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2019-2020 Lee County Nonprofit Guide

A

Abuse Counseling and Treatment  

Serves victims of domestic violence and their children and survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties for the past 40 years.

Executive director: Jennifer L. Benton

(239) 939-2553

P.O. Box 60401

Fort Myers, FL 33906

actabuse.com

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/59-1864735

 

Alliance for the Arts  

Since the 1970s, this visual and performing arts center has worked to transform lives and improve the community through the arts by spurring and supporting self-expression, imagination and equity. 

Executive director: Lydia Black

(239) 939-2787

10091 McGregor Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33919

artinlee.org

 

Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center 

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

Executive director: Jan Kerlin

(239) 437-3007

12468 Brantley Commons Court

Fort Myers, FL 33907

alzheimersswfl.org

 

Alzheimer’s Association 

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

Executive director: Angela D. McAuley

(727) 578-2558

9220 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 1101

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

alz.org/flgulfcoast

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/13-3039601

 

American Cancer Society, Fort Myers 

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. Established in 1913, the society is organized into eleven geographical divisions of both medical and lay volunteers operating in more than 900 offices throughout the United States.

Executive director: Shelley Slechta

(239) 936-3582

4575 Via Royale, Suite 110, Fort Myers, FL 33919

cancer.org

charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6495

 

American Heart Association 

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all.

Executive director: Kelly Glewa

(239) 495-4900

9200 Estero Park Commons Blvd., 

Suite 7, Estero, FL 33928

heart.org

charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3260

 

American Red Cross—Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter 

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

redcross.org/southflorida

 

Animal Refuge Center 

Southwest Florida’s largest no-kill shelter for homeless cats and dogs was incorporated in 1988 and has been rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing abandoned pets for 30 years.

Executive director: Wayne Leinen

(239) 731-3535

18011 Old Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers, FL 33917

animalrefugecenter.com

 

Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida 

Serving seven Southwest Florida counties, the agency is committed to connecting older adults and adults with disabilities to resources and assistance for living safely with independence and dignity. 

CEO: Marianne Lorini

(239) 652-6900

15201 N. Cleveland Ave., Suite 1100

North Fort Myers, FL 33903

aaaswfl.org

guidestar.org/profile/59-1854441

 

ArtFest Fort Myers 

Southwest Florida’s premier fine art festival showcases 200 nationally recognized artists the first weekend of February, in downtown Fort Myers. Enjoy great food, continuous entertainment, children’s art experiences and more.

Executive director: Sharon McAllister

(239) 768-3602

1375 Jackson St., Suite 401, Fort Myers, FL 33901

artfestfortmyers.com

 

Asian Professionals Association of Southwest Florida 

Connects Asian professionals and the broader community for economic, social, intellectual and cultural enrichment. Through commitment to professionalism, leadership, fellowship and cultural heritage, creates opportunities for personal and professional growth, business partnerships, educational advancement and community involvement.

Executive director: Pearl S. Cruz

(239) 771-9911

1825 SE Seventh St., Suite A, Cape Coral, FL 33990

apaswfl.org

 

B

 

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: Chris Simoneau

(239) 214-0639

16451 HealthPark Commons Drive, Suite 200, Fort Myers, FL 33908

barbarasfriends.org

 

Best Buddies International—Southwest Florida 

Provides friendships, jobs and leadership development for people with, and without, intellectual and developmental disabilities. In Southwest Florida, there are more than 700 members at 24 school chapters, elementary to college.

Executive director: Melanie Musick

(239) 275-2510

5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd., 105

Fort Myers, FL 33907

bestbuddies.org/florida

charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=5446

 

Betty Allen Gynecologic Cancer Foundation 

Offers free educational workshops titled “Know the 5 and Survive,” with the mission of survival; every 5 minutes, a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer.

President: Sharie Kearns

(239) 935-8325

13300-56 S. Cleveland Ave. (mailing only)

Fort Myers, FL 33908

gyncancerfl.org

 

BIG Arts 

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

Executive director: Lee Ellen Harder

(239) 395-0900

900 Dunlop Road

Sanibel, FL 33957

bigarts.org

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Bishop Verot Catholic High School 

Private Catholic high school.

Executive director: Jeff Brown

(239) 274-6730

5598 Sunrise Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33919

bvhs.org

 

Blessings in a Backpack 

Mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.

Executive director: Cecilia St. Arnold

(239) 410-9592

P.O. Box 61402

Fort Myers, FL 33906

blessingsinswfl.org

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/26-1964620

 

Bonita Springs Historical Society 

Works to preserve, protect and promote the rich cultural heritage of Bonita Springs. Also operates the 1915 McSwain Home in the historic downtown.

