2018-19 Southwest Florida Nonprofit Guide

Your guide to more than 330 worthy causes in Naples, Fort Myers and the rest of Southwest Florida.

BY August 29, 2018

The following 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.

Editor’s Note: An star 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





AAUW Greater Naples Branch

One of 1,000 affiliates of AAUW (American Association of University Women), which for more than 130 years has worked to improve the lives of women and their families.

Executive director: Laura A. Candris

(239) 919-8869

P.O. Box 9742

Naples, FL 34101


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


Additional Needs

A user-friendly and time-saving website that provides current and comprehensive information on available resources to assist children and adults with additional needs and their families in finding appropriate services.

Executive director: Douglas Sharpe

(239) 298-1499

P.O. Box 110124

Naples, FL 34108


Alzheimer’s Support Network

Founded in 1982 to provide services and support at no charge to Collier County families coping with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Executive director: Clarke Pollard

(239) 262-8388

660 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 21

Naples, FL 34102


American Cancer Society, Marco Island

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

Executive director: Sue Olszak

(239) 642-6217

583 Tallwood St., Suite 101

Marco Island, FL 34145


American Cancer Society, Naples

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

(239) 261-0863

5020 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 108

Naples, FL 34103


Animal Compassion Project

Operates a sanctuary for feral, unadoptable and special needs cats; promotes alternatives to euthanasia and feline TNR; provides spay/neuter services and pet food assistance; advocates for animal rights; and serves as an educational resource.

Executive director: Michele Antonia

(239) 825-4093

7620 Rookery Lane

Naples, FL 34120


APASWFL Asian Professionals Association of SWFL

Supports charitable, educational and cultural performing arts to promote heritage and professional development of Asian Americans in the Southwest Florida. community. Formerly the Naples Asian Professionals Association, the organization is “not changing, just growing.”

Executive directors: Cynthia Roemisch and Pearl Cruz

(239) 771-9911

P.O. Box 413005, PMB No. 4

Naples, FL 34101


Artis—Naples ★

The premier center for the performing and visual arts in Southwest Florida hosts more than 800 world-class concerts, performances, exhibitions and educational events each year.

Executive director: Kathleen van Bergen

(239) 597-1111

5833 Pelican Bay Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108


Audubon of the Western Everglades

An environmental organization that believes in preserving the natural environment in the Western Everglades.

Executive director: Mimi Wolok

(239) 643-7822

1048 Goodlette-Frank Road N., Suite 201

Naples, FL 34102


Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Protects the natural resources of the 13,000-acre sanctuary and the Western Everglades for the benefit of wildlife and people through land management, science, education, restoration and public policy advocacy.

Executive director: Jason Lauritsen

(239) 348-9151

375 Sanctuary Road

Naples, FL 34120


Ave Maria School of Law

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

President and dean: Kevin Cieply

(239) 687-5431

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

Celebrating 35 years, Avow provides hospice care, palliative care, bereavement support and community education. In addition, the Children’s Services programs support children experiencing grief and loss through workshops, day/overnight camps and individual sessions.

(239) 280-2285

1095 Whippoorwill Lane

Naples, FL 34105




Baby Basics of Collier County

A volunteer organization that has provided 7.5 million diapers to more than 400 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

At the No. 1-ranked, nation’s best eye hospital, physicians and scientists are recognized international leaders in their fields of expertise in every subspecialty of ophthalmology; these include macular, retinal and optic nerve diseases, cataracts and corneal diseases, glaucoma, eye cancers, and eye diseases in children.

Director of development: 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, Suite 3

Naples, FL 34110


Bikes For Tykes

Refurbishes bicycles for children and adults in need in Naples and Collier County, also providing helmets and locks as available to bicycle recipients.

Executive director: Michael Nelson

(239) 248-1196

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 7,400 disadvantaged Collier pre-k, kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade students. To date, has given more than 1 million books to Collier children.

Board chair: Sallie Williams

(239) 394-4062

4755 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 139

Naples, FL 34103


Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support

Breast cancer support organization offering financial and emotional support run solely by volunteers.

President: Joetta D. Abbazio

(239) 417-4600

P.O. Box 607

Naples, FL 34106


Boys & Girls Club of Collier County ★

Youth development organization annually serving 3,500 of the most at-risk children and teens at the Nichols campus in Naples and Bolch campus in Immokalee.

CEO: Megan McCarthy-Beauvais

(239) 325-1700

7500 Davis Blvd.

Naples, FL 34104




Cancer Alliance of Naples

Helps local children, families and individuals touched by cancer by providing financial aid, support, education and information resources, serving Lee and Collier counties.

Executive director: Jodi Bisogno

(239) 643-4673

3384 Woods Edge Circle, Suite 102

Bonita Springs, FL 34134


CAPA Cultural and Performing Arts Center

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

Executive director: Bill Drackett

(239) 775-2800

213 Airport-Pulling Road S.

Naples, FL 34104


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice ★

Serves all in need regardless of race, nationality or creed and provides assistance to families and individuals in Southwest Florida that helps them to attain self-sufficiency.

Executive director: Mary Shaughnessy

(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 ★

Creates life-changing experiences for students and brings the community together to support student success, with the vision of a community that is 100 percent engaged.

Executive director: Susan McManus

(239) 643-4755

3606 Enterprise Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


Charity for Change

Educates the mind and heart by teaching children character and community involvement through charity. Children participate in a weekly curriculum that combines character, giving, volunteering and academics. The vision is to develop children who become engaged, ethical, resilient and self-reliant citizens.

Founder and CEO: Karen Conley

(239) 592-6787

10681 Airport-Pulling Road, Suite 23

Naples, FL 34109


Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County ★

Improves the lives of abused children in Collier County.

Executive director: Jackie Stephens

(239) 263-8383

1036 Sixth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102


Christ Child Society

Through all-volunteer efforts, aids the needs of children of Collier County at Grace Place for Children & Families, Golden Gate School, ELLM and Fun Time Academy; and provides books, beds and bedding for children in Habitat; and infant care for the mothers and babies.


Classic Chamber Concerts

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

Artistic director: Michael Finn

(239) 434-8505

P.O. Box 7854

Naples, FL 34101


The 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

Provides partial tuition assistance for high-quality early childhood care and education to low-income families who struggle to afford child care and whose children are at a high risk of starting kindergarten behind their peers; operates four early childhood development centers in Collier County; and offers resources and educational opportunities to children, families and early learning professionals.

Executive director: Niccole Howard

(239) 643-3908

2335 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 504

Naples, FL 34103


Collier County Hunger and Homeless Coalition

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

9015 Strada Stell Court

Naples, FL 34109


Collier Harvest Foundation

Since 1992, has distributed more than 18 million pounds of food in Collier County, feeding those in need at no cost to the agencies served.

Executive director: Connie Preu

(239) 455-3663

P.O. Box 11143

Naples, FL 34101


Collier-Lee Honor Flight

Honors local World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans by transporting them to Washington, D.C., for the opportunity to visit and reflect at their memorials.

Executive director: Dr. Debi Lux

(239) 777-9295

P.O. Box 8001

Naples, FL 34101


Collier Resource Center

Provides information, referral, advocacy, case management and follow-up services to assist clients with navigating the maze of health and human service organizations.

(239) 434-2030

P.O. Box 1110905

Naples, FL 34108


Collier Senior Resources

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

Executive director: Tatiana Fortune

(239) 252-4541

4898 Coronado Parkway

Naples, FL 34116


Community Foundation of Collier County ★

Connects donors to community needs, oversees more than 700 funds, manages more than $170 million in assets and has distributed more than $130 million in grants.

