Social Register / The Nonprofits

Where to Give

Nearly 300 worthy causes throughout Southwest Florida.

BY September 30, 2023
Gulfshore Ballet launches Southwest Florida’s first professional ballet company this season. (Photo by Christina Bankson)

Consider this your definitive guide to giving, with a list of more than 200 nonprofits fueling the philanthropic scene in Collier and Lee counties.

The directory is compiled through the organizations’ submissions.

Check with the nonprofits for the latest information.



Action for Life

This nonprofit is dedicated to protecting and advocating for the dignity and respect of all human life from conception until natural death.

President: BC Cloutier

(239) 262-5433


Additional Needs

The nonprofit aims to change society’s perspective on disability and special needs by promoting the phrase ‘additional needs.’ The group also provides convenient access to valuable resources and tools to help those with additional needs reach their full potential.

Founder/President/CEO: Douglas Sharpe

(239) 298-1499


Africa 6000 International

The mission of this organization, which has local volunteers, is to help build large community water wells in villages in East Africa to alleviate thirst and waterborne disease and save lives.

Executive Director: Teresa Murtland

(814) 878-4419


The Alliance for Florida’s National Parks

As the official philanthropic partner for Everglades, Dry Tortugas and Biscayne National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve, The Alliance for Florida’s National Parks works to preserve and protect greenspaces.

CEO: Jamie Diptee-Bay

(305) 665-4769


Alliance for Period Supplies of SWFL

APS’ goal is to end period poverty by providing needed supplies, serving the one in four low-income women who struggle to purchase personal period products every month.

President: Dusti Beaubien

(239) 877-2528


Alzheimer’s Support Network

The group serves Collier County families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders, through guidance, education, support and programs—for free.

(239) 262-8388


Animal Compassion Project

The group promotes alternatives to euthanasia/TNR (trap-neuter-return) for cats, assists with spay/neuter, provides pet food, advocates for animal rights, serves as an educational resource and operates as a sanctuary for displaced, homeless and special needs cats.

President: Michele Antonia

(239) 825-4093



The premier local organization for the visual and performing arts, Artis—Naples presents a range of world-class programs including music, exhibitions, film, dance, comedy and lectures.

President/CEO: Kathleen van Bergen

(239) 597-1900


Audubon Western Everglades

Established in 1961, this is the oldest grassroots conservation organization in the region. Its mission is to protect natural resources and wildlife through advocacy and education.

Executive Director: Andy Wells-Bean

(239) 643-7822


Ave Maria School of Law

Ranked a Princeton Review Best Law School, this national Military Friendly school offers a Catholic education characterized by the harmony of faith and reason.

CEO/Dean: John Czarnetzky

(239) 687-5405


Avow Foundation

Avow Hospice’s nonprofit provides compassionate care and support by soliciting, receiving and administering grants, gifts, loans and donations.

President/CEO: Jaysen F. Roa

(239) 261-4404


Baby Basics of Collier County

Baby Basics provides and distributes diapers to babies of low-income families in Collier. It extends its services to Bonita Springs.

Founder/Executive Director: Jean Ann Lynch

(617) 510-4468


Baker Senior Center Naples

The senior center provides confidence, connection and support to older adults through programs and services, including dementia respite support, geriatric case management, mental health services, social activities and a food pantry.

President/CEO: Dr. Jaclynn Faffer

(239) 325-4444


Better Together

The nonprofit helps parents in need keep their children out of foster care, find work and obtain tools and support to thrive.

President/CEO: Megan Rose

(239) 470-2733


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast—Collier County

The team matches youth with adult volunteers for a meaningful, enduring mentorship to help students develop confidence, healthy relationships and bright futures.

President/CEO: Joy Mahler

(239) 331-7133


Bikes For Tykes

BFT repairs, refurbishes and rebuilds bikes into working condition and then gifts them to underprivileged children and families. Established in 1987, the organization has produced more than 39,000 bikes for those in Collier and Lee counties.

Founder/President: Skip Riffle

(239) 450-3366


Books for Collier Kids

The group provides new, high-quality, age-appropriate books throughout the school year to more than 10,000 disadvantaged Collier County students in pre-K, kindergarten, and first and second grades.

Board Chair: Sallie Williams

(239) 394-4062


Boys & Girls Club of Collier County

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County provides a safe, positive, enriching environment for more than 3,500 children and teens in Naples and Immokalee during the most critical time for youth: out-of-school time.

President/CEO: Megan McCarthy Beauvais

(239) 325-1700


Center For Reduction of Religious-Based Conflict

The center works to sensitize and educate people and governments on the problem of religious-based conflict, seeking long-term, practical solutions.

Founder/Director: Terry O. Trowbridge

(239) 821-4850


Champions For Learning

CFL connects students with the community to promote a culture of learning, innovation and support for college and career readiness.

CEO: Barbara Evans

(239) 643-4755


Charity for Change

With a vision to end hate, violence, bullying and division, Charity for Change builds resiliency and mental well-being in children by developing character, generosity and gratitude through academics.

Founder/President/CEO: Karen Conley

(239) 592-6787


Child’s Path

Child’s Path offers early learning programs for underserved children and working families in Collier County.

CEO: Heather Singleton

(239) 643-3908


Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County

The CAC works to minimize the trauma to child victims of physical and sexual abuse, through intervention, treatment, counseling and advocacy.

CEO: Jacqueline Stephens

(239) 263-8383


Christ Child Society of Naples

The all-volunteer, multi-denominational organization is dedicated to improving infant care, providing basic needs, promoting literacy, and providing college and technical scholarships for the underserved children of Collier County.

Co-Presidents: Valerie Palmieri and Cherry Smith

(239) 404-4410


Citizen’s Foster Care Review Board

The group conducts judicial reviews for children involved in the Dependency System in Collier County, holding stakeholders accountable so children can return to a normal family setting as quickly as possible.

President: Lt. Thomas J. Wedlock


Collier Community Foundation

CCF optimizes charitable giving through community knowledge, grant oversight and personalized service.

President/CEO: Eileen Connolly-Keesler

(239) 649-5000


Collier County 100 Club

This team financially assists first responders and their families in times of tragedy.

Executive Director: Elinor V. Krier

(239) 262-0015


Collier-Lee Honor Flight

The nonprofit offers no-cost transport to local veterans to Washington, D.C. for the day to visit and reflect at memorials that honor their service and sacrifice.

President: Dick Draffone

(239) 777-9295


Collier Resource Center

The mission of the Collier Resource Center is to empower locals by providing information, referrals, advocacy and case management.

