Chip Roach, Chairman of the Board of the Charitable Foundation of the Islands (CFI) a nonprofit organization serving all of Sanibel and Captiva, cannounced that CFI is expanding its service to the nonprofit community.

As a result of a full board strategic planning process spearheaded by Al Hanser and held in November 2018 , CFI has chosen to take a more proactive role with the Sanibel and Captiva nonprofit community with a vision of assuring a healthy, vibrant, community where every Sanibel and Captiva resident enjoys a beautiful and productive quality of life. 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. CFI will also continue to provide financial assistance to those in need and be a resource during emergencies. In its expanded role CFI will leverage its resources to identify needs, provide an educational component that will help nonprofit 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 has begun laying the groundwork for a number of programs that are targeted for January and February 2019 around three key objectives: To expand scope of

services to include educational support for nonprofits, inspire even more philanthropy on the islands and focus on identifying and encouraging nonprofit collaboration.

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

Al Hanser has been the dynamic leader of CFI since 2011 and successfully guided its growth to create a robust, effective organization whose board includes Vice Chair, Virginia Stringer, Treasurer, Tim O’Neill, Secretary Melissa Congress, Cindy Brown, Steve Brown, Ralph Clark, Brenda Harrity, Chris Heidrick, Mike Kelly, Tony Lapi, Mary Ellen Pfeifer and Paul Roth.

The Charitable Foundation of the Islands 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. That spirit goes on today with the Charitable Foundation of the Islands.

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