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Charity for Change receives $25,000 grant from Collier Community Foundation

Charity for Change received a $25,000 grant from the Collier Community Foundation to update its elementary school curriculum to meet new state educational standards.

Charity for Change serves at-risk pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students in Collier County through after-school, summer and in-school settings.

“We are grateful for the Collier Community Foundation’s support of Charity for Change, which promotes the education, health and emotional well-being of children in our community,” said Karen Conley, founder and CEO for Charity for Change. “Children who grow up in poverty are more at-risk to develop negative social behaviors, which lead to disengagement, underachievement, bullying, dropping out, and later violence and crime.”

Charity for Change teaches skills recognized by education experts: how to understand and manage emotions; set and achieve positive goals; feel and show empathy for others; establish and maintain positive relationships; and make responsible decisions.

For information on how to create change by supporting Charity for Change’s program, visit charityforchange.org.

About the Collier Community Foundation

Collier Community Foundation is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization established in 1985 to increase and focus on local private philanthropy. Today, the Collier Community Foundation manages more than 850 funds, works with hundreds of nonprofits, and has granted over $268 million to nonprofit organizations, community programs, and scholarships. Informed giving. Powerful results. Learn more at colliercf.org or call 239-649-5000.

About Charity for Change

Founded in 2008, Charity for Change exists to elevate young children to their highest potential by teaching the foundation of character and charitable habits through an academic curriculum, building resilience and self-efficacy in children. This sets them on a trajectory to thrive in school and later in life, creating a world filled with empathy and compassion — free of hate, violence, bullying and division. The organization serves Pre-K to 5th grade students through its afterschool, summer school, preschool, and in-school programs. Since 2008, the program has impacted 100,000 children, instilling character traits and raising $150,000 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. For more information about Charity for Change, please visit charityforchange.org or call 239-592-6787.

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