Frank and Ellen Daveler Center

Providing for collaboration among, students, teachers, volunteers and community partners.

Champions For Learning, The Education Foundation of Collier County, has launched the Frank and Ellen Daveler Center for Innovation in Learning with a contribution of $500,000 from Frank and Ellen Daveler.

The Frank and Ellen Daveler Center For Innovation in Learning is now complete!

Center For Innovation in Learning

In 2016, Champions For Learning purchased the first floor of our office building. Thanks to the generosity of Mary Seaton Breese, Lavern Norris Gaynor and Mary Garwood Ingram, the space became the permanent home of Champions For Learning. Since then, Champions For Learning utilized two-thirds of the space and the other third had been occupied by a tenant, who has since moved. This gave Champions For Learning an opportunity to transform this additional space into a Center For Innovation in Learning.

The new Center expands the capacity and opportunities for Champions For Learning to support collaboration and innovation with teachers, students, parents, volunteers and community partners. The expansion and renovation of the remainder of the first floor provides much needed space, technology and enhanced efficiency.

Frank and Ellen Innovation Center 3D Rendering with People | Champions for Learning

Additional Thanks

For helping us create a welcoming environment in which teachers, students, families, parents, volunteers, and partners can collaborate.

Arthrex, Inc.
Corky & Chuck Carlsen
Beverly Feagin
McGlynn Family Foundation
Nancy Potter
Trinity-By-The-Cove Episcopal Church
Carol & Tom Windfeldt
Pam & John Carroll
Charles Kerwood III
Jinx McDonald Interior Designs, Inc.
Suncoast Credit Union
RG Architects

About Frank and Ellen Daveler

Frank and Ellen Daveler were originally from Bellmont Hills, Pennsylvania but called Naples, Florida home for more than 20 years. Frank and Ellen were active philanthropists and world travelers. Frank and Ellen founded an engineering services firm, Associated Industrial Engineers. After selling that company, they founded, led, and invested in several other engineering, manufacturing, and technology companies.

Frank Daveler embodied the spirit of innovation, not just in his decades-long career, but in his devotion to uplifting the next generations of entrepreneurs. The Davelers funded substantial entrepreneurship programs at the University of South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University; the Davelers’ lasting legacy will live on with Champions For Learning through the Frank and Ellen Daveler Center for Innovation in Learning. Believing in the power of curiosity and a love for learning, Frank facilitated countless students’ ambitions as they pursue their own success through opportunities otherwise inaccessible.

“Frank’s profound understanding of how investing in others, particularly young people, can transform not only their lives, but the entire community was the driving force behind his philanthropy and the founding principle for this Center,” states Susan McManus, President and CEO of Champions For Learning.  “On behalf of students, teachers, and our entire community, we are grateful for Frank’s support and vision for our future.”

Frank and Ellen Wedding | Champions For Learning
Frank and Ellens Trip | Champions for Learning
Frank and Ellens Traveling | Champions for Learning
Frank Daveler | Champions For Learning