The Charlotte Community Foundation Hand Up Grant are accepting applications for 4th quarter beginning October 2, 2017.

Community Foundation and United Way Partner for Disaster Response

The Charlotte Community Foundation (CCF), the United Way of Charlotte County (UWCC) and Southwest Florida Community Foundation have joined together in partnership in order to respond to the significant devastation left in Hurricane Irma’s wake.

“As always, the local needs of Charlotte County residents are our priority.” Said Tami Sender, CEO of the Charlotte Community Foundation. “To that end, we are partnering with the United Way to assure that funds are available for relief and recovery efforts while avoiding duplication and ensuring that donated funds will provide the greatest impact for our community.”

“This collaboration will enhance our community’s ability to quickly respond to this disaster,” stated Carrie Blackwell Hussey, Executive Director of the United Way of Charlotte County.  “Donors can give to the Foundation or the United Way and know that the funds will be distributed to those with the greatest needs in the most critical areas.  Working together we will better serve the entire county.”

Tax-Deductible donations can be made by visiting,, or by texting Irma to 40403. 100% of funds will be used for direct expenses related to Hurricane Irma relief and recovery efforts.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Here in Florida, we know all too well the damage storms like this can inflict, as well as the impact and depth of immediate and long-term recovery needs.

Monetary donations are fast, flexible and effective ways to make a direct impact during this time of need. Charlotte Community Foundation stands with the Greater Houston Community Foundation and has set up disaster relief fund to accept tax-deductible flood relief donations. You can help by making a gift to support recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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

CEO, Tami Sender’s Q & A in Charlotte Sun “Funding the Community”

We are thankful to Elaine Allen-Emerich and the Charlotte Sun for publishing the featured article with our CEO, Tami Sender.

We are also happy to say that CCF, United Way of Charlotte County and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation have joined in partnership and established a fund to respond with relief and recovery efforts left in Hurricane Irma’s wake.

Our K-2 Initiative has wrapped up with the delivery of 167,000 books to the Kindergarten through 2nd Grade classroom libraries in the Charlotte County School System.

read more

“I care.”

Since joining the Fawcett Memorial Hospital family four years ago, it has been an honor to work with a dedicated team who have been delivering compassionate care to the members of our community since 1975. And much like the Charlotte Community Foundation is planning...

read more

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.

NUMBER of Donor Funds

$ AMOUNT of grants given in 2016

$ MILLION in grants given in our history

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.

National Standards