Executive director: Eileen Connolly-Keesler

(239) 649-5000

1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200

Naples, FL 34108


Community Pregnancy Clinics

An organization founded in 1974 that saves babies and helps moms experiencing unplanned pregnancies with life-affirming services at medical clinics in Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota and a Mobile Medical Clinic.

CEO: Gary Ingold

(239) 262-6381

940 Fifth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102


Community School of Naples

Committed to academic excellence, inspires and empowers students to realize their own potential as engaged learners and responsible global citizens.

Executive director: Dr. David Watson

(239) 597-7575

13275 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34109


The Compassionate Friends of Southwest Florida

A peer-to-peer support group for people who have experienced the death of a child, grandchild or sibling, with the driving belief “We need not walk alone.”

Executive director: Linda Wallace

(239) 690-7801

P.O. Box 112524

Naples, FL 34113


Conservancy of Southwest Florida ★

The leading environmental advocacy organization has, for more than 50 years, been focused on issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of the region. One hundred percent of donations are used in the local community.

Executive director: Rob Moher

(239) 262-0304

1495 Smith Preserve Way

Naples, FL 34102


Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation (CHEF) of SW Florida

Serves the 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.

Founder: Jeannette Boucher

(239) 566-7080

2524 Golfside Drive

Naples, FL 34110




David Lawrence Center

A leading provider of behavioral health solutions dedicated to inspiring and creating life-changing wellness for all, the center provides innovative, comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, residential and community-based prevention and treatment services.

President and CEO: Scott Burgess

(239) 455-8500

6075 Bathey Lane

Naples, FL 34116




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


English-Speaking Union, Naples Branch

Celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and goodwill by providing education and cultural opportunities for students, educators and members.

President: Richard M. Smarg

(239) 330-2533

P.O. Box 413005, PMB No. 22

Naples, FL 34101


Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida

Provides low- or no-cost medical services and case management for uninsured adults with epilepsy.

Executive director: Kevin Lindberg

(239) 649-7430

848 First Ave. N., Suite 220

Naples, FL 34102


The Everglades Foundation ★

Protects and restores America’s Everglades through leadership, science and education. Of vital importance to all, the ecosystem provides the drinking water for 1 in 3 Floridians.

Executive director: Kimberly Dye

(239) 206-1685

10681 Airport-Pulling Road N., Suite 24

Naples, FL 34109


Everglades Society for Historic Preservation

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

Executive director: Marya Repko

(239) 695-2905

P.O. Box 46

Everglades City, FL 34139


ExEL Foundation (Excellence in Early Learning)

Is building a community dedicated to improving children’s lives and opportunities through quality Pre-K education in Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Brian Ingvalson

(612) 910-1024

10149 Biscayne Bay Lane

Naples, FL 34120




Feral Felines

Cares for stray cats in the Everglades area with neuter/spay/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

Established in December 2010, the BID represents the interests of both property owners and businesses in growing and sustaining a healthy, vibrant 5th Avenue South district.

Executive director: Bruce Barone Jr.

(239) 692-8436

649 Fifth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102


The First Tee of Naples/Collier

A positive youth development organization that impacts the lives of young people age 7 to 17 by providing educational programs that build character and life-enhancing values and promoting healthy life choices through the game of golf.

Executive director: Cindy Darland

(239) 825-4851

1370 Creekside Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108


Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation

Provides nonmedical, financial assistance to adults undergoing cancer treatment in Florida to allow them to focus on fighting cancer.

Executive director: Lynn Rasys

(941) 677-7184


For the Love of Cats

A no-kill rescue group whose donated funds go toward programs that save the lives of more than 300 cats and kittens every year.

Executive director: Jan Rich

(239) 642-8674

P.O. Box 1777

Marco Island, FL 34146


Foundation of Collier County Medical Society

Provides support and leadership to programs that address access to health care and promote health education, such as scholarship funds for future health care professionals.

Executive director: April Donahue

(239) 435-7727

1148 Goodlette-Frank Road N.

Naples, FL 34102


Foundation Fighting Blindness

The Foundation has 41 volunteer-led chapters across U.S. These dedicated volunteers raise funds, increase public awareness and provide support to families affected by retinal diseases in their communities.

Naples chapter president: Karen Vosmik

(847) 363-0939


The Founders Fund

Provides financial assistance by granting annual scholarships to Collier County high school seniors who are in pursuit of post-high school education, either college or technical training.

Grants administrator: Stacy Lee-Williams

(239) 593-0124

707 Gulf Park Drive

Naples, FL 34108


Freedom Waters Foundation

Provides therapeutic on-the-water experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses, at-risk youth, people with disabilities and veterans.

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 Museums

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

(410) 258-5227

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 Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and 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

Provides a continuum of educational support and enrichment to foster children from birth to graduation and beyond.

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 Free Public Library. The Nick Linn Lecture Series and the Non Fiction Lecture Series have enabled the literary and educational needs of the community be met through funding for the public library.

Executive director: Marlene Kerns

(239) 262-8135

650 Central Ave.

Naples, FL 34102


Friends of the River of Grass Greenway

Establishes the safe use by the general public of U.S. 41 across the Everglades between Naples and Miami, focusing on safety, environmental education and stewardship for those hiking, walking and cycling through south Florida and the Everglades.

Executive director: Patricia Huff

(239) 695-2397

P.O. Box 5031

Everglades City, FL 34139


Friends of Rookery Bay

Supports environmental education, research and stewardship at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve through fundraising, volunteerism and outreach for more than 30 years.

Executive director: Athan Barkoukis

(239) 530-5990

300 Tower Road

Naples, FL 34113


Fun Time Early Childhood Academy

Provides safe, quality, affordable education for children and parents from low-income working families and prepares 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

Provides academic support and enrichment to at-risk students in agriculturally based areas of Naples. Aims to empower students to succeed by providing a variety of learning experiences.

Executive director: Mary Asta

(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 establishing them in leadership positions in their home countries through strategic global partnerships.

Executive director: Suzanne Lesko

(813) 419-0255

4755 N. Tamiami Trail

Naples, FL 34103


Gene Doyle Memorial Foundation

Strives to keep Gene’s spirit alive by cultivating and supporting kindred spirits who share his love of life and nature. Believes that adventure travel provides unparalleled learning opportunities.

(239) 293-5031

P.O. Box 7225

Naples, FL 34101


George DeMarco Foundation

Supports ABLE Academy Scholarship Fund, Lorenzo Walker Tech College Construction Program, Lely Construction Academy, Palmetto Ridge Construction Academy and I-Tech Construction Program.

Executive director: Carla DeMarco

(239) 643-4077

3527 Domestic Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


Girls on the Run of Southwest Florida

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 (C’mon)

A brain-building powerhouse fueled by STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities and experiences.

Executive director: Karysia Demarest

(239) 514-0084

15080 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34109


Grace Center Foundation

Founded by Naples native Marcie Erickson, serves poor individuals in Ethiopia through day care, temporary care, assisting children growing in prisons while mothers serve sentences, medical care, a feeding program and more.

Executive director: Marcie Erickson

(239) 465-6435

P.O. Box 112692

Naples, FL 34108


Grace Place for Children and Families ★

Provides pathways out of poverty by educating children and families.

Executive director: Dr. Tim Ferguson

(239) 234-2400

4300 21st Ave. SW

Naples, FL 34116


Greater Marco Family YMCA

Serves the needs of Marco Island and East Naples.

Executive director: Cindy Love

(239) 394-3144

101 Sandhill St.

Marco Island, FL 34145


Greater Naples YMCA

In support of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Executive director: Mark Hanke

(239) 963-3771

5450 YMCA Road

Naples, FL 34109


Guadalupe Center ★

Through education, works to break the cycle of poverty for the children of Immokalee.

