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Support the work of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. Give Where You Live Collier kicks off on Feb. 29, 2016

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida invites the community to support its efforts to prepare young people for success in a global economy by donating to the organization through Give Where You Live Collier, Feb. 29 – March 1, 2016.

Give Where You Live Collier is a county-wide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Collier County through online giving. The Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation are partnering to present Give Where You Live Collier with 40 participating nonprofit organizations in 2016. Donations are accepted through GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org.

As a participating nonprofit, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will benefit from Give Where You Live Collier in many ways.

“The donations we receive through Give Where You Live Collier help us do more to support the community and ensure that our future generation is prepared to succeed in the business world,” said Angela Fisher, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “Our goal is to raise $25,000 this year, which is a part of our annual operating budget. We also want to earn our share of the $400,000 matching fund.”

$400,000 Matching Fund

Thanks to the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Give Where You Live Collier features a $400,000 matching fund. Every nonprofit that receives a donation from noon, Feb. 29, 2016 to noon, March 1, 2016 will receive a proportionate share of the matching fund, increasing the value of every dollar donated. For example, if Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida receives 10 percent of the total donations made through Give Where You Live Collier, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida also receives 10 percent of the $400,000 matching fund.

“Thanks to generous members of our community and hardworking nonprofits, we expect Give Where You Live Collier to be a great success,” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County. “Not only the dollars raised, but the number of donors contributing to the success of the day will showcase the generosity of this community.”

For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, please visit www.JASWFL.org. For more information about Give Where You Live Collier, please visit GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org.

About the Community Foundation of Collier County

The Community Foundation of Collier County is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization, established in 1985 to increase and focus private philanthropy in the area. Today, the Community Foundation of Collier County manages more than 510 funds, collaborates with more than 400 nonprofits, holds more than $106 million in assets and has distributed more than $88 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs. It is one of Florida’s fastest growing community foundations. Learn more at cfcollier.org.

About the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation was founded in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, as a way to give back to the community. Schulze and his family believe that a good education, a supportive family and a strong work ethic prepare children for a successful future. To support that belief, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation supports education and basic human services, among other types of organizations. It is the vision of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to connect in a meaningful way with grantees to make strategic contributions that achieve specific, measurable outcomes.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA):

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA of Southwest Florida programs are delivered to students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.6 million students per year in 113 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 118 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit www.JA.org for more information. For more information about JA of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org.

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