2020-2021 Lee County Nonprofit Listing

BY August 24, 2020

KEY:* Nonprofit has received a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, the highest ranking offered by the 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


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


Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a vibrant and welcoming nonprofit visual and performing arts center located in the heart of southwest Florida. Since the 1970s, it has been transforming lives and improving community through the arts. The year-round schedule of events has become a staple for our community to connect with each other and to the arts during engaging gallery exhibitions, inspiring art classes and stimulating theatre productions. The Alliance is creative space that spurs and supports self-expression, imagination and equity.

Executive director: Lydia Black

(239) 939-2787
10091 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919


Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center

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

Interim executive director: Kathy Y. Monroe

(239) 437-3007
12468 Brantley Commons Court
Fort Myers, FL 33907


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
14010 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 709
Clearwater, FL 33762


American Cancer Society, Lee County

The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

Executive director: Shelley Slechta

(239) 936-3582
4575 Via Royale, Suite 110
Fort Myers, FL 33919


American Heart Association

The American Heart Association makes it our mission to be a relentless force for longer, healthier lives in Southwest Florida and around the world.

Executive director: Kelly Glewa

(239) 495-4904
9200 Estero Park Commons Blvd., Suite 7
Estero, FL 33928


American Red Cross—Florida Gulf Coast to Heartland

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

Executive director: Jill Palmer

(239) 278-3401
7051 Cypress Terrace, Suite 110
Fort Myers, FL 33907


Animal Refuge Center

Southwest Florida’s largest no-kill shelter which houses 400 cats and dogs on a daily basis. Located on 23 acres in North Fort Myers, ARC is a cage-free shelter that relies entirely on private donations.

President: Wayne Leinen, Jr.

(239) 731-3535
18011 Old Bayshore Road
North Fort Myers, FL 33917


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


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


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
13650 Fiddlesticks Blvd., Suite 202-328
Fort Myers, FL 33912



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
9981 S. HealthPark Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908


Best Buddies International—Southwest Florida

Best Buddies provides opportunities for friendship and leadership for people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Executive director: Melanie Musick

(239) 275-2510
5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd., 105
Fort Myers, FL 33907


Betty Allen Gynecologic Cancer Foundation

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

President: Sharie Kearns

(239) 935-8325
(mail) 13300-56 S. Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33908



Each year 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. Entertainers including jazz, pop, classical, folk and big band musicians perform in BIG ARTS’ 410-seat Christensen Performance Hall. Dunham Gallery hosts new exhibits annually, providing an enriching visual arts experience and promoting the diverse talents of local, regional and national artists. Visit to learn more about the variety of events this dynamic cultural arts center has to offer.

Executive director: Lee Ellen Harder

(239) 395-0900
900 Dunlop Road
Sanibel, FL 33957


Bishop Verot Catholic High School

Private Catholic high school.

Director of development: Jeff Brown

(239) 274-6730
5598 Sunrise Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33919


Blessings in a Backpack

Provides weekend meals to children who are deemed “food insufficient” at Title 1 elementary schools in Lee and Collier Counties.

Executive director: Cecilia St. Arnold

(239) 410-9592
P.O. Box 61402
Fort Myers, FL 33906


Bonita Springs Assistance Office

Serves the residents of Bonita Springs who face a financial hardship due to an emergency/crisis and have exhausted all their resources. Providing emergency financial assistance, food and hygiene items.

Executive director: Teri Lamaine

(239) 992-3034
25300 Bernwood Drive, Suite 6
Bonita Springs, FL 34135


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


Bonita Springs YMCA *

Bonita Springs YMCA is committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. It provides critical programs that nurture the potential of kids and challenge them to be caring and responsible individuals in society. Such programs include: after school, summer camp, preschool (ages 0-5), sports and STEM enrichment programs. With a mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all, our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.

Executive director: Angel Cerritos

(239) 221-7560
27200 Kent Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County

Serving more than 1,300 youth in Lee County. Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County offers a safe place to learn and grow–all while having fun.

