FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2013) — Jacqueline E. Ehlers, executive assistant/marketing and communications coordinator at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, was accepted into this year’s Florida Philanthropic Network’s Florida Philanthropy Mentorship Program.

In addition being accepted into the FPN’s Florida Philanthropy Mentorship Program, Ehlers will be attending the program’s 5th annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, in Orlando.

FPN’s Florida Philanthropy Mentoring Program pairs emerging leaders in Florida’s philanthropy sector with seasoned professionals in the field, in an effort to nurture, inspire and support the next generation of Florida’s philanthropy leaders. The year-long program begins at FPN’s annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy and will continue with programming throughout the year. The goal of the program is to create an opportunity to encourage cross-fertilization and engagement between the generations of philanthropy practitioners in Florida that will enrich the entire field and build new seats of leadership in the field. The class of the Florida Philanthropy Mentoring Program is limited to 10 mentees matched with 10 mentors.

FPN’s annual Summit brings together Florida grant makers of all types to engage in thought-provoking conversations about Florida philanthropy’s leadership role. The Summit addresses trends and challenges confronting Florida’s leaders while closely examining the many roles, models and ideas that are emerging. Mentees will walk away with new relationships, ideas and inspiration to lead.

Ehlers joined the Community Foundation as a receptionist in May 2011 and most recently serves as executive assistant/marketing and communications coordinator where she acts as a liaison between the foundation staff and the organization’s public relations and design firms, coordinating marketing and communications activities, while serving as coordinator of the foundation’s affiliate funds. She also plays a key role in the planning and coordination of foundation special events, as well as in the execution of the foundation’s social media plan.

Ehlers holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University and served as a background investigations representative for Fidelity Investments from 2006 to 2011.

The SWFLCF is celebrating its 36th year of supporting the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties by connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $64 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $52 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. During its 2012 fiscal year, the SWFLCF granted more than $3 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts and human services.

The event is free and by invitation only. For more information, call 239-274-5900 or visit