CEO: Kari Lefort

(239) 434-2030


Collier Senior Center

Formerly Collier Senior Resources, this operates the Senior Center in Golden Gate, providing programs and services to low-to-middle income seniors, with daily lunch, art, music, counseling and emergency financial assistance.

Director: Esther Lully

(239) 252-4541


Community Pregnancy Clinics

Since 1974, CPCI has provided support and free and confidential services—including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling and baby items—to women in need.

CEO: Scott Baier

(239) 778-8282


Community School of Naples

The school is committed to academic excellence, with a mission to inspire and empower students to realize their potential as engaged learners and responsible global citizens.

Head of School: David Watson

(239) 587-7575


The Compassionate Friends

With Bonita Springs, Naples and Fort Myers chapters, TCF offers peer-to-peer grief support groups for those who have experienced the death of their child, stepchild, grandchild or sibling.

Chapter Leader: Linda Wallace

(612) 812-0186


Conservancy of Southwest Florida

The 60-year-old environmental protection organization focuses on issues impacting the water, land, wildlife and future of the five-county region through combined efforts of experts in environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation.

President/CEO: Rob Moher

(239) 262-0304


Cypress Cove Landkeepers

The group purchases, preserves and restores ecologically sensitive lands and wildlife corridors in the region. The Landkeepers manage the 10-acre Gore Nature Education Center in Naples to encourage research, nature education and local habitat exploration.

President: Shane Duff

(239) 308-0281


David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health

DLC is Collier’s comprehensive, nonprofit provider serving children, adults and families with mental health, substance use and integrated healthcare solutions. DLC’s treatment includes inpatient, outpatient, residential and community-based care.

President/CEO: Scott Burgess

(239) 455-8500


Drug Free Collier

The organization works to reduce substance abuse in Collier County by raising awareness of prevention resources through education.

President/CEO: Guy Blanchette

(239) 302-6717


Empty Bowls Naples

Empty Bowls Naples creates awareness and raises funds to eliminate hunger by painting bowls and pottery to sell.

Event Chair: Betsy Dawson

(239) 591-8848


English-Speaking Union, Naples Branch

The goal is to promote literacy and foster global understanding by providing education and cultural opportunities for students, educators and members.

President: Pamela Voss

(239) 330-2533


Essential Art

For more than 20 years, this organization has promoted education through art, with programming, events and auctions.

Founder: Michelle Finnegan

(239) 330-2533


The Everglades Foundation

The Foundation restores and protects the Everglades through science, advocacy and education.

CEO: Eric Eikenberg

(239) 206-1685


Everglades Society for Historic Preservation

ESHP strives to preserve historic sites, structures, documents, artifacts and memories within the Everglades area.

President: Patty Huff

(239) 719-0020


Fallen Officers The Robert L. Zore Foundation

The foundation supports the families and departments of police officers killed in the line of duty across the country.

Founder: Rosemary Zore

(239) 371-1649


Feral Felines

Feral Felines cares for stray cats in the Everglades area with a neuter/spay and release program and daily feeding follow-up.

President: Barbara Lewinski

(239) 243-2226


Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District

This organization represents the interests of BID property owners and businesses in growing and sustaining a healthy, vibrant Fifth Avenue South district as the destination of choice to live, work, shop, dine and play.

Executive Director: Meg Stepanian

(239) 692-8436


First Tee — Naples/Collier

First Tee enables kids to build strength of character by integrating the game of golf with life-skills curricula.

Executive Director: Cindy Darland

(239) 825-4851


Florida Drowning Prevention Foundation

FLDPF supports drowning prevention initiatives, educates adults and children about water safety, and funds swim lessons, lifeguard training and water safety instructors.

President: Terri Ballo

(239) 919-2001


For the Love of Cats

Formed in 2002, the nonprofit runs programming, including TNR (trap–neuter–return), low-income support for vet care, a pet food pantry, free cat adoptions to seniors and the FGCU pre-vet scholarship fund.

Founder/President: Jan Rich

(239) 642-8674


Fostering Success

Formerly Friends of Foster Children Forever, this group provides services for foster children.

Executive Director: Ann Hughes

(239) 262-1808


Foundation of Collier County Medical Society

This provides support for programs that address access to healthcare and promote health education.

Executive Director: April Donahue

(239) 435-7727


Freedom Waters Foundation

Freedom Waters improves the lives of individuals and veterans with special needs and serious illnesses by providing therapeutic marine-related experiences on the water.

Founder/Executive Director: Debra Frankel

(239) 263-2377


Friends of the Collier County Museums

The Friends of the Collier County Museums supports the museums’ collections and exhibitions, educational programs and historic restoration projects.

President: William Dwight

(508) 930-5726


Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is one of the last remaining underdeveloped barrier islands in Collier County. Funds raised through volunteer activities are used to improve park facilities and provide necessary amenities.

Board President: Janice Kmetz

(239) 287-7826


Friends of Fakahatchee

The Friends of Fakahatchee provides financial and volunteer support to preserve the ecology and cultural heritage of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and educates the public about the park’s importance within the Everglades ecosystem.

Executive Director: Francine Stevens

(239) 695-1023


Friends of the Library of Collier County

In 1957, the Friends of the Library was formed to establish a free public library system in Collier County. They’ve since helped create what is now the Collier County Public Library System with three large regional libraries and seven smaller branches.

President: Kenneth Assal

(239) 262-8135


Friends of the Museum of the Everglades

Friends of the Museum of the Everglades provides financial and volunteer support to the museum, which was founded in 1998 by the Friends.

President: Elaine Middelstaedt

(239) 695-2695


Friends of Rookery Bay

Friends of Rookery Bay supports the 110,000-acre National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples.

Executive Director: Athan Barkoukis

(239) 530-5972


Friends of the River of Grass Greenway

FROGG is committed to establishing the safe use of US 41 across the Everglades between Naples and Miami and focusing on safety and environmental education and stewardship for those hiking, walking and cycling throughout the area.

Board Chair: Patricia A. Huff

(239) 719-0020


Fun Time Early Childhood Academy

The mission is to provide quality, affordable education for children and parents from low-income, working families. Fun Time prepares children for kindergarten so that they’re ready to read and learn.

Executive Director: Jessica Campbell

(239) 261-8284


The Gene Doyle Memorial Foundation

The nonprofit was created to honor the memory and adventurous spirit of Naples High graduate Gene Doyle. The foundation awards a scholarship to Collier County high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen.

(239) 784-3014


Girls on the Run

This group helps young girls reach their potential by inspiring them to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.

(941) 204-8832


Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs

Golden PAWS promotes independence through partnerships with skilled assistance dogs for combat-wounded veterans, first responders and children with life-altering disabilities.

