More than $24.2 Million Donated Over the Past 12 Years!

Through the generosity of the community and trustees, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. supports local pediatric health care initiatives in Southwest Florida.

Funds raised at the 2020 SWFL Wine & Food Fest benefited Golisano Children’s Hospital to help build the new SWFL Children’s Charities Eye Institute giving the gift of sight to more children in Southwest Florida. There was a 277-day wait time to see the pediatric ophthalmologist. With the recent addition of two other ophthalmologists, funded by SWFL Children’s Charities in 2019, this has dropped significantly. With the additional space and facilities, new patients should be seen within two weeks of referral. Truly a gift! Funds also go to Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College to fund scholarships and equipment supporting students in the pediatric healthcare professions.

As the needs of the children in our community change, so will our giving strategies. Southwest Florida Children’s Charities is committed to affecting change in the lives of Southwest Florida children specifically in the area of healthcare. By providing technology, supporting health care education and continued funding Golisano Children’s Hospital initiatives, SWFL Children’s Charities is changing lives, for the better.

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FGCU Student Dreams of Helping Children
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Hubert’s Story: The Chance to be a Kid Again
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See the Nursing School Simulation Lab at FSW in action!

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Having donated $1.75 million to FGCU since 2007, SWFL Children’s Charities continues to support the next generation of pediatric health care professionals with a $1 million pledge to be fulfilled by 2020. SWFL Children’s Charities also funded the new Counseling Center at FGCU that opened in 2019 to help train new mental health professionals and serve our community.

The College of Health Professions and Social Work at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is cultivating the next generation of pediatric health professionals in our community. The College’s success is backed by hard numbers including a national board passing rate of nearly 100 percent, and equally impressive job placement for graduates.

One can already see how funds dedicated to FGCU are nurturing to the pediatric health profession in Southwest Florida with FGCU students and graduates volunteering, interning and working at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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To date, SWFL Children’s Charities has donated nearly $19 Million to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The hospital opened in 2017 and has been named one of the top 10 children’s hospital in the country!

Our community, especially our children, are deserving of the highest quality healthcare services available. Since its inception twelve years ago, the mission of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., has been to positively impact the health and lives of children in Southwest Florida, and the main beneficiary of its funds has been the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Through our annual signature event, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, the money raised went toward building the new family-centered children’s hospital that is now providing new and expanded medical services and subspecialty services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. To date nearly $19 million has been donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital and with a new $3 Million pledge to build the SWFL Children’s Charities Eye Institute of SWFL, SWFL Children’s Charities is the largest donor to the new hospital. Golisano Children’s Hospital was completed in 2017.

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Steering future health care professional in the right direction, SWFL Children’s Charities has donated $1.4 Million to FSW since 2007.

At SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., our mission is to positively impact the health and lives of children, and we believe that there is no better place to start than with future healthcare professionals. SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has pledged $1 million to fund programs at Florida SouthWestern College (FSW) within the School of Health Professions. The dollars given are used to purchase equipment, technology, software and for advanced training, or to award scholarships to qualifying students within the School of Health Professions program at FSW with an interest in children’s healthcare. The commitment from SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. helps to ensure that these students receive the education and hands-on training they need to serve the vital role of helping to care for the health and well-being of children in our community.

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