Community Leadership & Initiatives

Your Passion. Your Collier.

A year-long community needs assessment study (CNA) project initiated by the Community Foundation and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation presented a detailed portrait of Collier County and its residents. The 2017 survey report informed the Community Foundation’s discretionary grant-making resources on partners and programs in five strategic areas that address our community’s major needs.

This survey report was created because we know you care about needs in our community and how we can meet them. It can be examined more closely at the following links:

Strategic Areas 

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Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Raise awareness through public education and provide funding for support services to address the growing need in our community.

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Housing & Hunger

Housing and Hunger

Support collaborative projects that provide affordable housing and support services and address food insecurity throughout Collier County.

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Education & Employment

Education and Employment

Support the operations of Future Ready Collier to increase scholarships and internships and increase the number of career-focused opportunities to build our workforce and stimulate economic development.

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Crisis & Disaster Relief

Crisis & Disaster Relief

Support unrestricted funds that are vital for sustaining the community through a crisis.

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Seniors and Veterans

Seniors & Veterans

Affordable housing for seniors and veterans and invest in case

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Environment & Accessibility

Environment & Accessibility

Update accommodations in parks and recreation areas to make them more accessible, establish wetlands restoration initiatives, and provide reforestation efforts by planting native trees.

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Addressing the challenges facing our community

The Community Foundation of Collier County has been connecting people who care to causes that matter, growing charitable legacies, and funding nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life in Collier County for 35 years. We connect with hundreds of local nonprofits to make Collier County a better place and conduct significant studies that lead to real change in the community— like the 2017 Community Needs and Assets Assessment initiative with the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and 30 other community partners.


As a direct result, the Community Foundation has launched the $15.5 million Your PassionYour Collier. campaign to address mental health & substance abuse, housing & hunger, education & employment, seniors & veterans, environment & accessibility, and crisis and disaster relief.

Want to learn more?

Read our case statement of who we are and how we spark change

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To learn more, please contact:

Eileen Connolly-Keesler


Julie Van Tongeren
VP of Development