Vital Signs Report: A Data-Rich and Objective Look at Collier County

Vital Signs first report in 2012 began as a conversation starter to be used by planners, policymakers, nonprofit leadership and grantmakers like the Community Foundation™ to move us forward. Today VitalSigns is an even more robust tool that provides the Community Foundation staff, its grantmaking committees, all civic leaders and the broader public with a tool to assess the need in our community. Each year we update the indicators of community needs or Vital Signs by partnering with Florida Gulf Coast University.

For a full report of Vital Signs, please contact Laura Simmelink at [email protected] or call 239.307.4514

Our thanks to the Florida Gulf Coast University for making this important publication possible.

The Community Foundation of Collier County has been connecting people who care to causes that matter, growing charitable legacies, and funding nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life in Collier County for 35 years. We connect with hundreds of local nonprofits to make Collier County a better place and conduct significant studies that lead to real change in the community— like the 2017 Community Needs and Assets Assessment initiative with the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and 30 other community partners.

As a direct result, the Community Foundation has launched the $15.5 million Your Passion. Your Collier. campaign to address mental health & substance abuse, housing & hunger, education & employment, seniors & veterans, environment & accessibility, and crisis and disaster relief.

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Working with donors, we inspire ideas, ignite action, and mobilize resources to address community needs in Collier County.

Informed giving. Powerful results.