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Nominations being accepted for ENPY awards

August 3, 2018
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Cape Coral Community Foundation is seeking nominations for outstanding local nonprofit organizations, leaders and partners for the second annual Excellence in Nonprofit Performance awards, ENPYs.

"Last year was our inaugural award ceremony. It was widely successful last year and back by popular demand," Cape Coral Community Foundation President and CEO Michael Chatman said. "It's a take off of the ESPYs that you see on ESPN. It's to celebrate all the great things our nonprofits are doing, really putting a spotlight on what the nonprofit organization is doing."

Eight awards were presented the first year. This year, the awards have increased to nine.

Nominations are being sought for Nonprofit Organization of the Year; Nonprofit Rising Organization of the Year; Nonprofit Executive of the Year (CEO, president, executive director); Nonprofit Board Leader of the Year (board member); Nonprofit Employee of the Year (paid staff member); Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year (individual who serves organization/community) and Nonprofit Business Partner of the Year (a business who supports nonprofits and the community).

Nominations are also being sought for the Community Impact Award, the Paul Sanborn Service Above Self Award and the Elmer Tabor Generosity Award.

Submissions are due by 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31.

Instructions, criteria and nomination forms are available at

To keep things ethical and to the highest integrity they are working with an Orlando area marketing association which will choose the winners, Chatman said.

They are using people that do not know the nominees so they choose of the winners from an objective standpoint, he added.

The finalists and winners will be recognized Tuesday, Oct. 9 during an awards luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Bell Tower, 13051 Bell Tower Drive in Fort Myers. The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Nonprofit Organization of the Year and the Nonprofit Rising Organization of the Year will be awarded a grant from the Cape Coral Community Foundation.

"A prosperous community is made up of individuals who dedicate themselves and their time to make it the best place it can be," Chatman said. "The ENPY Awards gives us the opportunity to celebrate those exemplary individuals and their contributions in Southwest Florida."

Sponsorship opportunities are available until Sept. 10. Information can be found at

The Cape Coral Community Foundation began in 1973. It was started by a group of bankers and wealth managers who felt there was a need for a Cape Coral Community trust on endowment to care for the needs of Cape Coral.

The focus, of course, has changed over the years, as the foundation has spread its wings to expand throughout the Southwest Florida region. Chatman said the expansion began because Cape Coral alumni began moving outside of the city limits to neighboring areas.

"We bring the nonprofits together to talk about issues and concerns important to them," Chatman said. "We tend to focus on the person doing the work. We focus on the self-care on the nonprofit volunteer, the board member and staff person making sure they are whole."

For example they are working with fundraising specialists because Southwest Florida, as well as nationally, is seeing a large turnover in the profession.

"They are hired and gone within 18 months," Chatman said. "They literally fry out in 18 months. We are focusing our attention on what we can do to reduce the level of turnover."

A survey showed that fundraising professionals felt they were abandoned after taking the position and that their employers were expecting results too soon.

"The beautiful thing about what we do at the foundation, I would say, is the personal touch with what we provide. We create a safe space for what excites them and frustrates them," he said. "We provide those listening sessions for them and those solutions as well."

The foundation works with more than 100 nonprofit organizations.

For more information, call 239-542-5594 or visit



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