Since Babcock Ranch Foundation’s inaugural year, the non-profit has already made strides toward our vision of positively impacting the lives of Southwest Florida families. Since 2017, the Foundation has contributed more than $270,000 to various causes throughout the community. The stories below are just a few examples of how donations and fundraising efforts help us provide meaningful support to local organizations.
Babcock Ranch Foundation Scholarship Program
In 2022, the Foundation partnered with the Charlotte Community Foundation (CCF) to fund one of their targeted initiatives, providing scholarships to deserving students in need. Twenty scholarships were funded for students who wish to pursue a college degree or technical and trade training. To date, the Babcock Ranch Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships.
Harry Chapin Food Bank
Initially in November 2020, the Foundation donated to Harry Chapin Food Bank, which experienced an exponential increase in demand during the pandemic. The donation was the result of the Foundation’s match of ticket sale proceeds and donations at their booth at the Babcock Ranch Art Show. The funds helped supply additional fresh produce and shelf-stable food kits to families during the holiday season, assisting the Harry Chapin Food Bank in their mission to make sure no child, family, or senior goes hungry in our community. The Foundation has continued to support this cause annually.
Boys & Girls Club of Lee County
The Foundation contributed to the Boys & Girls Club of Lee County to continue the operation of their Charlotte County summer program. The Foundation also donated a transportation vehicle to the organization allowing the Boys & Girls Club of Lee County to offer kids new and enriching experiences, field trips, and other off-site programming.
The Heights Foundation
The Foundation awarded an initial grant to the Heights Foundation for their School Success program in October of 2020 and has since contributed additional funds to this cause. The School Success program supports continued academic growth for children in the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Fort Myers. The grant was used to enhance the School Success program, which provides students with resources such as academic tutoring, after school and summer camp programs, scholarship and college access assistance, school supplies, and tuition support.
Babcock Ranch Foundation has been a supporter of Valerie’s House since 2018. The Valerie’s House mission is to help children and families work through the loss of a loved one together and go on to live fulfilling lives with the vision that no child shall grieve alone. Last year they served more than 1,300 children and their families in Southwest Florida. They are currently working to expand their programs and are in the process of building their new Lee County Forever Home which will give them the opportunity to reach thousands more who are grieving in our community.
Our Community Partners
Working in partnership with well-established local non-profits, the Foundation seeks to expand upon and provide new opportunities for Southwest Florida families to thrive – emotionally, educationally, and physically.