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2017 Gulfshore Life Nonprofit Listings

Your guide to 320 worthy causes in Southwest Florida.

BY August 29, 2017

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

Serves the Southwest Florida community by offering applied behavior analysis and educational services to children who have developmental or intellectual delays.

Executive director: Colleen Cornwall

(239) 352-7600

5860 Golden Gate Parkway

Naples, FL 34116


Action for Life 

Protects and advocates for the dignity and respect of all human life, from conception until natural death.

President: John Garofalo

(239) 262-5433

2663 Airport-Pulling Road

Naples, FL 34112


Additional Needs  

Provides families with resources for educational and therapeutic systems for children and adult children, and connects employers to employees with additional needs. All children have needs; some children have Additional Needs.

Executive director: Douglas Sharpe

(239) 298-1499

5145 Cobble Creek Court, Suite 103

Naples, FL 34110


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 Association of University Women Foundation

The Greater Naples AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Activities include informative seminars, events, policy meetings, book clubs, movies and lunch outings.

Executive director: Marcia Turner

(239) 598-6144

P.O. Box 9742

Naples, FL 34101


American Cancer Society—Marco Island

Saves lives, celebrates lives and leads the fight for a world without cancer.

Executive director: Sue Olszak

(239) 642-8800

583 Tallwood St., Suite 101

Marco Island, FL 34145


American Cancer Society, Naples

Saves lives, celebrate lives and leads the fight for a world without cancer.

Executive director: Mackenzie Herrick

(239) 261-0337

5020 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 108

Naples, FL 34103


American Red Cross Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter

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

Executive director: Jill Palmer

(239) 785-3664

2610 Northbrooke Plaza Drive

Naples, FL 34119


Angels Undercover of Collier County

Provides school uniforms (shirts and shorts) to elementary students in need 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

Operates a sanctuary for feral, special needs and unadoptable cats; promotes TNR; educates; provides spay and neuter assistance with an emphasis in the Immokalee area; and advocates for animal rights as an all-volunteer organization.

Executive director: Michele Antonia

(239) 825-4093

7620 Rookery Lane

Naples, FL 34120


The Archangel Fund for Collier County Charities

The Art of Giving 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.

Executive director: The Rev. Edward Gleason

(239) 262-0353

553 Galleon Drive

Naples, FL 34102


Artis—Naples  *

Creates and presents world-class visual and performing arts. Inspires, educates and entertains through 450-plus concerts, performances, exhibitions, festivals and educational events annually to serve Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Kathleen van Bergen

(239) 254-2601

5833 Pelican Bay Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108


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

Defends Southwest Florida’s natural resources and wildlife, advocating for responsible land usage, water quality and protection of wildlife.

(239) 643-7822

1020 Eighth Ave. S., Suite 2

Naples, FL 34102


Ave Maria School of Law

Offers a rigorous legal education characterized by a commitment to professional excellence, the highest ethical and moral standards, and the integration of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

President and dean: Kevin Cieply

(239) 687-5341

1025 Commons Circle

Naples, FL 34119


Ave Maria University

A Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning devoted to Mary the Mother of God, inspired by St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta, and dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service.

President: H. James Towey

(239) 280-2574

5050 Ave Maria Blvd.

Ave Maria, FL 34142


Avow Foundation

Founded in 1983 as Collier County’s original, nonprofit hospice, provides hospice care, palliative care and bereavement support for adults and children.

Vice president: Melissa Phillips

(239) 261-4404

1055 Whippoorwill Lane

Naples, FL 34105




Baby Basics of Collier County

A volunteer organization that has provided 6 million diapers 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

As the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, lessens the burden of blinding diseases by offering compassionate clinical care to patients, conducting forward-thinking research and training the ophthalmologists of the future.

Development director: Amy Lane

(239) 659-3986

3880 Tamiami Trail N.

Naples, FL 34103


Betterment Association of the Everglades Area

Operates the famous Everglades Seafood Festival to raise money for the community.

Executive director: Carol Foss

(239) 695-2277

P.O. Box 5029

Everglades City, FL 34139


Big Brothers Big
Sisters of the Sun Coast for
Collier County *

Believes that an investment in a child is the best investment for the future you can make.

Executive director: Denise Walker

(239) 331-7133

809 Walkerbilt Road

Naples, FL 34110


Bikes for Tykes

Refurbishes bicycles for children and adults in need in Collier County, as well as provides helmets and locks as available to bicycle recipients.

Executive director: Teddy Plaisted

(239) 465-9047

P.O. Box 8263

Naples, FL 34101


Books for Collier Kids

Founded in 2005, provides brand-new, top-quality, age-appropriate books throughout the school year to 6,800 disadvantaged Collier pre-K, kindergarten, first- and second-grade students. Formerly First Book-Collier County.

Board chair: Sallie Williams

(239) 394-4062

4755 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 139

Naples, FL 34103


Boys & Girls Club of Collier County *

Enables all young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Executive director: Theresa J. Shaw

(239) 325-1700

7500 Davis Blvd.

Naples, FL 34104




Cancer Alliance of Naples

Provides non-medical financial assistance, resources and support for children and adults battling cancer.

Executive director: Jodi Bisogno

(239) 643-4673

3384 Woods Edge Circle

Bonita Springs, FL 34134


CAPA Cultural and Performing Arts Center

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

Executive director: Chick Heithaus

(239) 775-2800

239 Airport-Pulling Road S.

Naples, FL 34104


Care Club of Collier County

For 25 years, has successfully served as Collier County’s only nonprofit adult day service serving the Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and memory disorder communities.

Executive director: Kenn Voegele

(239) 353-1994

1800 Santa Barbara Blvd.

Naples, FL 34116


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice *

Serves people in need in the 10 counties of Southwest Florida, providing support services for the homeless, working poor, new immigrants, frail elderly, at-risk children and relocated refugees.

Executive director: Peter Routsis-Arroyo

(239) 455-2655

2210 Santa Barbara Blvd.

Naples, FL 34116


Center for Reduction of Religious-Based Conflict

Internationally headquartered in Naples, serves to sensitize and educate people and governments to the very real problem of religious-based conflict, its causes, its problems and its increasing costs. Describes long-term solutions and shows how they can be immediately and realistically implemented.

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 learning through educators and directly with students.

Executive director: Susan McManus

(239) 643-4755

3606 Enterprise Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


Charity for Change

Works to cultivate confident and compassionate children who become successful learners, contribute to their communities and participate in society as ethical, employable and responsible citizens.

Founder and CEO: Karen Conley

(239) 592-6787

10681 Airport-Pulling Road N., Suite 23

Naples, FL 34109


Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County *

Improves the lives of abused children in Collier County, serving more than 2,200 children and their families each year.

Executive director: Jacqueline Stephens

(239) 263-8383

1036 Sixth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102


Christ Child Society of Naples

An all-volunteer organization founded in 1997 to improve infant care, provide basic needs and promote literacy for underprivileged children in Collier County.

Executive director: Jane Austermiller

(410) 207-3431

P.O. Box 770179

Naples, FL 34107


Classic Chamber Concerts

Provides world-class music for the enjoyment of Southwest Florida, and educates and encourages all audiences to enjoy classical music.

Executive director: Nancy Kerns

(239) 434-8505

P.O. Box 7854

Naples, FL 34101


Coalition of Immokalee Workers

A worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking and gender-based violence at work.

Executive director: Lucas Benitez

(239) 657-8311

110 S. Second St.

Immokalee, FL 34142


Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR)

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

Provides World War II and Korean veterans the opportunity to visit the memorials built in their honor in Washington, D.C., free of charge.

Executive director: Dr. Debi Lux

(239) 777-9295

P.O. Box 8001

Naples, FL 34101


Collier County Junior Deputies League

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


Collier Harvest Foundation

Provides healthy and nutritious food to its hungry neighbors in Collier County at no cost to the agencies served.

Executive director: Connie Preu

(239) 455-3663

P.O. Box 11143

Naples, FL 34101


Collier Resource Center

Trained local volunteers who connect clients with health and human services, using a personalized approach.