Executive director: Bonnie Whittemore

(239) 992-6997

P.O. Box 3015

Bonita Springs, FL 34133

bonitaspringshistorical

society.org

 

Bonita Springs YMCA * 

Part of the SKY Family 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

swflymca.org

 

C

Cafe of Life 

Provides basic human needs to the very poor and hungry people of the Bonita Springs area. This primarily includes providing a daily hot meal, take-home food, clothing, diapers and other essential items to anyone in need.

Executive director: Jeff Nichols

(515) 720-5204

P.O. Box 367794

Bonita Springs, FL 34136

cafeoflife.org

 

Candlelighters of Southwest Florida 

Established in 1983 to provide support to children diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder. Through education, assistance and family activities, enhances the lives of these special families as they face many challenges, “because kids can’t fight cancer alone.”

Executive director: Klair M. Snellbaker

(239) 432-2223

9981 S. Healthpark Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908

candlelightersswfl.org

 

Canterbury School 

A pre-K3 through grade 12, coeducational, college preparatory school dedicated to academic excellence within a caring and supportive community, emphasizing character, leadership and service.

Head of School: Rick Kirschner

(239) 481-4323

8141 College Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33919

canterburyfortmyers.org

charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=591058089

 

Cape Coral Caring Center 

An emergency food pantry, helping people when they are experiencing things such as serious illness of sudden job loss. Food and other resources are given generously.

Executive director: Julie Ferguson 

(239) 945-1927

4645 SE 15th Ave.

Cape Coral, FL 33904

capecoralcaringcenter.org

 

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

capecoralcf.org

 

Cape Coral Historical Society and Museum 

Educates all generations on the history, people and unique character of Cape Coral and the surrounding area through guided tours and monthly programming.

Executive director: Janel Trull

(239) 772-7037

544 Cultural Park Blvd.

Cape Coral, FL 33990

capecoralhistoricalmuseum.org

 

Captains for Clean Water 

Advocates for the elimination of harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie River by restoring its natural flow of water through the Everglades.

Executive director: Daniel Andrews

(941) 216-5525

2031 Jackson St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

captainsforcleanwater.org

guidestar.org/profile/81-1789969

 

Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs 

Welcomes all ages to learn, share and enjoy the arts through a 10-acre Visual Art campus with galleries, gift store, studio classrooms for painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and glass; and a four-acre Performing Arts Campus with two theaters, film center, studio classrooms for music, theater, dance and film.

President: Susan Bridges

(239) 495-8989

26100 Old 41 Road and 10150 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs, FL 34135

artcenterbonita.org

charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=15891

 

Child Care of Southwest Florida

An early childhood education provider with six learning centers in Lee and Hendry counties serving children from 6 weeks to 8 years old.

CEO: Chris Hansen

(239) 425-1008

6831 Palisades Park Court

Fort Myers, FL 33912

ccswfl.org

 

Children’s Advocacy Center of SWFL *

Advocates for a healthy, safe community for children through a team approach to child abuse and neglect. Works to assess and treat kids believed to have been physically or sexually abused or to be “at-risk” of such abuse, and to provide a safe place for them to come and be heard.

Executive director: Julie Boudreaux

(239) 939-2808

3830 Evans Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

cac-swfl.org

charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?keyword_list=65-0007620&bay=search.results

 

Children’s Network of Southwest Florida

The lead agency for child welfare services in Southwest Florida serves about 2,500 abused and neglected children in Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties.

Executive director: Nadereh Salim

(239) 226-1524

2232 Altamont Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

childnetswfl.org

 

Christy’s Cause 

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

Executive director: Christy Ivie

(239) 209-3833

22100 S. Tamiami Trail

Estero, FL 33928

christyscause.com

guidestar.org/profile/47-4470326

 

Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife 

CROW provides medical care for more than 200 species and about 4,500 injured, sick and orphaned wildlife patients each year, with the goal of returning them to their natural habitat, as well as teaches visitors about sustainable relationships and the connection among wildlife, environmental and human health.

Executive director: Alison Charney Hussey

(239) 472-3644

3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957

crowclinic.org

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/23-7271040

 

Community Cooperative * 

Strives lead in alleviating hunger and homelessness in our community by addressing key root causes. With a dedicated team, Community Cooperative collects and distributes resources through a strong and viable network of community partners.

