Did you know the Leadership Charlotte Class of 2007 began a Donor Advised Fund with the Charlotte Community Foundation with $10,000 from their class project?  Since it was started, the classes of 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 have donated an additional $47,000 from a portion of their class projects and/or events.

Emily Lewis co-president of the 2007 class said, “We’re hoping to build a legacy.  We hope that other classes will add to the fund so that we will continue to give back to Charlotte County from here to eternity.”  The main focus for the Leadership Charlotte Donor Advised Fund is providing aid to youth services in Charlotte County.

One of the goals of Leadership Charlotte program is to have the class participants work together and come up with their own way to give back to the community.  These classes have done this by creating projects and/or having events that will benefit nonprofits in Charlotte County.  In addition the classes of 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 have also contributed at least $5,000 to the Leadership Charlotte Donor Advised Fund, which allows more distributions to the community to support our youth.

This year, the Leadership Charlotte committee awarded two grants, one to Girls on the Run of Southwest Florida and one to Charlotte Technical College.


Girls on the Run annually serves 350 girls at all elementary and middle schools in Charlotte County.  Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  Girls on the Run envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

“The Leadership Charlotte Committee proudly supports Girls on the Run as a program aligned with our goal of positive youth development in Charlotte County,” stated Cheyenne Young, “Not only does the program promote healthy lifestyles, it fosters confidence and character at a crucial age for young girls throughout our community.”

Charlotte Technical College offers dual enrollment to all four high schools and students who are home schooled, attend private schools and are enrolled in Charlotte Virtual School.  The mission of Charlotte Technical College is to provide an effective, innovative technical education preparing students to enter, advance, and succeed in the workplace.

Leadership Charlotte Committee member, Cheyenne Young, said, “Assisting high school students to take advantage of the technical programs offered by the public school system is the type of synergistic impact for which the Leadership Charlotte Fund was created.  We are so pleased to help these career-minded students take the next steps in their training.”

For more information on or how to donate, please contact CCF at (941) 637-0077 or visit www.charlottecf.org.