Volunteer executive director: Nina Gray

(239) 434-2030

2355 Stanford Court, Unit 701

Naples, FL 34112


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

Connects donors to community needs, oversees more than 510 funds, manages more than $150 million in assets and has distributed more than $112 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, Sarasota and a Mobile Clinic.

CEO: Gary Ingold

(239) 262-6381

940 Fifth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102


Community School of Naples

An independent, PreK-12 college preparatory day school driven by a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and shaped by a spirit of community and collaboration.

Head of school: 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 who may be suffering intense pain, hopelessness and isolation after the death of a child at any age.

Executive director: Alan Pedersen

(239) 690-7801

P.O. Box 112524

Naples, FL 34108


Conservancy of Southwest Florida *

Protects Southwest Florida’s water, land, wildlife and future, now and for future generations.

Executive director: Robert Moher

(239) 262-0304

1495 Smith Preserve Way

Naples, FL 34102


Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.)

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: Jeannette Boucher

(239) 566-7080

2524 Golfside Drive

Naples, FL 34110




David Lawrence Center

A national leader in providing world-class mental health and addiction recovery treatment for children, adolescents and adults. The Center’s innovative, integrated treatment includes inpatient, residential, outpatient and community-based services.

President and CEO: Scott Burgess

(239) 455-8500

6075 Bathey Lane

Naples, FL 34116


DP Special Needs Consulting Corp.

Creates patent-pending technology empowering those with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, autism and developmental disabilities to accomplish their activities of daily living and reducing stress upon caregivers.

Executive director: Paul Wulf

(239) 200-1196

6536 Monterey Point, Suite 201

Naples, FL 34105




Empty Bowls Naples

Raises money and awareness in the fight against hunger “one bowl at a time” through a fun, social, volunteer-run event each January that features handcrafted bowls and delicious soups of local restaurants.

Executive director: Betsy Dawson

(239) 591-8848

2221 Corporation Blvd.

Naples, FL 34109


The English-Speaking Union

The ESU of the United States is committed to promoting scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community.

President: Richard M. Smarg

(239) 330-2533

P.O. Box 413005, PMB 22

Naples, FL 34101


Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida

Provides critical medical attention, including medication, to uninsured individuals over the age of 18 whom have been diagnosed with epilepsy. Additionally, offers case management, referrals to other community services, and prevention and education programs to the community at large.

Executive director: Kevin Lindberg

(239) 649-7430

852 First Ave. S., Suite 113

Naples, FL 34102


The Everglades Foundation

Restores and preserves America’s Everglades, which provides the drinking water for one in three Floridians.

CEO: Eric Eikenberg

(239) 823-2517

10681 Airport-Pulling Road N., Suite 24

Naples, FL 34109


Everglades Society for Historic Preservation

Strives to preserve 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




Feral Felines

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

Executive director: Barbara Lewinski

(239) 695-3167

P.O. Box 564

Chokoloskee, FL 34138


5th Avenue South Business Improvement District

The 5th 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

Positive youth development organization that impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character and life-enhancing values and promote healthy life choices through the game of golf.

Executive director: Cindy Darland

(239) 825-4851

1370 Creekside Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108


For the Love of Cats

Saves the lives of abandoned cats and kittens in the community through a no-kill rescue group operating through the generous donations of the public since 2002.

Executive director: Jan Rich

(239) 642-8674

P.O. Box 1777

Marco Island, FL 34146


Foundation of Collier County Medical Society

Raises funds to provide scholarships for students pursuing careers in health care, support for health education programs and funding for local health care programs in need.

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 education, social and recreational activities, advocacy for employment and housing options, and raising of community awareness.

Executive director: Karen Govern

(239) 594-9007

868 99th Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34108


The Founders Fund

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

(239) 593-0124

707 Gulf Park Drive

Naples, FL 34108


Freedom Waters Foundation

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

Executive director: Debra Frenkel

(239) 263-2377

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

Naples, FL 34102


Fresh Start Fund for Abused Women and Children

Supports Collier County women and their children who have left violent homes, helping them to become economically independent through financial grants.

Executive director: Mariana Duncan

(239) 262-8606

2445 Rue du Jardin

Naples, FL 34105


Friends of the Collier County Museum

Helps preserve and protect the history and heritage of the community through the support of the Collier County Museums system.

President: Jacob Winge

(239) 331-6501

3331 Tamiami Trail E.

Naples, FL 34112


Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Promotes public awareness, use and enjoyment of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park; assists the park management and staff; and improves park facilities through fundraisers.

(239) 593-2658

11135 Gulf Shore Drive N.

Naples, FL 34108


Friends of Fakahatchee

Provides financial and volunteer support to preserve the unique ecology and cultural heritage of the largest state park in Florida, the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, and to educate the public about its importance.

Executive director: Francine Stevens

(239) 695-1023

P.O. Box 35

Everglades City, FL 34139


Friends of Foster Children Forever

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

Executive director: Jane Billings

(239) 262-1808

2675 Horseshoe Drive S., Suite 402

Naples, FL 34104


Friends of the Library of Collier County

Supports the Collier County public libraries and the literary and educational needs of the community.

Executive director: Cathi Johnson

(239) 262-8135

650 Central Ave.

Naples, FL 34105


Friends of the Museum of the Everglades

Established in 1992 for the purpose of assisting with the development and support of the Museum of the Everglades.

Executive director: Patricia Huff

(239) 695-2397

P.O. Box 677

Everglades City, FL 34139


Friends of the River of Grass Greenway

Promotes the safe use by the general public of a transportation and recreation corridor across the Everglades between Naples and Miami, with focus on environmental education and stewardship.

Executive director: Patricia Huff

(239) 695-2397

P.O. Box 5031, 207 N. Storter Ave.

Everglades City, FL 34139


Friends of Rookery Bay

Connects people with Southwest Florida’s dynamic coastal environment in support of the Rookery Bay Reserve, addressing challenges in managing coastal lands and waters and generating community involvement through a volunteer program, outreach efforts and fundraising events.

Executive director: Athan Barkoukis

(239) 280-7457

300 Tower Road

Naples, FL 34113


Fun Time Early Childhood Academy *

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

Executive director: Barbara Tyrrell

(239) 261-8284

102 12th St. N.

Naples, FL 34102




Gargiulo Education Center

An after-school program annually serving up to 60 children of migrant and agricultural communities of North Naples that provides educational enhancement, enrichment, tutorial and “wrap” services for students from kindergarten through grade 12. 

Executive director: Thomas J. Bamrick

(239) 596-1975

1414 Rail Head Blvd.

Naples, FL 34110


The GATE Project

Influences stability in emerging democracies by providing higher education to qualified women and establishes them in leadership positions in their home countries through strategic global partnerships.

Executive director: Suzanne Lesko

(813) 419-0255


George DeMarco Foundation

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

Executive director: Carla DeMarco

(239) 643-4077

3527 Domestic Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


Girls on the Run of Collier County

A transformational, physical activity-based, positive youth development program for girls in third through eighth grade that aims to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Executive director: Christine McConnelee

(239) 777-3720

1103 Wisteria Lane

Naples, FL 34105


Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples

Provides an exciting, inspiring environment where children and their families play, learn and dream together.

Executive director: Karysia Demarest

(239) 514-0084

15080 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34109


Grace Center Foundation

Founded by Naples native Marcie Erickson, serves the poorest of the poor in Ethiopia and finds long-term solutions for each individual to help families become self-sufficient.

Executive director: Marcie Erickson

(239) 465-6435

P.O. Box 112692

Naples, FL 34108


Grace Place for Children and Families *

An education center dedicated to ending the intergenerational transfer of poverty through innovative family literacy and learning programs.

Executive director: Dr. Tim Ferguson

(239) 234-2400

P.O. Box 990531

Naples, FL 34116


The Greater Marco Family YMCA

Puts Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Executive director: Lucinda Love

(239) 394-3144

101 Sand Hill St.

Marco Island, FL 34145


Greater Naples YMCA *

The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Executive director: Paul Thein

(239) 963-3766

5450 YMCA Road

Naples, FL 34109


Guadalupe Center *

Provides educational programs to 1,100 Immokalee children a day beginning at infancy and continuing through college.

