Philanthropy

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Philanthropy: Driven to Give Back

Scott Fischer is dedicated to philanthropic giving, and he takes a three-pronged approach to philanthropy.

SFE Self-directed Fund

Scott Fischer Charities

Family Foundation & Personal Giving

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Scott Fischer Enterprises

Since 2014, Scott Fischer Enterprises has managed a self-directed fund at the Collaboratory, a regional community foundation in Southwest Florida. Over the past decade, more than $320,000 has been awarded to numerous local non-profit organizations, supporting their essential missions, building capacity, and amplifying their impact.
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Scott Fischer Charities

Scott Fischer Charities was established in 2004 to support nonprofit organizations through grants and events such as the Paul Sands Memorial Slaw Dog Invitational. Through this event, created by Scott and his good friend Paul Sands in 2006, $470,000 has been raised to benefit three deserving and impactful charities: Blessings in a Backpack, Valerie’s House, and scholarships for the REIS Scholarship at FGCU.
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The Fischer Family Foundation

Scott Fischer, his wife Mary and their daughter Katie created their own personal foundation in 2011. The Fischer Family Foundation supports the family’s mission to improve the lives of underprivileged and low-income populations primarily ages 8-25 in Southwest Florida through various resources that enrich lives, improve mental health, and promote overall well-being. These resources are focused on, but not limited to:

  • Education
  • Summer camps
  • Intensive overnight wellness and/or recovery retreats
  • Wilderness programs
  • Substance abuse treatment facilities, programs and/or services

If your nonprofit organization has a program that fits their mission, please review the grant criteria and consider applying for a grant. The grant cycle is open July thru October.

Scott’s Personal & Family Giving

In addition to the important work being done through Scott Fischer Charities and the Fischer Family Foundation, Scott and his wife Mary also give their time, talent and treasure to a variety of worthy causes such as:

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Blessings in a Backpack

Scott was the founding member of the Lee County Blessings in a Backpack Board of Directors, an organization that has helped feed thousands of children on weekends and over holidays when school meals aren't available to them.

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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

Scott is an avid supporter of this organization, which helps provide business education in Lee and Collier County schools. He served on the board of directors for nine years including two years as chair. Additionally, he has been honored as a Laureate of the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Lee and Collier Counties.

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SWFL Children's Charities, Inc.

Scott and his wife Mary are Trustees and have hosted multiple vintner dinners as part of the Southwest Florida Wine Fest, helping to raise millions of dollars to enhance pediatric health care in Southwest Florida.

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Valerie's House

The Fischers are avid supporters of Valerie's House, which helps children and families work through the loss of a loved one, ensuring no child grieves alone.

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Inspired by their adult daughter

Inspired by their adult daughter, who overcame substance use challenges as a teenager, the Fischers are advocates for underserved children and teens who need support in their recovery journey.

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