Underserved Collier population benefits from ‘Give Where You Live Collier’

Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, Linda M. Cunning and Kathy Cleeland

On behalf of the many nonprofits benefiting from this year’s “Give Where You Live Collier”, we express our deepest gratitude to all who stepped up and supported local charities to meet basic needs, such as food, health care, education and helping the elderly to fight isolation, loneliness and dementia. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

For the eighth year in a row, 40 organizations providing a range of essential social services and educational programs in Collier County participated in the online fundraiser. In just 24 hours, a total of $4.31 million was raised from 2,593 donors. Among these gifts, 1,912 were made online at givewhereyoulivecollier.org, while 681 were made “the old fashioned way” by check.

All of this could not have happened without the incredibly dedicated team at the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. They made this year’s day even more rewarding for participating nonprofits by providing $500,000 in matching funds. The Schulze Foundation also donated $50,000 in prize money to charity.

Each participating nonprofit organization is deeply committed to serving the most vulnerable in our community and works incredibly hard over the course of each year with tremendous fundraising efforts. Funds raised during “Give Where You Live Collier” will help replace event donations and other contributions lost due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This annual fundraiser shows, without a doubt, our community’s commitment to helping those with critical needs ranging from food to education, from physical or mental health care to protective care, and the necessities for start life and later live with dignity.

As representatives of the top three funded recipients, we are truly honored to publicly recognize and thank everyone who made this year’s Giving Day a huge success. You truly embody the idea that anyone can be a philanthropist and help those in need.

Dr. Jaclynn Faffer is President and CEO of Naples Senior Center. Linda M. Cunning, Ph.D. is Executive Director of New Horizons SWFL, Kathy Cleeland is Executive Director of JDRF’s South Gulf Coast Chapter.