Collier County.

(239) 455-3044

3000 53rd St. SW

Naples, FL 34116


St. Matthew’s House

Changes lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined, as well as provides housing for the homeless and food for the needy.

Executive director: Vann R. Ellison

(239) 774-0500

2001 Airport-Pulling Road S.

Naples, FL 34112


The Stay In May Festival

Formerly the ArtsNaples World Festival, it

takes place each May in Collier and Lee counties, featuring visual and performing arts and performers from around the world ranging from classical to pop.

Executive director: Claudia Polzin

(239) 390-2788

P.O. Box 771176

Naples, FL 34107


Storytellers Creative Arts

Develops communities of connection, celebration and creation of art that expresses faith, transforms life and elevates culture with the vision of transforming lives around the world through the arts.

Executive director: Bill Barnett

(239) 287-7331

P.O. Box 111742

Naples, FL 34108


Stroke Recovery Foundation

Assists stroke survivors, particularly younger adults and youths, to maximize their recoveries by offering support and resources after traditional therapy and insurance reimbursement ends.

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

Provides exciting, positive group activities for children with cancer so they may once again do what kids are meant to do—have fun and celebrate life!

Executive director: Shannon Malone

(239) 919-8867

5137 Castello Drive, Suite 1

Naples, FL 34103




Taste of Collier

A longstanding, family-friendly Naples tradition benefiting various Collier County charities that features live music, ice-carving demonstrations, cooking competitions with local top chefs and samples from more than 30 of the best Collier County restaurants.

Executive director: Tiffany McQuaid

(239) 300-4880

464 Bayfront Place

Naples, FL 34102


Temple Shalom

Largest Reform congregation in Collier County.

Executive director: Eli Montague

(239) 455-3030

4630 Pine Ridge Road

Naples, FL 34119



A Professional Actors’ Equity theater company specializing in musicals, plays and concerts.

Executive director: Mark Danni

(888) 966-3352

13275 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34109


Tumaini Fund USA

Offers hope to thousands of orphaned children in Tanzania, Africa, and helps them to become self-sufficient by providing education and the basic necessities, including mosquito nets for health, bikes for transportation, adequate housing and safe drinking water.

Executive director: Mike Moore

(239) 216-1816

553 Galleon Drive

Naples, FL 34102




United Arts Council of Collier County

The chamber of commerce for the arts in Collier County enriches lives and strengthens the community through the power of the arts. Also provides art classes for at-risk youth.

Executive director: Marcia Clark

(239) 254-8242

1495 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 5

Naples, FL 34109


United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida—Naples

Provides an adult day training facility for adults with disabilities, focusing on life without limits for people with disabilities.

Executive director: Leslie Steiner

(239) 643-5338

4227 Exchange Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


*  United Way of Collier County

Invests in education, income stability, safety-net services and health care for those in need in Collier. Additionally, runs the Coller211 helpline, VITA and Volunteer Collier.

Executive director: Steven Sanderson

(239) 261-7112

9015 Strada Stell Court, Suite 204

Naples, FL 34109

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The Village School

Private school serving pre-K through grade 9. All funds raised will go to support Families in Crisis initiative, the school’s endowment fund, STEAM education programs and the growing athletics program.

Executive director: Ginger Sauter

(239) 593-7686

6000 Goodlette-Frank Road

Naples, FL 34109


Voices of Naples

A community choir committed to sharing its song with Southwest Florida, with all proceeds from its ticketed concerts funding its scholarship program for gifted students of music looking to further their careers.

Executive director: Mariellen LaMasters

(239) 643-0980

2249 Clipper Way

Naples, FL 34104


Volunteer Services for Animals

A pet rescue and assistance organization serving Collier County since 1982.

Executive director: Phyllis Estes

(239) 290-6274

6017 Pine Ridge Road

Naples, FL 34119




Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation

Through the Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award, recognizes the top scholar-athlete from each Collier County high schools. All nominees are recognized and awarded scholarship monies at the prestigious awards banquet, where the overall winner is announced.

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

(239) 262-7171

1395 Panther Lane, Suite 100

Naples, FL 34109


Women of Trinity

Hosts the Christmas Market and Church Mouse Sales at Trinity by the Cove for the benefit of local charities, donating $550,000 in the past six years.

