Plan To Make A Gift For A Better Tomorrow

A letter from Beverly Feagin, Board Chair

Our family has always believed that everyone deserves the same opportunity to get an education.  Supporting Champions For Learning is a way for us to put those beliefs into action.

When my husband and I retired to this area, living in Naples felt more like an extended vacation than a home.

Champions For Learning gave me the connection to the community that I was missing – a connection to the needs that exist in Collier County; to community leaders and like-minded volunteers: to other organizations working with out community; to the teacher, students and families the community serves through Champions For Learning; and to the staff and board who have become like family.

Not only did I find a home at Champions For Learning, it was Champions For Learning that made Naples feel like home for me.

If you would like to see your contributions make a difference in the lives of students and their families – and in the future of our community – there is no better place to start that Champions For Learning.

I invite you to join us.

Sincerely,

Beverly Feagin

Community Member, Volunteer Leader, and Chair of the Board of Directors, Champions For Learning

Endowment

By giving to our endowment, you help to plant a seed that will grow to continuously support our student and educator programs.

Laurel Society

Any generous donor who makes a gift of $5,000 or more to our endowment will become a member of our Laurel Society, and will be recognized with a star on our Laurel Society Legacy Wall in our lobby.

If you would like additional information about Planned Giving, please contact Susan McManus at SMcManus@championsforlearning.org or (239) 643-4755 for more information.

I’m proud to be a part of a community that values learning and the success of the next generation—each of us has a role to play in being a champion for our community’s future. – Beverly Feagin, Board Chair

Endowment Goals

Thank you for contributing to Champions For Learning, The Education Foundation of Collier County. Your donation will make it possible for our community to impact lives by enriching the environment for student learning through educators and directly with students.

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The organization has been awarded the highest four star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency by Charity Navigator.

Support Students

Champions For Learning is focused on ensuring that students are equipped and prepared for their future learning and career goals.  This is accomplished through our Champions College and Career Preparation Program and our Take Stock in Children scholarship and mentoring program.  We also provide resources through outreach to all families.  Direct support of these programs and our events make it possible to create life-changing learning experiences for students.

For more information contact Jason Kurek at jkurek@championsforlearning.org or (239) 643-4755

Direct Program Support

Champions College & Career Preparation Program

Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by challenge gifts from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and Suncoast Credit Union.

All students are eligible to apply for a college/career preparation program as 10th graders. Support is provided to help them apply for college, complete a degree or credential and to establish their career path and goals; a key component is teaching strategies to help them find the resources to pay for their education with little/no debt. In addition, Champions For Learning works with a  range of collaborative partners and many volunteers to ensure that students and families countywide have access to key information and resources. Sponsor a student through 2 years of College and Career Prep for $5,000. The donor’s name will be recognized at an upcoming Student Programs graduation.

Take Stock In Children Program

Students with economic needs are selected in the 8th grade, meet with an adult mentor (approximately weekly) on school grounds, maintain their grades, remain drug/crime free and upon graduation, earn a two-year tuition scholarship to a Florida state college.

Take Stock In Children Scholarships

Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Florida Pre-Paid Foundation.

Students who complete the Take Stock n Children program each a two-year tuition scholarship to a Florida state college or technical school. Each scholarship costs $5,000 (which is then matched dollar-for-dollar). The donor’s name will be recognized at an upcoming Student Programs graduation as the provider of a specific student’s scholarship.

Thank you for contributing to Champions For Learning, The Education Foundation of Collier County. Your donation will make it possible for our community to impact lives by enriching the environment for student learning through educators and directly with students.

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The organization has been awarded the highest four star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency by Charity Navigator.

Support Educators

The impact that educators can have on a child’s future is multiplied significantly when teachers and principals are valued, empowered and supported to ensure the highest impact learning experiences for every child. Our community can invest in the great ideas of teachers and support the sharing of best practices.

Specific benefits are available for both event sponsorship and program support. Please contact Jason Kurek at jkurek@championsforlearning.org or (239) 643-4755 for more information.