Executive director: Tracey Galloway

(239) 332-7687

3429 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33916

communitycooperative.com

guidestar.org/profile/59-2602772

 

CREW Land & Water Trust 

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

Executive director: Brenda Brooks

(239) 657-2253

23998 Corkscrew Road

Estero, FL 33928

crewtrust.org

guidestar.org/profile/65-0246331

 

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“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society 

This Friends of the Refuge organization supports environmental education, services and conservation at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Education and conservation efforts may extend beyond the complex’s borders and may be in partnership with like-minded conservation organizations.

Executive director: Birgie Miller

(239) 472-1100

1 Wildlife Drive

Sanibel, FL 33908

dingdarlingsociety.org

 

Dr. Piper Center for Social Services 

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

Executive director: Nida Eluna

(239) 332-5346

2607 Dr. Ella Piper Way

Fort Myers, FL 33916

drpipercenter.org

 

Dress for Success SW Florida 

An international organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the 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 33919

swflorida.dressforsuccess.org

 

Ducklings Travel 

Offers aid to families in need of financial travel assistance for the treatment of non-life-threatening yet debilitating medical conditions.

Executive director: Taylor Bouchard

(239) 390-0341

P.O. Box 1416

Estero, FL 33929

ducklings travel.org

 

E

 

Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida 

One of 30 coalitions in Florida dedicated to ensuring quality early education practices and standards, this coalition specifically throughout Glades, Hendry, Collier and Lee counties.

Executive director: Susan Block

(239) 935-6100

2675 Winkler Ave., Suite 300, Fort Myers, FL 33901

elcofswfl.org

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=651144775

 

Earn to Learn FL 

Envisions a world without barriers to higher education.

Executive director: Brenda Tate

(239) 908-0301

27911 Crown Lake Blvd., Suite 223

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

earntolearnfl.org

guidestar.org/profile/45-2514055

 

ECHO * 

Equips farming families around the world with skills, seeds and agricultural resources to raise themselves out of poverty and end hunger.

Executive director: David Erickson

(239) 542-3246

17391 Durrance Road

North Fort Myers, FL 33917

echonet.org

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6555

 

Edison and Ford Winter Estates 

The winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford is open daily, with a museum, a laboratory and more than 20 acres of botanical gardens to explore.

Executive director: Michael Flanders

(239) 334-7419

2350 McGregor Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

edisonford.org

guidestar.org/profile/20-0243438

 

Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida 

Provides low- or no-cost medical services, prescription medication and case management for uninsured adults with epilepsy, as well as offers prevention and education programs to the community.

Executive director: Kevin Lindberg

(239) 275-4838

4040 Palm Beach Blvd., Suite D, Fort Myers, FL 33916

epilepsy-services.org

http://thegivingpartner.guidestar.org/profile/1118379/epilepsy-services-sw-florida.aspx

 

Everglades Wonder Gardens dba Bonita Wonder Gardens 

A cultural icon for nearly 80 years, the gardens started as a facility to rehabilitate injured animals and has become a place for visitors to enjoy botanical gardens and see wildlife in an intimate way, something that modern parks cannot provide. 

Executive director: Thomas Hecker

(239) 992-2591

27180 Old 41 Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

evergladeswondergardens.com

guidestar.org/profile/46-4168846

 

F

 

Family Initiative 

Offers community programs for children, teens and young adults on the autism spectrum and their families. Programs include social skills, teen-focused and parent groups; art and acting classes; and high-quality in-home clinical support. 

President and co-founder: David Brown 

(239) 910-0712

730 SW Fourth St.

Cape Coral, FL 33991

fi-florida.org

guidestar.org/profile/46-1528487

 

Filipino American Association of SW Florida 

Both locally and in the Philippines, fundraises for youth educational and scholarship programs; operates charity programs to aid those in need when disaster or tragedy occurs; and promotes camaraderie and help for those in need.

Executive director: Jeanne A. Isberto

(239) 772-5551

4720 SE 15th Ave., Suite 212

Cape Coral, FL 33904

 

Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation  

Cultivating relationships with donors, alumni and friends, University Advancement promotes community engagement, creates awareness of FGCU, and solicits gifts providing resources and opportunities to ensure student success.

Executive director: Katherine “Kitty” Green

(239) 590-1067

10501 FGCU Blvd. S.

Fort Myers, FL 33965

fgcu.edu/advancement

 

Florida Lions Eye Clinic 

Provides exemplary medical and surgical eye care to underserved individuals.

Clinical office manager: Char Lupke

(239) 498-3937

10322 Pennsylvania Ave., Bonita Springs, FL 34135

flec.org

guidestar.org/profile/45-0560906

 

Florida Repertory Theatre 

Celebrating 22 years of award-winning regional theater, Florida Repertory Theatre is a fully professional theater company that The Wall Street Journal called “one of America’s top repertory companies.”