Executive director: Jan Huffman

(239) 262-6581

553 Galleon Drive

Naples, FL 34102


Women’s Foundation of Collier County

Makes a major impact in the lives of local at-risk women and girls and serves the current and changing needs in Collier County through grantmaking.

Executive director: Eileen Connolly-Keesler

(239) 649-5000

1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200

Naples, FL 34108




Young Life Naples

Christian outreach ministry serving adolescents in the Greater Naples area.

Executive director: Brad McKlveen

(239) 260-5047

P.O. Box 112481

Naples, FL 34108


YoungLife New Collier

Enters the world of kids, offering a lifeline one kid at a time as part of a world-class organization for adolescents.

Executive director: Ariza Reyes

(239) 223-9148

P.O. Box 10129

Naples, FL 34101


Young Professionals of Naples

Strives to connect, engage and empower the young professionals of Naples for enrichment of the community through business, leadership, philanthropic and social activities.

Executive director: Corey Walker

(850) 454-8951

1421 Pine Ridge Road

Naples, FL 34109


*  Youth Haven

Southwest Florida’s residential emergency shelter for children ages 6-17 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




Zonta Foundation of Naples

Improves the legal, political, health, economic, education and professional status of women through service and advocacy and provides mutual support and fellowship for members that serve their communities, the nation and the world.

President: Dr. Janice Green

(239) 450-0308

P.O. Box 09011

Naples, FL 34101






Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT)

Has served victims of domestic violence and survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties since 1978.

Executive director: Jennifer L. Benton

(239) 939-2553

P.O. Box 60401

Fort Myers, FL 33906

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Alliance for the Arts

A community arts center that strives to facilitate and nurture the creation, development, promotion and education of arts and culture in Lee County.

Executive director: Lydia Black

(239) 939-2787

10091 McGregor Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center

Provides information, education and support to individuals who have been diagnosed with memory impairment and to their family caregiver.

Executive director: Jan Kerlin

(239) 437-3007

12468 Brantley Commons Court

Fort Myers, FL 33907


Alzheimer’s Association—Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

Works 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.

CEO: Gloria J.T. Smith

(239) 405-7008

9220 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 223

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

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American Cancer Society, Fort Myers

The nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing 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 diseases and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers.

Executive director/vice president: Leslie Amick

(239) 495-4900

28441 Bonita Crossings Blvd.

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


AMIkids Southwest Florida

A private day program of trained staff working to give kids a brighter future by serving boys and girls who face life’s most difficult challenges.

Executive director: Windye McNeal

(239) 765-9696

1190 Main St.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931


Animal Refuge Center

Located on 23 acres, Southwest Florida’s largest no-kill shelter for homeless dogs and cats is now in its 28th year of saving thousands of abandoned pets.

Executive director: Wayne Leinen

(239) 233-4375

18011 Old Bayshore Road

North Fort Myers, FL 33917


Area Agency on Aging for SWFL

Provides access to community resources and services to older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers as “Your Aging and Disability Resource Center.”

President and CEO: Marianne Lorini

(239) 652-6900

15201 N. Cleveland Ave., Suite 1100

North Fort Myers, FL 33903


ArtFest Fort Myers

Creates public access to a broad array of visual art, nurturing the understanding of diverse art forms and supporting arts in education.

Executive director: Sharon McAllister

(239) 768-3602

1375 Jackson St., Suite 401

Fort Myers, FL 33901




Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

A Natural History Museum that increases knowledge of, and appreciation for, mollusks and their shells using collections, programs and expertise to inspire learning, support scientific research and tell the story of mollusks’ importance to people and the natural world.

Executive director: Dorrie Hipschman

(239) 395-2233

3075 Sanibel Captiva Road

Sanibel, FL 33957


*  Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

The nation’s leading advocate for family
literacy, the Barbara Bush Foundation is dedicated to advocating for and establishing literacy as a value in every home. Our vision…100% literacy in America!

President: Liza McFadden

(850) 562-5300

12474 Brantley Commons Court

Fort Myers, FL 33907


Barbara’s Friends

Dedicated to providing resources to fulfill the treatment and educational needs of pediatric oncology and hematology patients and their families at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Chairman: Al Kinkle

(239) 343-6057

16451 Health Park Commons Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Be the Light

A community of abolitionists who work to provide tangible solutions to human trafficking by empowering communities with education, tools, resources and other collaborative strategies.

Executive director: Megan Estrem

(239) 849-7531

Cape Coral, FL


BIG ARTS (Barrier Island Group for the Arts)

Presents great arts, entertainment and learning experiences that always inspire, enrich and delight.

Exeecutive director: Lee Ellen Harder

(239) 395-0900

900 Dunlop Road

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Sanibel, FL 33957


*  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast

Provides professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships to children ages 6 to 18 who are facing adversity with the goal of changing their lives for the better, forever.

Executive director: Joy Mahler

(239) 288-4224

6237 Presidential Court

Fort Myers, FL 33919

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Bishop Verot Catholic High School

A community of faith and learning devoted to educating minds and hearts, dedicated to service and centered on Christ.

Executive director: Denny Denison

(239) 274-6701

5598 Sunrise Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Blessings in a Backpack SWFL

Mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on all weekends to elementary school children across America who otherwise might go hungry, with the vision that every school-age child in America has the nourishment needed to learn and grow.

Executive director: Cecilia St. Arnold

(239) 410-9592

P.O. Box 61402

Fort Myers, FL 33906


Bonita Springs Chapter of Shoes That Fit

Provides local school children with new sneakers and clothes all year long.

Executive director: Amy Fass

(239) 273-2856

23110 Oakglen Lane

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Bonita Springs Historical Society

Preserves, protects and promotes the rich cultural heritage of Bonita Springs.

President: Charlie Strader

(239) 992-6997

P.O. Box 3015

Bonita Springs, FL 34133


*  Bonita Springs YMCA

An inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

Executive director: Pete Shattuck

(239) 221-7560

27200 Kent Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

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Candlelighters of Southwest Florida

Has provided support, education and activities to children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders and their families for more than 30 years, with free services made possible through donations.

Executive director: Klair M. Snellbaker

(239) 432-2223

9981 S. HealthPark Drive

Fort Myers FL 33908


Cape Coral Caring Center

An emergency food pantry helping Cape Coral residents with all types of emergency needs.

Executive director: Julie Ferguson

(239) 945-1927

4645 SE 15th Ave.

Cape Coral, FL 33904


Cape Coral Community Foundation

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

(239) 542-5594

1405 SE 47th St., Suite 2

Cape Coral, FL 33904


Canterbury School

An independent college preparatory school for grades PK3 through 12.

Executive director: Rick Kirschner

(239) 481-4323

8141 College Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33919


*  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice

Works to empower families and individuals to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency by delivering an array of comprehensive social services that move families and individuals toward economic and functional stability.

Executive director: Peter Routsis-Arroyo

(239) 334-4007

4235 Michigan Ave. Link

Fort Myers, FL 33916


Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Comprises the Center for Visual Arts—which features exhibitions and painting, sculpture, glass and pottery classes—and the Center for Performing Arts—which offers theater, music and dance performances and films, including those of the Bonita Springs International Film Festival.

Executive director: Susan Bridges

(239) 495-8989

26100 Old 41 Road; 10150 Bonita Beach Road

Bonita Springs, FL

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Child Care of Southwest Florida

Provides quality early learning education, family resources and nutritional support to low-income working families, caring for more than 600 children daily. Every dollar raised goes directly to the children and their families.

Executive director: Carol Conway

(239) 278-1002

6831 Palisades Park Court, Suite 6

Fort Myers, FL 33912


*  Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida

Seeks to improve the lives of children and their families through a coordinated response to child abuse and neglect, stopping child abuse one child at a time.

Executive director: Jill Turner

(239) 939-2808

3830 Evans Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

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Children’s Network of Southwest Florida

Created in April 2003 as the lead agency for child welfare services in Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Nadereh Salim

(239) 226-1524

2232 Altamont Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife

Also known as CROW, this 48-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 E. Estep

(239) 472-3644

3883 Sanibel Captiva Road

Sanibel, FL 33957


Community Cooperative

Strives to eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education and social service programs.

