Lal Gaynor grant supports new curriculum for Collier students

Charity for Change has received a $15,000 grant from the Lal Gaynor Early Education & Beyond Fund at the Collier Community Foundation to support the continuing development of their curriculum for elementary school-age children. The program empowers children to achieve their full potential through character education, charitable involvement, academics, and parental and community engagement.

“We are grateful to the Lal Gaynor Early Education & Beyond Fund for supporting us in building a foundation of character, generosity and gratitude in our next generation. Through our curriculum, students become more resilient, build strong life-skill competencies and improve academic performance,” said Karen Conley, founder and CEO for Charity for Change.

The Charity for Change program engages students in their community through charitable activities and teaches them to practice nine character traits, including citizenship, perseverance, kindness, self-control, tolerance, responsibility, integrity, cooperation and respect.

For information on how to support Charity for Change in teaching children to care about each other and the world around them, visit

About Charity for Change

Through character education and charitable activities, the organization serves elementary school-age children through its afterschool and summer school programs. Founded in 2008, Charity for Change teaches children to care about each other and the world around them, instilling empathy and a giving spirit. For 16 years, the Charity for Change program has engaged more than 120,000 students by building resiliency, strong life-skill competencies and improving academic performance. For more information about Charity for Change, please visit or call 239-592-6787.

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