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Your donation will help Charlotte Community Foundation, or one of our agency partners or donor funds, to improve the quality of life in Charlotte County.

If you wish to make a donation to the Charlotte Community Foundation’s Community Fund, which will be used to address the most pressing needs in our community, please select the “Charlotte Community Foundation Community Fund”, click “Donate Now”, fill out the requested information and click “Submit”.

If you would like your donation to be applied to a specific fund, select the appropriate fund box, click “Donate Now”, fill out the requested information and click “Submit”.

CCF Funds

Charlotte Cares Campaign

Fund Description: Allows the Foundation to increase our capacity to provide additional and continued support for nonprofit projects, the development of community initiatives, and to respond to the community’s most critical issues and needs.

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CCF Community Fund

Fund Description: A General Fund supporting the community’s most pressing needs.

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Hand-Up Grant

Description: Allows CCF to provide a hand-up, not a hand-out, to individuals and families that have a one-time critical need.

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Veteran's Fund

Fund Description: Allows CCF to support veteran’s initiatives in Charlotte County.

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CCF Agency Partner Funds

Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County

Fund Description: Support for our scholarship program for kids of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte County. The agency fund assists Boys & Girls Club carry out its mission: to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity

Fund Description: Agency funds received will be used to continually support our ongoing mission of providing safe, decent, affordable homes for families in Charlotte County.  By offering a hand up, not a hand out, Charlotte County Habitat partners with low-income residents by providing an opportunity for a more secure future through our homeownership program.

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Charlotte County Homeless Coalition

Fund Description: The Homeless Coalition has been providing life-saving, life-changing and basic need services in our community since 1989. Supporting the Homeless Coalition helps our community reach the most vulnerable people in need. Your contribution will support our daily work through our Hunger Prevention Program, Emergency Shelter, Getting Ahead Classes, and the Veterans Program as we strive to envision a community free of hunger and homelessness.

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Fund Description: Charlotte HIV/AIDS People Support, (CHAPS) is an all volunteer organization whose purpose is to provide supplemental food and hygiene products at no cost to persons in need living with HIV/AIDS and their dependents. CHAPS serves qualified persons living in Charlotte, Desoto and South Sarasota Counties. Qualification consists of screening and referral by the local health departments or the CAN Community Health to verify health and economic status. CHAPS is a “choice” food pantry which allows clients to choose food items that meet their changing dietary needs. The hygiene items provide personal care and help to maintain a sanitary environment. The food and hygiene items enhance the lives of clients by helping to keep them nourished and better able to fight off infections.

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CHEC Endowment Fund

Fund Description: Support current and future programs and services of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center to carry outs its mission to raise public awareness of the value of our natural and cultural resources by providing environmental education, recreation, research and management of conservation lands and as its role as described by its by-laws.

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Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Fund Description: Since 2013, the Symphony continues to excel with Raffaele Ponti as Maestro. Under his baton, the Orchestra has flourished and grown in size to over 70 professional musicians drawing audiences from the community and around the world.  Your support will allow the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra to continue to distinguish our identity as a community through symphonic excellence and innovation.

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Fred Lang Foundation

Fund Description: The Fred Lang Foundation’s mission is to aid individuals find the hope for a brighter tomorrow through effective mental health and substance abuse treatment.  Funds from the Foundation are donated to the non-profit 501(c)(3) Charlotte Behavioral Health Care to underwrite services for low income residents of Charlotte County.  Without the Fred Lang Foundation’s assistance, some children, teens, adults and families might not be able to get the help they need.

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Harry Chapin Food Bank Endowment Fund

Fund Description: Support the programs and services of Harry Chapin Food Bank to carry out its role and mission as described by its by-laws.

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PGICA Endowment Fund

Fund Description: Provide an endowment to meet operational, long-term capital requirements, and future building expansion needs.

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United Way Foundation of Charlotte County

Fund Description: Almost 20 years ago, a generous gift from the Dr. David Klein Family became the seed for an endowment to support United Way of Charlotte County’s (UWCC) long term operation. Today, our community’s challenges require United Way’s expertise more than ever, the United Way Foundation of Charlotte County is designed to honor donors’ legacies while ensuring UWCC’s ability to fight for the education, financial stability, and wellness of our community and our mission to eliminate poverty.

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Vietnam Wall of SWFL Care & Maintenance

Fund Description: Fund is invested over time and receives an annual distribution for various care and maintenance needs in order to maintain the condition of the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida.

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Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic

Fund Description: The agency fund supports the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic in its mission: to provide no-cost, volunteer medical, pharmacy, and wellness services to the under-served in Charlotte County.

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Memorial Funds

Randy Bateman Memorial Fund

The Randy Bateman
Memorial Fund was established by Randy’s family to provide scholarship opportunities for future members of the Power Generation Industry.

