Community Foundation of Collier County kicks off 35th year with $35 million in grants
The Community Foundation of Collier County
, now entering its 35th year, has distributed over $35 million in grants in the 2019-20 fiscal year ending June 30, to nonprofit agencies and scholarships for secondary education and specialized training. The final total of $35.42 million represents an 87% increase over the last fiscal year and a record amount of distributions for the foundation on its 35th anniversary. Grant areas of distribution include arts, education and scholarships, environment, health, human services, international, community impact, and religion. The substantial increase this year was primarily due funding in the areas of education and scholarships, including a $1 million grant to the Community School of Naples; health, including an $8.95 million grant to the American Cancer Society-South Atlantic Division; Give Where You Live Collier with a record $5.65 million in grants; and human services with $1.1 million in COVID-19 relief. CFCC Donor Advised Funds continue to be a charitable giving tool accounting for $19.2 million of funding.
NTRC continues to care for its horse therapy herd.
Naples Therapeutic Riding Center receives $15,000 COVID-19 relief grant
Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) has received a $15,000 COVID-19 relief grant from the Collier Comes Together Fund, a charitable fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County (CFCC). The grant will be used to fund operations for NTRC’s programs for people with special needs which have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 temporary program closure and cancelation of major fundraising events. NTRC delivers equine-assisted therapeutic programs, achieving measurable results for nearly 800 individuals with special needs annually, a news release states. Therapies are individually designed and monitored to help each participant consistently achieve measurable improvement in their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. These therapies had to be temporarily suspended on March 13 for the safety and protection of staff and those NTRC serves but caring for the 14-horse therapy herd remained a critically necessary daily service. For more information, visit NaplesTherapeuticRidingCenter.org
Friends of Foster Children Forever
Friends of Foster Children Forever has received a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County. These funds will be used for the General Operating Support of Friends of Foster Children Forever. This grant enables Friends of Foster Children Forever to continue supporting both the children and the families that house foster children. Friends of Foster Children Forever connects children to early childhood programs, mentoring/tutoring, extracurricular activities, and provides essential supplies. For additional information visit FriendsofFosterChildren.net