Executive director: Tracey Galloway

(239) 332-7687

3429 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33916


CREW Land & Water Trust

A private 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 33967




Dress For Success SW Florida

Promotes economic independence of women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

CEO: Barbara Dell

(239) 689-4992

12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 153

Fort Myers, FL 33907


Dr. Piper Center for Social Services

Seeks to enhance the social and economic well-being of those 55-plus-aged individuals who reside in Southwest Florida and make a positive impact in the lives of frail elderly, at-risk youth, special needs children and our communities.

Executive director: Nida 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



An international Christian organization that provides global hunger solutions through agricultural resources, training and seeds for small farmers in developing countries.

Executive director: David M. Erickson

(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 mankind, including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community with education and activities relating to Edison’s works and values.

(239) 334-2999

P.O. Box 339

Fort Myers, FL 33902


Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida

Founded in 1968, provides critical medical attention including medication to uninsured individuals over age 18, as well as offers case management, referrals to other community services, and prevention and educational programs to the community at large.

Executive director: Kevin Lindberg

(941) 953-5988

4040 Palm Beach Blvd., Suite D

Fort Myers, FL 33916




Filipino American Association of SWFL (FAASWFL)

Provides support and enrichment of our dedicated Filipino-American family through scholarship grants and cultural and community events.

Executive director: Jeanne Isberto

(239) 246-6798

P.O. Box 100985

Cape Coral, FL 33910


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

Strives to provide a first-class regional theater; create, nurture and develop an ensemble of theater professionals; improve the quality of life through all the arts; and make the arts, especially theater, accessible to all.  

Executive director: Robert Cacioppo

(239) 332-4665

2267 First St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


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

3909 Shell Mound Blvd.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931


*  Fort Myers YMCA

An inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

Executive director: Joey Belanger

(239) 275-9622

1360 Royal Palm Square Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33919

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Foster Care Advisory Services

Provides support for local children in the foster care system and their caregivers.

Executive director: Charles Johnson

(239) 939-1338

4165 East 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


FSW Foundation

Creates opportunities for donors to make a lasting impact in the lives of Florida SouthWestern State College students, faculty and, ultimately, the Southwest Florida community.

Executive director: Dr. Lou Traina

(239) 489-9210

8099 College Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33919




The Gabriel House

Has provided 29 years of service to abandoned, displaced children with special medical needs.

Founders: Ed and Anne Ravish

(239) 560-7345

6900 Daniels Parkway, Suite 29

Fort Myers, FL 33912 


Gladiolus Learning and Development Center

Provides quality child care to low-income families who need a safe and nurturing environment for their children as they go to work.

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


Good Wheels

Provides non-emergency transportation to the disadvantaged in Collier, Lee, Hendry, Glades and Orange counties, with vehicles to transport ambulatory as well as wheelchair clients.

Executive director: Alan M. Mandel

(239) 768-2900

10075 Bavaria Road

Fort Myers, FL 33913


Goodwill Industries of SW FL

Serves people with disabilities and disadvantages in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties by offering life-changing opportunities to achieve independence.

Executive director: Rick Evanchyk

(239) 995-2106

5100 Tice St.

Fort Myers, FL 33905


Gulf Coast Humane Society

A regional organization dedicated to helping companion pets find their forever homes by providing an adoption center, a spay neuter and veterinary clinic and public education about the welfare of homeless pets.

Executive director: Jennifer Galloway

(239) 332-0364

2010 Arcadia St.

Fort Myers, FL 33916

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Gulfshore Ballet

Southwest Florida’s premier not-for-profit school of classical ballet has an internationally acclaimed teaching faculty and offers area students the unique opportunity to study Cuban, American, and Russian technique with professional instructors of the highest caliber.

Executive director: Lisa D. Tafel

(239) 590-6191

2155 Andrea Lane, Suites C5-C6

Fort Myers, FL 33912




*  Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

Through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, homes are sold to families in need with a low to no interest mortgage. Monthly payments are set at 30 percent or less of the homeowner’s income, making homeownership an affordable realty.

