Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida, Inc.

Modeled on the Zonta International Foundation, our club established its own foundation, the Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida, Inc., in 1995.  As an organization determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be a 501(c)(3), the foundation enhances our ability to raise funds, oversees the distribution of funds, and allows contributors to obtain charitable deductions as permitted by law.  Funds available for distribution come principally from the proceeds of the previous spring’s major event, A Peek at the Unique. 

The club board functions as the board for the foundation, with the exception of the positions of secretary and treasurer, which are separate and distinct.  Every club member is also a member of the foundation.   The foundation bylaws allow the members of other clubs in Southwest Florida to be an additional class of member.  Currently the Zonta Club of Fort Myers is the only club to have taken advantage of this opportunity; the Fort Myers club elects one of its members to serve on the foundation board. 

Each year in June a committee of seasoned members begins an in-depth process which involves distributing grant applications to chosen organizations which support Zonta’s mission reviewing completed applications and making recommendations to the foundation board on the amount each should receive. 

The recommendations are then voted on by the club/foundation membership, and grant checks are awarded, usually each January.  Grantees are required to report on their projects at 6- and 12-month intervals. In January an award ceremony is held at at which representatives from each organization receive their checks. (See photos below)

The current Zonta Foundation board for year 2018-2019 includes:

President - Barbara Beran

President Elect - Judy Langley

Vice President - Carol Gestwicki

Secretary - Diane Haida-Johnson

Treasurer - Beck Mulka

Past President (ex officio) - Nancy Dreher

Members-at-large: Diane Chesley, Virginia Jones, Joyce Ross, Halle Smith, Elaine Swank, Kassie Witte

Member at large Ft. Myers: Mary Provencher

NOTE: Grant applications can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this or the Home page.