Founder/CEO: Jeannie Bates

(239) 775-1660


Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples

CMON encourages and inspires children and their families to play, learn and be creative together.

CEO: Jonathan Foerster

(239) 514-0084


Grace Center Foundation

Grace Center Foundation helps children and families in Ethiopia by providing a safe, loving home for children who have been abandoned and orphaned.

Co-Founder/Executive Director: Marcie Erickson

(239) 465-6435


Grace Place For Children & Families

Through its education programs, Grace Place helps families in Golden Gate break the cycle of poverty. The food pantry supports Grace Place’s mission by serving more than 2,500 families a year.

CEO: Lära Fisher

(239) 255-7200


Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation

Through programming and scholarships, AAUW promotes equity, education and opportunities for local women and girls.

President: Catherine Hackney

(330) 620-4700


Guadalupe Center

Guadalupe Center’s early childhood education, after-school tutoring and summer enrichment programs serve children in Immokalee. The goal is to break the cycle of poverty.

President/CEO: Dawn Montecalvo

(239) 657-7711


Gulf Coast Big Band

Performing since 1991, Gulf Coast Big Band plays free shows, with donations going toward scholarships for local children in music.

President: Pete Davis

(763) 913-4339


Gulfshore Playhouse

Naples’ premier professional theater is committed to enriching the region’s cultural landscape through productions and impactful education programs.

CEO/Producing Artistic Director: Kristen Coury

(239) 261-7529


Habitat for Humanity of Collier County

The goal is to eliminate poverty and homelessness by building adequate and basic housing.

CEO: Rev. Lisa Lefkow

(239) 775-0036


Hadassah — Collier/Lee

Hadassah enhances global health through medical care, teaching and research.

Major Gifts Chair: Nancy Wiadro

(239) 514-2767


Healthcare Network

Healthcare Network works to ensure primary medical, dental and behavioral health services are accessible to all.

President/CEO: Jamie Ulmer

(239) 658-3000


Help A Diabetic Child

HADC strives to ease the burden for children and young adults who struggle financially and emotionally while living with diabetes.

Co-Founder/President: Tami Balavage

(239) 821-5051


Holocaust Museum & Cohen Education Center

The newly expanded museum provides Holocaust education programs to local students, teachers and the public, to inspire action against bigotry and hatred.

President/CEO: Susan Suarez

(239) 263-9200


Hope for Haiti

Hope for Haiti’s mission supports improving the quality of life for Haitian people, particularly women and children, through access to education, healthcare, clean water and economic opportunities.

CEO: Skyler Badenoch

(239) 434-7183


Humane Society Naples

HSN shelters animals, locates lifelong homes and advocates for responsible pet ownership.

CEO: Sarah Baeckler

(239) 643-1555


Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Collier County

The organization supports the planning, delivery and coordination of high-quality services to the hungry, unhoused and those at risk of homelessness.

Executive Director: Michael Overway

(239) 263-9363


Immokalee Fair Housing Alliance

The alliance provides access to secure, affordable, hurricane-resistant rental housing for farmworker families and low-income residents of Immokalee.

Co-Founder/CEO/Chairman: Arol Buntzman

(404) 991-1611


The Immokalee Foundation

Founded in 1991, this group focuses on education, career readiness and professional development for students in Immokalee—from kindergarten through post-secondary education.

President/CEO: Noemi Y. Perez

(239) 430-9122


International Network of Creatives

Formerly Storytellers Creative Arts, this faith-based nonprofit provides healing through the arts to underprivileged children and families and people battling addiction.

President/Executive Director: Dr. William S. Barnett

(239) 234-2745


JDRF — Southern Florida Chapter

JDRF’s mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

Executive Director: Kathy Cleeland

(239) 591-2825


Jingled Elves

Jingled Elves raises funds for organizations like Youth Haven, Baby Basics and Pace Center for Girls to improve the lives of women and children in Collier County.

Founder: Donna Issenmann

(919) 612-1217


Keep Collier Beautiful

This is an all-volunteer nonprofit that spearheads programs to keep the waterways free of litter and debris and to encourage people not to litter.

President: Larry Berg

(239) 580-8319


KOVA Foundation

KOVA Foundation provides resources to nonprofit organizations for individuals and families in need, giving 100 percent of donations to the causes.

Chair: Lisa Emma

(239) 261-2627


Laces of Love Charitable Foundation

The foundation has provided more than 250,000 new shoes to low-income and disadvantaged children in Lee and Collier counties.

Co-Founder/President: Jeanne Nealon

(239) 591-1172


Leadership Collier Foundation

The foundation links the community’s needs with those who can help fulfill them, through leadership programs, community education, work-based learning and resource building.

Vice President: Amanda Pearson

(239) 403-2903


The League Club

The club provides grants to nonprofit organizations in Collier and Lee counties supporting the environment, education, children and families.

President: Mary Ann Lillie

(239) 353-3100


Legal Aid Service of Collier County

This organization provides free civil legal services to Collier County residents who face matters of life-changing significance.

Deputy Executive Director: Carol A. O’Callaghan

(239) 775-4555


Lighthouse of Collier

This group fosters independence and enhances the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers. There is no charge to clients for services.

CEO: Scott Flagel

(239) 430-3934


Literacy Volunteers of Collier County

The organization provides English and literacy training to non-native English speakers.

Executive Director: Susan Spry

(239) 262-4448


Marco Island Center for the Arts and Arts Center Theatre

This organization hosts art exhibitions, educational programs for adults and children, and events to bring the arts to the community.

Executive Director: Hyla Crane

(239) 394-4221


Marco Island Historical Society

The Marco Island Historical Society and Marco Island Historical Museum present 10,000 years of the island’s prehistory and history from its ancient peoples to its pioneering settlers and trailblazers.

CEO: Patricia Rutledge

(239) 389-6447


Marco Island Shell Club

The mission is to promote the study, conservation, history and science of seashells and mollusks, and to encourage shell-related interests, such as collecting, crafting and shell art.

President: Cindy Wesolowski


Meals of Hope

With a focus on meal packing, this hunger relief organization has 15 mobile food pantries.

President/CEO: Stephen Popper

(239) 596-8990


Miracles in Action

Miracles in Action empowers Guatemalans living in extreme poverty to help themselves through sustainable projects that improve education, nutrition and quality of life.

President: Penny Rambacher

(239) 348-0815


Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida

This organization provides information and support to more than 500 people with MS each year.

Executive Director: Kay Jasso

(239) 319-0904


NAMI Collier County

NAMI Collier County provides mental health support, advocacy and education to inspire resilience and strengthen communities in the region—without cost to participants.

