$12.25 MILLION AWARDED

In 2017, the Naples Children & Education Foundation awarded $12.25 million to improve the lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County. Annual grants totaling $7.5 million were given to over thirty non-profit agencies, an additional $3.04 million will support five multi-partner, multi-year Strategic Initiatives that are fundamentally changing service delivery for the county’s most vulnerable children, $1.65 million will be allocated to Children’s Healthcare from the 2017 Fund a Need. An additional $2.8 million will be reserved for a Fund for Future Programs and Strategic Initiatives to support underserved programs and children in Collier County. All NCEF traditional grant funding falls into the following service categories:

  • child advocacy

  • early learning

  • medical/healthcare

  • out of school time

2017 Festival’s Fund a Need

“A Bright, Sunshiny Future,” an NCEF initiative focusing on Children’s Healthcare was the 2017 Festival’s Fund a Need raising $1.65 million. Funds raised under the tent will help expand the multi-year effort into areas of the county where access to children’s dental, mental health, primary care and vision are continuously needed to our most underprivileged and at-risk children.

NCEF provides children in need with essential medical and healthcare services that have measureable outcomes and life-changing impact. Poverty has increased almost 10% in the past decade in Collier County and with this year’s Fund a Need we can make a profound difference in so many children’s lives by helping to ensure they are able to receive the medical attention that every child deserves.

2017-2018 Grant Commitee

The grant selection process is led by a Committee of eleven trustees who work year round to determine how the funds raised at the Naples Winter Wine Festival can be used to make the greatest impact on the neediest children in our community.

  • Valerie Boyd
    Chair
  • Paul Hills
    Vice Chair
  • Debbi Cary
    Committee Member
  • Sue Garrabrant
    Committee Member
  • Rick Kash
    Committee Member
  • Joe Masterson
    Committee Member
  • Bob Scott
    Committee Member
  • Don Smith
    Committee Member
  • Jerry Starkey
    Committee Member
  • Ed Staros
    Committee Member
  • John Walter
    Committee Member

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2017 Grant Recipients

  • ABLE Academy

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    $250,000

    ABLE Academy provides intensive applied behavior analysis for children with Autism and related disorders. NCEF funding will continue to support the Early Intensive Intervention Institute for developmentally delayed children, ages 1 through 7, who do not qualify for other funding or services elsewhere.

  • Angels Undercover

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    $50,000

    Angels Undercover promotes education by providing school uniforms, socks and underwear to elementary school-aged children in Collier County who would otherwise come to school inadequately dressed. NCEF funding will provide economically needy children with these basic necessities which will aid them in arriving to school ready to learn.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast

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    $93,500

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast provides community and site-based mentoring for at-risk children. NCEF funding will provide the opportunity for BBBSSC to pair waiting youth with mentors, expand site-based mentoring and maintain sufficient numbers of well-trained staff and volunteers. This project will target economically needy children living in single parent homes as well as those coping with parental incarceration.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Collier County

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    $950,000

    Boys & Girls Club of Collier County provides daily after-school and summer enrichment programs to inspire and enable children throughout Collier County, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to reach their full potential. NCEF funding will provide academic and youth development summer programming for 1,200 at-risk children in Golden Gate, East Naples and Immokalee.

  • Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

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    $150,000

    Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps to build character and teach critical life lessons to at-risk youth living in America’s most distressed communities through sports-themed programs. NCEF funding will support Badges for Baseball, special needs programming at the Adaptive Field, a College Experience Day for 150 middle school-aged children and allow 40 youth from the Collier County the opportunity to attend a week-long overnight summer baseball camp in Aberdeen, Maryland.

  • Catholic Charities

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    $225,000

    Catholic Charities seeks to serve and empower ALL in need, regardless of race, nationality or creed. NCEF funding will provide bilingual counseling services for sexually abused, neglected and behaviorally impaired children. In addition to counseling services, funding also supports the Refugee/Immigrant Youth Education Services program which provides English acquisition, educational and academic support to refugee and immigrant youth enrolled in high school.

  • Collier Child Care Resources

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    $100,000

    Collier Child Care Resources supports the needs of Collier County’s children, families and early learning professionals by providing high-quality education, resources and child care services. NCEF funding will provide scholarships for low-income children and families in the Golden Gate area.

