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The Immokalee Foundation recently received $10,000 from the Naples Daily News, which administered a grant awarded by the Gannett Foundation Grant Program. The parent company of the Naples Daily News and The News-Press, the Gannett Foundation awarded a total of $40,000 to five nonprofits chosen from among more than 100 applicants. Grants ranged from $1,000 to $10,000.

“We’re pleased to receive this significant grant, which will enhance our ability to provide pathways to success through education for the youth of Immokalee,” said Executive Director Steven Kissinger, who accepted the award on behalf of The Immokalee Foundation.

The nonprofit was founded in 1991 to assist the Immokalee community by investing in its youth. In 2001, the foundation began partnering with the statewide Take Stock in Children scholarship program; it also offers Immokalee Readers, Career Development and Career Success, among others.

A look at the numbers proves the success of the foundation’s programs, made possible through a strong staff, committed volunteers, and generous community and corporate support. Students enrolled in The Immokalee Foundation programs have a 100 percent high school graduation rate. In addition, 84 percent of enrolled students are post-secondary graduates from college or vocational institutions.

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences, and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, becoming a mentor, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit

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