CEO: Beth Hatch

(239) 260-7300


Naples Art Institute

The institute enlightens, engages, educates and enriches the community through exhibitions, classes and kids’ programs.

Executive Director/Chief Curator: Frank Verpoorten

(239) 262-6517


Naples Botanical Garden

The 170-acre garden features plants from around the world. The mission is to develop and conserve collections and habitats representative of the flora and cultures between the 26th latitudes. It provides arts, culture, education, conservation, wellness and volunteer programs.

President/CEO: Donna McGinnis

(239) 315-7212


Naples Cancer Advisors

The group provides consultative oncology and genetic counseling services to Southwest Florida residents with diagnosed cancer, at no charge to the patient.

Executive Director: Lana Uhrig

(239) 846-2273


Naples Children & Education Foundation

This foundation improves the well-being of local children through advocacy, healthcare and education programs.

CEO: Maria Jimenez-Lara

(239) 514-2239


Naples Concert Band

The band is dedicated to entertaining the community with monthly Concerts in the Park during season at Cambier Park.

President: Dave Drewek

(239) 270-1221


Naples Garden Club

For more than 70 years, the club has provided opportunities for sharing and learning about horticulture and floral design.

President: Carole Whittemore


Naples Historical Society

Naples Historical Society offers walking tours of the historic district and the city’s oldest house, the Historic Palm Cottage museum.

CEO: Elaine L. Reed

(239) 261-8164


Naples Jazz Society

Founded in 1995, this sponsors, preserves and promotes jazz music, playing about 40 free concerts annually.

President: Lois Kehoe

(612) 327-3835


Naples Lions Club

The Naples Lions Club offers scholarships and free health services such as screenings, eyeglasses and hearing aids to low-income Collier County families.

President: Austin Raabe

(239) 353-4800


Naples Pathway Coalition

This works for safe, bikeable, walkable communities through advocacy and education.

Executive Director: Michelle Avola-Brown

(239) 777-7718


The Naples Players

The Naples Players builds community through its musicals, dramas, children’s productions and education.

CEO/Executive Artistic Director: Bryce Alexander

(239) 434-7340


Naples Performing Arts Center

The center provides the highest level of training in acting, music and dance to all ages, offers private and group instruction, and awards scholarships so all students can experience the joy of performing, develop life skills and build self-confidence through the performing arts.

Founder/Artistic Director: Lori Oliver

(239) 597-6722


Naples Pride

The group provides support for family and friends of the LGBTQ+ community.

Executive Director: Cori Craciun

(239) 304-9407


Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center improves the lives of children and adults with physical, social and mental health needs through therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs.

Executive Director: Martin de St. Pierre

(239) 596-2988


Naples Woman’s Club

The club enhances the community through philanthropic activities and volunteer service, with 340 members who meet monthly from October through April.

President: Patti Taylor

(239) 262-6331


Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

As an award-winning nonprofit and nationally accredited zoo and botanical garden, Naples Zoo inspires people to respect, value and help conserve wildlife and our natural world through a mix of formal and informal education programs.

President/CEO: Jack Mulvena

(239) 262-5409


NCH Healthcare System

The healthcare system includes two hospitals, dozens of medical facilities and an alliance of 775 physicians. They aim to help everyone live a longer, happier, healthier life.

President/CEO: Paul Hiltz

(239) 624-2000


Neighborhood Health Clinic

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

CEO: Leslie Lascheid

(239) 261-6600


New Horizons of Southwest Florida

New Horizons provides tutoring, mentoring and character-building programs at its neighborhood clubs.

CEO: Dr. Linda M. Cunning

(239) 948-4146


Opera Naples

This nonprofit arts organization offers education and performances.

Executive Director: Laura Burns

(239) 963-9050


Our Daily Bread Food Pantry

With a goal of ending hunger in Marco Island and Naples, the pantry provides nourishing food, dignity, encouragement and hope.

Board Chair: Allyson Richards

(239) 259-5188


Pace Center for Girls – Collier at Immokalee

Through education, counseling, training and advocacy, Pace empowers girls and young women for a better future.

Executive Director: Marianne Kearns

(239) 842-5406


Pan-Florida Challenge

The group funds cancer-prevention research, provides patient support and cancer-fighting food to hungry children statewide.

Executive Director: Jeri Goetz

(239) 298-1620


Panira Healthcare Clinic

The community-based, low-cost primary care and walk-in clinic provides quality and compassionate medical care. They also offer a free clinic.

President/CEO: Lawrence James Egger

(239) 529-5580


Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida

They provide programs and services that improve the quality of life and educate, enrich and empower people affected by Parkinson’s Disease and related neurodegenerative diseases.

Executive Director: Mary C. Schoeffel

(239) 417-3465



The organization is committed to serving the needs of child survivors of human trafficking.

Co-Founder/Executive Director: Jon Stevenson

(239) 877-1515


Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee

For more than five decades, Pathways Early Education Center has championed quality early learning and care programs for children in Immokalee to have an equitable opportunity to thrive.

Executive Director: Brandon Dowdy

(239) 261-1774


The Patriot Fund

The fund honors military veterans and their families, hosting fundraising events designed to inspire and educate the community about the needs of local veterans. It partners with reputable charities that passionately deliver immediate and long-lasting impacts.

Executive Director: Command Chief Master Sgt. US Air Force (Ret) William Markham

(239) 597-8410


Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

PPSWCF, a Planned Parenthood Federation affiliate, provides comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services to people of all genders and ages throughout 22 counties of Southwest and Central Florida.

President/CEO: Stephanie Fraim

(941) 365-3913


Project HELP

The organization provides hope, empowerment, and healing to those affected by sexual violence, sudden death and other crimes. They provide free counseling, advocacy and a 24-hour crisis and referral helpline.

CEO: Eileen Wesley

(239) 649-1404


Providence House

Providence House provides a faith-based, transitional housing- and self-sufficiency program for women with young children who are unhoused or at risk of being unhoused.

Executive Director: Carol Hollander

(239) 692-8779



Established in 1965 and headquartered in Immokalee, it’s Florida’s largest nonprofit provider of early childhood education and a nationally recognized charter school operator.

Executive Director: Isabel Garcia

(800) 282-6540


Relief Through Art Foundation

RTAF empowers economic independence in creative individuals who have faced displacement and challenging environments due to war and global crises, like the war in Ukraine.

Co-Founder/CEO: Nancy Iannitelli

(239) 571-9075


Ricky King Children’s Fund

The fund empowers families of sick, disabled and dying children, with essential services and medical equipment that these families otherwise could not afford.

Executive Director: Jennifer Weidenbruch

(239) 449-0209


The Rotary Club Naples

The club brings together local leaders to take action through humanitarian service.


