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.
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 2017, we provided $933,264 in grants 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.”
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