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Community Foundation of Collier County Opens Care For Collier Fund  to Support Red Tide Relief and Other Community Causes

August 17, 2018

Community Foundation of Collier County Opens Care For Collier Fund 
to Support Red Tide Relief and Other Community Causes

Naples, FL (August 17, 2018) – The Community Foundation of Collier County opened the Care for Collier Fund with the assistance of local government and the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce to support emerging community causes.  The Fund’s initial cause will be to provide relief for red tide hardship for small business owners in Collier County who have lost income due to the severity of the ongoing red tide crisis in Southwest Florida.

The Care for Collier Fund is designed to support community members in times of hardship, due to a natural disaster.  The fund is intended to support small water-based businesses in Collier County in distress such as fishing and charter or water tour businesses, water monitoring equipment, and educational programs whose income has been adversely affected due to extreme red tide conditions.

Commissioner Penny Taylor said, “I applaud the extraordinary efforts of the Community Foundation to provide assistance to the small businesses in Collier County that depend on clean gulf waters for their livelihood.”

The Community Foundation Board of Trustees kicked off the Fund by allotting $50,000 from the Foundation’s Changing Needs Fund to be made available for immediate relief.  The Foundation needs support in this effort and knows the community and donors will come together to support this crisis like they did after Hurricane Irma.  Donations to the Care for Collier Fund can be made at or by sending a check to Community Foundation.

“We live in a magnificent community, a community that is blessed and a community that cares.  This care is again highlighted by the good work of our Community Foundation of Collier County as it impacts the extraordinary needs of our small businesses impacted by red tide,” said Senator Garrett Richter.

Applications are available for funds up to $2,500 to provide hardship relief for expenses such as rent or mortgage payments, business loan payments, utility bills, or small business expenses may be completed on line at

“The red tide definitely has had an impact on our economy – particularly our small businesses that make a living off the gulf. Helping them through this is the right thing to do now,” said Michael Dalby, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. “In the long term, we need to also come together regionally as one voice to advocate for change to the status quo. Solutions are out there…we need the leadership and funding to put them into action.”

Applicant eligibility will be decided upon and awarded by a grant committee.

“We recognize that our community has a serious environmental problem that requires assistance and the Community Foundation wants to be proactive in responding to that need,” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Community Foundation President & CEO. “Our Board and community partners have been extremely supportive of this new initiative and we thank them for their quick action which enables us to provide relief for many who have been affected by the red tide crisis.”

*The IRS is of the opinion that once a damaged business is restored to viability or self-supporting, further charitable assistance is no longer appropriate. Support will be provided unless and until the state of emergency is lifted and/or governmental assistance is made available that addresses this issue.

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 700 funds, collaborates with more than 400 nonprofits, holds over $170 million in assets and has distributed nearly $130 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs since its inception. The Community Foundation of Collier County is one of Florida’s fastest growing community foundations. For good. Forever. Learn more at or call 239-649-5000.


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