Royal Palm Academy

Founded in 1998, Royal Palm Academy is a pre-K through 8th grade independent Catholic school committed to providing rich academics, strong character formation, spiritual growth and an apostolic focus.

Director of Advancement: Sherri Waller

(239) 594-9888


The Salvation Army Collier County Naples

This group provides food, disaster relief, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter and opportunities for underprivileged kids.


Saint Ann School Foundation

This independent nonprofit foundation works to keep faith-based education accessible to all families, regardless of income.

Executive Director: Pamela Macia

(239) 595-3495


Sampson’s International Nursing Society

The society provides student nurses scholarship grants to pay for their state boards and aims to help alleviate the national nursing shortage.

Founder/CEO: Linda F. Hill

(239) 370-7133


Seacrest Country Day School

The early learning through high school college-preparatory school is committed to intellectual engagement, ownership and quality of character.

Head of School: Steven Caruso

(239) 793-1986


Searching for Solutions Institute

SFSI is a nonprofit foundation that connects individuals and inspires them to take action to solve societal problems.

CEO: Randall Antik

(214) 215-6000


The Shelter for Abused Women & Children

This organization leads and collaborates with the community to prevent, protect and prevail over domestic violence and human trafficking, with two emergency shelters and more than 30 programs and services.

CEO: Linda Oberhaus

(239) 775-3862


Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center

Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center rescues captive-bred exotic and unreleasable wild animals, providing a permanent home for those needing sanctuary while adopting out animals screened as pet-quality.

President: Beth Swiderski

(855) 749-9653


Southwest Florida Music Education Center

In partnership with the Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education, SWFLMEC provides life-changing post-secondary music education for neurodivergent young adults, creating new pathways to success, fulfillment and employment.

Executive Director: Jennifer Clark

(239) 205-8258


Special Olympics Florida — Collier County

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continued opportunities to share gifts, skills and friendship.

Regional Director: Megan Bosi

(239) 300-1927


St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School

Since 1981, St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School in Naples has served students in grades pre-K through 8th grade, offering an academically challenging curriculum with a strong sense of faith, family and community.

Principal: Maria Niebuhr

(239) 455-2262


St. John Neumann Catholic High School

St. John Neumann Catholic High School provides a rigorous college prep education rooted in Gospel values.

Principal: Sr. Patricia Roche

(239) 455-3044


St. Matthew’s House

St. Matthew’s House strives to change lives in a spiritual environment, providing housing for those experiencing homelessness, food for those hunger insecure and comfort for those experiencing addiction and suffering. Income from the organization’s business enterprises covers operating expenses, so the majority of donations go directly to programming.

CEO: Steve Brooder

(239) 774-0500


St. Vincent de Paul Society Naples

This network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, aims to build a more just world through personal relationships with, and service to, people in need.

Principal: Kimberly Schul

(238) 775-2907


STARability Foundation

STARability transforms the lives of individuals with disabilities through social, vocational, and educational connections to the community while strengthening awareness and respect for individuals with different abilities.

CEO: Karen Govern

(239) 594-9007


Storytellers Creative Arts

This is a faith-based outreach organization that uses the arts to transform the lives of underprivileged children and their families, as well as people battling addiction locally. Through its community programs and partnerships, Storytellers has touched more than 4,000 lives.

Executive Director: William S. Barnett

(239) 287-7331


Stroke Recovery Foundation

Stroke Recovery Foundation focuses on preventing a stroke, increasing stroke awareness and how to maximize recovery after having a stroke.

Founder: Bob Mandell

(239) 254-8266


Sunlight Home

Sunlight Home is a maternity safe home for pregnant teens and women who are unhoused, abused and trafficked.

President: Carolyn V. Bott

(239) 352-0251


Taste the Impact

This is a youth entrepreneurship program with a mission to provide motivated high school students with hands-on experience in all aspects of business and career readiness skills.

Executive Director: Marie Capita

(239) 297-6814


Trinity Life Foundation Naples

The foundation is based on the principle of making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth in Collier County and acts as a source between the Juvenile Justice System and local agencies that provide support.

Founder/CEO: Bishop R.L. Neal

(239) 543-6181


The Village School of Naples

The school is an independent, faith-based pre-K through 12th grade school whose mission is to ‘provide an environment that empowers and inspires students to think and create solutions to challenges in an ever-changing world.’

Head of School: Dennis Chapman

(239) 593-7686



This is a Professional Equity Theater Company specializing in musicals, plays and concerts.

Artistic Director: Mark Danni

(888) 966-3352


United Arts Collier

The official local arts agency for Collier County, as designated by the state, UAC develops partnerships among people, organizations and businesses from all disciplines, to further the arts.

Executive Director: Elysia Dawn

(239) 254-8242


United Way of Collier and the Keys

United Way invests in education, income stability, safety-net services and healthcare for those in need in Collier and the Keys.

President/CEO: Tiffani Mensch

(239) 261-7112


Voices of Naples

Formed in 2002 to provide an opportunity for singers in Collier and Lee counties to study and perform a variety of choral music, the organization now has 70 singers.

Artistic Director: Brice Gerlach

(239) 293-0645


Wellfit Girls Program SWFL

Wellfit provides an adventurous and meaningful leadership, fitness and empowerment program, specifically designed to combine adventure and experiential learning to empower girls and their belief in themselves.

Executive Director: Tracey Williams

(239) 438-1079


Women’s Foundation of Collier County

WFCC works to advance affordable housing, make food accessible and help further education for women and girls in Collier County through grantmaking, advocacy and education.

President/CEO: Eileen Connolly-Keesler

(239) 649-5000


Wounded Warriors of Collier County

WWCC helps provide resources for veterans and their families, focusing on education, housing and mental health.

Founder/CEO: Dale A. Mullin

(239) 799-2260


YMCA of Collier County

This local chapter of the national organization empowers youth through camps, swim lessons and childcare and provides adults with exercise classes and social programming. Locations in Naples and Marco Island.

President/CEO: Cindy Love-Abounader

(239) 394-9622


Youth Haven

Established in 1972, Youth Haven provides home, hope and healing through therapeutic programs to abused and neglected children and teens.

CEO: Linda Goldfield

(239) 774-2904





Abuse Counseling and Treatment

ACT serves victims of domestic violence and their children, and survivors of human trafficking in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties.

Executive Director: Jennifer L. Benton

(239) 939-2553


Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida

The mission is to connect older adults and adults with disabilities to resources and assistance for living safely with independence and dignity.

(239) 652-6900


Alliance for the Arts

The visual and performing arts center aims to enrich the community through the arts. The alliance provides a creative space with year-round programming, from classes to exhibitions to theatrical performances on its indoor-outdoor campus.