CEO: Denise Gergley

(239) 334-1886
12553 New Brittany Blvd., # 2814
Fort Myers, FL 33907



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

(239) 495-9325
P.O. Box 367794
Bonita Springs, FL 34136


Candlelighters of Southwest Florida

Since 1983, the Candlelighters have provided support, education and activities to children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. The organization believes that by connecting families going through similar circumstances, it can initiate mental healing. All services are offered free of charge.

Executive director: Klair M. Snellbaker

(239) 432-2223
9981 S. Healthpark Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908


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


Cape Coral Caring Center

An emergency food pantry, helping people when they lose their job or have a serious illness. It gives food generously to those in need. Other services include clothing vouchers, utilities and sanitary products.

Executive director: Julie Ferguson

(239) 910-0110
4645 SE 15th Ave.
Cape Coral, FL 33904


Cape Coral Community Foundation

The Cape Foundation fosters a healthy and dynamic community where people are inspired to support, strengthen and enrich the quality of life through generosity and civic engagement throughout Southwest Florida.

President and CEO: Michael Chatman

(239) 542-5594
1405 SE 47th St., Suite 2
Cape Coral, FL 33904


Cape Coral Historical Society and Museum

Since its inception in 1987, the Cape Coral Historical Museum has sought to discover, preserve and share the history of Cape Coral and Southwest Florida by exhibiting artifacts, documents and photographs.

Executive director: Janel Trull

(239) 772-7037
544 Cultural Park Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL 33990


Captains for Clean Water

A grassroots nonprofit organization advocating for clean water and healthy estuaries across Florida, advancing education, awareness and scientifically supported solutions to restore and protect marine ecosystems and our way of life for future generations.

Captains For Clean Water is committed to protecting Florida’s most valuable resource: Water. Through education and advocacy, Captains fight to ensure science-based solutions to our water quality issues are implemented by our policymakers.

Executive director: Capt. Daniel Andrews

(866) 670-2329
2031 Jackson St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901


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


Child Care of Southwest Florida

Child Care of Southwest Florida is a nonprofit 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


Children’s Advocacy Center of SWFL

Mission statement is to provide a coordinated response to child victims of abuse and neglect and improve the lives of at-risk children and their families through prevention services. Vision statement is the dream of a community where children are free from harm and can flourish in an environment that promotes healthy development and emotional wellbeing.

Executive director: Julie Boudreaux

(239) 939-2808
3830 Evans Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33901


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.

Chief Executive Officer: Nadereh Salim

(239) 226-1524
2232 Altamont Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33901


Christy’s Cause

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

Executive director: Christy Ivie

(239) 209-3833
22100 S. Tamiami Trail
Estero, FL 33928


Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

CROW’s Wildlife Hospital provides medical care for more than 200 species and more than 5,000 injured, sick and orphaned wildlife patients each year, with the goal of returning them to their natural habitat. CROW’s Visitor Education Center 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


Community Cooperative *

Strives to 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


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



“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society

This Friends of the Refuge organization supports environmental education, land acquisition, wildlife research and internships 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 33957


Dr. Piper Center for Social Services

The Dr. Piper Center provides employment and volunteer opportunities to seniors 55 and older and makes a positive impact in the lives of children with special needs and the frail elderly through the Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, Senior Employment and Faith in Action Programs.

Executive director: Nida Eluna

(239) 332-5346
2607 Dr. Ella Piper Way
Fort Myers, FL 33916


Dress for Success SW Florida

The mission is to promote the economic independence of women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success SW Florida opened its doors in 2010 and has impacted and empowered more than 3,000 women in Lee, Collier and Hendry counties.

Executive director: Nickole Hendra

(239) 689-4992
12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 153
Fort Myers, FL 33907


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) 494-0747
P.O. Box 1416
Estero, FL 33929



Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida

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

Executive director: Susan Block

(239) 935-6100
2675 Winkler Ave., Suite 300
Fort Myers, FL 33901


Earn to Learn FL

Earn to Learn FL empowers low-to-moderate income students in Florida to earn college degrees and professional certifications with little or no debt through matched-savings, personalized financial capability training and success coaching.

