Cape Coral Community Foundation makes national impression
Executives and philanthropy leaders challenged to invest in leadership development
Cape Coral Community Foundation convened a group of national foundation executives and philanthropy leaders on April 23 – 25 at the Westin Hotel in Cape Coral. The Philanthropy Experts and Leaders Academy provided programming and resources for those in the most senior staff role at their organizations.professionals and senior program talent are at the heart of these systems.

The biggest concern for foundation executives and philanthropy leaders was that nonprofit boards and executive directors do not invest in their people. There is a lack of staff development and training relevant to key leadership positions.

"The challenges facing nonprofits is not lack of funding, it is a lack of leadership development. Essentially, you have nonprofits raising funds for programs being led by people who are not well-trained to do their jobs effectively," says Dr. Tina Dupree, Corporate Foundation Consultant and former Vice President of Church's Chicken Foundation.

There are many nonprofit leaders who feel isolated and alone. They feel overburdened by the pressure to host fundraising events that wear them out with little or no financial return. They are struggling to find program volunteers, board members and raise enough money to meet their overhead expenses. 

"The Cape Coral Community Foundation is no longer a best-kept secret, it is a game changer. I will partner with Michael Chatman and the Cape Coral Community Foundation to offer resources to support their nonprofit leadership and board member development program, as well as support their Fundraising Institute program to create a pipeline for fundraising talent who can offer more than plan a fundraising event or write a grant. The goal is to create sustainable programs and revenue models", says Mary Wong, President, Office Depot Foundation.

A Program for Nonprofits Seeking Grants from the Cape Coral Community Foundation

Navigating the complex funder-nonprofit relationship is vital to mission success. Often, it seems, nonprofits do the asking, reporting, and proving, while foundations sit in positions to say yes or no, how much, when, and what's required. Receiving a grant from a foundation may seem like a complicated process, we make it simple and easy. We are one of the largest grantmakers in Cape Coral. 
We invite nonprofits to join us for a 2-hour program dedicated to helping everyone build a better working relationship with the Cape Coral Community Foundation and increase the impact of your work.

In addition to learning about to apply for a grant, and our funding priorities for the 2017-2018 grant cycle, you will learn new revenue models to fund your mission. If your funding comes primarily grants and fundraising events, you need to attend this session for an open honest conversation. 

Sustainability is a popular but often misunderstood buzzword in the nonprofit sector. It is not just about having enough money to pay staff, keeping the lights on and having a little extra to do a few programs. 

Learn what you can do to increase your organization's competitiveness and strengthen its financial health in the current economic climate.

Our featured speaker is Christin Collins, one of the leading voices in Southwest Florida philanthropy, and a member of the Global Center for Generosity at Cape Coral Community Foundation Speakers Bureau. 

Christin's leadership roles with the Lee Health Foundation and Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest have helped raise millions of dollars for The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. 

Christin will share with nonprofits How to Build a Bridge from Fundraising Events to Major Gift Donors

Who Should Attend? Nonprofit organizations: Those responsible for funder relationships and fundraising (executive directors are strongly encouraged to attend; senior development staff and board members are welcome if the executive director is unavailable).

This program is generously supported by the Community Impact Fund at the Cape Coral Community Foundation and The Fundraising Institute.  

Southwest Florida ‘Queen of Hype' Connie Ramos-Williams joins Global Center for Generosity Speakers Bureau 


For the past 15 years, Connie Ramos-Williams has been in publishing, editing, advertising, marketing, public relations, and event planning. She is the founder of SWFL Parent & Child magazine and swflparentchild.com. Before launching her own business marketing & consulting firm, she was the Niche Advertising Manager at The News-Press overseeing the advertising initiatives for Grandeur, Your Health, Must Do, Gaceta Tropical, SWFL Parent & Child magazine and Gulfcoastmoms.com. 

CONRIC PR & Marketing is a division of Conric Holdings, LLC, that she launched late in 2008. She focuses on Multimedia Branding & Promotions for start-up, small, and mid-size companies handling ALL their marketing needs online, print, radio, and television.

Her goal is to help businesses increase community awareness and grow revenue. She takes a personal interest in their success.

"Connie Ramos-Williams is a marketing genius who has increased awareness for many businesses and organizations, including the Cape Coral Community Foundation, the global center for generosity. She is a connector and a generous person. I am thrilled to have the ‘Queen of Hype' as a member of our speaker bureau." - Michael Chatman, President & CEO, Global Center for Generosity at Cape Coral Community Foundation.

