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CFI announces expansion plans for greater community service

By Staff | Mar 21, 2019

Chip Roach, chairman of the board of the Charitable Foundation of the Islands, announced that the non-profit organization serving the islands is expanding its service to the non-profit community.

As a result of a full board strategic planning process spearheaded by Al Hanser and held in November, the CFI has chosen to take a more proactive role with the Sanibel and Captiva non-profit community with a vision of assuring a healthy and vibrant community, where every island resident enjoys a beautiful and productive quality of life.

The CFI’s mission is to identify community needs and collaborative opportunities that empower organizations to affect real change, support those in need, and build and distribute resources that contribute to the vitality and health of the Sanibel and Captiva community and its residents. It will also continue to provide financial assistance to those in need and be a resource during emergencies.

In its expanded role, the CFI will leverage its resources to identify needs, provide an educational component that will help non-profit boards and management build capacity and effectiveness, and convene people, resources and ideas to create collaborative projects with real results in addressing needs.

The board began laying the groundwork for a number of programs around three key objectives: to expand scope of services to include educational support for non-profits, inspire even more philanthropy on the islands, and focus on identifying and encouraging non-profit collaboration.

“I am thrilled we are taking this direction,” Al Hanser, immediate past chair of CFI, said. “Our community needs and deserves this kind of non-profit support center that will fully engage with our Sanibel Captiva non-profits that are so essential to the quality of life on our barrier islands, and to help them be even more effective.”

The CFI was founded in 2000 and its first chairman of the board was Francis Bailey, who started the Good Neighbor Fund to help those in need on the islands.

For information, contact 239-322-3818 or SanCapCFI@gmail.com.