Connecting People Who Care With Causes That Matter

The Charlotte Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization that enhances the quality of life for Charlotte County residents by nurturing a community of givers and connecting them to the causes that make a difference. By receiving community gifts, we are able to help them grow through sound financial investment in order to provide grants to local nonprofit organizations and scholarships to our students that ultimately build a stronger Charlotte County for all.



In the News

Part Time Administrative Assistant Position

Part Time Administrative Assistant Position for Energetic, highly organized, outgoing and friendly team member to support the CEO and Office Administrator of the Charlotte Community Foundation.  Above average computer skills requiring data input, letter and mail...

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 Charlotte Community Foundation Taps Seasoned Nonprofit Executive as CEO Punta Gorda, FL, August 17, 2016 – The Charlotte Community Foundation announced today that Tami Sender will join the organization as chief executive officer, effective October 3, 2016. Sender,...

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In Memory of Corporal Paul Hanson, USMC

Grant awarded to the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition in memory of Corporal Paul Hanson, USMC   On June 16, 2016, more than 20 donors and friends attended a check presentation in memory of Corporal Paul Hanson, USMC. Dr. Mark and Cindy Hanson are longtime...

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Helping You With Your Legacy

What cause is closest to your own heart? Are you interested in teaching your children about the importance of giving or getting ready to make your own life change? Wherever you are in life, we can help you design a fund that meets your charitable goals, protects your assets and allows them to grow over time as part of a larger investment pool. Learn how to start your fund.

Who We Are

We are members of the community in Charlotte County, Florida, whose primary purpose is to serve the needs and charitable goals of donors who want to make a difference, now and in the future. We provide personalized services that help individuals and families achieve charitable and financial goals by offering tools and resources that make giving easy, flexible and effective. Learn more about us.

Making a Difference

Our primary role is connecting people who care — people like you — with causes that matter through endowed funds that support scholarships for students and grants for nonprofit organizations. Each year, we invite grant requests from local organizations and, in so far in 2016, we have provided grants totaling $557,287 to help nonprofits in our community implement programs that build a stronger Charlotte County.  Learn more about causes that matter.

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Why I Started a Fund

Christel Gerdel, who established the David Gerdel Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of her husband: “It’s so rewarding to help a promising student succeed. You never want financial need to be the obstacle to a student’s success. My scholarship fund is named in memory of my late husband and every year I honor his memory by providing a scholarship in his name to a young person pursuing a degree in engineering. This is something David strongly believed in.”

Getting Your Fund Started

What cause is closest to your own heart? Are you getting ready to sell a business, retire or are you thinking about your estate plan? Wherever you are in life, we can help you design a fund that meets your charitable goals, protects your assets and allows them to grow over time. Call, email or stop in today so we can connect you with the causes that matter to you.


Charlotte Community Foundation is fully accredited by the Community Foundations National Standards Board, a supporting organization of the Council on Foundations. We follow national standards for legal, ethical and effective practices.

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