Executive director: Katherine Green

(239) 652-0434

1288 N. Tamiami Trail

North Fort Myers, FL 33903


*  Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida

Aims to fight and overcome hunger in Southwest Florida, last fiscal year distributing 18.4 million pounds of food valued at $31.3 million and equaling 15.3 million meals.

Executive director: Richard LeBer

(239) 334-7007

3760 Fowler St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Harvest Time Ministries

Feeds bodies and souls by providing the word of God, school supplies, food, Bibles, linens, toiletries, baby supplies and other necessities to farm worker families and others in need.

Executive director: Rev. Geraldine K. Franck

(239) 947-6016

P. O. Box 366277

Bonita Springs, FL 34136


Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida

Prevents infant deaths and premature births by providing education and support for pregnant women and families with young children age 0 to 3. Services include parenting, childbirth education, nutrition, counseling, breastfeeding support, smoking cessation and developmental screenings.

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.

Executive director: Kathryn Kelly

(239) 482-7706

15570 Hagie Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Hope HealthCare Services

Nationally recognized community-based agency that provides exceptional care and support—including medical care and counseling—through programs such as Hope Hospice and Hope Kids Care to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey.

Executive director: Samira K. Beckwith

(239) 482-4673

9470 HealthPark Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33908


The Hot Flashz

Florida’s original premier nonprofit dance troupe of women over 45, evolved in 2005 from the Florida Flame basketball team cheerleading squad, defy their age through their energetic performances.

Executive director: Marjean Sage

(239) 482-6252

P. O. Box 07421

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships

A leader in human trafficking prevention programs for youth and communities and training for professionals.

Executive director: Nola Theiss

(239) 415-2635

7275 Concourse Drive

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, FL 33967




John Entwistle Foundation

Serves the missions of animal welfare and music education for underserved children.

Executive director: Steve Luongo

(239) 482-6880

13300 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 56

Fort Myers, FL 33907


Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

Delivers programs to students through corporate and community volunteers, providing hands-on experiences that give students knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

President and CEO: Angela Fisher

(239) 225-2590

9530 Market Place Road, Suite 302

Fort Myers, FL 33912


Junior League of Fort Myers

An organization made up of women committed to promoting voluntarism and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Executive director: Erin Velotti

(239) 277-1197

1500 Colonial Blvd., Suite 104

Fort Myers, FL 33907




Keep Lee County Beautiful

Protects the environment and improves the quality of life in Lee County through public education using mass communications and grassroots activities with the goal of fostering understanding and action by individuals; businesses; and civic, environmental and governmental organizations.

Executive director: Trish Fancher

(239) 334-3488

P.O. Box 9244

Fort Myers, FL 33902




The Laboratory Theater of Florida

Produces “fresh and edgy” award-winning theater and offers theatrical opportunities and education to playwrights and actors of all ages.

Executive director: Annette Trossbach

(239) 218-0481

1634 Woodford Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

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Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation

Dedicated to enriching Lakes Park, Lee’s County’s most popular green space, with the addition of visitor amenities, including a Children’s Discovery Garden.

(239) 533-7575

7330 Gladiolus Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33907



Promotes and provides opportunities for citizens with developmental disabilities to live, work and participate in their own communities to the extent their capabilities allow.

Executive director: Roger Bradley

(239) 334-6285

2570 Hanson St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Lee BIA Builders Care

Provides emergency construction services and repairs to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged residents of Lee County.

Executive director: Christi Pritchett Sarlo

(239) 938-0056

10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 118

Fort Myers, FL 33966


Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida

Reduces substance abuse in Lee County by raising awareness of prevention resources through collaboration, education and inspiration.

Executive director: Deborah Comella

(239) 931-9317

3763 Evans Ave., Suite 202

Fort Myers, FL 33901

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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: Skip Leonard

(239) 343-6950

16451 Health Park Commons Drive, Suite 200

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Executive director: Sherri Stitt

(813) 963-6461

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Lifeline Family Center

Provides a maternity home and learning center for women, ages 16-22, in unplanned pregnancies; community outreach; free pregnancy tests; free ultrasounds; a 24/7 crisis hotline; and abstinence/STD education.

