Society’s most chronic problems – from poverty to healthcare to violence – have greater negative impact on at-risk women and girls than other segments of the population. Since 2002, the Women’s Foundation of Collier County, an endowment fund at the Community Foundation, has granted more than $430,000 to local nonprofit organizations that support at-risk women and girls.
Grant monies awarded by the Women’s Foundation of Collier County are funded through a combination of the investment earnings from the endowment fund and the net proceeds from special events like Power of the Purse and the Women of Initiative Honorees Luncheon. The Women’s Foundation will also engage individuals interested in establishing field-of-interest funds in establishing and growing those funds to support the unmet needs of women and girls.
In 2016, the WFCC granted more than $50,000 three organizations meeting the most current needs of women and girls.
WFCC awarded $25,000 to Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS) to support a program which helps in a dignified, tangible manner a small group of high risk seniors in crisis. Most are widowed or divorced and have spent most of their life as “middle class”. Some are estranged from their children. They tend to be isolated since their friends have either died, are living in nursing homes or moved from the community leaving them with no one to ask for assistance. These women need money for rent and security deposits, and equally as important they need assistance finding a safe place to live. They also need to be treated with dignity.
The WFCC awarded $15,000 to Meals of Hope to supply 686 Collier County women and/or girls with much needed feminine hygiene products. Meals of Hope will purchase and distribute bags of individually wrapped sanitary napkins and sealed boxes of individually wrapped tampons to at-risk teen girls, homeless teen girls and women, and women who are in need of such products, but cannot afford them. These products will be distributed without fanfare or stigma to those in the most need. Clients at the Meals of Hope food pantry in Golden Gate, the East Naples mobile pantry location, and the Greater Naples YMCA will have the ability to obtain the products they prefer on a weekly basis. They will provide food in an environment filled with dignity and want to address the subject of basic feminine needs with that same dignity.
The WFCC granted $7500 to Boys & Girls Club of Collier County to support at-risk middle school girls. They also mentor the young women during a 10-week program held at the center. The program, called Junior Women of Initiative (JWOI) assembles an array of experienced community women from the Women’s Foundation who share a common goal of seeking to inspire confidence, character and leadership in the next generation of at-risk girls.The funding is used to help middle school girls build self-esteem, confidence and personal awareness while building vital life skills necessary for future success. Thirty to forty women signed up as Mentors and dedicate time, experiences and knowledge to assist mentees growth to become responsible, caring citizens.
The WFCC granted $10,000 to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research Project Report to address issues and improve the status of women and girls in Florida. The report will be released soon.
Alzheimer’s Support Network
American Association of University Women
Boys & Girls Club of Collier County
Cancer Alliance of Naples Inc
Care Club of Collier County
Collier County Education Foundation
Collier County Public Schools/Teenage Pregnancy Program
Early Years Education Foundation, Inc.
Families in Need Fund
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Philanthropic Network
Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida
Healthy Start Coalition of SW FL
Immokalee Child Care Center
Jewish Federation of Collier County (JFCS)
Legal Aid Service of Collier County
Meals of Hope, Inc.
NAMI of Collier County
NCH Healthcare Foundation
Neighborhood Health Clinic
Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida
Parkinson’s Association of SW Florida, Inc.
Planned Parenthood of Collier County
Project Help, Inc.
Shelter for Abused Women & Children
St. Matthew’s House
The League Club: Community Trust Fund
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
The Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida
United Arts Council
The Women’s Foundation of Collier County’s goal for 2017 is to grant $60,000 to local nonprofits that provide programs for at-risk women and girls in the following areas:
Grant applications are due on April 20. To apply, click on Apply for Grants.
Grantees will be announced on December 1, 2017 at the Power of the Purse luncheon to be held at Naples Grant Beach Resort. Stay tuned for our exciting announcement of the 2017 Keynote Speaker.