Give Where You Live Collier Kicks Off February 29, 2016!

Tags: Community Foundation of Collier County, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

The Harry Chapin Food Bank invites the community to support its efforts to fight and overcome hunger in Southwest Florida by donating to the food bank through Give Where You Live Collier, February 29–March 1, 2016.

Give Where You Live Collier is a county-wide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Collier County through online giving. The Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation are partnering to present Give Where You Live Collier with 40 participating nonprofit organizations in 2016. Donations are accepted through GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org. The window to donate is noon, February 29 to noon, March 1.

As a participating nonprofit, the Harry Chapin Food Bank will benefit from Give Where You Live Collier in many ways. The 24-hour event will help us in our efforts to  solicit, collect and distribute quality food to families in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

The donations we receive through Give Where You Live Collier will support our ongoing mission. We also seek to earn our share of a $400,000 matching fund.

Thanks to the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Give Where You Live Collier features a $400,000 matching fund. Every nonprofit that receives a donation from noon, February 29, 2016 to noon, March 1, 2016 will receive a proportionate share of the matching fund, increasing the value of every dollar donated. For example, if the Harry Chapin Food Bank receives 10 percent of the total donations made through Give Where You Live Collier, the food bank will also receive 10 percent of the $400,000 matching fund. 

“Thanks to generous members of our community and hardworking nonprofits, we expect Give Where You Live Collier to be a great success,” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County. “Not only the dollars raised, but the number of donors contributing to the success of the day will showcase the generosity of this community.”

For more information about Give Where You Live Collier, please click here.

About the Community Foundation of Collier County

The Community Foundation of Collier County is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization, established in 1985 to increase and focus private philanthropy in the area. Today, the Community Foundation of Collier County manages more than 510 funds, collaborates with more than 400 nonprofits, holds more than $106 million in assets and has distributed more than $88 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs. It is one of Florida’s fastest growing community foundations. Learn more at cfcollier.org. 

About 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 Richard M. Schulze Family 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. 

About the Harry Chapin Food Bank

The Harry Chapin Food Bank can distribute $6 worth of food and grocery items for each donated dollar. In fiscal year 2014-2015, the Harry Chapin Food Bank provided 18.4 million pounds of food, valued at about $31.3 million, to more than 150 partner agencies across five counties in Southwest Florida.  This was the equivalent of about 15.3 million meals.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank serves 30,000 people per month. Half of those served are children and seniors. The food bank is an affiliate of Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks and the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. The Harry Chapin Food Bank has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the national nonprofit watchdog organization, for six consecutive years. The food bank has also been awarded a Gold Star by GuideStar Exchange, another national organization that evaluates nonprofits, their finances and accountability, for two years in a row.

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