CEO and founder: Brenda Tate

(239) 908-0301
9160 Forum Corporate Parkway, Suite 321
Fort Myers, FL 33905



ECHO introduces plants and techniques to families worldwide who are struggling to feed themselves. ECHO provides training, seeds and agricultural resources that empower families to thrive and provide for themselves.

Executive director: David Erickson

(239) 542-3246
17391 Durrance Road
North Fort Myers, FL 33917


Edison and Ford Winter Estates

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is a National Register Historic Site with more than 20 acres of gardens and homes of the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford families.

Executive director: Michael Flanders

(239) 334-7419
2350 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33901


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


Everglades Wonder Gardens

The mission of Everglades Wonder Gardens is to build upon the legacy of its past and to be a botanical, historical, environmental, educational, recreational and wildlife resource that offers Bonita Springs and the greater Southwest Florida community a unique cultural experience.

Executive director: Thomas Hecker

(239) 992-2591
27180 Old 41 Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34135



Family Initiative

Family Initiative, Inc., is dedicated to supporting children and youth who have autism and strengthening their families by providing clinical therapies, autism play groups, teen meetings, parent education and more.

President and co-founder: David Brown

(239) 910-0712
730 SW Fourth St., Suite 6
Cape Coral, FL 33991


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 helps those in need.

President: 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


Florida Lions Eye Clinic

Provides exemplary medical and surgical eye care to underserved individuals.

Clinical office manager: Sahira Ramirez

(239) 498-3937
10322 Pennsylvania Ave.
Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Florida Repertory Theatre

Committed to providing a first-class regional theater for Southwest Florida; to creating, nurturing and developing an ensemble of theater professionals who will develop long-term relationships working on a wide variety of plays; to helping improve the quality of life in our community through all the arts; and to making the arts, especially theater, accessible to all.

Executive director: John Martin

(239) 332-4665
P.O. Box 2483
Fort Myers, FL 33902


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


Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers

Since its inception in 2001, the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers’ mission has been to share choral masterworks and innovative new compositions, as well as partner with other organizations to advance the arts in our community. The 80+ voice group is a premier choral ensemble in Southwest Florida.

Artistic director: Shannon Arnold
Choir president: Jill Janda

(239) 288-2535
6900 Daniels Parkway, Suite 29, No. 193
Fort Myers, FL 33912


Fort Myers YMCA *

The Y is a leading nonprofit organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children committed to bringing about lasting personal and social change.

Branch director: Joey Belanger

(239) 292-5527
1360 Royal Palm Square Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919


Foster Care Advisory

Supporting children in foster care and their caregivers since 1984.

Executive director: Charles Johnson

(239) 939-1338
4165 East River Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33916


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 T. Bower, Esq.

(239) 337-0433
2266 Second St.
Fort Myers, FL 33902


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


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



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 5,000 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


Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

Named a “Top Hospital” by the Leapfrog Group, Golisano is dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of children in Southwest Florida and keeping families close to home.

Executive director: Chris Simoneau

(239) 214-0639
9981 S. HealthPark Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908


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


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: Jessica Stanfield

(239) 533-1435
1700 Monroe St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901


Gulf Coast Humane Society

Gulf Coast Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill, animal welfare organization, relying solely on donations, grants, bequests and fundraising to further the mission caring for neglected and abandoned pets.

Executive director: Jennifer Galloway

(239) 332-0364
2010 Arcadia St.
Fort Myers, FL 33916


Gulf Coast Symphony

Now in its 26th season, the Gulf Coast Symphony, led by Music and Executive Director Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz, is one of the most dynamic and innovative orchestras in the United States. Recognized for its high-quality symphonic performances, as well as its active community engagement and commitment to arts education, the Gulf Coast Symphony exists to contribute to the cultural enrichment of Lee County and the greater Southwest Florida area. Its mission is to create community through music.

