Community Foundation of Collier County Begins Countdown to First-Ever Giving Day – Give Where You Live 30

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Charitable givers who visit GiveWhereYouLive30.org on March 3 (starting at noon and ending at 11:59am on March 4) can contribute to one or all of the 30 nonprofit(s) that are participating in this special - and very first – giving day in Collier County.

Flip to March on your 2015 calendar and mark the 3rd and 4th – those are the days designated for a Community Foundation of Collier County effort to give 30 Collier County non-profits a much-needed boost with your donations and a $300,000 matching donation from the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.

Give Where You Live 30 Day is an on-line giving campaign designed to transform the way local residents think about – and contribute to – Collier County charities. Built upon the idea that everyone can be a philanthropist, the project affords individuals a simplified means of supporting the education and human services efforts of 30 non-profits through a 24-hour, online fundraiser.

“We cannot think of a better way to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Community Foundation of Collier County. With a simple click of a mouse, charitable givers who visit GiveWhereYouLive30.org on March 3 (starting at noon and ending at 11:59am on March 4) can contribute to one or all of the nonprofit(s) that are participating in this special - and very first – giving day in Collier County,” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County, the organizing agency for the event. She added: “No matter the size of your contribution, you can be a philanthropist who makes a difference in this community. Our job is to make it easy to participate in ‘Give Where You Live 30 Day’ so that everyone has the chance to make a positive change in the lives of thousands of people in our community.”

With a focus on making giving fun and easy, Give Where You Live 30 participants will use social, print and broadcast media, as well as word of mouth, to spread awareness about “giving where you live.” Participating nonprofits will be spotlighted in Community Foundation social media outlets in the weeks leading up to March 3rd to increase awareness about the ways in which they impact our community. The aim is to give each organization a voice and a face, thereby raising their community visibility. Give Where You Live 30 will culminate in a coordinated local “day of giving” effort, from noon on March 3 up to 11:59am on March 4 when donors click on GiveWhereYouLive30.org and donate from $10 to the sky’s-the-limit to any or all of the 30 nonprofits that have been chosen to participate. Each of these organizations has completed an in-depth profile in the Community Foundation’s NONPROFIT DIRECTORY at cfcollier.guidestar.com.

Mary Beth Geier, Florida region Coordinator for the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation – co-sponsor and generous matching donor for Give Where You Live 30 – explained the Schulze family’s interest in sponsoring this important event: “People are still hungry, still in need of clothing and shelter and other services. They are still in need of quality educational programs. We are happy to partner with the Community Foundation to raise awareness and keep these ongoing needs in the forefront of people's minds. Perhaps this one day of giving will serve as a reminder that supporting area non-profits should be a year-round commitment.”

Who is the Community Foundation of Collier County?
The Community Foundation of Collier County is a tax-exempt, public, charitable fund, established in 1985 with a $300,000 endowment to increase and focus private philanthropy in the area. Today, the Community Foundation oversees more than 560 funds, collaborates with more than 400 nonprofits, holds over $86 million in assets and has distributed more than $78 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs.

Who is the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation?
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation was founded in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, as a way to give back to the community. Schulze and his family believe that a good education, a supportive family and a strong work ethic prepare children for a successful future. To support that belief, the Foundation supports education and basic human services, among other types of organizations. It is the vision of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to connect in a meaningful way with grantees to make strategic contributions that achieve specific, measurable outcomes.

Which 30 Collier County nonprofits are participating?

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION - FLORIDA GULFCOAST CHAPTER
AMERICAN RED CROSS - FLORIDA'S SOUTHERN GULF REGION
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE SUN COAST
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF COLLIER COUNTY
CANCER ALLIANCE OF NAPLES INC.
CARE CLUB OF COLLIER COUNTY, INC.
COLLIER HARVEST FOUNDATION
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF COLLIER COUNTY
DAVID LAWRENCE FOUNDATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH
DENTAL OUTREACH OF COLLIER INC.
EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF COLLIER COUNTY - CHAMPIONS FOR LEARNING
FIRST BOOK-COLLIER COUNTY
FLORIDA SUNCOAST CHAPTER OF JDRF (JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION)
FUN TIME EARLY CHILDHOOD ACADEMY
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, INC.
GRACE PLACE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, INC.
GREATER MARCO FAMILY YMCA, INC.
GREATER NAPLES YMCA
GUADALUPE CENTER, INC.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY COLLIER COUNTY
HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
HEALTHCARE NETWORK OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FOUNDATION
JEWISH FAMILY & COMMUNITY SERVICES OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, INC.
MEALS OF HOPE
NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CLINIC
NEW HORIZONS OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA INC.
SALVATION ARMY NAPLES CORPS
SPORTS CLUB, DIV. SPORTS CAMP, INC.
ST. MATTHEW'S HOUSE
THE SHELTER FOR ABUSED WOMEN & CHILDREN

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