Artistic director: Greg Longenhagen

(239) 332-4665

2268 Bay St., 

Fort Myers, FL 33901

floridarep.org

 

Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery 

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

President: Tom Flaherty

(239) 463-3909

3030 Shell Mound Blvd.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

fortmyersbeachart.com

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/59-1004609

 

Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers 

Since its inception in 2001, the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers’ mission has been to share choral masterworks as well as innovative new compositions. The 80-plus voice group is a premier choral ensemble in Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Anthony Contino

(239) 288-2535

6900 Daniels Parkway, Suite 29, No. 193

Fort Myers, FL 33912

mastersingersfm.com

 

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

swflymca.org

 

Foster Care Advisory Services 

An all-volunteer group dedicated to improving the lives of neglected and abused children in the local area for more than 35 years.

Executive director: Charles B. Johnson

(239) 939-1338

4165 East River Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33916

fostercareadvisory.org

 

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools 

A charitable education foundation that enhances and enriches the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators. The foundation’s programs, resources and experiences are made possible through corporate, individual and educational partnerships.

Executive director: Marshall Bower

(239) 337-0433

2266 Second St.

Fort Myers, FL 33902

leeschoolfoundation.org

https://www.guidestar.org/Profile/8009010

 

Friends of Lovers Key  

Friends of Lovers Key, or FOLKs, as it is known, consists of dedicated volunteers who aim to protect, preserve and support Lovers Key State Park. FOLKS raises funds to support the park through various functions and events.

President: Richard Donnelly

(239) 495-7045

8700 Estero Blvd.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

friendsofloverskey.org

 

Friends of the Mound House 

Supports the site of a 2,000-year-old shell mound on Estero Bay at Fort Myers Beach, at which a museum with artifacts of the extinct Calusa, Cuban rancheros and others who inhabited the property can be found.

Executive director: Alison Giesen

(239) 765-0865

451 Connecticut St.

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

moundhouse.org

 

G

 

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. 

Helps girls prepare for a lifetime of leadership, success and adventure in a safe, no-limits place designed for, and by, girls. The council has a membership of nearly 6,000 girls in grades K-12, and more than 2,500 adult members.

CEO: Mary Anne Servian

(800) 232-4475

4780 Cattlemen Road

Sarasota, FL 34233

gsgcf.org

 

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, dedicated to serving the health care needs of Southwest Florida children.

Executive director: Chris Simoneau

(239) 214-0639

16451 HealthPark Commons Drive, Suite 200, Fort Myers, FL 33908

leehealthfoundation.org/golisano

 

 

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida 

Operates retail and donation centers to help fund programs and services to people with disabilities and disadvantages.

President and CEO: John Nadeau

(239) 995-2106

 5100 Tice St.

Fort Myers, FL 33920

goodwillswfl.org

charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=263590251

 

Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit

Strives to ensure that every abused, neglected or abandoned youth in Southwest Florida has a voice as they navigate the judicial, education and child welfare system.

Executive director: Roxanne Dyer

(239) 533-1435

1700 Monroe St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

voicesforkids.org

charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=592296529

 

Gulf Coast Humane Society 

A no-kill, animal welfare organization established as the first nonprofit animal welfare organization in Southwest Florida in 1947.

Executive director: Jennifer Galloway

(239) 332-0364

2010 Arcadia St.

Fort Myers, FL 33916

gulfcoasthumanesociety.org

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/59-0806978

 

Gulf Coast Symphony  

During its 25th anniversary season, 2019-2020, the Symphony will continue its 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 Kurtz

(239) 277-1700

6314 Corporate Court, Suite 100, Fort Myers, FL 33919

gulfcoastsymphony.org

guidestar.org/profile/65-0666748

 

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. 

(239) 590-6191

5636 Youngquist Road, Units 1 and 2

Fort Myers, FL 33912

gsballet.org

guidestar.org/profile/65-1003170

 

H

 

Habitat for Humanity 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: Becky Lucas

(239) 652-0434

1288 N. Tamiami Trail

North Fort Myers, FL 33903

habitat4humanity.org

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6639

 

Hadassah, Collier/Lee Chapter 

Hadassah is a volunteer organization that enhances worldwide health through medical research and treatment. Local members participate in educational events promoting civic responsibility and support of various global youth programs.

President: Diane P. Schwartz

(732) 539-4011

20230 Rookery Drive

Estero, FL 33928

hadassah.org

 

Harmon-Meek Gallery Fund at Southwest Florida Community Foundation  

Raises funds to benefit at-risk youth and children’s art programs, such as those at the David Lawrence Center, Grace Place for Children and Families, the Naples Art Association, Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida and Youth Haven.

