Cape Coral club, foundation partner to raise funds for student scholarships

Michael Chatman
 |  Cape Coral Community Foundation

Fundraising is very competitive in Southwest Florida. Looking for more innovative ways to raise money for their scholarship, Rotary Club of Cape Coral Gold Coast turned to the Cape Coral Community Foundation for expertise in leveraging relationships with financial advisors and private donors to market their scholarship fund and increase charitable donors through non-traditional fundraising methods. Here’s how it worked:

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Rotary Club of Cape Coral Gold Coast has raised smaller amounts of money through fundraising events and private donations. When it came to their ability to raise major gift donations ($10,000 or more), they requested help. Rotary Club had tremendous success with providing scholarship grants to students but needed to expand their fundraising reach to attract new donors.


Rotary Club chose to work with the Cape Coral Community Foundation to make their vision a reality. The Foundation developed a non-cash asset development program for the Rotary Club, allowing financial advisors to share the program with their clients.

The Foundation also worked closely with the Rotary Club to host a Lunch and Learn session with members to explore various non-cash asset gift options: real estate, stock donations, grains, art, jewelry, and other appreciated assets.


Today, financial advisors and their clients are learning more about the Rotary Club’s impact through scholarship grants. This generates more donations through often overlooked fundraising opportunities. 

Rotary Club of Cape Coral Gold Coast credits the Cape Coral Community Foundation with dramatically increasing awareness and helping them to raise money through non-cash assets. The partnership resulted in recent contributions of $42,000. The first $12,000 gift through a client of a financial advisor and a second gift of $30,000 through an anonymous donor to support their scholarship fund.

Since the Rotary Club of Cape Coral Gold Coast opened their fund at the Cape Coral Community Foundation in 2007, the fund has grown by 20%. 

Big Community Impact: More than $60,000 in scholarships have been awarded to deserving students since the inception of the fund. 

The Cape Coral Community Foundation fosters a healthy and dynamic community where individuals are inspired to support, strengthen, and enrich quality of life through generosity and civic engagement. The Foundation offers a variety of inventive ways to give generously to a multitude of diverse partners, prioritize needs and best serve its citizens – locally, regionally, nationally, and abroad. 

Michael Chatman is president & CEO of the Cape Coral Community Foundation, the global center for generosity, and can be reached at, on Twitter @michaelchatman. The foundation is located at 1405 SE 47th Terrace, Unit 2, Cape Coral. For information, call 239-542-5594 or go to 


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