"We are so happy and grateful now that our lives are full of love - we love who we are, we love what we do and we love who we are becoming."
Quote by Michael Chatman
President & CEO
Cape Coral Community Foundation
Top Leaders Join the
Cape Coral Community Foundation
Chairman's Circle
Navigating Change in Southwest Florida
The Chairman's Circle helps to cultivate and celebrate the attitude of positive change and hope for the future that is ever present in our community. Their wisdom, counsel and leadership provides a historical perspective that is aligned with the future goals of the Cape Coral Community Foundation.

Our gratitude goes to these leaders who find meaningful ways to transform our community every day.
Thank you to our 2019 - 2020
Chairman's Circle Club Members
Elmer Tabor, Owner
Wonderland Realty
Bob Knight, President
Paul Homes
Dennis Gingerich, Founder
Cape Christian Fellowship
Joe Padgett, Retired Executive
Steve Pohlman, Retired Executive
City of Cape Coral Parks & Recreation
Michael Chatman, President
Cape Coral Community Foundation
Valerie's House Receives 2nd Grant in Less Than 3 Months
Cape Foundation partners with
nonprofit members to match donors with causes
Two years ago, Angela Melvin, founder of Valerie's House, became the first organization to join the Cape Coral Community Foundation's Nonprofit Member Program.

Valerie's House is a loving place for grieving families where children learn that loss doesn't have to limit their dreams. It is a special place for children and families in Southwest Florida to connect with one another and learn the tools to heal after they have experience the death of someone they love.

Their mission is to help children and families work through the loss of a loved one together and go on to live fulfilling lives. Their vision is that no child will grieve alone.

Nonprofit Members, just like Valerie's House, participate in Cape Coral Community Foundation's high quality educational, training and networking programs.

Membership fees support the Community Foundation's Nonprofit Education Fund to provide programs and services that strengthen the entire nonprofit business community.

The Cape Coral Community Foundation partnered with Valerie's House to present their case for support to a donor.
The result led to a $2,500 donation to support their mission.

Congratulations Valerie's House! To support Valerie's House, visit: Valerie's House

There are matching funds available to join the Nonprofit Members Program. To receive a matching grant, click here for more information: Nonprofit Members Program
Survey of Nonprofit Leaders Reveals
"Board Member Micromanagement is the
BIGGEST Challenge"
Every three months, Cape Coral Community Foundation releases survey results based on information collected from monthly networking sessions with Southwest Florida
leading nonprofit organizations.

According to our most recent survey of nonprofit leaders, unfortunately nothing has changed. Once again, survey results revealed that board members need to consider themselves overseers, not implementers.

When board members overstep the line between governance and management they become micromanagers.

Nonprofit leaders say board members are micromanaging when they want to:

  • Approve the choice of vendors, office equipment, software, or office furniture;

  • Participate in staff hiring and defining job descriptions (besides the CEO);

  • Contact staff members directly for information - without explicitly being invited by the CEO;

  • Create committees that duplicate staff work;

  • Send a board representative to staff meetings;

  • Attempt to manage staff and make administrative decisions;

  • Have a key to the office to be able to come and go at will (unless the organization is led by all-volunteer organization);

  • Publicly second-guess the CEO's decisions.

What can be done to avoid board member micromanagement?

  • The board chair must remind other board members of their roles and how to communicate with staff.

  • When a board hires a competent CEO, it already has adopted the basics of role differentiation between board and staff. The board must delegate management duties to the CEO.

  • How the staff gets its work done is the responsibility of the CEO and how the board manages its own tasks is the responsibility of the chair.

  • In a productive partnership, the CEO uses the board as a sounding board. The two end up formulating strategic decisions together while leaving the details of implementation to CEO and staff members.

The Cape Foundation would like to thank our nonprofit members for participating in the survey.
Nonprofit Business Leaders Find Support at Monthly Networking Sessions & Educational Programs
Join the Nonprofit Member Movement
Welcome our newest member,
I Will Mentorship Foundation
Dr. Jesse Bryson, Founder & President
I Will Mentoring Foundation, Inc.
The I Will Mentorship Foundation (IWMF) empowers youth to make positive life choices through Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Math (STEAM) based learning and evidence, based mentoring programs focused on increasing academic achievement, strengthening community, and providing exposure to opportunities to improve socioeconomic mobility.

For more information about I Will Mentorship Foundation, visit: I Will Mentorship Foundation

We Help Foster Talent and Build Capacity for Southwest Florida's Nonprofit Sector
Meet some of the nonprofits who have
attended our training seminars
Above Board Chamber
Affordable Homeownership Foundation
Alliance for the Arts
Animal Refuge Center
Best Buddies
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Bishop Verot Catholic High School
Cape Coral Animal Shelter
Cape Coral Art League
Cape Coral Caring Center
Cape Coral Housing Development Corporation
Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife
Cape Coral Police Department
CARES Prevention
Center for Independent Living Gulf Coast
Chapel by the Sea
Child Care of SW Florida
Christian Television Network (CTN)
Community Cooperative
Dr. Piper Center for Social Services
Faith Presbyterian Church
Frede Enterprises
Florida Repertory Theatre
Friendship Centers
Friends of the Fort Myers Library
Grace United Methodist Church
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida
Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Gulf Coast Humane Society
Hope Healthcare
Human Trafficking Awareness Partnership, Inc.
Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida
Keep Lee County Beautiful
Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free SWFL
Lee County Housing Development Corporation
Lee Health Foundation
Lee County Human & Veteran Services
Lifeline Family Center
Lighthouse of Southwest Florida
Love and Compassion Ministries
Make-A-Wish Southern Florida
NAMI of Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties
New Mission Systems International
Rotary Club of Cape Coral Goldcoast
Sanibel Historical Museum
St. Matthew's House
Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition
The New Beginnings
The Salvation Army
Trinity Lutheran Church and Preschool
Valerie's House
Water's Edge Church

To become a nonprofit member, call Elaine at
(239) 542-5594 or email: elaine@capecoralcf.org.
45 years of experience
  Cape Coral Community Foundation, based in Cape Coral, Florida, one of Florida's largest cities, is a comprehensive Global Center for Generosity. With visionary leadership, strategic grantmaking and world-class expertise, we partner with donors to strengthen the common good locally and throughout the world.   
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