Executive director: Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz

(239) 277-1700
6314 Corporate Court, Suite 100
Fort Myers, FL 33919


Gulfshore Ballet

Southwest Florida’s premier nonprofit 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



Habitat for Humanity Lee and Hendry Counties *

Since 1982, 1,750+ families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat Lee and Hendry to build or improve their homes. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own homes and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help families in Lee and Hendry counties achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower.

Executive director: Becky Lucas

(239) 652-0386
1288 N. Tamiami Trail
North Fort Myers, FL 33903


Hadassah, Collier/Lee Chapter

Collier/Lee Hadassah’s membership of women and men advocate for women’s health equity and the security of Israel. Hadassah Medical Centers treat more than one million patients of all creeds and their research benefits all mankind.

President: Diane P. Schwartz

(732) 539-4011
20230 Rookery Drive
Estero, FL 33928


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


Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida

Leads the community in the fight to end hunger, last year distributing 24 million pounds of food throughout Southwest Florida. Valued at $42.8 million, this food equals 22.2 million meals for people in need.

Executive director: Richard LeBer

(239) 334-7007
3760 Fowler St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901


The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center

The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts.

Executive director: Kathryn Kelly

(239) 482-7706
15570 Hagie Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908


Home Base Veteran and Family Care SWFL

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) 338-8389
P.O. Box 422
Estero, FL 33929


Hope Clubhouse

Hope Clubhouse serves the mental and behavioral health community of SWFL. The mission of the Hope Clubhouse is to be a community of support for individuals living with mental illness.

Interim executive director: Sherri Cooner

(239) 267-1777
3602 Broadway
Fort Myers, FL 33901


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


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
2031 Jackson St., Suite 130
Fort Myers, FL 33901



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


IMAG History & Science Center

The IMAG History & Science Center offers fun for all ages to discover the wonders of science and history, providing a large open environment to explore more than 60 hands-on exhibits. Feed a stingray, touch animals in the LIVE! Animal Encounter shows and visit the Living Lab to see turtles, snakes, frogs, a bearded dragon and much more.  Gaze at the Florida native and exotic fish in the 3,200-gallon aquarium built by Animal Planet’s Tanked.

Executive director: Matt Johnson

(239) 243-0043
2000 Cranford Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33916


Interfaith Charities of South Lee

ICSL is a food pantry. We offer financial assistance for past due bills, free income tax preparation, fax and notary services for residents south of Gladiolus Road through Estero.

Executive director: Nancy Martin

(239) 267-3510
17592 Rockefeller Circle
Fort Myers, FL 33967



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


Junior Achievement of SWFL

Junior Achievement’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. It is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures and make smart academic and economic choices.

Executive director: Angela Fisher

(239) 225-2590
13241 University Drive, Suite 102
Fort Myers, FL 33907



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


Kids’ Minds Matter

Through Lee Health and Golisano Children’s Hospital, it raises awareness and essential funding to enhance pediatric mental and behavioral health programs and services in Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Chris Simoneau

(239) 214-0639
9800 South HealthPark Drive, Suite 405
Fort Myers, FL 33908



Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation

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

Executive director: Erin White

(239) 533-7575
7330 Gladiolus Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908



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


Lee Building Industry Association Builders Care

The mission of Lee BIA Builders Care is to provide 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: Crystal Stouten

(239) 938-0056
6835 International Center Blvd., Suite 4
Fort Myers, FL 33912


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 is celebrating its 26th year.

Executive director: Deborah Comella

(239) 931-9317
3763 Evans Ave., Suite 202
Fort Myers, FL 33901


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. All applications must be through the website.

Executive director: Andrew J. Banyai

(239) 334-6118
2400 First Street, Suite 214
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 members have met high-quality standards including verification of education, background and training and certifications.

