Foundation says thank you to David and Joyce Gomer, the first couple of Cape Coral Philanthropy

In 2018, foundation will celebrate 45 years!

David and Joyce Gomer are generous people who, over the years, have given their time, talents and treasure to grow the Cape Coral Community Foundation into a global center for generosity. David and Joyce are pioneers in Cape Coral philanthropy and civic engagement.

In 1973, David was a young banker with Col. Lowell Mills, who chartered the first bank in Cape Coral. Dallas Darling came up with the idea of creating a community foundation similar to the one in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

David, and four other leaders, Col. Mills, Dallas Darling, Chandler Burton and Joe Adderly became the first Board of Directors for the foundation that was orignally named The Philanthropic Foundation of Cape Coral, Inc.

David Gomer did the record keeping for the foundation. The mission of the foundation was to improve the quality of life for people living in Cape Coral and Lee County.

To preserve their family's tradition of generosity, David and Joyce Gomer opened a Giving Fund to continue their legacy as community philanthropists. With the Cape Coral Community Foundation as their giving parter, David and Joyce will be woven into lives of others in the community ... For Good. For Ever.

In 2018, the foundation will celebrate its 45th anniversary. It's exciting for the foundation to look back and see how it has grown over the years. It is a tribute to all of the generous people who, over the years, have given their time, talents and treasure to grow the Cape Coral Community Foundation and make our community, county and region a better place to live, work and play.

To open your own giving fund to preserve your legacy, call us at the Cape Coral Community Foundation, Global Center for Generosity: (239) 542-5594. Or visit our website:
Southwest Florida Financial Advisor Al Rich
joins Real Men Give

Al Rich, Wells Fargo Financial Advisor, is now a member of ‘Real Men Give.’ The concept behind ‘Real Men Give’ is simple.

Each man brings a $500 check to one annual meeting and vote for the nonprofits they feel should receive a grant.

The group functions as a charitable investment club. The goal is to increase grantmaking in Southwest Florida and provide larger, more impactful grants to nonprofits.

There are no fundraising events. The group is focused solely on grantmaking and endowment building.

To become a member of Real Men Give, contact the foundation office at (239) 542-5594.

For more information about Financial Advisor, Al Rich, visit his Linkedin profile:

Support the Michel Doherty
Friends of the Foundation

Michel Doherty Friends of the Foundation Fund is open to anyone who makes an annual gift of $100 or more to support the Cape Coral Community Foundation.

Through this annual gift, each Friend of the Foundation strives to expand public awareness and understanding of the Cape Coral Community Foundation, Global Center for Generosity, and encourages active support through gifts and bequests.

Levels of Support

Century Club $100
Members Club $500
Preferred Members Club $1,000

Mail tax-deductible donation to:

c/o Michel Doherty Friends of the Foundation Fund
Cape Coral Community Foundation
1405 SE 47th Street, Suite 2
Cape Coral, FL 33914

Special thanks to Michel Doherty and Jeanne Sweeney for creating the Michel Doherty Friends of the Foundation, a fund that supports the Cape Coral Community Foundation.

A Community of Competent Professional Advisors

Do you belong with us?

Our network consist of estate planning attorneys, financial advisors, insurance executives, real estate brokers, accountants and bankers

Join us, January 8th, Westin Hotel & Resort
8:00 a.m - 9:30 a.m.

In partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, The Cape Coral Community Foundation has launched the inaugural Power Players Professional Advisor Awards to recognize philanthropic leaders. The first of its kind in Southwest Florida, the event will honor one distinguished Southwest Florida professional advisor in each of seven industries on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Westin Hotel, Cape Coral.

Each of these Power Players has been identified by his or her peers, supervisor or human resources manager as a top advisor who conducts business with integrity and makes a substantial impact in Southwest Florida.

These exceptional advisors have a proven track record in their respective fields while also dedicating their time, talent and treasure to philanthropic endeavors to enrich the community.

Awards will be granted in these seven categories: banking, real estate, accounting, attorney/legal, financial planning, insurance and estate planning. 

Award winners, sponsors and guests will be treated to a moderated discussion between leaders from the Cape Coral Community Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Winners will then be presented with their awards and given the opportunity to share a few words with the audience.

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in the world with $9 billion in charitable assets under management, has partnered on this event with the Cape Coral Community Foundation along with the Financial Advisors Charitable Trust as part of a larger vision of global partnership and giving.

