The Charitable Foundation of the Islands, better known as CFI promotes philanthropy to help people in need on Sanibel and Captiva and strengthens the non-profit organizations that build a spirit of community for generations to come.
Sanibel and Captiva are home to several Churches and while the islands population does not support enough members to represent every denomination, there are many options for visitors and residents.
Because our community is small (6,000 year around residents) the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ shares their facilities with Temple Bat Yam.
Southwest Florida is rich in history and the Calusa (prononuced: kah LOOS ah) Indians are the key to understanding how important water and the surrounding lands were to our heritage. Photo Credit: AccessGenealogy.com rendition of the Calusa Nation birdseye view. This site is an excellent source to look into Florida's rich past.
It is believed that Calusa translated to mean "Fierce People". This tribe of indians controlled most of Southwest Florida and created an elaborate network of canals, homes, and government. These indians were so unfriendly that this was one of the first tribes that Spanish explorers wrote home about in 1513. Unlike most Florida indian tribes, the Calusa didn't farm the land, but instead they fished the abundant waterways and Gulf of Mexico. They used palmetto branches to weave intricate fishing nets to catch Mullet, Catfish and many other types of fish. It is believed that they could get away without farming because the surrounding waters were so abundant with fish.
Love sea turtles and wish you could help?
Perhaps you are looking for a unique gift, a really unique gift? Consider adopting a Sea Turtle Nest on Sanibel and Captiva Islands and give the gift of long lasting conservation and preservation. Photo shows a Green Turtle returning to the Gulf after a successful nesting effort.
A legend in the art world, a visionary, a conservationist, and philanthropist of magnificent proportion, all describe Robert Rauschenberg.
On Captiva Island his secluded estate has become the home to artists from around the world as the come to the Rauschenberg Residence to explore their creativity in collaboration with other artists.
Each year approximately 70 artists in groups of 10 at a time have the opportunity to live and learn in the residence for 5 weeks. While Robert Rauschenberg was known for his Combines (paint and schulpture and screen printing used in combination), he was also passionate about all the arts. Music, Dance, Film...
Each year The Children's Education Center of the Islands celebrates the arrival of Spring with their Annual Spring Festival. Beginning in 1994, this Spring tradition has been a popular event for all Sanibel and Captiva Island children and young visitors. The Festival begins with a free Easter Egg Hunt by age group at 9:00 sharp. Following the hunt, children enjoy games, crafts and contests will begin immediately after the Easter Egg Hunt and continue until 11 a.m. A $10 armband will allow each child unlimited fun to participate in all activities.
A Benefit for the SCCF Native Landscapes & Garden Center Dine with us to celebrate the agricultural history of the Bailey Homestead Preserve! SCCF is hosting its first ever Farm to Table Dinner at the Homestead Pavilion on Friday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. The four-course meal will highlight what’s in season at local farms and groves and in our Gulfcoast waters. Diners will also enjoy a signature cocktail, crafted with ingredients grown on the Bailey Homestead, as well as wine and beer chosen to complement the locally-sourced menu: