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Charlotte Cares

is an exciting new initiative led by the Charlotte Community Foundation (CCF). The goal of Charlotte Cares is to increase the amount of grant funds available to qualifying nonprofit agencies in the Charlotte County community.

In 2016, CCF was able to provide a total of $50,000 in grants to nine nonprofits. Unfortunately, there were 28 other nonprofits requesting an additional $230,000 that did not receive funding due to lack of available funds.

Through Charlotte Cares, we will raise additional grant funds in order to provide even more assistance in 2017. Please consider providing a tax deductible donation to Charlotte Cares by donating to the Charlotte Community Foundation’s Charlotte Cares Fund.


The Charlotte Community Foundation appreciates all who donated to our First Annual CHARLOTTE CARES Campaign.

With a stretch goal of $100,000, your donations exceeded that target for a total amount raised of $105,042.50, which will allow the Foundation to increase our capacity to do more and to help more in need in Charlotte County.  Thank you!

Tax-deductible donations for our 2nd Annual Campaign can be made at any time.  Or talk to us about setting up your own fund to support causes that matter to you: Endowments, Donor Advised Funds, Scholarships and other TAX EXEMPT Funds.

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.

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Apply for a Scholarship

Many scholarships are available for college-bound students thanks to generous donors who have established scholarship funds at Charlotte Community Foundation.  Applications are accepted through March 15, 2017.  In 2016 we awarded $88,000 in Scholarships.

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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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