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Cape Coral Community Foundation sets Welcome Reception for new president & CEO

By Staff | Sep 16, 2016

The Cape Coral Community Foundation will host a Welcome Reception to give community members a chance to meet the man who is already creating a buzz of excitement in the local philanthropy community-the new CCCF President & CEO, Michael Chatman.

“Michael Chatman brings new energy, a wealth of philanthropic experience, and an entrepreneurial spirit that we believe will have an immediate impact on our local community,” said Cape Coral Community Foundation Chair Brian Gomer in a prepared statement. “Under his leadership, with his national platform and connections, the Foundation will be able to reach new heights in local giving.”

Before arriving in Cape Coral, Chatman worked as the senior vice president of Philanthropy at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, where he oversaw a network of 49 regional affiliate foundations in Missouri.

Chatman officially began work in Cape Coral on Aug. 22. The Welcome Reception is an opportunity to hear from Chatman, first-hand about his initial impressions and vision for the Foundation, organizers said.

The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Parkway.

The schedule is:

5:30 p.m. – Networking and Hors D’oeuvres

6:45 p.m. – Introduction and Message from Michael Chatman

7 p.m. – Mix & Mingle

Chatman is a graduate of Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a post-graduate degree in entrepreneurship from the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program. He is glad to be back in Florida, having once served in Miami as a senior corporate responsibility consultant for the Anheuser-Busch Foundation.

NonProfit Times Magazine has recognized Chatman as one of the most influential philanthropic leaders in America.

With more than 300-thousand followers on Twitter, Chatman is also known as one of the nation’s leading social media influencers in philanthropy.

His Twitter talk show may be found at #WHYIGIVE @michaelchatman.

The Cape Coral Community Foundation was founded in 1973 to create a funding source to benefit the Cape Coral community. Visit: www.capecoralcf.org.