Executive Director: Molly Deckart

(239) 939-2787


Alzheimer’s Association—Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

The nonprofit provides education and support to those facing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as patients’ families.

(800) 272-3900


Amber’s Antibodies

This volunteer-based Naples charity offers a grant program to help locals with the financial burden caused by cancer diagnoses while funding cancer research organizations, hospitals and doctors.

Co-Founder: Amber Grider


American Cancer Society

ACS’s mission is to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families through advocacy, research and patient support.

Associate Director of Development: Nina Jung Gasparrini

(239) 321-5018


American Heart Association

Known for its work fighting heart disease and stroke, this chapter provides Southwest Floridians with resources to live longer, healthier lives.

Executive Director: Jessaca Rodriguez

(239) 498-9288


Animal Refuge Center

As Southwest Florida’s largest no-kill shelter, ARC rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes pets that have been abandoned, abused or neglected.

Executive Director: Peggy Gore

(239) 731-3535


ArtFest Fort Myers

The organization runs the juried fine arts festival that showcases more than 200 artists in Downtown Fort Myers.

Executive Director: Kathryn Robinson Kinsey

(239) 768-3602


Asian Professionals Association of SWFL

This nonprofit provides economic, social, intellectual and cultural enrichment for the local Asian American community to promote personal and professional growth.

President: Frank Zhou

(239) 771-9911


Babcock Ranch Foundation

Babcock Ranch Foundation creates programs, initiatives and scholarships that enhance, enrich and positively impact the lives of at-risk children in Southwest Florida.

President: Al Dougherty

(239) 449-2406


Barbara’s Friends

The nonprofit provides equipment, staffing and services to support lifesaving cancer care at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

CDO/CMO/CCO: Chris Simoneau

(239) 343-6950


Best Buddies Southwest Florida

Best Buddies provides social enrichment and relationship-building for children and adults with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization encourages leadership development among its members.

Area Director: Pamela Conner

(239) 275-2510



As part of the Barrier Island Group for the Arts Inc., its vision is to create great arts, entertainment, programs and learning experiences to inspire, enrich and delight, in Sanibel and Captiva.

Executive Director: Lee Ellen Harder

(239) 395-0900


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast — Lee County

The team matches youth with adult volunteers for a meaningful, enduring mentorship to help students develop confidence, healthy relationships and bright futures.

President/CEO: Joy Mahler

(239) 288-4224


Blessings in a Backpack—Southwest Florida Chapter

The organization mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on weekends to elementary school children who otherwise might go hungry.

Managing Director: Cecilia St. Arnold

(239) 410-9592


Bobby Nichols Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation

The foundation benefits charities helping abused and at-risk children in Southwest Florida.

President: Michael Lancellot

(941) 363-1215


Bonita Springs Assistance Office

This social services agency assists residents facing financial hardships due to crisis. Additional resources include a food pantry, an annual Toys for Tots drive and a senior food program.

President: Teri Lamaine

(239) 992-3034


Bonita Springs Historical Society

This organization works to preserve, protect and promote the city’s rich heritage and operates the 1915 McSwain Home in the historic downtown area.

President: Derrick Botana

(239) 992-6997


Bonita Springs YMCA

This regional branch of the national organization empowers youth through camps, swim lessons and childcare, and provides adults with exercise classes and social programming.

Regional Executive Director: Angel Cerritos

(239) 221-7560


Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County

The club works with youth in Lee County, empowering them to reach their full potential, both personally and within their communities.

CEO: Denise Gergley

(239) 334-1886


Cancer Alliance Network

Formerly Cancer Alliance of Naples, Cancer Alliance Network provides financial aid, resources and support to local cancer patients.

CEO: Neftali Feliciano

(239) 643-4673


Candlelighters of Southwest Florida

The organization provides support, education and family activities for children diagnosed with cancer and/or a blood disorder.

Executive Director: Klair Snellbaker

(239) 432-2223


Canterbury School

The foundation of this independent, college-preparatory school is based on academics, leadership, character and service.

Director of Special Events: Jessica Wells

(239) 481-4323


Cape Coral Caring Center

An emergency food pantry, the center provides food to families who have experienced difficulties like serious illness or sudden job loss.

Executive Director: Julie Ferguson

(239) 945-1927


Cape Coral Community Foundation

This organization fosters a healthy and dynamic community where people are inspired to support, strengthen and enrich the quality of life through generosity and civic engagement.

CEO: Michael Chatman

(239) 542-5594


Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife

By fostering education and preservation efforts, this organization protects local wildlife, including burrowing owls and gopher tortoises.

Vice President: Pascha Donaldson

(239) 980-2593


Captains For Clean Water

This grassroots organization protects and supports restoring the local aquatic ecosystem.

Co-Founder/Executive Director: Captain Daniel Andrews

(866) 670-2329


Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Arts Bonita provides year-round arts programming with classes, workshops, panels, lectures and performances.

Executive Director: Alyona Ushe

(239) 495-8989


Child Care of Southwest Florida

The nonprofit provides early childhood education for children between 6 weeks and 8 years old at its learning centers throughout Lee County.

CEO: Chris Hansen

(239) 425-1008


Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida

This organization offers resources to promote the safety, well-being and development of at-risk children and coordinated response services for child victims of neglect and abuse.

CEO: Julie Boudreaux

(239) 939-2808


Children’s Network of Southwest Florida

CNSWFL is a child welfare agency that aids with abuse prevention, family preservation, foster care and adoption.

CEO: Nadereh Salim

(239) 226-1524


Choral Artistry

As the tri-county area’s only paid professional core community chorus, this produces concerts and collaborations with other ensembles, along with the annual SingOut! community choral festival.

Board President: Patricia Rice

(239) 560-5695


Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife

Established in 1968, CROW saves sick, injured and orphaned native and migratory wildlife of Southwest Florida and beyond, with state-of-the-art veterinary care. It also has public education programs and a visitors’ center.

Executive Director: Alison Charney Hussey

(239) 472-3644



Formerly the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Collaboratory is committed to solving Southwest Florida’s major social problems on an 18-year timeline.

CEO: Dawn Belamarich

(239) 332-7687


Community Cooperative

The mission is to help eliminate hunger and homelessness in Southwest Florida by providing food, education and social service programs.

CEO: Stefanie Ink-Edwards

(239) 332-7687


CREW Land & Water Trust

This nonprofit is dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed through land management and public education.

Executive Director: Robert Lucius

(239) 657-2253


The Dubin Center

This provides resources, support groups, educational training and social activities to caregivers and individuals living with dementia locally.