Executive director: Dawn Montecalvo

(239) 657-7711

509 Hope Circle

Immokalee, FL 34142


Gulfshore Opera

Enriches the community by presenting high-quality, diverse classical vocal music performances, and participates in community-building through a youth development program that empowers underserved children to strive for excellence through music.

Executive director: Steffanie Pearce

(239) 529-3925

3281 Golden Gate Blvd. W.

Naples, FL 34120


Gulfshore Playhouse

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

Executive director: Kristen Coury

(239) 261-7529

1010 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 205

Naples, FL 34012




Habitat for Humanity of Collier County *

Works in partnership with families in need to provide homeownership opportunities, requiring partner 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


Hadassah—Collier/Lee Chapter

Enhances worldwide health through support of medical care and research at Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem; gender equality in health, advocacy and education; and personal growth in Israel and America.

Co-president: Gayle Dorio

(239) 566-2832

1472 Palma Blanca Court

Naples, FL 34119


Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida

Provides high-quality primary, dental and behavioral healthcare in Collier County—regardless of patients’ ability to pay—serving more than 49,000 patients annually in 21 locations, including 60 percent of the children and roughly half of the expectant mothers in the community.

VP of development: Steve Wheeler

(239) 658-3113

3520 Kraft Road, Suite 100

Naples, FL 34105


Heil Luthringer Foundation for Ms

Provides educational programs and services for individuals afflicted with multiple sclerosis, their families, the community and health care providers.

Executive director: Dr. Debbie Heil

(239) 595-7179

6574 Trail Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108


Help a Diabetic Child

Purchases diabetes supplies and insulin for children and college students who have diabetes and are struggling financially and cannot afford these lifesaving supplies.

Executive director: Tami Balavage

(239) 821-5051

P.O. Box 110161

Naples, FL 34108


Hodges University

A private, nonprofit institution of higher learning in Naples accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

President: Dr. Donald Wortham

(239) 513-1122

2655 Northbrooke Drive

Naples, FL 34119


The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida

Teaches the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire action against bigotry, hatred and violence. Voted “Best Museum—Collier County” in the Gulfshore Life Best of the Gulfshore

readers’ poll.

Executive director: Amy Snyder

(239) 263-9200

4760 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 7

Naples, FL 34103


Hope After Stroke Florida

Assists stroke survivors through NCH’s program, advancing stroke recovery and rehab.

Executive director: Allison O’Reilly

(703) 926-3382

5089 Post Oak Lane

Naples, FL 34105


Hope for Haiti *

For 28 years, has been working to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through programs in education, health care, water, infrastructure and economy.

Executive director: Skyler Badenoch

(239) 434-7183

1021 Fifth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102


Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships

Prevents human trafficking by educating and empowering adults and children through collaborative action.

Executive director: Nola Theiss

(239) 415-2635

3123 Terrace Ave.

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The Humane Society Naples *

Shelters animals in times of need, locates lifelong homes and promotes responsible pet ownership through education, legislation and sterilization.

Executive director: Michael Simonik

(239) 643-1880

370 Airport-Pulling Road N.

Naples, FL 34104


Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Collier County

Supports the planning, delivery and coordination of high-quality services to the hungry, the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Collier County.

Executive director: Christine Welton

(239) 263-9363

P.O. Box 9202

Naples, FL 34101




Imagine Children’s Health Center

Teaches leadership and coping skills to school-age children; treats trauma, anxiety and depression; and is currently fundraising for a leadership day camp in Collier, with naming rights for $2 million.

Executive director: Dr. Molly Barrow

(239) 263-3908

5500 Bryson Drive, Suite 301

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Imagine Solutions Conference

Annual thought leader forum where renowned experts engage private sector leaders on today’s most relevant issues. A global perspective, national focus and local impact link learning with leadership.

CEO: Randall Antik

(214) 215-6000

29130 Brendisi Way, Suite 202

Naples, FL 34110


Immokalee Child Care Center *

Serves the Immokalee community by providing exceptional educational programs and the highest-quality child care and education.

Executive director: Valarie Bostic

(239) 261-1774

3775 Airport-Pulling Road N., Suite B

Naples, FL 34105


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





The leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research works to discover, develop and deliver advances that cure, better treat and prevent T1D.

Executive director: Kathy Cleeland

(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 services 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


Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida

Educates, celebrates and promotes awareness of contributions of Jews in Southwest Florida to date and in the future.

Executive director: Marina Berkovich

(239) 566-1771

899 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 116

Naples, FL 34108


JFCS of Southwest Florida

Empowers individuals and families by providing tools to address life’s challenges. Programs include Naples Senior Center, Dementia Respite Program, geriatric case management, mental health counseling and JFCS Food Pantry.

President and CEO: Dr. Jaclynn Faffer

(239) 325-4444

5025 Castello Drive

Naples, FL 34103




k is for kids Foundation

A unique student-driven, volunteer-based nonprofit that builds readers and leaders by utilizing a mentorship program to promote youth leadership and develop students’ skills through literacy initiatives.

Executive director: Karen D. Clawson

(239) 596-5437

4601 Oak Leaf Drive

Naples, FL 34119


Keep Collier Beautiful

Through only volunteers, spearheads several programs to keep waterways free of litter and debris and to encourage people not to litter.

Executive director: Jim Zimmerman

(239) 580-8319

2600 Corporate Flight Drive

Naples, FL 34104


Kingdom Community International

Empowers and mentors individuals locally and worldwide to become leaders to influence and impact their community, city and nation; and 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 Naples on the Gulf

Evaluates both children’s issues and community needs to conduct service projects to respond to those identified needs.

Executive director: Melanie Winternheimer

(407) 324-9800

P.O. Box 656

Naples, FL 34106


Kiwanis Club of Pelican Bay

An organization of community service-minded men and women who support the endeavors of children and young adults of all ages. Presents BaconFest Naples, whose net proceeds go toward ending childhood hunger in Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Alan Beckner

(239) 272-5122

2065 Painted Palm Drive

Naples, FL 34119


Kowiachobee Animal Preserve

As a hands-on learning facility, works off only public donations to educate children about why so many preserves have to rescue animals. Offers an ongoing sponsorship program.

Executive director: Grace Slaby

(239) 352-5387

2861 Fourth Ave. SE

Naples, FL




Laces of Love

Provides new shoes to low-income and disadvantaged children in Collier and Lee counties.

(239) 293-1215

1900 Gulf Shore Blvd., Suite 402

Naples, FL 34102


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

their future.

Executive director: Myra Janco Daniels

(239) 598-4047

P. O. Box 413005, No. 221

Naples, FL 34101


Leadership Collier Foundation

Builds a broad-based network of community leaders who enhance their leadership abilities and skills through community involvement, which enable them to work toward solutions in the public interest.

Executive director: Amanda Beights

(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: Liz Winebrenner

(239) 353-3100

5051 Castello Drive, Suite 240

Naples, FL 34103


Lighthouse of Collier

Fosters independence and enhances the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers.

Executive director: Robin Goldstone Garcia

(239) 430-3934

4685 Horseshoe Drive S., Suite 211

Naples, FL 34104


Literacy Volunteers of Collier County

Through more than 200 active trained volunteers, teaches English as a second language to more than 300 active adult and child residents of Collier County.

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

Promotes education and appreciation

of the arts.

Executive director: Hyla Crane

(239) 394-4221

1010 Winterberry Drive

Marco Island, FL 34145


Marco Island Historical Society

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

Executive director: Patricia A. Rutledge

(239) 389-6447

180 S. Heathwood Drive

Marco Island, FL 34145


Marco Island Shell Club

A club of sea shell enthusiasts interested in promoting the study, conservation, science, history and appreciation of sea shells and collecting and crafting shell art.

Executive director: Kathy Benedik

(239) 394-7399

P.O. Box 633

Marco Island, FL 34145


The Marco Players

The volunteer-driven, oldest not-for-profit community theater on Marco Island delivers live community theater year-round to residents of and visitors to Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Beverly Dahlstrom

(239) 642-7270

1089 N. Collier Blvd.

Marco Island, FL 34145


Meals of Hope

Uses community volunteers to pack food for local hungry as the largest food pantry in Collier County.

