Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The WILDCAT RUN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION began 10 years ago, but it did not become a 501c3 until 2013. The mission of this foundation is to help children in need in SW. Florida, and over these years it has helped children in many ways to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation has been nominated For NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR!!! This award is given by The Estero Chamber of Commerce to an organization who has donated their time and efforts to our community.   The winner will be announced at our 2019 Annual Business Luncheon on June 12th! 

 

The following are a list of those charities and organizations that the WILDCAT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION has supported in the past or is continuing to assist.  In each and every case children are the focus. 

All of these organizations or charities share our mission. They play a pivotal role in the lives of children who are suffering. Children can be faced with many difficult problems that need various forms of intervention to provide the necessary support and guidance to meet their individual needs. This support could be medical, physical, therapeutic, emotional, judicial, or providing educational mentoring. In addition, it could be affording the appropriate help and housing for children who have found themselves in the world of sexual-trafficking as well as others who require grief counseling due to the loss of a loved one. Finally, some at-risk students face the challenges of poverty, isolation and hopelessness. No matter the case, in order for any of these children to lead productive lives, they need help, support and love and that has been the goal of the WILDCAT RUN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION for the last 10 years. This special Foundation was started by our members, and the success it has achieved is because of the compassion, dedication and continued support of our members. Since its onset, this Foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help youngsters and there have been countless success stories of children who are now thriving, and this is because of our members.  It has always been said that, “Wildcat Run is small in number but big in heart, where members care about each other as well as others outside the gate who need help.”  That statement couldn’t be truer, and your Foundation hopes to continue its mission and be the protectors and advocates of children in need.

The WILDCAT RUN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION has selected 3 new 501c3 charities with a monetary donation:

LITERACY BUDDIES OF SW FLORIDA:  $250.00
PROVIDES AT-RISK CHILDREN WITH BOOKS TO TAKE HOME AND SHARE WITH THEIR FAMILIES. 
The program also encourages them to express themselves through correspondence with their adult buddy who also provides books to specific children 3 times a year.

LACES OF LOVE OF SW. FLORIDA:   $1000.00
PROVIDES NEW SHOES (USUALLY SNEAKERS) TO LOW-INCOME AND DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN COLLIER AND LEE COUNTY.
This organization educates the public about the needs of these children.  Since 2004, over 170,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to children.  Athletic shoes are also provided to children so that they can be involved in sports programs.

NEW HORIZONS OF SW FLORIDA:  $1500.00
PROVIDES AT-RISK YOUTH FROM 5-18, TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL THROUGH TUTORING, MENTORING AND FAITH BUILDING. 
New Horizons provides the most vulnerable members of the community with the opportunity to choose a different course for their lives using community volunteers as their medium.  This program began in 2002 with 60 children and now services over 600 with a wait list. All programs are available to children after school and during the summer. The children that continue to attend the various after-school programs through high school, have a 92% graduation rate from public school.



Pinewoods Elementary SchoolThe Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation has been a donor to Pinewoods Elementary School for the last 3 years.

The Soupathon was A Huge SuccessThe Foundation raised $1900 to help children in need in S.W. Florida.

Under the Stars event raises $80,000Wildcat Cares for Kids Helped Valerie's House Raise $80,000 at their inaugural event "Under the Stars"!

NEWS

Wildcat Charitable Foundation Featured in Spotlight Magazine!
$75,000 presented to three local charities
Congratulations from the Chamber of Commerce!
Wildcat Charitable Foundation News Flash - September 1, 2017
Wildcat Gives Back - Thursday, September 21, 2017
Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Nonprofit of the Year Award
Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation helps more Lee County Organizations
Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation receives a congratulations from Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto!
Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation was recognized in Gulfshore Business Newsletter

THANK YOU NOTES

Thank You from HTAP
Thank you from Wings of Shelter - 2017
Thank you from Wings of Shelter - 2018
Thank you Note from Art Reach
Thank You Notes From Our Charities