Local nonprofits that received grant funding from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation in 2016 – grants totaling $551,500 – recently released the annual outcomes of the funded programs, with nearly 90 percent of the programs reporting success in attaining desired goals.
Last year, the foundation awarded grants to 18 nonprofits through its Field of Interest funds, with the nonprofits targeting sustainable and equitable increases to quality of life for residents of the region, a release on the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce website said.
“Awarding the funding was just the beginning of our partnership with the regional mix of nonprofits,” Southwest Florida Community Foundation President and CEO Sarah Owen said in the posting. “Staying connected with them all year through their ‘tribes’ provided a learning community where they shared information and built their capacity to strengthen them and their leadership.”
The nonprofits also reported an increase in their knowledge of and ability in evaluation skills to measure the effects of their work, including data collection, analysis and reporting, the posting said.