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For the past five years, nonprofit organizations have credited the “little but loud” Cape Coral Community Foundation as the fastest-growing charitable brand in Southwest Florida. It has unique characteristics that defy comparison with other community foundations, and in the opinion of some who know it well, bigger community foundations could learn by studying it.

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The board of directors approved a new strategy to amplify and increase the impact of small nonprofits with lean resources by building an inclusive community where they can learn, connect, and collaborate.  The vision is to transform communities through informed giving.

More: Cape Coral Community Foundation is no longer Southwest Florida’s best-kept secret

The emphasis on small nonprofits has created a reawakening for the Cape Coral Community Foundation, and a generosity movement for an organization that owns no property or building, utilizes a shared leadership model of board governance, and is led by a remote workforce of 10 team members.

The Foundation is growing fast and attracting new fans and followers. Their growth strategy has garnered local, state, regional and national interest. The board of directors approved an action plan to advance their impact and powerful style of philanthropy focus on four strategic goals.

Goal #1: Strengthen and increase the impact of small nonprofits. Offer a wide range of services specifically for small nonprofits with lean resources to advance their impact and champion their powerful style of philanthropy, and business and nonprofit partnerships.

Goal #2: Build a broader and deeper nonprofit community through sharing and cooperation. Invest in and create opportunities for sharing and cooperation among small nonprofits with lean resources; also facilitate connections between small nonprofits and donors, funders, and business sponsors to obtain financial resources to further their vision and mission.

a hand holding a cell phone: This year the Cape Coral Foundation received an astounding 160 nominations for the annual ENPY awards. © Amanda Inscore/news-press.com This year the Cape Coral Foundation received an astounding 160 nominations for the annual ENPY awards.

Goal #3: Maximize our relevance and accessibility to a variety of nonprofits and their donors. Offer valuable, easily accessible resources to a wide variety of nonprofits and their donors throughout their philanthropic journey.

Goal #4: Advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy. Cultivate a culture that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Cape Coral Community Foundation and among Southwest Florida’s community of small nonprofits.

More: Cape Coral Community Foundation announces finalists for annual ENPY Awards

Inspired by the extraordinary acts of generosity and humanitarian aid happening in Southwest Florida, the Foundation will host the 2021 ENPY Awards to celebrate the year in charitable giving during a special television show airing on Tuesday, Oct. 19, on CTNtelevision.com at 7:30 p.m. 

This year the Foundation received an astounding 160 nominations. This is wonderful as the Foundation feels, as does the community by their nominations, the nonprofit leaders doing the work to better our community do not get enough recognition. During the ENPY Awards, the efforts of Southwest Florida nonprofit organizations and the people that serve them will be collectively recognized for their impact on our community.

Please join the Cape Coral Community Foundation in congratulating each of the finalists for their significant contributions that make Southwest Florida a stronger and more robust community.

Here is everything to know about the 2021 ENPY Awards, from the finalists to how to watch. The emcee, or mistress of ceremonies, for the 2021 ENPY Awards is Wendy Fullerton, News Director for the News-Press.

a group of people posing for a photo: 2020 ENPY Award winners - Standing: Melanie Jacob, Nadine Singh, Bethany Freer, Nicole McHale, Megan Rose, K.C. Schulberg, Alicia Miller, Leigh Strand. Seated: Michelle Avola, Dr. Carol Rae Culliton, Clint Strand. Missing from Photo, Christopher Spiro, Brian Rist © Courtesy photo 2020 ENPY Award winners - Standing: Melanie Jacob, Nadine Singh, Bethany Freer, Nicole McHale, Megan Rose, K.C. Schulberg, Alicia Miller, Leigh Strand. Seated: Michelle Avola, Dr. Carol Rae Culliton, Clint Strand. Missing from Photo, Christopher Spiro, Brian Rist

A panel of impartial non-local judges selected three finalists from an online nomination process in each of the following 12 categories:

Board Leader of the Year (board member): Patricia Luppy – Freedom Waters Foundation; Joseph Casella – Cape Coral Caring Center; Danielle Dyer – Dr. Piper Senior Center for Social Services

Nonprofit Organization of the Year (established more than five years ago): Guadalupe Center; Senior Friendship Centers; Pace Center for Girls (Lee County)

Nonprofit Executive of the Year (CEO, president, executive director): Megan McCarthy Beauvais – Boys & Girls Club of Collier County; Noemi Y. Perez – The Immokalee Foundation; Maggie Feiner – F.I.S.H. of SANCAP

Nonprofit Employee of the Year (paid staff member): Debbie Bedard – New Horizons of SWFL; Maria Espinoza – F.I.S.H. of SANCAP; Wendy Wootton – Cape Coral Caring Center

Business Impact Partner of the Year (business who supports nonprofits and the community): Sanibel Community Association; Castellanos + Tramonte Architects; Priority Marketing

Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year (individual who serves the organization and/or community): Cathi McWhirter – Community Cooperative; Carl Scharfenberg – The Dubin Center; Lorraine Masud – Gulf Coast Humane Society

Nonprofit Rising Organization of the Year (established less than five years ago): Cape Coral Animal Shelter; Invest in America’s Veteran’s Foundation; Angel Wings of Southwest Florida

Paul Sanborn Service Above Self Award (outstanding servant leader): Mary Holden – F.I.S.H. of SANCAP; Angela Fisher – Junior Achievement of SWFL; Amber Phillips – Pace Center for Girls (Collier at Immokalee)

Elmer Tabor Generosity Award (individual who exemplifies being kind and generous to others): Heather & Brian Samelson – Friends of Lovers Key; Matthew Myers – Keep Lee County Beautiful; Marilyn Lightner – Wonder Gardens

Community Impact Award (individual improving the well-being of children, youth, and families): Sandy Stilwell Youngquist – SWFL Children’s Charities; Trish Leonard – Bonita Springs YMCA; Lowell & Sally Senitz – Wings of Shelter International

Nonprofit Health Innovator of the Year (individual who makes a difference in health and wellness): Dr. Susan Hook – Samaritan Health & Wellness; Diane Spears – Lee Health; Laura Ragain – Ronald McDonald House Charities

Connie Ramos-Williams Nonprofit Publicity Award (innovative marketing/PR on a shoestring budget): Shelby Peters-Stites – Fort Myers Beach Lions Club; Melissa Phillips – The Immokalee Foundation; Ramona Miller – Voice in the Wilderness

The Cape Coral Community Foundation fosters a healthy and dynamic community where individuals are inspired to support, strengthen, and enrich the quality of life through generosity and civic engagement. The Foundation offers a variety of inventive ways to give generously to a multitude of diverse partners, prioritize needs and best serve its citizens – locally, regionally, nationally, and abroad.

Michael Chatman is president & CEO of the Cape Coral Community Foundation, the global center for generosity, and can be reached at michael@capecoralcf.org, 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 www.capecoralcf.org

This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Commentary: Cape Community Foundation helps small nonprofits build greater Southwest Florida

Source : https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/commentary-cape-community-foundation-helps-small-nonprofits-build-greater-southwest-florida/ar-AAPF9tT

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