Tickets are $25 in advance. Sponsorships begin at $500 and include tickets to the event plus a variety of promotional benefits and outreach opportunities. For tickets and more information, visit 

To become a sponsor or buy a ticket, register here:  Power Players
Andrew and Emilie Barnette Established Scholarship Fund to Help Students Succeed

At the Cape Coral Community Foundation, we love Andrew and Emilie Barnette. Since 1976, Andrew and Emilie have lived in Cape Coral.

They are both involved in community and church activities. Andy is a former foundation board member. Emilie is involved in the community as a volunteer and civic leader.

Their fund was established with a special interest in educational purposes.

Andrew and Emilie are behind the scene leaders who have helped the foundation more than the general public will ever know. They are loved, respected and admired for their humility and generosity.

The Cape Coral Community Foundation would like to publicly say thank you to Andrew and Emilie Barnette for helping to improve the quality of life of residents living in Cape Coral, Lee County and Southwest Florida.
Foundation thanks Rotary Club of Cape Coral Goldcoast Members, Phil Deems & Joe Cerino for supporting Nonprofit Membership Program
Through the generous support of Bob Knight, President of Paul Homes, Rotary Club of Cape Coral Goldcoast is part of the Nonprofit Membership program, a staff development program to help charitable organizations build capacity through fundraising and board development.

Phil Deems is a commercial real estate consultant in Cape Coral.

Joe Cerino is a family and criminal lawyer based in Cape Coral.

Both men joined the program to learn new ways to recruit volunteers, raise more money through grants, major gift donors and innovative fundraising events.

To join the Rotary Club of Cape Coral Goldcoast or more information,visit:

Cape Coral Community Foundation
Nonprofit Member Profile

Carol Conway, President & CEO, Child Care of Southwest Florida, joins Cape Coral Community Foundation, Global Center for Generosity, Nonprofit Member program.

The goal of Child Care of Southwest Florida is to strengthen and enhance the lives of children, as well as their families. They believe every child deserves to thrive in an environment where learning meets their own speed and direction. Children who attend their centers learn true values and how each part of their lives is interconnected through learning, eating, environment, and family. If your goals are in line with theirs, they want to partner with you and help even more children and their families. They have sponsor, volunteer, and donation opportunities available to the public. To start the engagement process, contact Child Care of Southwest Florida.

Child Care of Southwest Florida is also a proud partner of the United Way. To contact Carol Conway, or for more information about her agency, visit:

To become a nonprofit member, which includes a staff development program on topics: board development, event fundraising, recruiting volunteers, grant writing and building relationships with national funders - contact the Global Center for Generosity at 239-542-5594.

Foundation thanks new Business Impact Sponsor,
Aubuchon Homes

The Global Center for Generosity at Cape Coral Community Foundation partners with community-minded companies that use their employees’ time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in our community. 

Aubuchon Team of Companies is a fountain of inspiration for generous companies and community humanitarians. In addition to being a business impact sponsor, Aubuchon Team of Companies are creators of the popular 'Helping Hands For The Holiday event. For 17 years, this traditional fundraiser benefits local charities for children and families in need.

All proceeds benefit: Make a Wish Southern Florida, Ronald McDonald House Charities of SWFL and LEE BIA Builders Care. Thank you Gary Aubuchon and team members!

Visit Aubuchon Team of Companies,

To grow your business and expand your reach, become a business impact sponsor with one of Southwest Florida's most innovative charitable brands, Cape Coral Community Foundation, Global Center for Generosity. Contact us today: (239) 542-5594.

January 8, 2018
Power Players Professional Advisor Awards
Westin Hotel & Resort - Cape Coral, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Joint partnership between Cape Coral Community Foundation & Silicon Valley Community Foundation

February 7, 2018
Grant writing workshop for Nonprofit Members
Faith Presbyterian Church, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Private session by application only!

February 13, 2018
What Makes a Good Board Member?
Free Seminar - sponsored by Cape Coral Community Foundation & United Way
Guest Speaker, Cliff Smith, President & CEO, United Way
Grace United Methodist Church, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

March 22, 2018
Generous Cape Reception
Cape Coral Yacht Club, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
An annual celebration of generosity featuring music, food, powerful giving stories and presentation of The Elmer Tabor Generosity Award.
  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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Phone:  239-542-5594
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