  • Collier County Children's Advocacy Center, Inc./CPT

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    $490,000

    Children’s Advocacy Center provides services to the most severely abused and traumatized children in the community. NCEF funding will help pay for medical and social evaluations, case management, trauma-focused therapy and counseling. The demand for services has grown and this project adds more resources to meet the need. Children’s Advocacy Center is the only entity able to provide medical diagnoses of child abuse, child forensic interviews and safe custody exchanges.

  • Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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    $22,000

    Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s mission is to protect Southwest Florida’s unique natural environment and quality of life…now and forever. NCEF funding will provide a summer science camp for at-risk children. Camp will focus on increasing the academic proficiency in science and math through inquiry-based programming that will foster abilities such as critical thinking, collaboration, interpreting scientific information and data.

  • Flourish Now - Safe Families

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    $100,000

    FlourishNow works to prevent child abuse, strengthen families and promote independence through meaningful work by leveraging the power of the local community to support and equip families struggling with poverty and other life crises. NCEF funding supports the Safe Families program which provides families in crisis with a safety net of support to protect children and prevent them from entering the foster care system.

  • Friends of Foster Children Forever

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    $325,000

    Friends of Foster Children Forever provides abused, neglected and abandoned children with the social, educational and financial support the State does not. NCEF funding will support the educational and out-of-school time opportunities for children in foster care and has enabled thousands of foster children to discover hidden talents, boost their self-esteem, sustain good academic grades and most importantly, begin to realize their individual potential.

  • Fun Time Early Childhood Academy

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    $157,000

    Fun Time Early Childhood Academy provides safe, quality, affordable education and care for children of low-income working families in the River Park area. NCEF funding ensures children entering kindergarten are ready to read and learn. Funds will help 96 toddlers and preschoolers receive quality child development services year round.

  • Florida SouthWestern State College

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    $102,000

    Florida SouthWestern State College’s vision is to be the catalyst for creating an innovative education system which provides accessible educational pathways that prepare students to be enlightened and productive citizens. NCEF funding will subsidize scholarships for early leaning at the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center on FSW’s Lely Campus.

  • Gargiulo Education Center

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    $85,000

    Gargiulo Education Center supports the academic and social development of North Naples migrant children through a free, safe and structured after-school program. NCEF funding will provide scholarships for 70 children in need of after-school care.

  • Golisano Children's Museum of Naples

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    $200,000

    Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples provides an exciting, inspiring environment where children and their families play, learn and dream together. NCEF funding will support C’mon’s Pre-K program that allows at-risk and underprivileged children to participate in a multi-sensory, hands-on, playful learning initiative preparing them socially and emotionally not only for the rigors of kindergarten learning, but also stimulates family and lifelong learning.

  • Grace Place for Children & Families

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    $330,000

    Grace Place for Children and Families strives to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring students graduate from high school, seek continued higher education and enter the workforce as hard-working, prepared professionals. NCEF funding will provide a service learning and high school leadership program that will serve as a pathway to college for at-risk youth in the Golden Gate area along with expanding the Bright Beginnings program to help with increasing family literacy.

  • Greater Marco Family YMCA

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    $365,000

    Greater Marco Family YMCA has established out-of-school programs that build strong mind, body and spirit for the children of their community. NCEF funding will serve over 400 children in the Manatee and East Naples areas, providing them with after-school and summer programs. These programs will have an academic component to help participants maintain their academic skills throughout the summer.

  • Greater Naples YMCA

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    $200,000

    Greater Naples YMCA’s main focus is on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. NCEF funding will subsidize over 200 early learning spots for children from low income, working families.

  • Guadalupe Center

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    $810,000

    Guadalupe Center provides educational, social and other support programs and resources to ensure success for disadvantaged children and families of Immokalee. NCEF funding will provide Early Childhood Education to 275 students, 50 students and families high-quality, community based, family-focused curriculum through the Smart Start Program, the Guadalupe After-School Program to 600 students, and summer tutoring and recreation to 300 students. Guadalupe’s high school mentoring program, Tutor Corps, also provides comprehensive college preparedness for students at Immokalee High School.

  • Immokalee Child Care Center

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    $230,000

    Immokalee Child Care Center serves the Immokalee Community by providing exceptional educational programs and the highest quality childcare. Without high-quality and subsidized child care, households would lose the ability to work and provide for their family, and children would not be ready for success in kindergarten. NCEF funding will subsidize 100 early learning spots.