Executive director: Dawn Montecalvo

(239) 657-7711

509 Hope Circle

Immokalee, FL 34142


Gulf Coast Big Band

Under the direction of Dan Miller, plays cool and hot big band jazz in the park, and awards scholarships to local high schoolers.

Executive director: Tim Hains

(239) 877-6090

6953 Burnt Sienna Circle

Naples, FL 34109


Gulfshore Opera

Serving Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties, promises to present the highest quality of opera theater and classical vocal music performances while maximizing accessibility for diverse audiences of all ages.

Executive director: Steffanie L. Pearce

(239) 529-3925

3281 Golden Gate Blvd. W.

Naples, FL 34120


Gulfshore Playhouse

Provides world-class theater and unique education opportunities to enrich the cultural landscape of the region.

Executive director: Kristen Coury

(239) 261-7529

1010 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 205

Naples, FL 34102




Habitat for Humanity of Collier County ★

Works in partnership with hardworking families in need to provide homeownership opportunities, with the vision of a world where everyone has at least a simple, decent place to live.

Executive director: Lisa Lefkow

(239) 775-0036

11145 Tamiami Trail E.

Naples, FL 34113


Hadassah—Collier/Lee Chapter

Changes lives one person at a time through Hadassah’s worldwide medical research and treatment.

Executive director: Lynn Weiner Wilner

(239) 598-1009

2080 Isla de Palma Circle

Naples, FL 34119


Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida

Provides high-quality primary, dental and behavioral health care in Collier County—regardless of patients’ ability to pay—serving more than 50,000 patients annually in 21 locations, including 60 percent of the children and nearly half of the expectant mothers in the community.

Vice president development: Steve Wheeler

(239) 658-3113

3555 Kraft Road, Suite 100

Naples, FL 34105


Heil Luthringer Foundation for MS

Provides education to afflicted individuals, their families and caregivers, the community and health care providers. MS Gal Meetups are the newest volunteer support groups.

Executive director: Dr. Debbie Heil

(239) 595-7179

11623 Useppa Court

Naples, FL 34110


Help a Diabetic Child Foundation

Helps children in need who have diabetes to get their diabetes testing supplies and insulin. Hosts Diabetes Day Camp and the Von Arx Family Foundation S.W. Florida Diabetes Conference.

Executive director: Tami Balavage

(239) 821-5051

P.O. Box 110161

Naples, FL 34108


Hodges University

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

President: Dr. John Meyer

(239) 513-1122

2647 Professional Circle

Naples, FL 34119


The Holocaust Museum & The Janet & Harvey Cohen Education Center

Teaches the lessons learned from the Holocaust to educate students and the public about the danger of indifference, inspiring all to take action against bigotry, hatred and violence.

Executive director: Susan L. Suarez

(239) 263-9200

4760 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 7

Naples, FL 34103


Hope for Haiti ★

Has been working for 30 years with the mission to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children.

Executive director: Skyler Badenoch

(239) 434-7183

1021 Fifth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102


Humane Society Naples ★

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

Executive director: Sarah Baeckler Davis

(239) 643-1555

370 Airport-Pulling Road N.

Naples, FL 34104




Imagine Solutions Conference

Annual thought leader conference held in Naples, Florida, in February each year.

Executive director: Randy Antik

(214) 215-6000

29130 Brendisi way

Naples, FL 34110


The Immokalee Foundation ★

Provides education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers 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: Noemi Perez

(239) 430-9122

2375 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 308

Naples, FL 34103




JDRF South Gulf Coast Chapter

The strength of JDR, the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, lies in its exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.

Executive director: Kathy Cleeland

(239) 591-2825

3369 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 202

Naples, FL 34109


Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

Supports and raises funds for the charitable, educational, humanitarian and social service needs of the Jewish community locally, nationally, overseas and in the State of Israel.

Executive director: Jeffrey Feld

(239) 263-4205

2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201

Naples, FL 34109


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

Naples, FL 34108




K Is for Kids Foundation

Builds readers and leaders.

Executive director: Karen D. Clawson

(239) 596-5437

16184 Parque Lane

Naples, FL 34110


Keep Collier Beautiful

As an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., Keep Collier Beautiful is a public education organization dedicated to improving waste handling practices in Collier County.

Executive director: Jim Zimmerman

(239) 580-8319

2600 Corporate Flight Drive

Naples, FL 34104


Kingdom Community International

Empowers, mentors and supports individuals locally and internationally to become leaders in discipleship groups according to their sphere of influence in a creative and simplistic way, leading individuals to fulfill the mandate of influencing and impacting for the Kingdom of God.

Executive director: Trista Sue Kragh

(239) 465-0409

P.O. Box 363

Naples, FL 34106


Kowiachobee Animal Preserve

Teaches about basic animal science, conservation, agriculture, responsible pet ownership, protecting the environment, genetics, and invasive and endangered species. (Not open to the public; visits by appointment only.)

Executive director: Jonathan P. Slaby

(239) 352-5387

2861 Fourth Ave. SE

Naples, FL 34117





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 emerging and current community leaders who enhance their leadership abilities through community education and involvement, enabling them to work toward solutions in the public interest.

Executive director: Michael Dalby

(239) 403-2903

2390 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 210

Naples, FL 34103


The League Club

An organization of women in Southwest Florida strengthening communities through fellowship, education, volunteerism and philanthropy. Open to women who have been or still are active members of a Junior League that is a member of The Association of Junior Leagues International.

President: Charlene Barnette

(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. All programs are free of charge.

Executive director: Scott Flagel

(239) 430-3934

2685 Horseshoe Drive S., Suite 211

Naples, FL 34104


Literacy Volunteers of Collier County

Teaches English as a second language to adults and their families so they can improve their lives and futures in the USA.

Executive director: Christopher Nind

(239) 262-4448

8833 Tamiami Trail E.

Naples, FL 34113


Lucky Parrot Sanctuary

Sanctuary for homeless and/or unwanted parrots.

Executive director: Ethel Buchbinder

(239) 348-1991

P.O. Box 110334

Naples, FL 34108




Marco Island Center for the Arts

Facilitates the arts in southern Collier County and provides high-quality art education classes, exhibitions, musical performances and special events.

Executive director: Hyla Crane

(239) 394-4221

1010 Winterberry Drive

Marco Island, FL 34135


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

Promotes the study, conservation, science and appreciation of sea shells. Shell art and crafts created in workshops are sold to fund scholarships and grants.

Executive director: Karen Caster

(239) 394-7399

P.O. Box 633

Marco Island, FL 34145


The Marco Players

As the oldest community theater on Marco Island, produces live performance art in an 83-seat black-box theater located in the Marco Town Center Mall.

Executive director: Beverly Dahlstrom

(239) 642-7270

P.O. Box 2033

Marco Island, FL 34146


Meals of Hope

Helps communities come together to end hunger. “We feed people.”

Executive director: Steve Popper

(239) 537-7775

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.

Executive director: Suzan Berg

(239) 529-5284

P.O. Box 110992

Naples, FL 34108


Miracles in Action

Empowers Guatemalans living in extreme poverty to help themselves through sustainable projects that improve education, nutrition and vocational skills and create jobs. Hosts the Beyond Fair Trade Sale on Saturdays in December, February, March and April at the Saint Paul’s Farmers Market in Naples.

Executive director: Penny Rambacher

(239) 248-0815

3559 Kent Drive

Naples, FL 34112


Montessori Academy of Naples

Educational institution dedicated to the philosophy and educational method developed by Dr. Maria Montessori with programs for infant, toddler, primary, VPK and elementary students.   

