The Naples Children & Education Foundation has announced grants totaling $13.4 million to nonprofit organizations serving underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County, Florida.
A total of $6.4 million in single-year grants ranging from $31,000 to $1 million were awarded to twenty-four nonprofits, including the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County ($1 million), the Children's Advocacy Center of Collier County ($484,000), the Shelter for Abused Women & Children ($323,000), and the Safe & Healthy Children's Coalition of Collier County ($50,000). The foundation also awarded four grants in support of multiyear strategic initiatives, including $1.5 million for the "Now You See It" pediatric prescription eyeglass initiative and a partnership with Lighthouse of Collier County and $2.4 million for the Pediatric Oral Health Initiative.
NCEF raises funds through the Naples Winter Wine Festival. "Hundreds of generous festival supporters are behind these grant awards," said Bob Edwards, who co-chairs the festival with his wife, Terry. "While the festival's vintner dinners and one-of-a-kind auction lots create memorable experiences, it's abundantly clear that children in need are in supporters' hearts and minds throughout the festivities. NCEF trustees share the joy of making a profound difference in children's lives with all who contributed to this year's festival."