Executive director: Julie Ramirez

(239) 936-1645
5781 Lee Blvd Suite 208-104
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971


Lee Health Foundation

Mission is to nurture generosity for essential funding to enhance the health and well-being of Southwest Florida and ensure high-quality, comprehensive care is accessible to all.

Executive director: Chris Simoneau

(239) 214-0639
9800 S. Health Park Drive, Suite 405
Fort Myers, FL 33908


Lifeline Family Center

A residential rehabilitation program for young women who are pregnant or single moms ages 16 to 25, including education and career training with life skills and character classes.

Executive director: Kathy Miller

(239) 242-7238
907 SE Fifth Ave.
Cape Coral, FL 33990


Lighthouse of SWFL

Lighthouse of SWFL is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to enable people of all ages living with a visual impairment or blindness to remain independent, active and productive in society.

CEO: Dotty St. Amand

(239) 997-7797
35 W. Mariana Ave.
North Fort Myers, FL 33903



MADD Southwest Florida

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a nonprofit dedicated to safe, sober streets in our community of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Collier counties. Our vision is for a community of No More Victims of impaired driving.

Executive director: Lori Burke

(239) 791-7560
13130 Westlinks Terrace, Suite 8
Fort Myers, FL 33913



Southern Florida

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

Regional director: Tammy Lynn

(239) 992-9474
3655 Bonita Beach Road SE, Suite 3
Bonita Springs, FL 34134


March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one. They’re changing that.

Executive director: Trent Howe

(239) 271-2562
21301 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 320, PMB 246
Estero, FL 33928


The McGregor Clinic, Inc.

A health care provider specializing in care and support services for persons living with HIV. The clinic provides medical care, case management services, food pantry, 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


Multiple Sclerosis Center of SWFL

The Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida is a community center supporting mind, body and spirit by providing mental health counseling, support groups, educational seminars, art therapy and therapeutic exercise programs to improve mobility and balance.

Executive director: Kay Jasso

(239) 319-0904
3372 Woods Edge Circle, Suite 103
Bonita Springs, 34134


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


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



NAMI Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties

Raises awareness and provides essential education, advocacy and support group programs at no cost for people living with mental illness and their loved ones. A nonprofit, grassroots organization that addresses mental health needs, replaces stigma with understanding and helps thousands of families and individuals each year.

Executive vice president: Vacharee Howard

(239) 337-9024
8191 College Parkway, Suite 205
Fort Myers, FL 33919



One Way Out Ministries

A multifaceted 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


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


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
7438 Carrier Road
Fort Myers, FL 33967



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


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


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
3592 Broadway, Suite 130
Fort Myers, FL 33901


Pine Manor Improvement Association

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

Board chair: Robert Smith

(239) 275-5180
5547 10th Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33907


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


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.

Executive director: Loretta Mottram

(239) 278-0200
4561 Camino Real Way
Fort Myers, FL 33966


Providence Compassion Foundation

Established as a nonprofit organization, the Providence Compassion Foundation’s role is to help provide funding for the equestrian educational, training, coaching, competition and travel needs of the community’s developing athletes and horses in partnership with Providence Equestrian Center, as well as funding for the rescue and care of horses, farm and companion animals.

Executive director: Heather Cassese

(239) 948-7669
13731 E Terry Street
Bonita Springs, FL 34135



Regional Cancer Center

Offers treatment and support services for nearly every aspect of a patient’s cancer care all in one location.

Executive director: Chris Simoneau

(239) 214-0639
8931 Colonial Center Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33905


Ride Nature

Ride Nature is a nonprofit action-sports mission organization that was founded in 2009, headquartered out of Fort Myers and focused on equipping leaders worldwide with tools and resources to utilize action sports as a tool for outreach, evangelism and discipleship.

Executive director: Mark Koch

(239) 263-1517
2464 Second St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901


Rockin’ Christmas Fund Inc.