  • Legal Aid

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    $410,000

    Legal Aid provides high-quality, free civil legal advice, representation and education to the residents in Collier County. NCEF funding will continue Children’s Legal Services Project program to promote stability and well-being in the lives of children in the dependency system and those victimized by exposure to domestic violence, trauma and abuse. Free legal services will be provided for up to 500 at-risk children annually.

  • Literacy Volunteers of Collier County

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    $55,000

    Literacy Volunteers of Collier County enhances the lives of our students, families and children by improving their English skills. NCEF funding will support the Children and Parents Reading Together (CPRT) Program which will supplement and reinforce what the child is learning in class, in addition to educating the parent and promoting parental engagement in their child’s education.

  • MusicScores!

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    $50,000

    MusicScores! is a cost-effective program that creates school learners, by providing violin instruction that enhances literacy and focus, as well as social and motor skills, for preschoolers. Significant research regularly supports that these interventions before age five yield the highest rewards in a child’s future. NCEF funding will permit 400 Head Start children to participate in this research-based, data-driven program.

  • Naples Botanical Garden

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    $63,000

    Naples Botanical Garden connects people with plants by conserving and researching the biological diversity of our collections and ecosystems. NCEF funding will provide at-risk students a STEAM focused summer program; this program is designed to reduce summer learning loss.

  • Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

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    $200,000

    Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (formerly known as Naples Equestrian Challenge) improves the lives of children and adults with special needs through therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs. NCEF funding will support therapeutic riding, advanced therapeutic riding, equine-facilitated learning, as well as, summer horsemanship camp. The benefits of therapeutic riding and advanced therapeutic riding include, but are not limited to, marked improvement in physical, cognitive, social and emotional development in individuals.

  • Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA)

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    $415,000

    Redlands Christian Migrant Association provides quality child care and early education for children of migrant farm workers and rural, low-income families throughout Collier County. NCEF funding will serve more than 400 children through quality early learning services and after-school programming.

  • Safe & Healthy Children's Coalition

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    $52,000

    Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County focuses on saving children’s lives through injury prevention and health promotion. NCEF funding will continue to fund the drowning prevention/water safety programming. This program will provide water safety lessons for 1,100 at-risk and under-served children.

  • Special Olympics

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    $75,000

    Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society, by offering a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through a structured athletic program. NCEF funding will continue to support the Young Athletes Program and Unified Champion Schools.

  • St. Matthew's House

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    $42,000

    St. Matthew’s House exists to change the lives of vulnerable and hurting individuals and families. NCEF funding will provide the Essential and Vital Child Services Voucher Program to enrich the lives of these underprivileged children. The vouchers support the cost of vital resources essential for the stability and success of children as their families overcome homelessness and addiction.

  • The Immokalee Foundation

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    $200,000

    The Immokalee Foundation is committed to improving the future of the children of Immokalee by creating pathways to success. NCEF funding supports the Immokalee Readers program. This one-of-a-kind program provides curriculum targeting literacy intervention to improve reading among children who are academically at risk

  • The Shelter for Abused Women & Children

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    $320,000

    The Shelter for Abused Women & Children provides safety, intervention, education and support to victims and survivors of domestic violence. NCEF funding supports the Primary Prevention Program, which creates a learning environment that inspires children and youth to create peaceful and nonviolent environments as well as onsite counseling and advocacy programs to children who have been exposed to domestic violence and abuse.

  • United Arts Council of Collier County

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    $50,000

    United Arts Council enriches lives and strengthens the community through the power of the arts. NCEF funding will permit over 500 children to participate in academic and enrichment services during after-school hours.

  • Valerie's House

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    $50,000

    Valerie’s House is devoted to providing children and their families, who have experienced the death of a loved one, a safe place to share and experience support with others who are also grieving while moving through the healing process. NCEF funding will provide youth in Collier County arts, music, and group therapy in a home setting, to help them identify, express and process grief to become mentally healthy, stable and successful in school and life.

  • Youth Haven

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    $350,000

    Youth Haven’s mission is to protect and empower children, and to strengthen families in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. NCEF funding will support the Homeless and Runaway Teen Transitional Living Program (H.A.R.T.) which provides a safe, reliable and life-changing resource for vulnerable youth.

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