Direct Program Support

Classroom Grants

Individuals, organizations and businesses are encouraged to invest in the creativity of a teacher to bring amazing learning experiences to their students. Grant request range from $20-$2,000.

Community-Based Learning Opportunities

Provides opportunities to connect educators with their community and supports their own real-world learning.

Strategic School-Based Grants

Schools have opportunities to implement strategic projects that contribute to the success of the school community. Focused on initiatives for Arts & Music, Literacy, and Science & Technology.

Thank you for contributing to Champions For Learning, The Education Foundation of Collier County. Your donation will make it possible for our community to impact lives by enriching the environment for student learning through educators and directly with students.

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The organization has been awarded the highest four star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency by Charity Navigator.

Signature Events

Celebration of Champions (February 26, 2020)

Please join us for our Celebration of Champions! This important celebration showcases our vibrant community, board members, students, and volunteers. Due to COVID-19, our annual event Celebration of Champions, formerly Nights of Champions, will be a hybrid event of virtual and in-person elements with our top donors and sponsors on Friday, February 26th, 2021 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort.    Learn More About Celebration of Champions

Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner (April 23,2020)

Join us for a dinner celebration that recognizes innovative teaching and gives a glimpse into Collier classrooms. This year, more than fifty different schools will be represented by a Teacher of Distinction, five of which will be honored as Golden Apple recipients.                                                                                    Learn More About the Golden Apple

 

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jeff Jerome at jjerome@championsforlearning.org or (239) 643-4755 for more information.

          
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Events that Support Our Students

Celebration of Champions (February 26, 2021)
Please join us for our Celebration of Champions! This important celebration showcases our vibrant community, board members, students, and volunteers. Due to COVID-19, our annual event Celebration of Champions, formerly Nights of Champions, will be a hybrid event of virtual and in-person elements with our top donors and sponsors on Friday, February 26th, 2021 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort.    Learn More About Celebration of Champions

Glass Slipper (December 9, 2020)
Each year, the Glass Slipper event is held to honor women leaders for their dedication and service to the children of Collier County. This event and recognition program benefits young ladies who are graduates of Champions For Learning student programs, and helps meet their needs as they currently seek post-secondary education. Click here to learn more

Countdown to Cap and Gown (April 2021)
Our Countdown to Cap and Gown will celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating class and will include community leaders, students, families, and our top donors to our students programs.

Auction Items – In addition to sponsorship, and ticket sales, Champions For Learning is looking for businesses that would like to donate auction items for our events. If you’d like to donate a silent auction item, please contact Teri Distler at TDistler@ChampionsForLearning.org or call (239) 262-4931.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Jeff Jerome at jjerome@ChampionsForLearning.org or call (239) 643-4755.

Events that Support Our Educators

Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers (April 23, 2021)
Join us for a celebration that recognizes innovative teaching, which will feature video vignettes on each of the five Golden Apple teachers to give you a glimpse into Collier classrooms. The Golden Apple Teachers of Distinction will also be honored during this special evening.
Learn More About the Golden Apple

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Jason Kurek at jkurek@ChampionsForLearning.org or call (239) 643-4755.

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Educator teaching students in classroom - Champions For Learning

Thank you for contributing to Champions For Learning, The Education Foundation of Collier County. Your donation will make it possible for our community to impact lives by enriching the environment for student learning through educators and directly with students.

Charity Navigator 4 star rating - The Education Foundation of Collier County - Champions For Learning

The organization has been awarded the highest four star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency by Charity Navigator.

Help students and teachers by providing them with the resources they need to succeed.

Student Support

Help Champions For Learning make an impact on students! Giving opportunities vary from a $100, that’ll help provide a student with a calculator, to a $5,000 sponsorship, that’ll sponsor a student for two years to participate in our College and Career Prep Program. (Dollar-For-Dollar matching opportunity available).

Classroom Grant Support

You can fund a Classroom Grant and help a teacher’s innovative project idea come to life! Grants range from $20-$2,000.

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