Executive director: Sarah Owen

(239) 274-5900

2031 Jackson St., Suite 100, Fort Myers, FL 33901

floridacommunity.com

 

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida 

Leads the community in the fight to end hunger, last year distributing 24 million pounds of food, valued at $41.5 million and equaling 20 million meals.

Executive director: Richard LeBer

(239) 334-7007

3760 Fowler St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

harrychapinfoodbank.org

http://bit.ly/hcfbcharitynavigator

 

The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center 

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

Executive director: Kathryn Kelly

(239) 482-7706

15570 Hagie Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908

heightsfoundation.org

charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=651003872

 

Home Base Veteran and Family Care SWFL 

Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, heals the invisible wounds for veterans, service members and their families through clinical care, wellness, education and research.

Southwest Florida program director: Armando Hernandez

(239) 887-5164

P.O. Box 422

Estero, FL 33929

homebase.org

 

Hope Clubhouse 

A community of support for individuals living with mental illness in Southwest Florida, Hope Clubhouse provides access to paid employment, housing, education and wellness.

Executive director: James Wineinger

(239) 267-1777

3602 Broadway

Fort Myers, FL 33901

hopeclubhouse.org

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=300437443

 

Hope Healthcare 

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

President and CEO: Samira K. Beckwith

(239) 482-4673

9470 Healthpark Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33908

hopehcs.org

guidestar.org/profile/59-2128697

 

Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships 

Works to enact positive change through the power of art. The innovative ARTREACH program leads participants through education and awareness, resulting in powerful imagery exhibited throughout the community to teach others about human trafficking. 

Executive director: Lauren McCraney

(239) 415-2635

7275 Concourse Drive, Unit 400, Fort Myers, FL 33908

humantraffickingawareness.org

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/30-0370679

 

I

 

I WILL Mentorship Foundation 

Provides after-school STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Math) learning and 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., Unit 2

Fort Myers, FL 33916

iwmf2.org

guidestar.org/profile/47-3761436

 

IMAG History & Science Center 

Southwest Florida’s place to explore history, arts, culture and STEM, offering educational 3-D films, live science and animal shows, aquariums, a marine touch tank, historic artifacts, displays and interactive exhibits.

Executive director: Matt Johnson

(239) 243-0043

2000 Cranford Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33916

theimag.org

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/65-0226984

 

Interfaith Charities of South Lee 

Serves San Carlos Park and Estero residents suffering from food insecurity through a food pantry and community outreach.

Executive director: Nancy Martin

(239) 367-3510

17592 Rockefeller Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33967

icslee.org

guidestar.org/profile/65-0362473

 

J

 

John Entwistle Foundation 

Provides animal welfare and music education for underserved children.

Executive director: Steve Luongo

(239) 482-6880

13300 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 56, Fort Myers, FL 33907

johnentwistle.org

 

Junior Achievement of SWFL 

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for the future, and make smart academic and economic choices. 

Executive director: Angela Fisher

(239) 225-2590

13241 University Drive, Suite 102, Fort Myers, FL 33907

jaswfl.org

 

K

 

Keep Lee County Beautiful 

Established in 1989, provides environmental education and service learning opportunities for volunteers to give back to their community through cleanups, habitat restoration and beautification projects.

Executive director: Trish Fancher

(239) 334-3488

1560 Matthew Drive, Unit C, Fort Myers, FL 33907

klcb.org

 

Kids’ Minds Matter 

Southwest Florida’s solution to the children’s mental and behavioral health epidemic, Kids’ Minds Matter brings improved access to care for families and fostering community partnerships through advocacy and philanthropy in conjunction with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. 

Executive director: Chris Simoneau

(239) 214-0639

16451 HealthPark Commons Drive, Suite 200, Fort Myers, FL 33908

kidsmindsmatter.com

 

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Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation 

Enhances the beauty and experience of Lakes Park through growth of membership, volunteerism and donations.

Executive director: Erin White

(239) 533-7575

P.O. Box 61076

Fort Myers, FL 33908

lakespark.org 

guidestar.org/profile/20-0671031

 

LARC 

Empowers and supports individuals with disabilities and their families to achieve their full potential.

Executive director: Kevin Lewis

(239) 334-6285

2570 Hanson St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

larcleecounty.org

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/59-0968911

 

Lee Building Industry Association Builders Care 

Provides emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving

elderly and/or disabled homeowners, and their families, who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means.

