Past recipients of Zonta Foundation of SWFL Grants

Zonta Invites Applications for 2021 Empowerment Grants

The Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida is accepting grant applications from 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in Lee County and Southwest Florida whose work helps to empower women. To qualify for this year’s awards, grant application must be submitted by July 16, 2021.

Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida is the non-profit arm of the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva. The chapter is part of Zonta International, a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. Similarly, the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva focuses on education, economic self-sufficiency, safety, and health for women and girls.

Over the past 20 years, the Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida has distributed more than $1 million in grants to qualifying charitable organizations. Although fundraising was down for the past two years due to COVID-19, the Grants Committee has worked to find ways to stretch this year’s support commitments. This Grants cycle focuses on Empowerment, with successful grant applications incorporating one or more of the following: training, education, and/or affordable housing. Applications must also specify measurable outcomes.

Grant Committee Co-Chair Marianne Ravenna stated, “We hope the new Empowerment application gets our Grantees thinking outside of the box on innovative programs and projects that empower women through training,…

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From left, Angel Wings House Manager Connie accepts Zonta Collection Day goods from Zontians Kathleen Skubikowski and Helen Ramsey. 

New Grant Partner Honors Zonta of Sanibel-Captiva

Angel Wings of SW Florida, Zonta’s newest 2021 grant partner, was recently admitted to the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, and Angel Wings’ President, Dr. Helen Gierke invited a Zonta SanCap representative to attend its ribbon cutting. At the ceremony, Gierke presented  Zonta co-liaison Erika Steiner with a plaque and a certificate thanking Zonta for its generosity and public recognition of Angel Wings’ mission. 

Zonta YWPA Recipient, Ekaterina Pedersen-Diaz, with principal and teacher from Estero H.S.

Zonta Chooses YWPA Recipient for 2021

The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva has chosen Ekaterina (Katja) Pedersen-Diaz, a junior at Estero High School, to receive the 2021 Young Women in Public Affairs Award. This award, which recognizes superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service, was established by Zonta International to address the disparity in the representation of women in legislature, and emphasizes the importance of women having equal participation in decision-making processes.

Zontians at the Congregational Church on Collection Day 2019

Zonta Brings Back Collection Day

Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva is bringing back its annual Community Collection Day.  The 4th annual event is set for Saturday, April 17 and will be held in the parking area of the Sanibel Congregational United Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.


Still Time for Zonta “Peek” Appraisals!

The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva invites you to help them empower women by taking part in “Peek at the Unique 2021 Repurposed,” a one-time event that replaces the club’s traditional, three-hour tour of island homes. The 2021 event features jewelry and antique appraisals, as well as an online auction of art and repurposed furniture.