Executive Director: Lynne Thorp

(239) 437-3007


Dress for Success SW Florida

The mission is to break the cycle of poverty by providing professional attire to help women secure employment, as well as programming that fosters confidence and successful business skills.

Executive Director: Nickole Hendra

(239) 689-4992


Drug Free Lee

This organization works to reduce substance abuse in Lee County by raising awareness of prevention resources through education.

Board Chair: Jonathan Engh

(239) 560-1929



A faith-based organization, ECHO equips and empowers hungry families worldwide through teaching small-scale, sustainable farming methods so they can provide for themselves and their communities.

President/CEO: Dr. Abram Bicksle

(239) 543-3246


Edison and Ford Winter Estates

The winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford welcomes visitors with a museum and laboratory.

President/CEO: Michael Flanders

(239) 334-7419


Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida

It provides low and no-cost medical services, prescriptions and case management for uninsured adults with epilepsy. Free education and prevention programs are offered throughout the year.

President: Bobbi Frasca

(239) 275-4838


Family Initiative

The organization offers children with autism interpersonal and occupational therapy and provides families with training and support.

Co-Founder/President: David Brown

(239) 910-0712



The mission is to enrich the lives of Sanibel and Captiva residents through a ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ mindset, providing social services, education and assistance.

Executive Director: Maria Espinoza

(239) 472-4775


F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva Foundation

The Foundation raises, manages, distributes, and stewards private resources to support F.I.S.H.’s mission.

President/CEO: Maggi Feiner

(239) 472-4775


Florida Helps Foundation

The foundation supports and raises funds for disabled veterans, especially those with PTSD.

Director: Mike VonPlinsky

(239) 896-2847



Formerly Lifeline Family Center, Thrive provides community for pregnant women and single mothers.

President/Executive Director: Meghan DeLuca

(239) 242-7238


Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation

The foundation encourages, solicits, receives and administers gifts for scientific, educational and charitable purposes for the development of the university.

Executive Director: Katherine Green

(239) 590-1067


Florida Lions Eye Clinic

FLLEC provides comprehensive eye care for those who cannot afford vision services.

Executive Director: Robin Goldstone Garcia

(239) 498-3937


Florida Repertory Theatre

The fully professional regional theater company entertains with its nationally recognized comedies, dramas, plays and musicals.

Executive Director: John Martin

(239) 332-4488


Fort Myers Beach Art Association

The association promotes the study, practice and appreciation of art.

President: Sue Simoneau

(239) 463-3909


Foster Care Advisory

Entirely volunteer-based, the organization provides support and resources for foster children and their caregivers.

President Emeritus: Charles Johnson


The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools

This education foundation enhances and enriches the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators.

President/CEO: Marshall T. Bower

(239) 337-0433


Gemstones in the Making

The goal is to empower middle and high school girls through providing access to mental and behavioral health services, retreats and yoga and mindfulness camps.

Founder/Board Chair: Claribel Bocanegra

(239) 839-8774


Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

This Children’s Miracle Network Hospital has comprehensive pediatric services, including a 24-hour emergency department, hematology-oncology unit, milk lab, Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center and Level III NICU with 70 private rooms.

CDO/CMO/CCO: Chris Simoneau

(239) 343-6950


Grand Piano Series

The mission is to preserve and present musical literature featuring artists of the highest caliber and enrich the community through active research and engagement.

President/Artistic Director: Milana Strezeva

(469) 333-3231


Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The foundation supports education through mentoring, scholarships, grants to teachers and workshops for business leaders.

President/CEO: Brian Hamman

(239) 332-2930


Guardian ad Litem Foundation 20th Judicial Circuit

GAL 20th Judicial Circuit raises funds to pair abused, neglected or abandoned local children with volunteer advocates whose roles are to represent the best interests of the child until a safe, permanent placement can be achieved.

Executive Director: Jessica Stanfield

(239) 533-1435


Gulf Coast Symphony

GCS produces diverse performances and events, using music and the arts to unite the community.

President/CEO/Music Director: Andrew Kurtz

(239) 277-1700


Gulfshore Ballet

The school’s internationally acclaimed teachers provide top-tier training, combining Cuban, American and Russian techniques.

Artistic Directors: Iliana Lopez and Franklin Gamero

(239) 590-6191


Gulfshore Opera

GO presents accessible, high-quality vocal music performances with classically trained artists and offers after-school programming.

General Director/Artistic Director: Steffanie Pearce

(239) 529-3925


Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

Habitat partners with low-income families to build, improve or retain places to call home in Lee County through the support of donors, volunteers and community leaders.

CEO: Rebecca Lucas

(239) 652-0434


Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida

A member of Feeding America, this is the region’s largest hunger-relief nonprofit, serving Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties.

President/CEO: Richard LeBer

(239) 344-7007


The Heights Foundation

The Heights Foundation supports education and wellness, promotes family and community development and provides the benefits of enrichment and arts to the Harlem Heights community.

Founder/President/CEO: Kathryn Kelly

(239) 482-7706


Home Base Florida Veteran and Family Cares

Home Base offers clinical, wellness and education services to veterans, service members and their families.

Executive Director: Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Hammond

(239) 338-8389


Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida

This organization supports adults living with mental illness by connecting them with opportunities for paid employment and access to education, housing and wellness services.

CEO: Erin Broussard

(239) 267-1777


Hope Healthcare

This organization, which includes Hope Hospice and Hope Kids Care, provides care and comfort to individuals and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey.

Executive Director: Denise Anderson

(239) 482-4673


I WILL Mentorship Foundation

IWMF uses E-STEM-based programs to promote academic achievement, community involvement and socioeconomic mobility for local youth.

President/CEO: Jesse Bryson

(239) 666-8171


IMAG History & Science Center

The science museum and aquarium educates kids and families through exhibits, touch tanks and interactive displays.

Executive Director: Matthew Johnson

(239) 243-0043


Interfaith Charities of South Lee

The group offers services aimed at combating food and housing insecurity within South Fort Myers and Estero.

Executive Director: Nancy Martin

(239) 267-3510


Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

The mission is to inspire students by connecting them with diverse volunteer role models who teach them how to live, work and prosper in their community.

President/CEO: Angela Fisher

(239) 225-2590


Junior League of Fort Myers

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

President: Meghan Warner-Boyle

(239) 277-1197


Keep Lee County Beautiful

Founded in 1989, KLCB engages volunteers to protect and preserve the region’s environmental health.

Community Engagement/Environmental Leader: Trish Fancher

(239) 334-3488


Kids’ Minds Matter

This organization advances pediatric mental and behavioral health services, develops clinical pathways to treat patients, enhances public awareness and advocates for systemic change and sustainable funding.