Executive director: Stephen Popper

(239) 777-9113

2221 Corporation Blvd.

Naples, FL 34109


Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida

Advocates for mental wellness through education, prevention and support.

Executive director: Petra Jones

(239) 261-5405

2335 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 404

Naples, FL 34103


Miracles Among Us

Provides support and resources to improve the quality of life for families and survivors of brain injury, including trauma and illness. Also holds a monthly support group meeting.

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, vocational skills and job creation.

Executive director: Penny Rambacher

(239) 348-0815

3559 Kent Drive

Naples, FL 34112


Montessori Academy of Naples

Educational institution that serves students from infancy into adolescence, dedicated to the philosophy and educational methods developed by Dr. Maria Montessori.

Executive director: Kimberly Hunt

(239) 597-2255

2659 Professional Circle, Suite 1118

Naples, FL 34119


Mother Frances de Sales Auxiliary to the Homeless

Provides funds and services to area homeless organizations, operating with the core values of charity, dignity and purity.

Executive director: Becky Foxhoven

(770) 366-0653

1884 Cascade Court

Marco Island, FL 34145




NAMI Collier County

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Collier County helps those affected by mental illnesses by improving the quality of life for more than 16,000 people annually through education, advocacy and support.

Executive director: Pamela J. Baker

(239) 260-7300

6216 Trail Blvd., Building C

Naples, FL 34108


The Naples Art Association

Has transformed the community since 1954 through inspired arts leadership and continuous creation of a visual arts center that inspires and empowers artists and the general public in Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Aimee Schlehr

(239) 262-6517

585 Park St.

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Asian Professionals Association

Provides leadership in connecting Asian professionals and the broader community for economic, social, intellectual and cultural enrichment.

Event director: Dr. Colin Feng

(239) 770-1501

P.O. Box 413005, PMB4

Naples, FL 34101


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

151 Broad Ave. N.

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. Received a No. 1 ranking on and the Award for Garden Excellence from the American Public Gardens Association.

Executive director: Donna McGinnis

(239) 643-7275

4820 Bayshore Drive

Naples, FL 34112


Naples Cat Alliance

A volunteer-run, no-kill, free-roaming shelter for cats and kittens that participates in the Trap, Neuter & Return program for the community cats of Collier County.

Executive director: Megan Sorbara

(424) 835-1523

5555 Golden Gate Parkway, Suite 141

Naples, FL 34116


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

Pre-K through eighth grade independent, nondenominational, Christian school.

(239) 455-1080

3161 Santa Barbara Blvd.

Naples, FL 34116


Naples Concert Band

Is now in its 46th season of entertaining the community with a variety of musical selections each month at Naples’ Cambier Park.

President: Howard Hawkins

(239) 263-9521

P.O. Box 31

Naples, FL 34106


Naples Garden Club

A 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

Preserves Naples history for the community and future generations to enjoy through five initiatives and 10 educational programs.

Executive director: Elaine L. Reed

(239) 261-8164

137 12th Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Junior Woman’s Club

Promotes empowerment of people, providing access to education and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.

Executive director: Emily Sumpmann

(763) 229-4327

570 Park St.

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Lions Club Foundation

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

Executive director: Jack Arvold

(239) 353-4800

P.O. Box 110474

Naples, FL 34108


Naples Music Club

Supports music education and performance, provides scholarships and engages in outreach efforts.

President: 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 community and student musicians.

General manager: Nicki Huber

(239) 594-6903

P.O. Box 9542

Naples, FL 34101


Naples Pathways Coalition

Works to create safe, bikeable, walkable communities in Collier County.

Executive director: Beth Brainard

(239) 777-7718

300 Fifth Ave. S, Suite 101, Box 464

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Performing Arts Center

Provides excellence in performing arts education to all students, regardless of their intellectual capabilities or socioeconomic status, and the opportunities to participate in the arts to develop life skills.

Executive director: Lori Oliver

(239) 597-6722

6646 Willow Park Drive

Naples, FL 34109


The Naples Players

At the Sudgen Community Theatre, creates affordable, high-quality community theater; encourages participation in and appreciation of theater; and provides educational and enrichment opportunities. The KidzAct program provides more than 700 children, ages 5 to 18, an opportunity to build self-confidence and love of theater.

Executive director: John F. Sorey III

(239) 434-7340

701 Fifth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Naples Equestrian Challenge Inc., d/b/a Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC), is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Premier Accredited Center that provides therapeutic riding and other equine-assisted activities and therapy programs to more than 660 special needs children and adults annually.

Executive director: Kim Minarich

(239) 596-2988

208 Ridge Drive

Naples, FL 34106


Naples Woman’s Club

Enhances the community through philanthropic activities and volunteer services, and supports many organizations locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

Executive director: Jalna MacLaren

(239) 262-6331

570 Park St.

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Cooperates in conservation programs locally and all around the world. Tickets include admission to the nationally accredited zoo and historic garden, interactive presentations and a wild cruise through islands of monkeys, lemurs and apes.

Executive director: Jack Mulvena

(239) 262-5409

1590 Goodlette-Frank Road

Naples, FL 34102


NCH Healthcare System Foundation

Raises funds to support NCH Healthcare System, the only nonprofit hospital in Collier County, as it provides programs and services to meet the needs of the community.

Executive director: Jim Martin

(239) 624-2000

350 Seventh St. N.

Naples, FL 34108


NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition

Works to improve health outcomes and prevent injuries among children (0 to 18 years of age) within Collier County by facilitating and implementing programs to combat childhood obesity, prevent childhood drowning and reduce SIDS.

Executive director: Paula DiGrigoli

(239) 624-4033

P.O. Box 234

Naples, FL 34106


Neighborhood HealtH Clinic *

Delivers quality medical and dental care to low-income, working but uninsured Collier County adults, using a professional volunteer staff and funded by private philanthropy.

Executive director: Leslie Lascheid

(239) 261-6600

121 Goodlette-Frank Road N.

Naples, FL 34102


New Horizons of Southwest Florida

Provides after-school tutoring and mentoring to more than 440 at-risk youth in Lee and Collier County 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




One by One Leadership Foundation

Develops healthier communities by empowering youth through service learning to succeed in life through four initiatives: sports (Inspiring Immokalee’s Future), arts (iCoArts), entrepreneurship (Taste of Immokalee) and environment (iGrow).

Executive director: John Lawson

(239) 248-5857

1390 N. 15th St., Box 5393

Immokalee, FL 34143


Opera Naples

Enriches Southwest Florida through opera and chamber music performed by internationally recognized artists; Opera Naples Renata Scotto Academy for aspiring singers; and artists-in-residence, community outreach and youth education programs.

Executive director: Jerry Goldberg

(239) 963-9050

2408 Linwood Ave.

Naples, FL 34112




PACE Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee

Provides girls between the ages of 12 and 18 an opportunity to find their voice through education, counseling, training and advocacy. PACE Center for Girls Inc. is a nationally recognized, gender-responsive, research-based model.

Executive director: Marianne Kearns

(239) 842-5406

160 N. First St. 

Immokalee, FL 34142


Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida

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

Executive director: Jacqueline A. Urso

(239) 417-3467

5926 Premiere Way, Suite 114

Naples, FL 34109



Provides essential services and support for minor victims of human trafficking, with the master plan to build a Safe House Campus with individualized professional care and services that will culminate in successful release back to society.

Executive director: Jon E. Stevenson

(239) 398-9961

1200 Goodlette-Frank Road N., Suite 9916

Naples, FL 34101


PAWS Assistance Dogs

Promotes independence for combat-wounded veterans and children with life-changing disabilities through partnerships with skilled assistance dogs, at no cost to recipients.

Executive director: Jeannie C. Bates


3173 Horseshoe Drive S. 

Naples, FL 34104


PFLAG Naples

Envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Executive director: David Goldstein

(239) 963-4670

P.O. Box 770294

Naples, FL 34107


Planned Parenthood of SW & Central Florida *

For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has been the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. The organization’s health centers provide contraception, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and lifesaving cancer screening to millions of people in this country.