We partner with subject matter experts. For consideration to join the Global Center for Generosity Speakers Bureau, email [email protected] 


Foundation announces new Awesome Grandparents grantmaking fund 


A new grantmaking fund has been established with Cape Coral Community Foundation.

Awesome Grandparents – Established to make grants to support children and creative programs to keep seniors productive, connected to the community and live independently.

For more information about establishing a fund, give us a call at (239) 542-5594


What we've been up to
Faith & Generosity Conference speakers announced 
Connect with faith-based donors to translate spiritual capital into sustainability


The foundation is pleased to present its Faith & Generosity Conference 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 11 at Cape Christian Fellowship Church located at 2110 Chiquita Blvd. in Cape Coral. Attendees will learn how to start their own church or ministry foundation, grow their organization's financial and ministry support, understand and respond to faith-based donor motivations, view fundraising as a ministry and understand the role of ministry leadership in fundraising. 

Featured speakers at the Faith & Generosity Conference include:
  • Dennis Gingerich, Cape Christian Fellowship
  • Carolyn Johnson, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida
  • Matthew Keller, Next Level Church
  • Jeanne Sweeney, Above Board Chamber
  • Tom Sullivan, Way-FM Radio
  • Z. Allen Abbott, Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida
  • Connie Ramos-Williams, CONRIC PR & Marketing
  • Michael Chatman, Cape Coral Community Foundation
A generous donor has underwritten a majority portion of the seminar's cost. Center for Generosity at Cape Coral Community Foundation and WAY-FM are sponsors of the Faith & Generosity Conference. Drinks and refreshments will be served.

For more information or to register by making a $25 donation, call (239) 542-5594 or email [email protected].

Generosity explained: A look at fundraising and board members

Fundraising and board members is a hot topic. And based on conversations with weary executive directors and fundraising professionals, there's not a lot of bragging going on about board members engaged in fundraising. 

Coming Soon: Partnership with Office Depot Foundation


Office Depot Foundation, in conjunction with Cape Coral Community Foundation, will unveil a new program to strengthen nonprofit organizations by providing business expertise, resources and collaboration needed to increase capacity while becoming more efficient and effective. 

Continue to read our Generosity newsletter every month for more details. 

Foundation thanks Business Impact Partners
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On the Blog
  • May 11
    Faith & Generosity: Cultivating Generosity in the Faith Community. 
    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Cape Christian Fellowship Church, 2110 Chiquita Blvd S, Cape Coral, Fla.
    $25 Donation. To reserve your space, email us at
    [email protected].

  • May 16
    CCCF Executive Committee Meeting.
    10:30 a.m., Foundation office.

  • May 18
    CCCF Board Meeting. 
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cape Christian Fellowship Church.

  • May 22
    Investment Advisory Board.
    10:30 a.m., Barton Insurance.

  • June 7
    A Program for Nonprofits Seeking Grants from Cape Coral Community Foundation.
    9 to 11 a.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 13 SE 21st Place, Cape Coral, Fla.
    Special presentation by Christin Collins, Lee 
    Health Foundation and Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. Free admission, but you must register in advance. Once the seats are gone, they are gone. Register early to guarantee your space. Call (239) 542-5594 or email [email protected].
  • June 28
    CCCF Board Members Reunion Luncheon. 
    12 to 2 p.m., Faith Presbyterian Church, 4544 Coronado Pkwy., Cape Coral, Fla. 
    Former Board Chair Elmer Tabor and Foundation President & CEO Michael Chatman host a special gathering for current and past board members to discuss changes in the organization over its 45-year history, new initiatives and programs. Current and past board members are encouraged to contact the foundation office. Call (239) 542-5594.

Cape Coral Community Foundation, based in Cape Coral, Florida, one of Florida's largest cities, is a comprehensive global center for generosity. With visionary leadership, strategic grantmaking and world-class expertise, we partner with donors to strengthen the common good locally and throughout the world.

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Cape Coral Community Foundation · 1405 SE 47th Street, Unit 2, Cape Coral, FL 33904
Phone: 239-542-5594
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Cape Coral Community Foundation · 1405 SE 47th Street, Unit 2, Cape Coral, FL 33904 · Phone: 239-542-5594
© Copyright 2014 - All Rights Reserved