Charlotte Community Foundation will award more than  $117,000
in higher education scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic school year.


Thank you for your support by spreading the word that Higher Education Scholarships were available through CCF.  Our volunteer Scholarship Review Committee members are scoring the applications now, and we look forward to announcing the recipients in April.

We are so proud of all the Charlotte County residents who are pursuing higher education.  Best of luck to each of the applicants!

The Charlotte Community Foundation Hand-Up Grant will begin accepting applications for the 2nd Quarter on April 2, 2018.

Connecting People Who Care With Causes That Matter

The Charlotte Community Foundation is an independent, tax exempt, certified 501(C)(3) public charity created by and for the people of Charlotte County, Florida. We are the community’s center for philanthropy.  Focused exclusively on the current and emerging needs of Charlotte County, we assist individuals, families and businesses in establishing charitable funds which are then used to provide grants, education, resources and support to local nonprofits.

We make charitable giving easy, efficient and tax-effective, ensuring your gift achieves the greatest possible impact.  You tell us how you would like to see grants from your fund focused and we assure that your funds are directed to the issues about which you care.

In the News

“I care.”

Home is where the heart is and Charlotte County is my home. After graduating from the University of Florida, College of Law, I found Charlotte County and immediately fell in love with the area, the people, the community and the genuine kindness of every person I met....

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“We care.”

Giving is generational. We must, by example, show our children and grandchildren that giving back to our community is a responsibility. A Donor Advised Fund at Charlotte Community Foundation allows parents and grandparents to designate children and grandchildren as...

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“I care.”

Since joining the team of Bayfront Health a little over a year ago, I couldn’t be more proud of the talented caregivers who serve our patients and strengthen our community in so many ways. Here, I am surrounded by many caring and compassionate individuals who are...

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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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