Executive director: Barbara Zdravecky

(239) 262-0301

1425 Creech Road

Naples, FL 34103


Project HELP

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

Executive director: Eileen Wesley

(239) 649-1404

3123 Terrace Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


Providence House

Provides a two-year transitional housing and self-sufficiency program for motivated women with young children who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

Executive director: Jean Takacs

(239) 692-8779

P.O. Box 128

Naples, FL 34106



Redlands Christian Migrant Association

Operates 68 child care centers and three charter schools for Florida’s rural poor. In Immokalee, these include six child care centers, a charter school and RCMA’s headquarters.

Executive director: Gayane Stepanian

(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 100

Naples, FL 34103


The Rotary Club of Naples

Brings together local leaders to take action in bettering the world through humanitarian service.

Executive director: Mark Matos

(239) 297-3886

P. O. Box 990206

Naples, FL 34116


Royal Palm Academy

Provides excellent education in the Catholic Tradition for grades pre-K through 8.

Head of School: Scott Baier

(239) 594-9888

16100 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34110




Saint Ann School

Serves students in grades PK through 8, providing excellence in education of spirit, mind and body in the Catholic tradition since 1956.

Executive director: Gina Groch

(239) 262-4110

542 Eighth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102


Saint Ann School Foundation

Provides need-based tuition scholarships for children to attend Saint Ann School. Saint Ann provides a challenging learning environment focused on science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, language and math.

Executive director: Pamela Macia

(239) 262-4110

475 Ninth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102


The Salvation Army

Preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ and meets human needs in His name without discrimination.

Executive director: Major Dan Proctor

(239) 775-9447

3180 Estey Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


SCORE Naples

Through mentors offering experience in more than 45 industries, provides free counseling as well as workshops and online resources to entrepreneurs. Founded in 1988 as a resource partner of the SBA.

Co-chair: Cheryl McDonnell

(239) 430-0081

900 Goodlette-Frank Road N.

Naples, FL 34109


Seacrest Country Day School

A preschool through grade 12, co-educational, college preparatory independent school.

Executive director: Erin Duffy

(239) 793-1986

7100 Davis Blvd.

Naples, FL 34104


Senior Friendship Health Center

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

Director of development and marketing: M J Scarpelli

(239) 566-7425

2355 Stanford Court, Unit 701

Naples, FL 34112


The Shelter for Abused Women & Children *

Leads the community to prevent, protect and prevail over domestic violence and human trafficking, bringing hope and healing to Collier County’s most vulnerable citizens.

Executive director: Linda Oberhaus

(239) 775-3862

P.O. Box 10102

Naples, FL 34101


Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center

A sanctuary and educational facility that rescues exotic wild and captive-bred animals, sharing their stories and lessons in a Healing Hearts program and reconnecting people with the animals.

Executive director: Deanna L. Deppen

(239) 290-9867

1161 27th St. SW

Naples, FL 34117


South Florida National Parks Trust

Was established in 2002 to support four national parks: Everglades, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve.

Executive director: Don Finefrock

(305) 665-4769


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


St. John Neumann Catholic High School

The only Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school in Collier County.

(239) 455-3044

3000 53rd St. SW

Naples, FL 34116


St. John’s Shoppe, Ministry of St. John’s Episcopal Church

An upscale resale shop featuring men’s and women’s apparel, home furniture, housewares, china, crystal, books, antiques and more whose net proceeds benefit local charities through the Outreach of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Executive director: Pat Costa

(239) 597-9518

14700 Tamiami Trail N.

Naples, FL 34110


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 Ellison

(239) 774-0500

2001 Airport-Pulling Road S.

Naples, FL 34112


St. Vincent dePaul Society of Collier County

Provides food, clothing, furniture and financial assistance to those in need in Collier County; delivers meals to the homebound seven days per week; and operates thrift stores in Naples and Bonita Springs.

Executive director: Kim Schul

(239) 775-1667

4451 Mercantile Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


The StayInMay Festival

Presents performers and exhibitions from around the globe through featured venues across Southwest Florida. The “Classical to Pop” 2018 festival will feature 40 events from April 22, 2018, to May 13, 2018. Formerly the ArtsNaples World Festival.

Executive director: Claudia Polzin

(239) 390-2788

P.O. Box 771176

Naples, FL 34107


Storytellers Creative Arts

Develops communities of connection and advocates the creation art that expresses faith and elevates culture, with the vision of “transforming lives through the arts” with arts outreach, creative expression groups and special events.

Executive director: William S. Barnett

(239) 591-6649

1415 Panther Lane, Suite 350

Naples, FL 34109


Stroke Recovery Foundation

Improves post-stroke lives and outcomes in Southwest Florida.

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: Janet Yon

(239) 269-6335

5137 Calstello Drive, Suite 1

Naples, FL 34103




Temple Shalom

Reform Jewish synagogue.

Executive director: Eli Montague

(239) 455-3030

4630 Pine Ridge Road

Naples, FL 34119



Enriches the cultural offerings in Southwest Florida by presenting professional theatrical productions as well as educating students of all ages to appreciate and engage with the performing arts.

Executive director: Mark Danni

(239) 424-9500

13275 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34109


Tumaini Fund USA

Provides the basic necessities of life to orphans in the impoverished northwest region of Tanzania and helps them to become self-sufficient through educational opportunities.

Executive director: Mike Moore

(239) 262-6581

553 Galleon Drive

Naples, FL 34102




The United Arts Council of Collier County

As the area’s primary resource for arts services and cultural information enriches lives and strengthens the community through the power of the arts and provides arts education for at-risk students and low-income adults.

Executive director: Laura Burns

(239) 254-8242

1495 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 5

Naples, FL 34109


United Cerebral Palsy of SW Florida

Provides adult day training services to ensure a quality experience and a meaningful day for those we support, who are individuals 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 Collier211 helpline, VITA and Volunteer Collier.

Executive director: Steven Sanderson

(239) 261-7112

9015 Strada Stell Court, Suite 204

Naples, FL 34109




Voices of Naples

A seasonal community chorus with a repertoire that ranges from classical to jazz, comic to pop.

Executive director: Mariellen LaMasters

(239) 643-0980

2249 Clipper Way

Naples, FL 34104


Volunteer Services for Animals

Works to create a reality of no more homeless pets in Collier County by rescuing and adopting cats and kittens; encouraging and financially assisting owners with the sterilization of pets; and operating low-cost outreach dog and cat shot clinics, a community cat sterilization program, and a dog and cat food assistance program.

President: Phyllis Estes

(239) 290-6274

6017 Pine Ridge Road, Box 330

Naples, FL 34119




Wellfit Girls Program SWFL

A leadership, fitness and empowerment program with the mission to inspire, challenge and empower teen girls to climb high in all areas of life through transformational leadership programs.

Executive director: Colby Hazewinkel

(239) 529-0366

7505 Cordoba Circle

Naples, FL 34109


Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation

The Winged Foot Scholar Athlete Award recognizes the best scholar-athletes from 13 Collier County high schools. Each nominee receives a $5,000 scholarship with the winner receiving $10,000.

Chairman: Bud Hornbeck

(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 many charities, donating more than $600,000 in the past seven years.

Executive director: Sharon Julian

(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 by serving their current and changing needs through grant making.

Executive director: Eileen Connolly-Keesler

(239) 649-5000

1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200

Naples, FL 34108


Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida

Elevates women and girls by investing in programs that educate, boost security and entrepreneurship, and advocate from a woman’s perspective.

Executive director: Brenda Tate

(239) 908-0301

9015 Strada Stell Court, Suite 205

Naples, FL 34109




Young Life

Youth outreach ministry.

Executive director: Ryan Wilson

(239) 537-2106

P.O. Box 112481

Naples, FL 34108


YoungLife Collier County MultiCultural

With belief in the power of presence through God’s love, dramatically influences kids’ lives and plants success by building authentic friendships, trust and consistency.

Executive director: Ariza Reyes

(239) 223-9148

P.O. Box 10129

Naples, FL 34101


Youth Haven *

Provides Southwest Florida’s only emergency residential shelter for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment, serving more than 2,500 children and families annually.