Executive director: Kimberly Hunt

(239) 597-2255

2655 Northbrooke Drive

Naples, FL 34119


Mother Frances deSales Auxillary to the Homeless

Provides funds/services to area homeless organizations, operating with the three pillars of charity to the homeless, dignity for women and purity. The formation process for young ladies is a two-year service commitment ending with a ball. Executive director: Rebecca Foxhoven

(770) 366-0653

1884 Cascade Court

Marco Island, FL 34145


Music Foundation of Greater Naples

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

President: Frank Burgeson

(239) 598-2082

P.O. Box 112383

Naples, FL 34108




The Naples Art Association

Since 1954, has been dedicated to expanding cultural opportunities, broadening education and enriching Southwest Florida through the visual arts.

Executive director: Aimee Schlehr

(239) 262-6517

585 Park St.

Naples, FL 34102


The Naples Art District

An alliance of independent artists that forms the largest concentration of professional working artist studios and galleries in Southwest Florida. A unique visual and cultural destination.

Executive director: Cynthia Adams

(239) 289-5070

5850 Shirley St., Suite 104

Naples, FL 34109


Naples Botanical Garden ★

Combines 170 acres of gorgeous tropical gardens and pristine natural areas with innovative programs for people of all ages and abilities. Is also an active partner in conservation initiatives locally, nationally and throughout the Caribbean Basin.

Executive director: Donna McGinnis

(239) 643-7275

4820 Bayshore Drive


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 behind 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

999 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 300

Naples, FL 34108


Naples Christian Academy

Partners with Christian parents to develop well-rounded student leaders who will be known by their faith, Christian character, intellect and impactful contributions. Serves pre-K3 through eighth grade.

(239) 455-1080

2655 Northbrooke Drive

Naples, FL 34119


Naples Concert Band

Now in its 47th season entertaining the community with a variety of musical selections during season 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 that provides opportunities for sharing and learning about horticulture, floral design and the environment in a congenial, supportive atmosphere.

Executive director: Catherine Ware

(239) 262-1272

4820 Bayshore Drive

Naples, FL 34112


Naples Historical Society

Preserves Naples history and heritage for the community and future generations to enjoy.

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

P.O. Box 388

Naples, FL 34106


Naples Lions Club

A service club that delivers free eye glasses and exams, eye surgeries and hearing aids to the needy and actively screens preschool children and adults for vision problems.

Executive director: Richard Guinta

(239) 353-4800

P.O. Box 110474

Naples, FL 34108


Naples Orchestra and Chorus

Performs classical and popular music for 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 and walkable communities in Collier County.

Executive director: Michelle Avola

(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

1048 Castello Drive

Naples, FL 34103


Naples Pilot Foundation

Volunteer organization providing service projects with Pilot International, promoting awareness of brain disorders and prevention of traumatic brain injury with puppet presentations and thousands of bike helmets locally each year.

Executive director: Suzanne Lester

(239) 289-8268

P.O. Box 8674

Naples, FL 34101


The Naples Players

A premier community theater that inspires passion for the performing arts through lifelong opportunities to participate in vibrant theatrical experiences.

Executive director: Bryce Alexander

(239) 434-7340

701 Fifth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Senior Center at JFCS

This central address for senior services is dedicated to meeting human service needs of seniors and families in Collier and southern Lee counties.

Executive director: Dr. Jaclynn Faffer

(239) 325-4444

5025 Castello Drive

Naples, FL 34103


Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Exists to improve the lives of children and adults with special needs through therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs.

Executive director: Missy Lamont

(239) 596-2988

206 Ridge Drive

Naples, FL 34108 


Naples Woman’s Club

Philanthropic and volunteer service club of 300 women.

Executive director: Stacy Vermylen

(239) 262-6331

570 Park St.

Naples, FL 34102


Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Nationally accredited as both zoo and botanical garden, plays host to more than 360,000 guests a year, creating truly memorable experiences through diverse educational presentations, guided cruises, special animal encounters and more.

Executive director: Jack Mulvena

(239) 262-5409

1590 Goodlette-Frank Road

Naples, FL 34102


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County

Improves the quality of life for adults, children and families affected by serious mental illness.

Executive director: Pamela Baker

(239) 260-7300

6216 Trail Blvd., Building C

Naples, FL 34108


NCH Center for Philanthropy

Serves as the fundraising arm of the NCH Healthcare System, a 501 (c)(3) community hospital that receives no direct taxpayer, county or government support.

Executive director: Troy Munn

(239) 624-2000

350 Seventh St. N.

Naples, FL 34102


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 and summer tutoring and mentoring to 500 at-risk students in Lee and Collier counties, with the goal of helping the students graduate from high school with a plan for their lives. The students are in grades K-12, live in poverty and do not speak English at home.

Executive director: Debra Haley

(239) 948-4146

P.O. Box 111833

Naples, FL 34108




One by One Leadership Foundation

Helps the poor and the needy.

Executive director: John Lawson

(239) 269-7285

1400 N. 15th St.

Immokalee, FL 34142


Opera Naples

Based at the Wang Opera Center, enriches Southwest Florida through world-class opera and chamber music performances, the Opera Naples Academy for aspiring opera professionals, artists-in-residence, community outreach and youth education programs.

Executive director: Gerald Goldberg

(239) 963-9050

2408 Linwood Ave.

Naples, FL 34112




Pace Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee

Values all girls and young women, believing each one deserves an opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity and grace.

Executive director: Marianne Kearns

(239) 842-5406

160 N. First St.

Immokalee, FL 34142


The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida

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

Executive director: Linda Goldfield

(239) 417-3465

5926 Premier Way, Suite 114

Naples, FL 34109



Fights child trafficking and sexual exploitation in Southwest Florida.

President: Ana Steveson

(239) 333-7791

1200 Goodlette-Frank Road N., Unit 9916

Naples, FL 34101


Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee ★

Formerly known as the Immokalee Child Care Center, strives to give children the best possible start in life through education, literacy and school readiness programs.

Executive director: Beth Hatch

(239) 261-1774

3775 Airport-Pulling Road N., Suite B

Naples, FL 34105


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

(239) 775-1660

3173 Horseshoe Drive S.

Naples, FL 34104


PFLAG Naples

Promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through support to cope with an adverse society; education; and advocacy.

Executive director: David Goldstein

(239) 963-4670

P.O. Box 770294

Naples, FL 34107


Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida ★

Provides vital sexual health services and comprehensive sexuality education to women, men and teens throughout Southwest and Central Florida. Respects each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex and family planning.

Executive director: Stephanie Fraim Kight

(239) 262-8923

1425 Creech Road

Naples, FL 34103


Project HELP

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

Executive director: Eileen Wesley

(239) 649-1404

3050 Horseshoe Drive N., Suite 280

Naples, FL 34104


Providence House

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

Executive director: Carol Hollander

(239) 692-8779

P.O Box 128

Naples, FL 34106




Quest for Success

Fosters economic freedom through education by empowering high school students to reach their highest career potential.

Executive director: Susan Zumstein

(239) 403-7174

2706 Horseshoe Drive S.

Naples, FL 34104




Redlands Christian Migrant Association

Operates child care centers and charter schools for low-income families in rural Florida. In Collier and Lee counties, RCMA has seven centers and a charter school.

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.

President: Lisa McCarthy

(239) 272-5186

P.O. Box 990206

Naples, FL 34116


Royal Palm Academy

Private independent Catholic grade school serving pre-K 3 through eighth grade.

Executive director: Scott Baier

(239) 954-9888

16100 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34110




Saint Ann School

Since 1956, has served pre-K through eighth-grade students by providing excellence in education of spirit, mind and body in the Catholic tradition.