Executive director: Becky Swift

(239) 938-0056

6835 International Center Blvd., Suite 4

Fort Myers, FL 33912

leebuilderscare.com

guidestar.org/profile/20-2640022

 

The Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida 

Raises awareness of prevention resources through collaboration, education and inspiration. Works to build capacity around prevention in Lee County, including coordination of events such as Drug House Odyssey, which celebrated its 25th year in 2019.

Executive director: Deborah Comella

(239) 931-9317

3763 Evans Ave., Suite 202, Fort Myers, FL 33901

drugfreeswfl.org

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/59-3052892

 

Lee County Legal Aid Society 

Provides free representation by licensed Florida attorneys in selected Lee County cases involving children, including divorce and child custody cases, child support, adoption and other matters affecting the well-being of children.

Executive director: Andrew J. Banyai

(239) 334-6118

2040 Virginia Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

leecountylegalaid.org

 

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 members have met 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

lcmsfl.org

 

Lifeline Family Center 

Provides an alternative to abortion by educating and empowering women to pursue the impossible. Offers a residential rehabilitation program for homeless, pregnant women ages 16 to 25. Community resources are also available.

Executive director: Kathy Miller

(239) 242-7238

907 SE Fifth Ave.

Cape Coral, FL 33990

lifelinefamilycenter.org

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Lighthouse of SWFL 

Vision rehabilitation agency providing training, services and programs for individuals with blindness and vision impairment living in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties.

Executive director: Dotty St. Amand

(239) 997-7797

35 W. Mariana Ave.

North Fort Myers, FL 33903

lighthouseswfl.org

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Make-A-Wish Southern Florida 

Gives local children with critical illnesses a chance to see their wish come true through local fundraising.

Executive director: Tammy Lynn

(239) 992-9474

3655 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs, FL 34135

sfla.wish.org

 

March of Dimes 

Leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies through research, advocacy, education and support.

Executive director: Trent Howe

(239) 271-2562

21301 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 320, PMB 246

Estero, FL 33928

marchofdimes.org

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/13-1846366

 

The McGregor Clinic 

A health care provider specializing in care and support services for people living with HIV, The McGregor Clinic provides medical care, case management services, a food pantry, a clothes closet, mental health counseling, client support and empowerment groups, prevention education and free HIV testing to the community at large.

Executive director: Sharon Murphy

(239) 334-9555

3487 Broadway

Fort Myers, FL 33901

mcgregorclinic.org

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/65-0922489

 

Mothers Against Drunk Driving 

A team of volunteers and staff committed to ensuring that families, friends and visitors have safe and sober roads; to ending drunk and drugged driving; and to supporting victims of these crimes and preventing underage drinking. 

Executive director: Lori Burke

(239) 791-7560

13130 Westlinks Terrace, Suite 8

Fort Myers, FL 33913

madd.org/southwestfl

guidestar.org/profile/94-2707273

 

Multiple Sclerosis Center of SWFL 

A community center supporting the mind, body and spirit of local people with MS. The center provides therapeutic classes, social activities and educational events.

Executive director: Kay Jasso

(239) 319-0904

3372 Woods Edge Circle, Suite 103

Bonita Springs, 34134

mscenterswfl.org

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association 

Fights to free individuals—and the families who love them—from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life.

Executive director: Joanne Boigris

(239) 437-6900

6315 Presidential Court, Suite 140, Fort Myers, FL 33919

mda.org

 

Music for Minors Foundation 

Raises money to provide quality instruments to deserving students in Collier and Lee counties, as well as awards private lessons and college scholarships to its students.

President: Don Rhynard

(239) 273-2250

P.O. Box 1503

Bonita Springs, FL 34133

music4minors.org

 

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NAMI Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties  

As the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, NAMI strives to ensure access to affordable treatment in an atmosphere free of stigma; advocates for increased funding for treatment, support and research; and works to raise awareness and build a community of hope.

(239) 337-9024

7275 Concourse Drive, Suite 300, Fort Myers, FL 33908

namilee.org

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/65-0122844

 

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One Way Out Ministries 

A multi-faceted ministry reaching the world by picking women up out of rough places, brushing them off in love, and introducing them to a real life with Christ through home and global missions, networking and creative awareness.

Executive director: Jeanie Turner

(239) 628-1774

12873 S. Cleveland Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33907

onewayout.org

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=205992723

 

Operation Open Arms  

Awards U.S. servicemen and servicewomen free R&Rs and same-day mental health counseling upon their return to the United States from combat and foreign duty stations around the world. Founded in 2005, OOA has awarded $18.3 million in direct benefits to 3,994 U.S. troops.