Rockin’ Christmas Fund, started by the Wolanin family, is a scholarship that helps lighten the burden for high achieving students who have lost a parent. The fund gives out scholarships locally at FGCU, and Ave Maria, as well as many other universities and institutions across the country. The Wolanin family doubles each amount donated, thereby making your donation go twice as far to help deserving students across the nation.

Executive director: Victoria J. Wolanin

P.O. Box 1515
Sanibel, FL 33957


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


Rotary Club of Fort Myers

Founded in 1922 to do service work in the community.

President: Skip Camp

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: Alicia Miller

(239) 461-0334
1860 Boy Scout Drive, Suite B208
Fort Myers, FL 33907



Provides behavioral health care services for adults and children.

President and CEO: Stacey Cook

(239) 275-3222
2789 Ortiz Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33905


Sanibel Community Association

The Community House is home to more than 100 organizations and clubs. It is the heartbeat of the islands, offering unique educational, culinary, cultural and social programs.

Executive director: Teresa Riska-Hall

(239) 472-2155
2173 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957


Sanibel Sea School

Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family, the school’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future by providing meaningful, educational experiences and offering  needed scholarships.

Executive director: J. Bruce Neill

(239) 472-8585
455 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957


Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

A must-see attraction with a colorful history, dedicated to bringing world-class art events to the community. Within its restored, state-of-the-art facility, it presents a wide range of events to the public. From concerts to art exhibitions, galas to lectures, and providing educational arts experiences for children and adults alike–it promises excellence.

Executive director: Jim Griffith

(239) 333-1933
2301 First St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901


Sizzle SWFL FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship

Supports high school graduates enrolled in the FGCU Resort & Hospitality Management program, primarily through the bi-annual Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week. Up to $1 from each Restaurant Week meal sold (lunch or dinner) is donated back to the scholarship from each restaurant.

Executive directors: Erin and Guy Clarke

(239) 405-7767
P.O. Box 437
Estero, FL 33929


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: Wayne Hostinski

(239) 690-6685
19680 Cypress View  Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33967


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 33901


Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra/Symphony Society

The 60-year-old professional 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
7500 College Parkway, Suite 200
Fort Myers, FL 33907


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) 851-7070
5121 Staley Road
Fort Myers, FL 33905


SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.

Dedicated to saving children’s lives by supporting the region’s growing pediatric health care system. Under the leadership of its Board of Directors and with the passionate and generous support of its Trustees, SWFL Children’s Charities has donated more than $24 million to local pediatric health care initiatives over the past 12 years. These vital funds are raised through one of the most important fundraising events in the region, Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest.

Executive director: Heidi Taulman

(239) 433-4260
2031 Jackson St., Suite 110
Fort Myers, FL 33901


Swinging with Purpose

Through various golf-related fundraising venues, including virtual methods, raises funds for organizations serving women, girls and children in Southwest Florida. To date, we have donated more than $900,000 in financial and in-kind support.  With a volunteer Board of Directors, 95 cents of every dollar raised goes to the beneficiaries.

Executive director: Diana Riley

(301) 706-7131
8891 Brighton Lane, Suite 103
Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida

The area’s only paid professional core community chorus under the artistic leadership of Dr. Trent R. Brown. It is dedicated to excellence and connecting communities through music and education. It produces concerts and collaborations and it hosts the area’s only annual weekend-long Community Choral Festival, Sing Out! SWFL, open to ALL singers, including students.

Executive vice president, board of directors: Joanne Paulino

(239) 560-5695
P.O. Box 07105
Fort Myers, FL 33919



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


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 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


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



Valerie’s House

Helps children and families work through the loss of a loved one and go on to live fulfilling lives. The vision is that no child grieves alone.

Founder and CEO: Angela Melvin

(239) 204-5804
1762 Fowler St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901



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
P.O. Box 2583
Fort Myers, FL 33902



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



Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida, Inc.

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.

Co-presidents: Susan Tucker, Joyce Ross

P.O. Box 1244
Sanibel, FL 33957

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