Executive director: Jinx Liggett

(239) 774-2904

5867 Whitaker Road

Naples, FL 34112




Zonta Foundation of Naples

Chartered in 1973, empowers equal status for women through service and advocacy for women and girls in Collier County.

Executive director: Dr. Janice Green

(239) 450-0308

P.O. Box 09011

Naples, FL 34101





Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT)

Provides services to victims of domestic violence and survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties.

Executive director: Jennifer L. Benton

(239) 939-2553

P.O. Box 60401

Fort Myers, FL 33906        


Alliance for the Arts

Connects art, culture and community.

Executive director: Lydia A. 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 diagnosed with memory impairment and their family caregiver.

Executive director: Jan Kerlin

(239) 437-3007

12468 Brantley Commons Court

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Alzheimer’s Association—Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Executive director: Gloria J.T. Smith

(239) 405-7008

9240 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 1101

Bonita Beach, FL 34135


American Cancer Society, Fort Myers

Saves lives, celebrates lives and leads the fight for a world without cancer.

Executive director: Stacey Mueller

(239) 936-1113

4575 Via Royale, Suite 110

Fort Myers, FL 33919


American Heart Association of Southwest Florida

Works to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers, respectively.

Executive director/vice president: Leslie Amick

(239) 495-4900

8441 Bonita Crossings Blvd.

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Amigos en Cristo

Provides immigrants to Southwest Florida with the tools to be successful and contributing members of the community and the Kingdom of God.

Executive director: Rev. Bob Selle

(239) 437-6727

7401 Winkler Road

Fort Myers, FL 33919


AMIkids Southwest Florida

Helps teens leave behind a troubled past and head to a brighter future through education, counseling and positive action. Boys and girls attend the day program, which includes vocational training.

Executive director: Luis Ceruti

(239) 765-9696

1190 Main St.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931


Animal Refuge Center

Southwest Florida’s largest 501c(3) no-kill shelter houses more than 400 cats and dogs while actively seeking homes for them.

Executive director: Wayne Leinen

(239) 731-3535

18011 Old Bayshore Road

North Fort Myers, FL 33917


ArtFest Fort Myers

Creates public access to a broad array of visual art, supports arts in education and encourages the appreciation of the arts in Southwest Florida.

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 connects people to the natural world through their love of shells and the amazing animals (mollusks) that create them.

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 is dedicated to establishing literacy as a value in every home, with the vision of 100 percent literacy in America.

President: Liza McFadden

(850) 562-5300

12474 Brantley Commons Court

Fort Myers, FL 33907


Barbara’s Friends

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

Executive director: Skip Leonard

(239) 214-0639

16451 HealthPark Commons Drive, Suite 200

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Be the Light

Provides tangible solutions to local human trafficking through education and prevention programs, survivor outreach and initiatives to end the demands that drive trafficking industries.

Executive director: Megan Estrem

(239) 849-7531

1911 NW Juanita Place

Cape Coral, FL 33993


The Betty Allen Gynecologic Cancer Foundation

Protects women and girls from gynecologic cancers through education (including free workshops), research, advocacy and service.

President/founder: Sharie Kearns

(239) 935-8325

13300-56 S. Cleveland Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33907


BIG ARTS Sanibel Island

Presents world-renowned music, dance, professional live theater, distinguished speakers, fine art exhibits, critically acclaimed films and workshops taught by gifted artists.

Executive director: Lee Ellen Harder

(239) 395-0330

900 Dunlop Road

Sanibel, FL 33957


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast *

Provides children facing adversity ages 6 to 18 with professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Executive director: Aimee McLaughlin

(239) 288-4224

8280 College Parkway, Suite 201

Fort Myers, FL 33919       


Bishop Verot Catholic High School

A co-educational college preparatory community of faith and learning dedicated to service and centered on Christ, building on more than 50 years of tradition and excellence in Catholic education.

Executive director: Denny Denison

(239) 274-6730

5598 Sunrise Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Blessings in a Backpack SWFL

Facilitates nourished kids who are ready to learn by providing them the essential building block of food. Just $100 feeds one child on the weekends for a 38-week schoolyear.

Executive director: Cecilia St. Arnold

(239) 410-9592

P.O. Box 61402

Fort Myers, FL 33906


Bonita Springs Rotary Club 

Supports local and international assistance programs with food, medicine and housing.

Executive director: Jon McLeod

(305) 533-0270

P.O. Box 474

Bonita Springs, FL 34133


Bonita Springs YMCA *

Part of The SKY Family YMCA, an inclusive nonprofit 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.

Branch director: Kim Gilchrist

(239) 221-7560

27200 Kent Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135




Candlelighters of Southwest Florida

Established in 1983 to provide support, education and activities to children diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder and their family. All services are provided free of charge.

Executive director: Klair M. Snellbaker

(239) 432-2223

9981 S. HealthPark Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Canterbury School

Provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum dedicated to academic excellence within an atmosphere emphasizing character, leadership and service. Strives to prepare students for success in the most demanding post-secondary institutions and professions.

Head of school: Rick Kirschner

(239) 481-4323

8141 College Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33919


The Cape Coral Caring Center

An emergency food pantry that provides food assistance to local people when they find themselves in need, as well as gives assistance with things like toiletries and cleaning supplies and offers a limited amount of utility assistance.

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 quality of life for the Cape Coral community through the stewardship of permanently endowed and gifted funds since 1973.

President and CEO: Michael Chatman

(239) 542-5594

1405 SE 47th St., Suite 2

Cape Coral, FL 33904


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice *

Serves people in need in the 10 counties of Southwest Florida, providing support services for the homeless, working poor, new immigrants, frail elderly, at-risk children and relocated refugees.

Executive director: Peter Routsis-Arroyo

(239) 337-4193

4235 Michigan Ave. Link

Fort Myers, FL 33916


Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Comprises two locations, the Center for Visual Arts—hosting regular gallery exhibitions and classes in painting, sculpture, glass and pottery—and the Center Performing Arts—featuring film, theater, music and dance performances, plus classes and events.

President: Susan Bridges

(239) 495-8989

26100 Old 41 Road, 10150 Bonita Beach Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135        


Child Care of Southwest Florida

Operates six centers and serves more than 650 children per day, offering quality child care to enhance the lives of children and families in Lee and Hendry counties for 50 years.

CEO: Carol Conway

(239) 278-1002

6981 Palisades Park Court, Suite 6

Fort Myers, FL 33912


Children’s Advocacy Center of SWFL *

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

Executive director: Jill Turner

(239) 939-2808

3830 Evans Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Children’s Network of Southwest Florida

Serves more than 2,300 abused and neglected children 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


Christy’s Cause

Works to eradicate child sex trafficking through education, awareness, restoration projects and justice initiatives.

Executive director: Christy Ivie

(239) 301-0010

22100 S. Tamiami Trail

Estero, FL 33928           


Community Cooperative

Leads as an innovator in the fight to end hunger and homelessness through Community Cafes and Markets, Meals on Wheels, Growing Healthy Kids programs, and social and education resource centers.

Executive director: Tracey Galloway

(239) 332-7687

3429 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33916


CREW Land & Water Trust

A conservation organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the 60,000-acre Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed and the wildlife within its borders through environmental education.

Executive director: Brenda Brooks

(239) 657-2253

23998 Corkscrew Road

Estero, FL 33928




Dr. Piper Center for Social Services

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

Executive director: Nida Eluna

(800) 332-5346

2607 Dr. Ella Piper Way

Fort Myers, FL 33916


Dress for Success SW Florida

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

Executive director: Barbara Dell

(239) 689-4992

12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 153

Fort Myers, FL 33907




Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida

Enhances the quality of children’s lives by providing families, early childhood educators, caregivers and community partners in Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties with opportunities to positively impact the future.

Executive director: Susan Block

(239) 935-6100

2675 Winkler Ave., Suite 300

Fort Myers, FL 33901



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

Executive director: David Erickson

(239) 543-3246

17391 Durrance Road

North Fort Myers, FL 33917


Edison Festival of Light

Honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to mankind, including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community through education and activities relating to Edison’s works.