Executive director: Kathy Miller

(239) 242-7238

907 SE Fifth Ave.

Cape Coral, FL 33990


Lighthouse of SWFL

A vision rehabilitation center serving individuals living with blindness or vision impairment in Lee, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte counties.

Executive director: Doug Fowler

(239) 997-7797

35 W. Mariana Ave.

North Fort Myers, FL 33903


Lymphedema Resources

A community-based volunteer organization that raises awareness of the potential for development of lymphedema, to assure availability of the resources for treatment and to eliminate barriers for those with lymphedema.

Executive director: John Wellum

(844) 394-3154

P.O. Box 1115

Estero FL 34929




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: Tammy Lynn

(239) 992-9474

3655 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 3

Bonita Springs, FL 34134

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March of Dimes

Improves the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality through programs of research, community service, education and advocacy that saves babies.

Executive director: Trent Howe

(239) 271-2562

6314 Corporate Court, Suite 140

Fort Myers, FL 33919

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The McGregor Clinic

The primary care clinic for persons with HIV also provides social and supportive services.

Executive director: Sharon Murphy

(239) 334-9555

3487 Broadway

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Midwest Food Bank

A faith-based organization that provides food and services for the nonprofit community at no cost to the organization, pantry, programs or soup kitchens.

Executive director: David Kieser

(239) 690-1722

5601 Division Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33905

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Southwest Florida

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, MADD is celebrating its 35th anniversary by creating a future of no more victims as the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these crimes and prevent underage drinking.

Executive director: Lori Burke

(239) 791-7560

13130 Westlinks Terrace, Suite 8

Fort Myers, FL 33913


Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida

Provides a comprehensive wellness program designed to help people manage pain, improve mobility and decrease isolation at low or no cost.

Executive director: Kay Jasso

(239) 435-1901

3372 Woods Edge Circle, Suite 103

Bonita Springs, FL 34134


Muscular Dystrophy Association

Fights to free individuals—and the families who love them—from devastating effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases so they can live longer and stronger.

Executive director: Erin Randall

(239) 437-6900

6315 Presidential Court, Suite 140

Fort Myers, FL 33990


Music for Minors Foundation

Raises money to provide quality musical instruments to deserving students in Collier and Lee counties.

President: Don Rhynard

(239) 273-2250

P.O. Box 1505

Bonita Springs, FL 34135




One Way Out Ministries

Assists women coming out of hard lifestyles from the sex industry, jail, addictions and more by helping them start over and put their lives back together. Also operates Second Chance Upscale Resale on-site to raise funds for the cause.

Executive director: Jeanie Turner

(239) 628-1771

12873 S. Cleveland Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33907,


Our Mother’s Home of SWFL

Provides a safe and nurturing environment for teen moms (age 12 through 21) and their babies.

Executive director: Karen Watson

(239) 267-4663

18011 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 16-106

Fort Myers, FL 33908




PACE Center for Girls, Lee County

A Florida-based organization and the only statewide prevention program for at-risk girls from ages 11-18 that provides education, counseling, training and advocacy.

Executive director: Meg M. Geltner

(239) 425-2366

3800 Evans Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Partners for Breast Cancer Care

Funds breast screening, diagnostic testing and treatment for underserved residents of Lee County.

Executive director: Janet Darnell

(239 454-8583

9470 Healthpark Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Pickup the Ball

Goes to the courts where young adults play to connect them with mentors, teach them life skills and inspire them to own the transformation of their communities.

Executive director: Ted Sottong

(239) 229-9870

710 Tarpon St., Suite 1

Fort Myers, FL 33916


Pine Manor Improvement Association

Works to equip, educate and empower the families, individuals and children of Pine Manor for a better quality of life, with a proven track record for meeting project objectives and working with Lee County Board of Commissioners to develop and complete projects.

Executive director: Shari Clark

(239) 275-5180

P.O. Box 61464

Fort Myers, FL 33907


Providence Compassion Foundation

Helps provide funding for the equestrian educational, training, coaching, competition and travel needs of the community’s developing athletes and horses in partnership with Providence Equestrian Center, as well as funding for the rescue and care of horses, farm and companion animals.