Executive director: Gina Groch

(239) 262-4110

542 Eighth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102


Saint Ann School Foundation

Provides much-needed scholarship and tuition assistance to the children of Saint Ann School.

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: Capt. Ben Bridges

(239) 775-9447

3180 Estey Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


SCORE Naples

The local chapter is one of more than 315 across the United States that offer free and confidential counseling to the small business community, as well as a resource partner with the Small Business Administration.

Chair: Cheryl McDonnell

(239) 430-0081

900 Goodlette-Frank Road N.

Naples, FL 34102


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 Collier seniors.

Executive director: M J Scarpelli

(239) 658-3105

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

A sanctuary and educational facility that rescues exotic wild and captive-bred animals and reconnects people with animals, sharing stories and lessons through interactive experiences in a Healing Hearts program.

Executive director: Deanna Deppen

(239) 455-1698

P.O. Box 3032

Naples, FL 34117


SON Studios

Exists to create movies, books and TV shows that have a positive impact on society.

Executive director: Rebeca Seitz

(239) 403-0203

4501 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 420

Naples, FL 34103


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 develop and demonstrate their skills and talents.

Executive director: David McKenzie

(239) 775-1991

5450 YMCA Road

Naples, FL 34109


Sports Camp

Through Sports CLUB, provides children a safe and enriching after-school, summer camp and youth sports environment through education, physical and creative activities.

Executive director: Ron Strong

(239) 566-2582

3275 Pine Ridge Road

Naples, FL 34109


St. John Neumann Catholic High School

A Roman Catholic college preparatory high school committed to building leaders with faith, intelligence, integrity and service.

(239) 455-3044

3000 53rd St. SW

Naples, FL 34116


St. John’s Shoppe, “The Outreach Ministry of St. John’s Episcopal Church”

An upscale resale shop featuring men’s and women’s apparel, home furniture, housewares, china, books and more whose net proceeds benefit local charities through the Outreach Ministry 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, providing housing for the homeless, food for the needy and comfort for the addicted.

Executive director: Vann Ellison

(239) 774-0500

2001 Airport-Pulling Road S.

Naples, FL 34112


St. Vincent de Paul

Provides three main programs: Meals on Wheels; Choice Food Pantry; and Family Assistance, serving those in need in Collier County.

Executive director: Kim Schul

(239) 775-1667

4451 Mercantile Ave.

Naples, FL 34104


STARability Foundation

Fills a void that exists for people with disabilities who have aged out of the school system by providing innovative and creative programs focused on continuing education, vocational training, art experiences, recreational activities and community involvement.

Executive director: Karen Govern

(239) 594-9007

868 99th Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34108


The StayinMay Festival

Presents shows and performers from near and far in featured venues across Southwest Florida so residents and visitors choose to stay in town and enjoy the arts. The 2019 festival will take place April 24 through May 8.

Executive director: Claudia Polzin

(239) 390-2788

P.O. Box 771176

Naples, FL 34107


Storytellers Creative Arts

A faith-based organization serving Collier and Lee counties and beyond with a singular focus: healing lives and hearts through the arts.

Executive director: William S. Barnett

(239) 591-6649

1415 Panther Lane, Suite 350

Naples, FL 34109


Stroke Recovery Foundation

Provides prevention education and through the Stroke Recovery Fund, partial assistance for coaching, resource navigation and unreimbursed therapy.

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 Castello Drive, Suite 1

Naples, FL 34103




Temple Shalom Naples

Reform Jewish synagogue.

Executive director: Deborah Fidel

(239) 455-3030

4630 Pine Ridge Road

Naples, FL 34119



A professional Equity theater presenting timeless Broadway musicals with professional casts and musicians, world-famous concert acts and special events.

Executive director: Mark Danni

(888) 966-3352

13275 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34109


Track to Trail

Horse rescue, rehab and re-homing.

Executive director: Cynthia Gilbert

(239) 963-7296

3847 Second Ave. SE

Naples, FL 34117


Tumaini Fund USA

Helps the estimated 200,000 impoverished AIDS orphans in the Kagera region of Northwest Tanzania to survive and become self-sufficient by helping to meet their basic needs, such as nutritional support, clothing, housing, mosquito nets, and access to clean water and educational opportunities.

Executive director: Dr. Lou Foley

(501) 454-8428

553 Galleon Drive

Naples, FL 34102




United Arts Council of Collier County

The state-designated local arts agency for Collier County enriches lives and strengthens the community through the power of the arts.

Executive director: Laura Burns

(239) 254-8242

953 Fourth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102


United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida—Naples

Provides support and assistance to people with intellectual and physical 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 whose repertoire ranges from classical to jazz, comic to pop.

Executive director: Mariellen LaMasters

(239) 290-8550

2249 Clipper Way

Naples, FL 34104


Volunteer Services for Animals

Rescues and adopts cats and kittens; encourages and financially assists owners with pet sterilization; and operates low-cost outreach dog and cat shot clinics, a community cat sterilization program, and a dog and cat food assistance program.

Executive director: Phyllis Estes

(239) 290-6274

6017 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 330

Naples, FL 34119




Wellfit Girls Program SWFL

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

2430 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 175

Naples, FL 34109


The Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation

Recognizes the best scholar-athletes from each participating Collier County high school through the prestigious Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award.

(239) 280-3270

1395 Panther Lane, Suite 100

Naples, FL 34109


Women of Trinity

Hosts the Christmas Market and Church Mouse Boutique at Trinity by the Cove Episcopal Church for the benefit of local to international charities, raising/donating $670,000 to date.

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 grantmaking.

Executive director: Eileen Connolly-Keesler

(239) 649-5000

1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200

Naples, FL 34108


Wounded Warriors of Collier County

Increases the public’s awareness of the need to support veterans returning home from today’s wars and to solicit donations to support transition and recovery programs that focus on education, mental health, and diet and fitness.

Executive director: Dale A. Mullin

(239) 596-3019

411 Saddlebrook Lane

Naples, FL 34110




Youth Haven ★

Southwest Florida’s only emergency and residential shelter for children and teens ages 6 to 18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972.

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 10911

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

Transforms lives and improves the community by using the arts to inspire the creative exchange of ideas and to solve big challenges.

Executive director: Lydia Black

(239) 939-2787

10091 McGregor Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center

Provides information, education and support to individuals diagnosed with memory impairment and their family caregivers.

Executive director: Jan Kerlin

(239) 437-3007

12468 Brantley Commons Court

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Alzheimer’s Association

Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Executive director: Ann Lefcakis

(239) 405-7008

9240 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 1101

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


American Cancer Society—Fort Myers

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

Executive director: Terry Inscoe

(239) 936-3528

4575 Via Royale, Suite 110

Fort Myers, FL 33919


American Heart Association of Southwest Florida

The American Heart Association is the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke—America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers.

Executive director: Kelly Glewa

(239) 495-4900

9200 Estero Park Commons Blvd., No. 7

Estero, FL 33928


American Red Cross—Florida’s Southern Gulf       

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

Executive director: Jill Palmer

(239) 278-3401

7051 Cypress Terrace, Suite 110

Fort Myers, FL 33907


Amigos en Cristo, dba Amigos Center

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

Executive director: Rev. Robert 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.

(239) 765-9696

1190 Main St.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931


Animal Refuge Center

Southwest Florida’s largest no-kill shelter for cats and dogs is located on 23 acres of property and houses 400 pets daily.

Executive director: Wayne Leinen

(239) 731-3535

18011 Old Bayshore Road

North Fort Myers, FL 33917


Area Agency on Aging for SWFL

Empowers older adults (60 and older) and people with disabilities through local resources for living with independence and dignity. Serves Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, DeSoto and Sarasota counties.

