The Giving Circle encourages members to participate in philanthropy through education, active involvement in grant-making, and other community
based activities.


We give grants to organizations whose programs promote self-sufficiency for disadvantaged women of all ages and their families in Lee and Collier Counties. Hands on involvement in every aspect of the grant-making provides opportunities for our members to learn about the needs of our community, develop relationships with those on the front line of addressing these, and meet and become friends with other women with similar interests.


Our operating year is from November - May. We have one general meeting in the fall with a speaker, and one in the spring at which time we vote on grant awards. Committee meetings and social activities are scheduled as desired and needed. A member may be as active as she wishes.


Each member makes a yearly tax-deductible contribution of $1,100. Of this amount, $1,000 is used for grants, and $100 for administrative and operating expenses. Each member makes the same yearly contribution and each member has an equal vote in the grant awards.



Non-profit organizations that have been vetted financially by the Community Foundation and researched by our members are invited to submit a grant application by a specific date in January. The Grants Committee reviews the applications and conducts site visits. They present their findings and recommendations to the entire membership at a meeting in late March or early April, when votes are tallied and awards determined. A mid-grant review  is conducted to assure that the grant money is being used as outlined in the grantee’s application. A Final Report is submitted by each grantee after completion of the program, reviewing the activities performed, how the original goals were achieved, and detailing obstacles that were encountered.



The Women’s Giving Circle is a fund of The Community Foundation of
Collier County, and a member of The  Women’s Collective Giving
Grantmakers Network.



Bonita Springs, Naples, Ft. Myers, Immokalee, Marco Island

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