Executive director: John Melleky

(239) 334-2999

1524 Jackson St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Includes the historic winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, a museum and a botanic research laboratory on more than 20 acres of gardens.

Executive director: Chris Pendleton

(239) 334-7419

P.O. Box 2368

Fort Myers, FL 33902              


Everglades Wonder Gardens

Bonita Wonder Gardens Inc. was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in September 2014 with the mission to purchase, operate and enhance the Everglades Wonder Gardens. The Everglades Wonder Gardens is dedicated to offering our community and its visitors an educational, recreational, environmental and historical resource.

Executive director: Thomas Hecker

(239) 992-2591

27180 Old 41 Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135 ,




Filipino American Association of SWFL (FAASWFL)

Established in 1991 in Cape Coral, hosts annual charity community themed events to raise funds for scholarship, various relief support and several cultural group events.

Executive director: Jeanne Isberto

(239) 772-5551

1634 SE 47th St., Suite 2

Cape Coral, FL 33904


Financial Planning Association of Southwest Florida

The FPA® is a community of Certified Financial Planners (CFP®) and allied planning professionals that fosters the value of financial planning and advances the practice and profession of financial planning.

Chapter president: Mark Matos


Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation

Provides non-medical, financial assistance to cancer patients in Florida, helping with essential living expenses so they can focus on what really matters—getting well.

Executive director: Lynn Rasys

(239) 274-8200

4371 Veronica S. Shoemaker Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33916           


Florida Gulf Coast University foundation

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

Executive director: Chris Simoneau

(239) 590-1067

10501 FGCU Blvd. S.

Fort Myers, FL 33965


Florida Helps Foundation

Operates the PADLS (Persons with Autism or Disabilities Learn to Swim) program, provides consulting for start-up nonprofits, raises funds and more.

Executive director: Michael VonPlinsky

(239) 896-2847

15645 Ocean Walk Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Florida Repertory Theatre

A professional regional theater in Fort Myers’ Downtown River District, named “One of America’s Top Repertory Companies” by The Wall Street Journal, that presents a nine-show season plus educational programming for young performers.

Producing artistic director: Robert Cacioppo

(239) 332-4665

2267 First St., Suite 7

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery

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

President: Julie Nusbaum

(239) 463-3909

3909 Shell Mound Blvd.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931


Fort Myers YMCA *

Part of The SKY Family YMCA, an inclusive nonprofit 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.

Branch director: Joey Belanger

(239) 275-9622

1360 Royal Palm Square Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33919

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools *

Enhances and enriches the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators.

Executive director: Marshall Bower

(239) 337-0433

2266 Second St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901                  


Friends of Lovers Key State Park

Formed by citizens of the community to support Lovers Key State Park.

President: Rich Donnelly

(239) 495-7045

8700 Estero Blvd.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931


FSW Foundation

Provides nearly $2 million annually for scholarships, programs, technology and facilities benefitting Florida SouthWestern State College students. Establishes endowed funds and attracts and manages private contributions from individuals, businesses and other private foundations.

Executive director: Susan DeSantis

(239) 489-9210

8099 College Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33919




Gladiolus Learning and Development Center

A high-quality early childhood center that serves primarily low-income families with a five-star early learning environment, striving to break the cycle of poverty through education, leadership and support.

Executive director: Tina Parsons

(239) 481-2100

10320 Gladiolus Drive 

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida 

The only acute care children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. Lee Health opened the new, 300,000-square-foot, 128-bed hospital in May 2017.

Executive director: Skip Leonard

(239) 214-0639

9981 S. Healthpark Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Good Wheels 

Provides transportation to the disadvantaged in Collier, Lee, Hendry, Glades and Orange counties.

Executive director: Alan M. Mandel

(239) 768-2900

10075 Bavaria Road

Fort Myers, FL 33913


Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida 

Serves people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering life-changing opportunities to achieve independence.

Executive director: Rick Evanchyk

(239) 995-2106

5100 Tice St.

Fort Myers, FL 33905


Gulf Coast Big Band

Presents big-band jazz concerts six Sunday afternoons November through April, using the audience donations to grant scholarships to local high school students.

Executive director: Timothy Hains

(239) 877-6090

6953 Burnt Sienna Circle

Naples, FL 34109


Gulf Coast Humane Society * 

Established as the first nonprofit animal welfare organization in Southwest Florida in 1947, the no-kill animal welfare organization relies solely on donations, grants, bequests and fundraising events to help neglected and abandoned pets of Southwest Florida their forever home.

Executive director: Jennifer Galloway

(239) 332-0364

2010 Arcadia St.

Fort Myers, FL 33916         


Gulf Coast Symphony 

Southwest Florida’s premier community orchestra.

Executive director: Andrew M. Kurtz

(239) 277-1700

6314 Corporate Court, Suite 100

Fort Myers, FL 33919


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 with professional instructors of the highest caliber.

Executive director: Lisa Donabedian Tafel

(239) 590-6191

5636 Youngquist Road, Units 1 and 2

Fort Myers, FL 33907          




Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties *

Brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Executive director: Kitty Green

(239) 652-0434

1288 N. Tamiami Trail

North Fort Myers, FL 33903         


Harmon-Meek Gallery Fund at Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Raises funds to benefit at-risk youth and children’s art programs, such as those at the David Lawrence Center, Grace Place for Children and Families, and the Naples Art Association.

Executive director: Sarah Owen

(239) 274-5900

8771 College Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida * 

Leads the community in the fight against hunger, last fiscal year distributing 20.6 million pounds of food valued at $34 million and equaling 17 million meals.

Executive director: Richard LeBer

(239) 334-7007

3760 Fowler St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901      


Harvest Time Ministries

Feeds bodies and souls of farmworker families and others in need in the Bonita Springs/North Naples area.

President: Florwer C. (Carlos) Lizano

(239) 947-6016     

P.O. Box 366277

Bonita Springs, FL 34136


Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida

Serves Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties to reduce infant deaths and increase healthy births. Served more than 14,000 pregnant women and infants last year.

Executive director: Cathy Timuta

(239) 425-6920

1921 Jefferson Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33908


The Heights Foundation

Works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Fort Myers.

Executive director: Kathryn Kelly

(239) 482-7706

15570 Hagie Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Hope Clubhouse

A community of support for adults living with a mental illness that provides opportunities for paid employment, access to education, housing and wellness.

Executive director: James Wineinger

(239) 267-1777

3602 Broadway

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Hope Healthcare

Provides specialized care for all people with complex needs related to life-changing illness.

Executive director: Samira K. Beckwith

(239) 482-4673

9470 HealthPark Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33908




The Imaginarium Group

Engages guests in the exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and the history of Southwest Florida through the IMAG History and Science Center, a family-friendly destination offering interactive exhibits, an aquarium, history displays and a 3-D theater.

Executive director: Matthew Johnson

(239) 243-0043

2000 Cranford Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33916        


Interfaith Charities of South Lee

Works to feed the hungry, guide the young and aid the needy through a food pantry and community outreach programs, serving the residents of South Fort Myers, Estero and San Carlos Park.

Executive director: Nancy Martin

(239) 267-3510

17592 Rockefeller Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33967        




John Entwistle Foundation

Provides animal welfare and music education for children in need.

Executive director: Steve Luongo

(239) 482-6880

13300 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 56

Fort Myers, FL 33907


Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

Empowers students to own their economic success in the global marketplace with hands-on educational programs on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness education.

Executive director: Angela Fisher

(239) 225-2590

9530 Marketplace Road, Suite 302

Fort Myers, FL 33912


Junior League of Fort Myers

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

Executive director: Carrie Gil

(239) 277-1197

1500 Colonial Blvd., Suite 104

Fort Myers, FL 33907




Keep Lee County Beautiful

Inspires, educates and engages the Lee County community in improving, beautifying and protecting our environment. Envisions a community that is a clean, green and beautiful place to live.

Executive director: Trish Fancher

(239) 334-3488

1560 Matthew Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33907




The Laboratory Theater of Florida

Presents live performances of thought-provoking, cutting-edge shows and theater education.