Executive director: Marianne Lorini

(239) 652-6900

15201 N. Cleveland Ave., Suite 1100

North Fort Myers, FL 33903


ArtFest Fort Myers

Creates public access to a broad array of visual art; nurtures the development and understanding of diverse art forms; supports arts in education; and encourages the appreciation of arts in Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Sharon McAllister

(239) 768-3602

1375 Jackson St., Suite 401

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Audubon of Southwest Florida

Protects plants, animals and their habitats and promotes environmental education and a greater community involvement with the natural world.

Executive director: Dan Van Norman

(239) 770-8312

10868 Metro Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33966




Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy ★

The nation’s leading advocate for family literacy remains committed to former First Lady Barbara Bush’s passionate quest to ensure that families across the country could read, providing innovative programs and strategies aimed to expand access to education for all Americans. The Foundation currently provides funding for more than 15 family literacy programs in Lee and Collier counties.

Honorary chair: Doro Bush Koch

(850) 562-5300


Barbara’s Friends—Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund

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

A community of abolitionists dedicated to ending human trafficking through empowering communities with tools, education and resources.

Executive director: Megan Estrem

(239) 478-2772

P.O. Box 150953

Cape Coral, FL 33915


Best Buddies Southwest Florida

Provides one-to-one friendships for students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Executive director: Melanie Musick

(239) 275-2510

5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd., Suite 105

Fort Myers, FL 33907


Betty Allen Gynecologic Cancer Foundation

Offers free educational workshops, titled “Know the 5 and Survive,” to residential communities, colleges, businesses, religious organizations and women’s groups. “Your survival is our mission. Make it yours too!”

Executive director: Sharie Kearns

(239) 935-8325

13300-56 S. Cleveland Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33907


BIG Arts

Southwest Florida’s home for all the arts presents jazz, classical and pop music and dance at Schein Performance Hall; live theater at the BIG ARTS Strauss; and classes and visual arts.

Executive director: Lee Ellen Harder

(239) 395-0900

900 Dunlop Road

Sanibel, FL 33957


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast

Provides strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships to children ages 6 to 18 that change their lives for the better, forever.

Executive director: Joy Mahler

(239) 288-4224

8280 College Parkway, Suite 201

Fort Myers, FL 33919 


Bishop Verot Catholic High School

Provides students with opportunities for lifelong learning and leadership, teaching skills for college and values for life.

Executive director: Denny Denison

(239) 274-6701

5598 Sunrise Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Blessings in a Backpack SWFL

Steps up to feed children on the weekend, believing no child should have to face the weekend not knowing when he or she will eat.

Executive director: Cecilia St. Arnold

(239) 410-9592

P.O. Box 61402

Fort Myers, FL


Bonita Springs Historical Society

Preserves, protects and promotes the rich cultural heritage of Bonita Springs through history walks, speakers series and more.

Executive director: Bonnie Whittemore

(239) 992-6997

P.O. Box 3015

Bonita Springs, FL 34133


Bonita Springs Rotary Club

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

President: Dr. Claudie I. Delgado

(239) 948-4886

P.O. Box 474

Bonita Springs, FL 34133


Bonita Springs YMCA ★

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

Executive director: Joey Belanger

(239) 221-7560

27200 Kent Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Bonita Wonder Gardens

A cultural icon that has been the crown jewel of Bonita Springs, the Gardens remained with the original owners for more than 78 years and has been nonprofit since 2015. It has become a place for guests to enjoy the botanical gardens and see wildlife in an intimate way, yet providing educational programming for toddlers to seniors.

Executive director: Thomas Hecker

(239) 992-2591

27180 Old 41 Road




Candlelighters of Southwest Florida

Has provided more than 35 years of support, education and activities to children diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder and their family. All services are free of charge.

Executive director: Klair M. Snellbaker

(239) 432-2223

9981 S. Healthpark Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Canterbury School

An independent pre-k-3 through grade 12 institution dedicated to academic excellence within a caring and supportive community emphasizing character, leadership and service.

(239) 481-4323

8141 College Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Cape Coral Caring Center

An emergency food pantry that gives food to people when they have lost their job. Assistance with a utility bill, clothing, credit counseling and job searches are available.

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


Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife

A Cape Coral Club dedicated to saving and protecting the wildlife in Cape Coral and buying environmentally sensitive land through the Cape Coral Wildlife Trust.

Executive director: Carl Veaux

(239) 549 7265

P.O. Box 152761

Cape Coral, FL 33915


Cape Coral Historical Museum

A community museum dedicated to preserving, displaying and sharing the unique history of Cape Coral for future generations. Exhibits, tours and a gift shop are available.

Executive director: Breanne Hastings

(239) 772-7037

544 Cultural Park Blvd.

Cape Coral, FL 33990


Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Through the Center Visual Arts and Center Performing Arts, presents exhibitions, painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, pottery, theater, music, dance, film, three National Art Festivals and the International Film Festival.

Executive director: Susan Bridges

(239) 495-8989

26100 Old 41 Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Child Care of Southwest Florida

Provides high-quality early learning services at affordable prices to low- to mid-income working families for children ages 6 weeks to 8 years old.

Executive director: Chris Hansen

(239) 278-1002

6831 Palisades Park Court, Suite 6

Fort Myers, FL 33912


Children’s Advocacy Center of SWFL ★

Provides a coordinated response to child victims of abuse and neglect and improves the lives of at-risk children and their families through prevention services.

(239) 939-2808

3830 Evans Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Children’s Network of Southwest Florida

Administers to the child welfare system in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

Executive director: Nadereh Salim

(239) 226-1524

2232 Altamont Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Christy’s Cause

Exists 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

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

Executive director: Tracey Galloway

(239) 332-7687

3429 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33916


CREW Land & Water Trust

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: Nide Eluna

(239) 332-5346

2607 Dr. Piper Way

Fort Myers, FL 33916


Dress for Success SW Florida

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

Executive director: Nickole Hendra

(239) 689-4992

12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 153

Fort Myers, FL 33907


Ducklings Travel

Offers financial travel assistance to children with non-life-threatening yet debilitating medical conditions to ensure no child is denied specialized medical attention due to travel expenses.

Executive director: Emily Bouchard

(239) 269-6102

P.O. Box 1416

Estero, FL 33929




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 & Ford Winter Estates

Historic winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford with a museum, National Historic Chemical Landmark laboratory and more than 20 acres of botanic gardens to explore.

Executive director: Mike Flanders

(239) 334-7419

2350 McGregor Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida

Provides critical medical attention to uninsured adults over 18; case management, medication, testing and referrals to other agencies; as well as prevention and education information for the community.

Executive director: Kevin Lindberg

(941) 953-5988

4040 Palm Beach Blvd., Suite D

Fort Myers, FL 33916




FAASWFL Filipino-American Association of SWFL

Established in 1995 by the Filipino Community in Cape Coral and Fort Myers, continues to provide regular events in Lee County to raise funds to support its Scholarship Project, Community Service Office and additional charitable causes.

Executive director: Jeanne Isberto and Pearl Cruz

(239) 771-9911

1634 SE 47th St., Unit 2

Cape Coral, FL 33990


Family Initiative

Works within the Southwest Florida community to support children and families impacted by autism spectrum disorder.

(239) 910-0712

1242 SW Pine Island Road, Suite 42-302

Cape Coral, FL 33991


Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation

Provides nonmedical, financial assistance to adults undergoing cancer treatment in Florida to allow them to focus on fighting cancer.