CDO/CMO/CCO: Chris Simoneau

(239) 343-6950


Kimmie’s Recovery Zone

The organization serves people living with mental health issues and substance use disorders.

Founder/President: Al Kinkle

(844) 579-7337


The Laboratory Theater of Florida

The professional teaching theater brings the community together through standout plays.

Founder/Artistic Director: Annette Trossbach

(239) 218-0481



Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens serves the needs of individuals and families impacted by intellectual and developmental disabilities by celebrating their abilities and creating opportunities for all.

Executive Director: Angela Katz

(239) 334-6285


Lee BIA Builders Care

Lee BIA 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: Crystal Stouten

(239) 938-0056


The Lee County Black History Society

The society celebrates Black history in Lee County. The team operates the Williams Academy Black History Museum in Fort Myers.

Executive Director: Autumn J. Watkins Holloway

(239) 332-8778


Lee Health Cancer Institute

The institute provides patients with comprehensive outpatient and inpatient cancer care.

CDO/CMO/CCO: Chris Simoneau

(239) 343-6950


Lee Health Foundation

The foundation raises funds for Lee Health, including Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center, Lee Memorial Hospital and Golisano Children’s Hospital. It provides financial support for lifesaving healthcare programs.

CDO/CMO/CCO: Chris Simoneau

(239) 343-6950


Lee Health Heart Institute

The institute ensures the continuum of care for Lee Health patients with world-class healthcare programs and services.

CDO/CMO/CCO: Chris Simoneau

(239) 343-6950


Lighthouse of SWFL

This is a vision rehabilitation center serving individuals living with blindness or vision impairment in Lee, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte counties.

CEO: Dotty St. Amand

(239) 997-7797


Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, Southwest Florida

It grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

President/CEO: Norman Wedderburn

(239) 992-9474


March of Dimes

The goal is to improve the health of babies by preventing congenital anomalies, premature births and infant mortality through programs of research, community service, education and advocacy.


Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Southwest Florida

A mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver founded the national foundation, which works to end drunk driving, fight drugged driving, support victims and prevent underage drinking.

(239) 791-7560


Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida

The center provides disability resources and services—art therapy, exercise, case management, support groups—to individuals living with MS.

Executive Director: Kay Jasso

(239) 319-0904


Muscular Dystrophy Association Southwest Florida

The organization fights to free individuals—and their families—from the devastating effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases.

(800) 572-1717


Music For Minors Foundation

It raises money to provide quality musical instruments, private lessons and college scholarships to students in Collier and Lee counties.

President: Don Rhynard

(239) 273-2250


NAMI Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties

NAMI provides education and support and advocates for individuals and families affected by mental illness.

Executive Vice President: Vacharee Howard

(239) 337-9024


Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida

This provides a safe and nurturing environment for young moms and their babies in foster care.

Executive Director: Alicia Miller

(239) 267-4663


Pace Center for Girls – Lee

The Fort Myers chapter offers services, counseling and training that empower at-risk girls to succeed academically while promoting their emotional well-being.

Executive Director: Jennifer Cellitti

(239) 425-2366


Providence Compassion Foundation

This group supports the region’s developing athletes and horses with funding for education, training, coaching, competition and travel needs. It also funds the care of rescue horses and sanctuary animals.

President: Heather Cassese

(239) 948-7669


Partners for Breast Cancer Care

The organization funds breast screening, diagnostic testing, surgery and treatment for uninsured, low-income residents in Southwest Florida at no cost.

Executive Director: Janet Darnell

(239) 454-8583


Quality Life Center

This organization helps young people and underserved communities by providing academic enrichment, performing arts, leadership and cultural awareness.

Executive Director: Abdul’Haq Muhammed


Rockin’ Christmas Fund

A Sanibel-based organization, Rockin’ Christmas Fund awards scholarships to high-achieving students who have lost a parent.

Founder/CEO: Vincent M. Wolanin


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida

This charity creates, finds and supports programs that improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

President/CEO: Laura Ragain

(239) 437-0202



The comprehensive provider of behavioral healthcare services offers crisis stabilization, detoxification, residential and medication-assisted treatment, and outpatient therapy and psychiatry for teenagers and adults.

President/CEO: Stacey Cook

(239) 275-3222


The Salvation Army Fort Myers

This group provides food, disaster relief, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter and opportunities for underprivileged kids.

(239) 278-1551


Sanibel Community Association

This organization fosters community spirit through educational, cultural and social gatherings in its historic Community House.

Executive Director: Teresa Riska-Hall

(239) 472-2155


Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

Founded in 1967, SCCF protects and cares for coastal ecosystems through water quality research, environmental policy, native landscaping, habitat and wildlife management and education.

CEO: James Evans

(239) 472-2329


Senior Friendship Centers

This provides assistance to homebound, low-income adults ages 60+ through services like monthly food bags, visits and electrical assistance.

President/CEO: Erin McLeod

(239) 275-1881


Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

The center offers concerts, exhibitions, galas and lectures within its restored, state-of-the-art facility.

CEO: Jim Griffith

(239) 333-1933


Special Equestrians

Programs include therapeutic horseback riding, therapeutic carriage driving, hippotherapy and a veterans program.

Executive Director: Jan Fifer

(239) 226-1221


Southwest Florida Symphony

Lee County’s professional orchestra has concerts, pops concerts and symphonies.

CEO: Amy Ginsburg

(239) 418-0996


SWFL Children’s Charities

The organization supports the region’s growing pediatric healthcare system.

Executive Director: Heidi Davis

(239) 433-4260


Think Pineapple Foundation

This works to support and provide relief to local hospitality businesses and industry members in times of crisis.

President: Rafael Feliciano

(239) 271-6161


Tommy Bohanon Foundation

This helps at-risk youth reach their highest potential. Since 2017, TBF has dispersed more than half a million dollars for the region’s children.

Executive Director: Katie Schaible Bohanon

(239) 671-0441


Turtle Time

Turtle Time is dedicated to the conservation and recovery of threatened and endangered marine turtles.

Founder/Director: Eve M. Haverfield

(239) 481-5566


United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades

This volunteer-driven organization offers social services and development programs.

President/CEO: Jeannine Joy

(239) 433-2000


Valerie’s House

This provides ongoing support programs for children and families grieving the death of a loved one.

Founder/CEO: Angela Melvin

(239) 204-5804


Wonder Gardens

This provides educational programs for all ages and cares for resident animals and botanicals.

Executive Director: Neil Anderson

(239) 992-2591



With a Fort Myers office, this provides counseling services for foster children, foster parents and biological parents at no cost—serving Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

Executive Director: Rick Jacobs

(239) 266-8354   

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