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Top 5 ways the Cape Coral Community Foundation impacts our community

May 19, 2017
By Michael Chatman - Guest Opinion , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape Coral is a generous city, and our job at the Cape Coral Community Foundation is to take that generosity, multiply it, mold it, shape it and make its effects greater than what can be achieved just as a sum of its parts. We start here, where we live, to create a ripple effect that makes good on our tagline, identifying the foundation as, "The global center for generosity. Let's count down the top five ways we are able to generate that ripple, enhancing the quality of life for our community that in turn becomes an endless wave.

Number 5: Distribute more than $300,000 to local nonprofits through grants and distributions

As a community Foundation, we spend every day working to improve the lives of everyone in Cape Coral, and our success lies in our ability to leverage the giving of many to make the greatest possible impact. Every year, we grant more than $300,000 directly from our community impact and giving funds and support 35 non-profit organizations that work every day to make our community a better place to live, work and play.

Number 4: Provide 8 educational workshops for local leaders of nonprofit organizations

Nonprofits are the backbone of our community, and the Cape Coral Community Foundation, the Global Center for Generosity, helps provide the fortification to keep them healthy and strong! With education comes knowledge, leading to stronger, more viable nonprofits. We offer eight workshops led by experts to help nonprofits maximize their impact, strengthen their organization and gain valuable ideas to help safeguard their resources.

Number 3: Award 50 scholarships to local students

As the cost of college continues to rise, so does the financial need of many students. Each year, we provide scholarships to 50 students, empowering educational attainment and enabling hundreds of local youth to achieve their dreams.

Number 2: Play the lead funding role supporting the creation of a fundraising institute to help nonprofits fund overhead and operations

In partnership with generous corporate partners, Cape Coral Community Foundation provides technical assistance to nonprofits in volunteer recruitment, leadership and board development. We also assist them in creating innovative revenue models.

Number 1: Help companies build and grow charitable giving

As a community foundation, we establish corporate charitable giving funds, and offer a wide-range of giving options that can make a difference in the community, rally employees, foster a loyal customer base and help achieve business goals.

Michael Chatman is president & CEO of the Cape Coral Community Foundation, the global center for generosity, and can be reached at, on Twitter @michaelchatman. The foundation is located at 1405 SE 47th Terrace, Unit 2, Cape Coral. For information, call 239-542-5594 or go to



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