Executive director: Lynn Rasys

(941) 677-7184


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 Lions Eye Clinic

Provides free comprehensive eye exams and eye surgeries to people with medical insurance and income below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guideline.

Executive director: Tamika Seaton

(239) 293-2009

10322 Pennsylvania Ave.

Bonita, Springs, FL 34135


Florida Repertory Theatre

Presents professional theater and education in the downtown Fort Myers Historic District.

Executive director: John Martin

(239) 332-4665

P.O. Box 2483

Fort Myers, FL 33902


Florida SouthWestern State College Foundation

Provides nearly $2 million annually in student scholarships and investments in programs, technology and facilities to benefit the nearly 22,000 students the college serves annually.

Executive director: Susie DeSantis

(239) 489-9210

8099 College Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery

Working art gallery and an 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

3030 Shell Mound Blvd.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931


Fort Myers Mastersingers, dba City of Palms Youth Choir

CPYC is the educational outreach of the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers dedicated to the instruction and performance of choral works.

Executive director: Anthony Contino

(239) 560-9512

6900 Daniels Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33912


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, with programs, resources and experiences made possible through corporate, individual and educational partnerships.

President and CEO: Marshall T. Bower

(239) 337-0433

2266 Second St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Friends of Lovers Key

Provides support for Lovers Key State Park and its environmental programs.

President: Richard Donnelly

(239) 463-4588

8700 Estero Blvd.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931


Friends of the Mound House

Supports the facilities, mission and programs of the Mound House historical site on Fort Myers Beach.

Executive director: Alison Giesen

(239) 765-0865

451 Connecticut St.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931




Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

Named a “Top Hospital” by The Leapfrog Group, Golisano is the only acute-care children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami and dedicated to serving the health care needs of Southwest Florida children.

Executive director: Skip Leonard

(239) 214-0639

16451 HealthPark Commons Drive, Suite 200

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Good Wheels

Provides transportation to medical appointments, such as dialysis and chemotherapy, for the physically and economically disadvantaged.

Executive director: Alan M. Mandel

(239) 768-2900

10075 Bavaria Road

Fort Myers, FL 33913


Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida

Provides programs and services to people with disabilities and disadvantages to help them overcome barriers to employment and independence.

Executive director: Rick Evanchyk

(239) 995-2106

5100 Tice St.

Fort Myers, FL 33905


Grace Birch Community Alliance

Serves as a conduit between children and first responders, providing positive, lighthearted, interactive learning opportunities while, at the same time, promoting literacy.

Executive director: Grace Birch

(207) 781-5146

12870 Trade Way Four, Suites 107-407

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Gulf Coast Humane Society ★

Established as the first nonprofit animal welfare organization in Southwest Florida in 1947, the no-kill 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

Continues the organization’s tradition of unique and innovative programming, high-quality dynamic musical performances, active community engagement, and commitment to social change through arts education.

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 D. Tafel

(239) 590-6191

5636 Youngquist Road, Units 1 and 2

Fort Myers, FL 33912




Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties ★

Brings people together to build and advocate for safe and decent homes for those in need of affordable housing.

Executive director: Kitty Green

(239) 652-0434

1288 N. Tamiami Trail

North Fort Myers, FL 33903


Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida ★

Leads the community in the fight to end hunger, last fiscal year distributing 22.3 million pounds of food, valued at $37.3 million and equaling 18.6 million meals.

Executive director: Richard LeBer

(239) 334-7007

3760 Fowler St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Harvest Time Ministries

Ministers to the spiritual and physical needs of farm workers and low-income families in Bonita Springs, Estero and North Naples of Southwest Florida.

(239) 947-7717

26123 Pueblo Bonito Blvd.

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida

Serves Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties to help pregnant mothers get connected to the services necessary to have a healthy baby, with the goals of reducing infant deaths and increasing healthy births. Served more than 15,000 pregnant women and infants last year.

Executive director: Valarie Bostic

(239) 425-6920

1921 Jefferson Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33908


The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center

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 of Southwest Florida

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

Executive director: James Wineinger

(239) 267-1777

3602 Broadway

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Hope Hospice

Improves the quality of life for every person experiencing serious illness by providing exceptional, comforting care and choices that give hope and meaning to every moment.

Executive director: Samira K. Beckwith

(239) 482-4673

9470 HealthPark Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships

Works to prevent human trafficking in Southwest Florida by empowering individuals through education and collaborative action.

Executive director: Nola E. Theiss

(239) 415-2635

7275 Concourse Drive, Unit 400

Fort Myers, FL 33908 




I Will Mentorship Foundation

Provides after-school STEM-based learning and evidence-based mentoring programs focused on increasing academic achievement, strengthening community and providing exposure to opportunities to improve socioeconomic mobility.

Executive director: Dr. Jesse Bryson

(239) 666-8171

3903 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33916   


IMAG History & Science Center

The Imaginarium Group, established in 1994, oversaw the Imaginarium and merger with the SWFL Museum of History and privatized as the IMAG History & Science Center.

Executive director: Matthew Johnson

(239) 243-0043

2000 Cranford Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33916


Interfaith Charities of South Lee

Provides the services of a food pantry, financial assistance, income tax preparation, educational workshops and programs.

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

Fosters work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills through volunteer-delivered, kindergarten through 12th-grade programs that use experiential learning to inspire students in the community to dream big and reach their potential.

Executive director: Angela Fisher

(239) 225-2590

9530 Marketplace Road, Suite 302

Fort Myers, FL 33912


Junior League of Fort Myers

Women’s leadership organization dedicated to improving the community through the action of trained volunteers.

Executive director: Shavon Chester

(239) 277-1197

4575 Via Royale, Unit 111

Fort Myers, FL 33919




Keep Lee County Beautiful

Environmental education organization focused on litter prevention, waste reduction and recycling, and beautification.

Executive director: Trish Fancher

(239) 334-3488

1560 Matthew Drive, Unit C

Fort Myers, FL 33907




The Laboratory Theater of Florida

Presents live theater performance, community outreach and education for all ages.

Executive director: Annette Trossbach

(239) 218-0481

P.O. Box 334

Fort Myers, FL 33902


Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation

Enhances the beauty and experience of Lakes Park.

Executive director: Erin White

(239) 533-7575

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 BIA Builders Care

Provides free emergency home repairs to elderly and disabled homeowners in Lee County.

Executive director: Christi Pritchett

(239) 938-0056

6835 International Center Blvd., Unit 4

Fort Myers, FL 33912


Lee County Bar Association

Connects local attorneys and judges with the public through community-building activities that promote participation in the legal system and access to justice.

Executive director: Lisa Poulin

(239) 334-0047

2077 First St., Suite 207

Fort Myers, FL 33901


The Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida

Raises 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 County Legal Aid Society

Provides free legal assistance to low-income residents. Its attorneys represent and advocate for those in need and conduct educational outreach in the courthouse and the community.

Executive director: Andrew Banyai

(239) 334-6118

2040 Virginia Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Lee County Medical Society

A voluntary professional organization of community doctors committed to the preservation and enforcement of fair medical and public health laws. All of its members have met the high quality standards including verification of education, background, and training and certifications.

Executive director: Julie Ramirez

(239) 936-1645

13770 Plantation Road, Suite 1

Fort Myers, FL 33912


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.

Executive director: Skip Leonard

(239) 214-0639

16451 HealthPark Commons Drive, Suite 200

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Lifeline Family Center

Provides the following for single, pregnant young women and new mothers ages 16 to 25 and their children: housing, food, clothing, medical coverage coordination, educational programming facilitation, career counseling, life skills development, parenting classes, professional counseling and free child care. The Outreach Program offers a 24/7 help line.