Mr. Bateman was a lifelong Floridian who lived his entire life on his family’s ranch. After graduating from DeSoto High School he went on to attend the University of Florida. Soon thereafter, he began his 39-year career with Florida Power and Light, starting out as a mechanic and rising to the position of Central Maintenance Outage Manager.  He was committed to provide and participate in safety practices, always encouraging others to make safety a number one priority.  Randy was a dedicated and conscientious member of the FPL/NextEra Team. While Randy’s accomplishments were numerous, those he was the  proudest of were his wife, children and family.

All proceeds from the Randy Bateman Memorial Fund will be used to grant education scholarships to those seeking a career in the Power Generation Industry.

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Dominic Cardenas Memorial Fund

The purpose of this fund is to help further the education of athletes at Charlotte High School.

Dominic C. Cardenas, 24, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2019.  Born on June 28, 1994 in El Paso Texas, he lived his life serving and loving others.  He was loved for his caring heart and humorous nature.

Dominic is survived by his loving fiancée, Meagan Bonesteel, his mother, Vickie Hickox of Brunswick, GA, Steve and Donna Cardenas, his father and mother of Punta Gorda, FL, siblings, Steven (Mei) Cardenas, Laticia Cardenas, Michael Cardenas and Sean Gill as well as his nephews, Aiden Cardenas, Gabriel Cardenas and Elijah Cardenas and cherished grandparents, Calixto and Socorra Cardenas, Diane gill, Myrtice and Landell Hickox and many other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Dominic participated in cross country, track and field, and wrestled for Charlotte High School – Go Tarpons!  He graduated in 2013 and continued his education by pursuing a degree in Finance at Florida Gulf Coast University where he met the love of his life, Meagan.  He joined Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and strived to work hard and follow his passion.  Dominic enjoyed working at and eating at many local businesses.  He also enjoyed being a stay-at-home dad to their 4 year old mutt, Bean, and he truly adored relaxing at home with his loved ones.  Dominic treasured each and every moment spent with family and friends, and welcomed any traveling adventure with open arms.  Those were the things that brought out the killer smile we all loved!!

If you have a passion to help further the education of athletes at Charlotte High School, we invite you to donate to this fund!

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Hammami Family Trust Fund for Education


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Susan "Susie" Selleck Memorial Fund

Susan was born in Willimantic Connecticut on Nov. 5, 1943.  While in Connecticut Susan worked for Stop & Shop Supermarket for more than twenty years and then went on to purchasing, renovating and flipping old homes.

In 1989 she came to Port Charlotte for the winter with a girlfriend and loved it so much she decided to make it her home. She obtained her real estate license and lived there until she retired to Hiawassee Georgia in 2006. She loved her retirement and living in the mountains. She had a great love for nature, animals and the many friends she had in the area.

Susie had a passion for life, a love for others and a contagious smile. She was known for making intricate pine needle baskets and was a member and past president of the Shooting Creek Basket Weavers Guild. She also enjoyed her card and book clubs although it is believed she liked socializing at the clubs more than reading the books or playing the card games. Susie also loved history and was involved in the creation of the Sunshine Selleck Genealogy Club. She was a member of Unity Church of the Mountains in Blairsville Georgia where she served on the hospitality committee and was known to throw the best church picnics ever.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Susan Selleck Memorial Fund at the Charlotte Community Foundation, 227 Sullivan St. Punta Gorda FL 33950.

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Karen Cline Wedemeyer Memorial Fund

The Karen Cline Wedemeyer Memorial Fund is established in memory of Karen Wedemeyer, a resident and active supporter of many organizations in Punta Gorda, FL. She believed deeply in improving her community by supporting education and civic institutions. Karen was a resident of Punta Gorda for more than 20 years and was passionate about the area and its residents.

Karen Clline Wedemeyer Memorial FundIn Punta Gorda, Karen realized a life’s dream to build a college preparatory school. Working with the leadership of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Karen launched a K-8 program and led a fundraising effort to construct a new school building in 2006. Karen retired from Good Shepherd Day School in 2008.

Karen was also an active community leader. She was a board member of the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association and she chaired fundraising efforts for Team Punta Gorda and The Tidewell Hospice Cup Regatta. Karen was an active member of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club and the Mariners Boat Club.

Proceeds from the Karen Cline Wedemeyer Memorial Fund will continue to benefit the Good Shepherd Day School in her memory.  Beginning in 2020-2021, the Karen Cline Wedemeyer Fund will present an annual donation of $500 to the Good Shepherd Day School to be awarded to “the overall top performing student and citizen.”  What a meaningful way to acknowledge Karen’s love of community and deep commitment to education.

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Jennifer A. Young Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jennifer A. YoungThis fund seeks to award scholarships to students pursuing a career in Education at a 4-year accredited college. Students who show a need for college funding must also show a resume reflecting personal integrity and honor.

Dr. Young (PhD. In Leadership and Public Policy, Ohio State University) spent 30 years in education, first as a math teacher, later retiring as a high school vice-principal in Worthington, Ohio. She dedicated herself to making schools more responsive to students, to helping teachers achieve their maximum potentials and to developing more competent and humane administrators. A resident of Port Charlotte, she had a gentle nature that belied her competitiveness.

If your passion is supporting education and training for future teachers, we invite you to donate to this fund!

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