Executive director: Annette Trossbach

(239) 218-0481

1634 Woodford Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation

Enhances the beauty and experience of Lakes Park, continuing to make efforts to grow its membership, volunteerism and donations.

Executive director: Erin White

(239) 533-1333

P.O. Box 61076

Fort Myers, FL 33906               



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

Executive director: Kevin Lewis

(239) 334-6285

2570 Hanson St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Lee Builders Care

Provides emergency home repairs and critical improvements to elderly and disabled homeowners of Lee County who cannot afford them through traditional means.

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

Strives to reduce 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


Lee Health Foundation

Nurtures generosity and philanthropic support for essential funding to enhance the health of Southwest Florida and ensure high-quality, comprehensive care is more accessible to all.

Chief foundation officer: Skip Leonard

(239) 214-0639

16451 HealthPark Commons Drive, Suite 200

Fort Myers, FL 33908

Lifeline Family Center

A two-year home and learning center for homeless pregnant women that provides them the opportunity to learn parenting and life skills and receive career training during their stay.

Executive director: Kathy Miller

(239) 242-7238

907 SE Fifth Ave.

Cape Coral, FL 33990


Lutheran Services Florida

Provides counseling and/or shelter for children and their families through the Oasis Youth Shelter or school-based programs.

Executive director: Shareet Pennino

(239) 278-1140

3615 Central Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Lymphedema Resources

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

President: John Wellum

(844) 394-3154

P.O. Box 1115

Estero, FL 33929




Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida

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

Executive director: Tammy Lynn

(239) 992-9474

3655 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 3

Bonita Springs, FL 34134                   


March of Dimes

Through programs of research, community service, education and advocacy, improves the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality.

Executive director: Trent Howe

(239) 433-3463          


The McGregor Clinic

Provides primary medical and social services to persons living with HIV and education and outreach to the community.

Executive director: Sharon Murphy

(239) 334-9555

3487 Broadway

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Multiple Sclerosis Center of SWFL

Provides a comprehensive wellness program to help manage pain, improve mobility and decrease isolation. Services include therapeutic services such as massage therapy, acupuncture and mental health counseling.

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 the harmful effects of muscle-debilitating diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.

Executive director: Erin Randall

(239) 437-6900

6315 Presidential Court, Suite 140

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Music for Minors Foundation

Provides quality musical instruments and scholarships to deserving students in Collier and Lee counties.

President: Don Rhynard

(239) 273-2250

P.O. Box 1503

Bonita Springs, FL 34133




NAMI Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties

Advocates at all levels to ensure all persons affected by mental illness receive the services they need and deserve in a respectful and timely fashion, recognizing that the key concepts of recovery, resiliency and support are essential to improving their wellness and quality of life.

Executive director: Vacharee Howard

(239) 337-9024

7275 Concourse Drive, Suite 300

Fort Myers, FL 33908




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

Provides emergency financial and material assistance to the needy while maintaining their dignity and privacy regardless of age, sex, religion, race or ethnicity.

President: Bill Bell

(239) 890-6685

19680 Cypress View Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33967




PACE Center for Girls of Lee County

Provides girls and young women the opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. PACE is a nationally recognized best practice model for gender-responsive and trauma-informed care.

Executive director: Meg M. Geltner

(239) 425-2366

3800 Evans Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Partners for Breast Cancer Care

Funds breast screening, diagnostic testing, surgery and treatment for uninsured, low-income Lee County residents at no cost to them.

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 basketball to connect them with mentors, teach them life skills and inspire them to own the transformation of their own community.

Executive director: Ted Sottong

(239) 229-9870

710 Tarpon St.

Fort Myers, FL 33916


Pregnancy Resource Center of Southwest Florida

A network of pregnancy clinics and education centers providing services at no cost to men and women facing an unplanned pregnancy or sexual health crisis.

Executive director: Janet Custer

(239) 217-4838

26951 Country Club Drive

Bonita Springs, FL 34134                            


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 and farm and companion animals.

Executive director: Heather Cassese

(239) 948-7669

P.O. Box 368437, 13731 E. Terry St.

Bonita Springs, FL 34136




Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida

Works to transform at-risk youth into self-sufficient adults by providing a solid foundation, academically and socially. Programs include after-school, teen leadership, summer camp and early learning programs.

Executive director: Abdul’Haq Muhammed

(239) 334-2797

3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33916




Regional Cancer Center

Lee Health’s Regional Cancer Center offers treatment and support services for nearly every aspect of a patient’s cancer care all in one location.

Executive director: Skip Leonard

(239) 214-0639

8931 Colonial Center Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33905

Ride Nature

A Christian organization that utilizes surfing, skating and other various action sports to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ locally and internationally.

Executive director: Mark Koch

(423) 314-2556

2464 Second St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Rockin’ Christmas Fund

Founded by the Wolanin Family, dedicates all funds to providing scholarships to students who have suffered the sudden loss of a parent.

Executive director: Victoria Julia Wolanin

(239) 225-6100

P.O. Box 1515

Sanibel, FL 33957


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida

Creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

Executive director: Laura Ragain

(239) 437-0202

16100 Roserush Court

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Rotary Club of Fort Myers

Community service organization.

Executive director: Fred Anderson

(239) 332-8158

2101 McGregor Blvd., Suite 102

Fort Myers, FL 33901





Community behavioral health care agency providing services to all, regardless of ability to pay.

Executive director: Stacey Cook-Hawk

(239) 275-3222

2789 Ortiz Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33905                   


Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

Preserves, shares and celebrates Sanibel’s history through nine historic buildings moved from original island locations and authentically restored.

Executive director: Emilie Alfino

(239) 472-4648

950 Dunlop Road

Sanibel, FL 33957


Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation

Fundraises for nine local charities: Bonita Assistance, Cafe of Life, Feeding the 5000, Friends of the Salvation Army, ICSL Food Pantry, Literary Guild, New Horizons, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, and Meals on Wheels of Bonita Springs.

Executive director: William Lentz

(239) 498-0253

24600 Tamiami Trail, Suite 212, Box 162

Bonita Springs, FL 34134


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


Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

President and CEO: Sarah Owen

(239) 274-5900

8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 201

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Southwest Florida Symphony

Presents outstanding music for the entertainment, enrichment and education of the public through concerts, youth education and community programs. The Symphony Society organizes Symphony fundraising events and manages music scholarship funds and competitions.

Executive director: Amy Ginsburg

(239) 418-0996

8290 College Parkway, Suite 103

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Special Equestrians

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

Executive director: Jan Fifer

(239) 226-1221

5121 Staley Road

Fort Myers, FL 33905


Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida

Funds research worldwide for breast cancer, and locally provides screenings, diagnostics and treatments to under- and uninsured patients in Lee, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties.

Executive director: Georgia Hitzke

(239) 498-0016

4061 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 103

Bonita Springs, FL 34134


SWFL Children’s Charities

Supports pediatric health care and scholarships for local students in health sciences, raising $18.4 million in nine years through its Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest.

Executive director: Elaine Hawkins

(239) 433-4260

9736 Commerce Center Court

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Swinging with Purpose

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

Founder: 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.

Executive VP of board: Joanne Paulino

(239) 560-5695

P.O. Box 07105

Fort Myers, FL 33919




Turtle Time

Dedicated to the conservation and recovery of endangered and threatened sea turtles.

Executive director: Eve M. Haverfield

(239) 481-5566

P.O. Box 2621

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932




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: Jennifer Nelson

(239) 337-9503

2505 First St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades & Okeechobee *

Local volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in the community, having raised and distributed more than $157 million to local agencies since it was formed in 1957.

President: Cliff Smith

(239) 433-2000

7273 Concourse Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908




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 death of a close family member.

Executive director: Angela Melvin

(239) 478-6734

1618 Avalon Place

Fort Myers, FL 33901            



LGBT community center.

(239) 898-6124

8359 Beacon Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33907




Young Artists Awards

The area’s largest performing arts education, audition, performance and scholarship program for students from throughout Southwest Florida, now in its 15th year.

Executive director: Katherine Boren

(239) 574-9321

P.O. Box 152149

Cape Coral, FL 33915

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