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




Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

Creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Executive director: Tammy E. Lynn

(239) 992-9474

3655 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 3

Bonita Springs, FL 34134


March of Dimes

The leading organization fighting for the health of all moms and babies.

Executive director: Trent Howe

(239) 433-3463


The McGregor Clinic

Medical and social service provider for individuals living with HIV.

Executive director: Sharon Murphy

(239) 334-9555

3478 Broadway

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Southwest Florida

A team of volunteers and staff focused on helping victims of drunk, drugged and substance-impaired driving crashes and committed to ensuring that roads are safe and families, friends and visitors are protected from substance-impaired driving and underage drinking.

Executive director: Lori Burke

(239) 791-7560

13130 Westlinks Terrace, Suite 8

Fort Myers, FL 33913


MS Center of SWFL

Offers a comprehensive wellness program to help its clients manage pain, improve mobility and decrease isolation. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system.

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 muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.

Executive director: Cynthia Nichols

(239) 437-6900

6315 Presidential Court, Suite 140

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Music for Minors Foundation

Raises money to provide quality instruments, private lessons and college 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

Improves the lives of those affected by mental illnesses through support, education and advocacy.

Executive director: Vacharee Howard

(239) 337-9024

7275 Concourse Drive, Suite 300

Fort Myers, FL 33908




Oma’s Heart

Opens a toy store that is free of charge for families who are struggling financially to shop for Christmas gifts.

Executive director: Audrey McFalls

(239) 989-6718

P.O. Box 100016

Cape Coral, FL 33910


Operation Open Arms

Affords free R&Rs and same-day PTSD mental health care to U.S. troops returning from combat and/or foreign duty. OOA is the only U.S. 501(c)(3) honored by two sitting U.S. presidents.

Executive director: Capt. John “GiddyUp” Bunch

(239) 822-8888

3624 Bayview Ave.

Saint James City, FL 33956


Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida

Transitions teen mothers and their children from foster care and human trafficking to stable, happy and productive lives by providing a safe and nurturing home; education; parenting support; and physical, mental and spiritual care.

Executive director: Karen Watson

(239) 267-4663

18011 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 16-106

Fort Myers, FL 33908




PACE Center for Girls, Lee County

Provides girls and young women the opportunity for a brighter future through education, counseling, training and advocacy and is a nationally recognized best practice model.

Executive director: Meg. M. Geltner

(239) 425-2366

3800 Evans Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Partners for Breast Cancer Care

Funds no-cost breast screening, diagnostic testing, surgery and treatment to low-income, uninsured residents in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte counties.

Executive director: Janet Darnell

(239) 454-8583

9470 Healthpark Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Pickup the Ball

Targets young athletes in low-income, high-risk areas to provide them opportunities that will raise their level of expectations for life, increase their chance of success and improve understanding among all communities.

Executive director: Ted Sottong

(239) 229-9870

710 Tarpon St.

Fort Myers, FL 33916


Pregnancy Resource Center of SWFL

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

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

Executive director: Heather Cassese

(239) 948-7669

P.O. Box 368437

Bonita Springs, FL




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.

Executive director: Abdul’Haq Muhammed

(239) 334-2797

3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33916




Regional Cancer Center

Lee Health at 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

16451 HealthPark Commons Drive, Suite 200

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Ride Nature

An action sports mission organization dedicated to giving generously, proclaiming the Gospel and making disciples to the ends of the earth.

Executive director: Mark Koch

2464 Second St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Rockin’ Christmas Fund

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

Executive director: Victoria J. 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 impact the health and well-being of children and their families via Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles.

Executive director: Laura Ragain

(239) 437-0202

16100 Roserush Court

Fort Myers, FL 33908


Rotary Club of Fort Myers

Has proudly served the community for 96 years, since it was chartered on April 1, 1922.

President: Archie Haywood

(239) 332-8158

2101 McGregor Blvd., Suite 102

Fort Myers, FL 33901




Sally J. Pimentel Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center

Empowers Southwest Florida’s deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens and their families through education, advocacy and community involvement.

Executive director: Dianna Druding

(239) 461-0334

1860 Boy Scout Drive, Suite B208

Fort Myers, FL 33907



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

Executive director: Stacey Cook

(239) 275-3222

2789 Ortiz Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33905


Sanibel Community Association

Enriches community spirit through educational, cultural and social programs in the historical Community House, as well as hosts events.

Executive director: Teresa Riska-Hall

(239) 472-2155

2173 Periwinkle Way

Sanibel, FL 33957


Sanibel Sea School

Teaches children and adults about marine ecosystems, providing an experience that fosters a connection with our ocean planet and a wellspring for lifelong stewardship.

Executive director: J. Bruce Neill

(239) 472-8585

455 Periwinkle Way

Sanibel, FL 33957


Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

The premier visual and performing arts organization in Lee County.

Executive director: Jim Griffith

(239) 333-1933

2301 First St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Since 1976, has been addressing the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

Executive director: Sarah Owen

(239) 274-5900

2031 Jackson St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Southwest Florida Symphony

Lee County’s professional symphony orchestra, with a roster of 65 musicians and led by internationally acclaimed Maestro Nir Kabaretti.

Executive director: Amy Ginsburg

(239) 418-0996

8290 College Parkway, Suite 103

Fort Myers, FL 33919


Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation

Elevates local 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

27911 Crown Lake Blvd., Suite 223

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Special Equestrians

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

Executive director: Jan Fifer

(239) 226-1221

5121 Staley Road

Fort Myers, FL 33905


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

Provides emergency financial and material assistance to families in Estero, San Carlos Park and south Lee County.

Executive director: Bill Bell

(239) 690-6685

19680 Cypress View Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33967


SWFL Children’s Charities

Supports organizations committed to pediatric health care services and education, with a primary focus on mental and behavioral health, raising $25 million in 10 years through its Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest.

Executive director: Heidi Taulman

16876 McGregor Blvd., Suite 101

Fort Myers, FL 33924


Swinging With Purpose

Through golf fundraising venues, provides support to organizations that serve women, girls and children in Southwest Florida. With a volunteer board, 95 cents of every dollar collected goes to these beneficiaries.

Executive director: Diana Riley

(301) 706-7131

8891 Brighton Lane, Suite 103

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida’s only professional core chorus and the resident chorus of the SWFL Symphony, led by Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Trent Brown, who is also director of choruses at FGCU.

President: Lynn Apelgren

(239) 560-5695

P.O. Box 07105

Fort Myers, FL 33919




Turtle Time

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

Executive director: Eve M. Haverfield

(239) 481-5566

3627 Heritage Lane

Fort Myers, FL 33908




Uncommon Friends Foundation

Provides character education curriculum for K-12, post-secondary student scholarships, business ethics programs, waterfront pavilion rental for public and private events, and historic preservation of Newton archives and Burroughs Home & Gardens.

Executive director: Jennifer Nelson

(239) 337-9503

2505 First St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee ★

Local volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in the community, raising and distributing more than $167 million to 96 local agencies since formed in 1957.

President: Cliff Smith

(239) 433-2000

7273 Concourse Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908




Valerie’s House of Southwest Florida

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

1762 Fowler St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901



Provides educational, social and support services for the entire LGBTQ community.

Executive director: Arlene Goldberg

(239) 898-6124

2756 McGregor Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33901




WGCU Public Media

The local PBS and NPR station affiliate is a member-supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University.

General manager: Rick Johnson

(239) 590-2300

10501 FGCU Blvd. S.

Fort Myers, FL 33965




Zonta Foundation of SWFL

Part of Zonta International, a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

President: Barbara Beran

(239) 579-0792

P.O. Box 1244

Sanibel, FL 33957


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