Those Who Give 6

Local Charities and Philanthropic Organizations Make Huge Contributions to the Cape

Cape Coral Community Foundation

The Cape Coral Community Foundation is a vehicle for people of all means to make a lasting difference in their community and beyond. They are a tax-exempt charitable organization created through gifts from many generous community-minded individuals. Community foundations operate in perpetuity, meaning the gifts made to the foundation will continue to grow and provide resources for generations to come. The foundation works to grow philanthropy and strengthens the community by encouraging community endowments, addressing community needs and providing community leadership. As community stewards, they stimulate philanthropy that enriches the community’s quality of life through lasting and meaningful giving.

The Cape Coral Community Foundation touches lives through its annual grants and scholarships. Its impact results in strengthening families, feeding hungry children, assisting the elderly, providing scholarships, working with veterans, preserving the environment, protecting animal life, preserving the community’s heritage and building community trust. The foundation also works to assist not-for-profit organizations, faith-based groups and private schools and finds ways to partner with financial advisors and wealth managers. They also function as a fundraising institute to train and cultivate talented development officers and executive philanthropic leadership for nonprofit organizations.

The Cape Coral Community Foundation accepts a wide variety of assets. Gifts to the foundation and its funds may be in the form of cash, real estate, life insurance and publicly traded or closely held securities. You will receive the maximum tax advantages for income, gift and estate tax purposes. With an endowment, assets are invested to generate an ongoing source of income and your legacy will last forever. Unrestricted funds support the community’s needs, while other funds are designated to benefit donors’ favorite cause. For more information or to get involved, contact Cape Coral Community Foundation President/CEO Michael Chatman, 1405 SE 47th St., Unit 2, Cape Coral, FL 33904, by phone at 239.542.5594 or by email at

Homes for Heroes

Quite often the people who protect us the most in our own hometown don’t get the appreciation they deserve. Homes for Heroes Inc. was established after 9/11 to give back and say thank you to local heroes for all they do. The program provides Hero Rewards, which is an easy way for these individuals to save money when buying or selling a home. With gratitude, the program honors the selfless service of true heroes—firefighters, law enforcement, military (active, reserves and veterans), health care workers, emergency medical services and teachers—by giving back.

Who is considered a hero? Any of these professions, current or former, qualify to receive Hero Rewards. There’s no cost to participate in the program, no red tape and no hidden fees. How much the hero can save varies depending on the individual, but the average savings to most is around $1,500. The organization has saved local heroes over $27 million since its inception. The organization has also started a foundation, and every time a hero buys or sells a home, a portion is donated back to help other heroes in need. To see if you qualify and take advantage of the program, visit or contact Pat Eberle, a local affiliate of the program at 612.384.6018.

Samaritan Health and Wellness Center Inc.

What can you spare to help someone afford health care?

Affordable health care is out of reach for millions of working Americans. In Lee County, Samaritan Health and Wellness Center Inc. provides affordable primary health care and counseling for the working uninsured and underinsured. This nonprofit, faith-based family medicine clinic receives no money from the government, and its sustainability depends on donations along with the small fees paid by patients.

An appointment to establish care at Samaritan costs $55. Once established, patients pay $40 for follow-up visits. Donations make up 52 percent of Samaritan’s annual operating budget, so every dollar helps. Without the generosity of individuals, organizations, churches and businesses, the clinic would close.

In November, Samaritan celebrates three years of caring for nearly 4,500 individuals in Lee County and the surrounding area. Two licensed, nationally board-certified nurse practitioners and three licensed mental health counselors provide holistic care of the bodies, minds and spirits of patients, Monday through Friday, in a Christ-centered environment where everyone is welcome. What can you spare to make sure others can afford their health care? For more information or to get involved, go to

Cape Coral Caring Center

The Cape Coral Caring Center is a 501(c)(3) emergency food pantry, serving residents of Cape Coral that are dealing with things like serious illness or sudden job loss. The center has been assisting residents for 28 years, helping more than 300,000 people. The Cape Coral Caring Center has a staff of three, with a staff of more than 100 volunteers. With its reliance on volunteers, the center’s administrative costs are very low.

Every client is interviewed, and the need is determined. All income-qualified clients will leave with food and the center never limits the number of families it helps each day, even if it is low on food. The Cape Coral Caring Center believes that making sure food is available to those in need is the center’s problem, not the problem of the family who may have hungry children at home.

The Cape Coral Caring Center also helps with LCEC bills, clothing vouchers provided by Kiwanis Thrift Stores, bus passes for job searches and resume building. The center also has a day called “Backpack for Community Caring” where it provides complete backpacks for children in all grades.

It will provide around 600 families with a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, including turkey or ham. The center will also have a Christmas store for families with young children. Parents are allowed to pick exactly what their children want.

The Cape Coral Caring Center always appreciates food donations, perishable and nonperishable. It has what is called buying power, which means every dollar donated to the center is worth up to $8! For more info or to get involved, visit