Executive director: Heather Cassese

(239) 948-7669

13731 E. Terry St.

Bonita Springs, FL 34135




Quality Life Center

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

Executive director: Abdul’Haq Muhammed

(239) 334-2797

3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33916




Rockin’ Christmas Fund

Founded by the Wolanin Family, helps students with scholarships who have suffered the sudden loss of a parent. All funds are dedicated to that purpose.

Executive director: Victoria Julia Wolanin

(239) 225-6100

P.O. Box 1515

Sanibel, FL 33957


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida

Compassionate advocates of children and families through core programs: Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, grants and scholarships, and a Ronald McDonald Family Room opening April 2017.

Executive director: Laura Ragain

(239) 437-0202

16100 Roserush Court

Fort Myers, FL 33908




Sanibel Community Association

Enriches community spirit through educational, cultural and social events in its historic house built in 1927.

Executive director: Teresa Riska-Hall

(239) 472-2155

2173 Periwinkle Way

Sanibel, FL 33957


Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation

Raises funds for nine local charities that provide a wide variety of services to families in need in Bonita Springs, Estero and San Carlos Park and will begin a scholarship program later this year.

Executive director: William Lentz

(239) 498-0253

9815 Bay Meadow

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Nurtures innovation and excellence in the arts through exhibitions, performances, education, outreach and preservation in Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Jim Griffith

(239) 333-1933

2301 First St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


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

Community-based volunteer organization that provides emergency financial and material assistance to the needy while maintaining their dignity and privacy regardless of age, sex, religion, race or ethnicity.

Executive director: William Bell

(239) 560-7683

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


Southwest Florida Symphony

Lee County’s professional orchestra presents its 56th season with five Masterworks concerts, three Pops concerts, a Holiday Pops and a Small Stage Symphonies series.

Executive director: Amy Ginsburg

(239) 418-0996

8290 College Parkway, Suite 103

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Special Equestrians

Offers therapeutic horseback riding classes and equine-assisted activities to individuals with disabilities in Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

Executive director: Jan Fifer

(239) 851-7070

16980 Riverboat Bend

Alva, FL 33920


Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida

Promises to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring the quality of care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

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

Serves the community through the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, raising $15.6 million over the past eight years to support local pediatric health care initiatives.

Executive director: Elaine Hawkins

(239) 433-4260

9736 Commerce Center Court

Fort Myers, FL 33908



Provides a world-class interdisciplinary performing arts and cultural learning center that supports community learning through laughter, drama, music and the visual arts in Lee and Collier counties.

Executive director: Brien Spina

(239) 676-0785

11515 Bonita Beach Road SE, Suite 103

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Swinging with Purpose

Golf-based fundraising group dedicated to providing ancillary support to organizations serving disenfranchised women and children in our community.

Executive director: Diana Riley

(301) 706-7131

8891 Brighton Lane, Suite 103

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida

The area’s only professional core chorus and the resident chorus of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra is conducted and artistically directed by Dr. Trent Brown, director of choruses at FGCU. 

Board president: Joanne Paulino

(239) 560-5695

P.O. Box 07195

Fort Myers, FL 33919




Theatre Conspiracy

Live theater dedicated to producing and promoting the work of the next generation of great playwrights.

Executive director: Bill Taylor

(239) 936-3239

10091 McGregor Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Turtle Time

Dedicated to the conservation and recovery of endangered and threatened marine 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 student scholarships, business ethics programs, historic preservation of the James Newton archives, and preservation and tours of the historical Burroughs Home & Gardens.

Executive director: Angela Melvin

(239) 337-9503

2505 First St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

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*  United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee

A local volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in our community, especially for youth, families, the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

President: Cliff Smith

(239) 433-2000

7273 Concourse Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908

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Valerie’s House

As the first program of its kind in Southwest Florida, provides a safe, comfortable place for children and families to bond, grieve and heal following the death of a close family member.

Founder/president: Angela Melvin

(239) 478-6734

1618 Avalon Place

Fort Myers, FL 33901

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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, now in its 14th year.

Executive director: Katherine Boren

(239) 574-9321

10051 McGregor Blvd., Suite 104

Fort Myers, FL 33919

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