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Charity for Change receives $10,000 in grants from Community Foundation of Collier County to support mental wellness for youth

Charity for Change has received a $7,500 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County in support of operating expenses to make up a fundraising gap due to the pandemic, and a $2,500 capacity-building grant to facilitate a board development process.

The operating grant will help fill the financial gap created by the pandemic and cancellation or non-scheduling of three fundraising events. The funding will be used to help at-risk children develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to make good choices or change harmful behaviors.

The capacity-building grant will support the hiring of a consultant to develop a plan and facilitate a Board Development process, including recruitment of additional board members and restructuring of committees.

“We are grateful for the support of the Community Foundation of Collier County and its ongoing dedication to meet the critical needs of Collier County, particularly during the challenges brought on by the pandemic,” said Karen Conley, founder and CEO of Charity for Change. “These grants will support our capacity to serve more children and contribute to building our operational strength and sustainability.”

Naples-based educational nonprofit Charity for Change recently enhanced its school programs with a new online platform and additional social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum, which grew by 400% to address the mental wellness challenges during the pandemic and the aftermath.

The enhanced program includes scientifically proven methods of teaching SEL, including four teaching modalities. The proprietary curriculum seamlessly blends character education, charitable involvement and giving, with standards-based math and language arts in a cooperative learning environment.

For information on how to create change by supporting the program, visit charityforchange.org.

About Charity for Change

Founded in 2008, Charity for Change brings children together to see past their differences and work together for others in need to prevent bullying and violence and instill empathy and a giving spirit. Through character education and charitable activities, the organization serves children through its afterschool, summer school, preschool, and in-school programs. Since 2008, the program as impacted 80,000 children, instilling nine character traits and raising $140,000 for 100 area charities. The goal of Charity for Change is to cultivate confident, compassionate children who become successful learners, contribute to their schools and communities, and who will participate in society as empathetic, resilient, ethical and self-reliant citizens. In 2020, Charity for Change launched GiverTV, an interactive video series hosted on Charity for Change’s YouTube channel. Videos feature the program’s mascots, Giver and U2Can, teaching social-emotional learning foundational skills that include character education and service learning. For more information about Charity for Change, please visit www.charityforchange.org or call 239-592-6787.

About the Community Foundation of Collier County
The Community Foundation of Collier County, now in its 36th year, is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization established in 1985 to increase and focus on local private philanthropy. Today, the Community Foundation of Collier County manages more than 750 funds, collaborates with hundreds of nonprofits, holds over $284 million in assets and has distributed over $216 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs. The Community Foundation of Collier County is one of Florida’s fastest-growing community foundations. For good. Forever. Learn more at cfcollier.org or call 239-649-5000.

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