Executive director: Capt. John “GiddyUp” Bunch

(239) 822-8888

P.O. Box 1

St. James City, FL 33956

operationopenarms.org

 

Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida 

Keeps teen mothers from human trafficking and other traumas together with their children in a safe, nurturing, supportive transitional group home. Strives to end the repetitive cycle of foster care and generational poverty that afflicts teen mothers and their children.

Executive director: Karen Watson

(239) 267-4663

18011 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 16-106

Fort Myers, FL 33908

ourmothershome.com

guidestar.org/profile/65-0510103

 

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Pace Center for Girls, Lee County  

Provides at-risk girls with year-round middle and high school academics, counseling services and life-skill coaching in a gender-responsive, strength-based environment. Provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

Executive director: Meg Geltner

(239) 425-2366

3800 Evans Ave. 

Fort Myers, FL 33901

pacecenter.org/locations/lee

 

Partners for Breast Cancer Care 

A community-based organization providing funding for no-cost breast screening, diagnostic testing, surgery and treatment to low-income, uninsured residents of Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Janet Darnell

(239) 454-8583

9470 Healthpark Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33908

pfbcc.org

 

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

3594 Broadway, Suite 130, Fort Myers, FL 33916

pickuptheball.org

 

Pine Manor Improvement Association 

Provides services to approximately 3,000 children and families at risk in the Pine Manor area of Fort Myers, with the mission is to improve the neighborhood by developing effective, cost-efficient, holistic neighborhood revitalization strategies. 

Board chair: Syndi Bultman

(239) 275-5180

5547 10th Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33907

pmiafm.org

 

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

supportprc.org

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/59-3427729

 

Protected Harbor 

Builds and operates Christian Care group homes for adults with developmental disabilities, dedicated to making a real difference in every resident’s life.

Operations manager: Perry Dunkin

(239) 278-0200

4561 Camino Real Way

Fort Myers, FL 33966

godsprotectedharbor.org

 

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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

qualitylifecenter.org

guidestar.org/profile/65-0321309

 

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Regional Cancer Center 

The premier cancer program in Southwest Florida provides comprehensive services and sees survival rates above the national average as it helps more than 6,000 new patients annually. Regional Cancer Center does not turn down any patient in need, regardless of insurance and financial status.

Executive director: Chris Simoneau

(239) 214-0639

16451 HealthPark Commons Drive, Suite 200, Fort Myers, FL 33908

leehealthfoundation.org/regionalcancercenter

 

Ride Nature 

Gives generously, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and makes disciples through action sports outreach, evangelism and discipleship to the ends of the Earth.

Executive director: Mark Koch

(239) 220-5857

2464 Second St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

ridenature.org

 

Rockin’ Christmas Fund Inc. 

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

Executive director: Victoria J. Wolanin

(239) 225-6100

P.O. Box 1515

Sanibel, FL 33957

rockinchristmas.net

 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida 

Works to create, find and support programs that directly impact the health and well-being of children and their families in the five-county region through three core programs: Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile(s) and the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. 

Executive director: Laura Ragain

(239) 437-0202

16100 Roserush Court

Fort Myers, FL 33908

rmhcswfl.org

https://www.guidestar.org/Profile/6901066

Rotary Club of Fort Myers  

Founded in 1922 to do service work in the community.

President: Archie Hayward

2101 McGregor Blvd., Suite 102, Fort Myers, FL 33901

rotaryfortmyers.org

charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4553

 

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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: Alicia Miller

(239) 461-0334

1860 Boy Scout Drive, Suite B208

Fort Myers, FL 33907

dhhc.life

 

SalusCare 

Provides behavioral health care services for adults and children.

President and CEO: Stacey Cook

(239) 275-3222

2789 Ortiz Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33905

saluscareflorida.org

 

Sanibel Community Association 

The Community House is the island’s “home,” where friends and residents meet to socialize through education, culture, events and programs presented by the Sanibel Community Association.

Executive director: Teresa Riska-Hall

(239) 472-2155

2173 Periwinkle Way

Sanibel Island, FL 33957

sanibelcommunityhouse.net

 

Sanibel Sea School 

Works to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time, by providing meaningful, educational ocean experiences and offering scholarships to those in need.

Executive director: J. Bruce Neill

(239) 472-8585

455 Periwinkle Way

Sanibel, FL 33957

sanibelseaschool.org

 

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 

Nurtures innovation and excellence in the visual and performing arts through exhibitions, performances, education and outreach.

