The Need

The 2017 community needs assessment found that Collier County students have difficulty with starting school and planning for life after graduation. Many of these students are the first in their families to attend secondary education, but their families often don’t have the financial resources to support them. And without advanced education and training, they do not qualify for high-paying jobs. That leaves many of them with little choice except service and retail jobs that do not pay a living wage.

Community education on the issues affecting Collier County is a key focus at the Collier Community Foundation.


K-12 Students
of K-12 students qualify for free-and-reduced lunch
of Collier County children are NOT kindergarten ready
middle-schoolers identified as at-risk
high school graduate rate
enroll in college the year after graduation

Our Solution

As a community convener, the Community Foundation™ is a leading voice in the response to these needs.

Read “Cradle-to-Career Collaborations” – a report on what area experts have to say about the challenges of inadequate scholarship opportunities and lack of high-paying jobs that require advanced education and training, and how the Community Foundation will help support college and career readiness programs and scholarships to build our workforce.


Help us support educational and employment opportunities for our younger generation.