NCEF Awards More Than $15 Million to SWFL Nonprofits

Forty-seven organizations received money raised during the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival.

BY March 23, 2018


The festivities have died down, but the 2018 Naples Winter Wine Festival will live on.

Earlier this week, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (the foundation behind the wine fest) announced the recipients of the $15.1 million raised during the festival. Money went to 47 children’s nonprofits, including several that carry out specific NCEF strategic initiatives.    

Since starting in 2001, the wine festival has raised more than $176 million. 



Organization Allocation
ABLE Academy $191,400
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast $100,000
Boys & Girls Club of Collier County $450,000
Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation $75,000
Catholic Charities of Collier County $180,000
Champions For Learning $85,000
Collier Child Care Resources $125,000
Collier County Child Advocacy Council $426,300
Conservancy of Southwest Florida $19,140
Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation $150,000
FlourishNow-Safe Families $130,500
Friends of Foster Children Forever $339,450
Fun Time Early Childhood Academy $136,590
Gargiulo Education Center $52,200
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples $100,000
Good Wheels $75,000
Grace Place for Children & Families $330,600
Guadalupe Center $522,000
Legal Aid Service of Collier County $500,250
Literacy Volunteers of Collier County $34,800
MusicScores! $40,000
Naples Botanical Garden $75,000
Naples Therapeutic Riding Center $174,000
NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County $45,240
Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee $200,100
Redlands Christian Migrant Association $160,950
Special Olympics $65,250
St. Matthew’s House $50,000
The Greater Marco Family YMCA $317,550
The Shelter for Abused Women & Children $269,700
United Arts Council of Collier County $50,000
Valerie’s House $75,000
Youth Haven $304,500


Strategic Initiative Partners  
Children’s Early Learning Initiative

ABLE Academy

Early Learning Coalition

 Early Literacy & Learning Model (ELLM)

Redlands Christian Migrant Association

Children’s Hunger Initiative

Harry Chapin Food Bank of SWFL

Meals of Hope

Children’s Mental Health Initiative

 David Lawrence Center

Golisano Children’s Hospital

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Children’s Out-of-School Time Initiative

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County

Guadalupe Center

Redlands Christian Migrant Association

Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board-Miracle Afterschool Program

The Immokalee Foundation

Children’s Oral Health Initiative

University of Florida College of Dentistry

Children’s Vision Initiative

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Florida Eye Clinic

Florida’s Vision Quest

Golisano Children’s Hospital

 Lighthouse of Collier

NCEF College and Technical Career Empowerment $500,000


Grand total awarded on March 19 $15,182,088


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