Executive director: Jim Griffith

(239) 333-1933

2301 First St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

sbdac.com

 

Sizzle SWFL

FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship  Supports local high school graduates enrolled in the FGCU Resort & Hospitality Management program, primarily through the bi-annual Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week. One dollar from each Restaurant Week meal sold (lunch or dinner) is donated back to the scholarship from each restaurant.

Executive director: Guy Clarke and Rafael Feliciano

(239) 405-7767

P.O. Box 437

Estero, FL 33929

sizzlerestaurantweek.com

 

SKY Family YMCA (Bonita and Fort Myers)

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

As a community-based volunteer organization, works to provide emergency financial and material assistance to the needy while maintaining their dignity and privacy regardless of age, sex, religion, race or ethnicity.

President: Bill Bell

(239) 690-6685

19680 Cypress View Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33967

ololsvdp.org

 

Southwest Florida Community Foundation 

Works with donors, the nonprofit sector, business, education, government and members of the community to improve the quality of life in the region through strategic philanthropy and impact funding.

President and CEO: Sarah Owen

(239) 274-5900

2031 Jackson St., Suite 100, Fort Myers, FL 33919

floridacommunity.com

guidestar.org/profile/59-6580974

 

Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra/Symphony Society 

The 59-year-old professional musical ensemble brings world-class music to all ages throughout the tri-county area. The Symphony Society is its volunteer arm of 250 members who provide fundraising events and activities and other support such as office and concert assistance.

Executive director: Amy Ginsburg

(239) 418-0996

8290 College Parkway, Suite 103

Fort Myers, FL 33919

swflso.org

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/59-1350404

 

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

specialequestrians.net

guidestar.org/profile/65-0250071

 

SWFL Children’s Charities 

Works to save children’s lives by supporting the region’s growing pediatric health care system. Its annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has donated more than $22.8 million over 11 years, making it one of the country’s top-grossing wine fests supporting children’s health care services and education.

Executive director: Heidi Taulman

(239) 433-4260

2031 Jackson St., Suite 110, Fort Myers, FL 33901

swflwinefest.org

 

Swinging with Purpose  

Through golf fundraising venues, Swinging with Purpose provides support (more than $775,000 to date) to grassroot organizations serving the needs of women and children in the community.

Executive director: Diana Riley

(301) 706-7131

8891 Brighton Lane, Suite 103, Bonita Springs, FL 34135

swingingwithpurpose.org

 

Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida 

Southwest Florida’s only paid professional core community chorus operates under the artistic direction of conductor Trent R. Brown. Its inspiring performances seek to instill an appreciation and passion for choral music, including the premiering of newly commissioned choral works.

President: Lynn Apelgren

(239) 560-5695

P.O. Box 07105

Fort Myers, FL 33919

symphonicchorale.org

 

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Terrasi Learning Center (Peace by Piece) 

A private, year-round school for children with autism and other developmental disabilities providing comprehensive individualized instruction that is based on the science of applied behavior analysis.

Executive director: Dr. Renee Terrasi

(239) 245-8301

6714 Winkler Road

Fort Myers, FL 33901

pxpinc.net

 

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

turtletime.org

 

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Uncommon Friends Foundation 

Provides character education curricula for schools, student scholarships, business ethics competitions and programs; waterfront pavilion rental for public and private events; and historic preservation of the Burroughs Home and archives.

Executive director: Jennifer I. Nelson

(239) 337-9503

2505 First St., Fort Myers, FL 33901

uncommonfriends.org

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United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee * 

Local volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in the community through fundraising, fund distribution, community building, volunteer advancement, and United Way 211 information and referral. 

President and CEO: Jeannine Joy

(239) 433-2000

7273 Concourse Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908

unitedwaylee.org

charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=13316

 

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Valerie’s House 

The only Southwest Florida nonprofit grieving center focused solely on children provides a safe, comfortable place for children to bond and heal together following the death of immediate family.

Executive director: Angela Melvin

(239) 204-5804

1762 Fowler St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

valerieshouseswfl.org

guidestar.org/profile/47-3701240

 

Visuality 

Enhances and sustains the well-being of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies by providing activities, support programs and educational events that create community, empower members and provide essential resources. Strives to end discrimination based on real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or sexual expression.

Vice president: Arlene Goldberg

(239) 898-6124

2756 McGregor Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

visualityflorida.org

 

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WGCU

Public Media  Southwest Florida’s source for NPR and PBS 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

wgcu.org

 

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Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida 

Provides grants to improve the lives of women by empowering them to expand their access to education, health care, economic opportunities and safe living conditions.

President: Barbara Beran

P.O. Box 1244

Sanibel, FL 33957

zontasancap.com/whoweare/zonta-foundation.cfm