FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 14, 2016) – The Gutheim family has established the Jordan Ashley Gutheim Foundation Fund, a fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

The donor advised fund was established in memory of Jordan Gutheim, a 20-year-old graduate of Evangelical Christian School and a junior at Florida State University, who was killed in a car accident on May 12, 2016.

According to her family, Jordan was passionate about animal safety, seniors and helping those in need in impoverished countries like Dominican Republic. They plan for the fund to support efforts including no-kill animal shelters, seniors facing dementia, humanitarian mission trips, driver safety and family services. The family also plans to fund an annual scholarship at FSU.

Born in Fort Myers, Jordan was known for her fun and loving spirit, her happiness, sensitivity and interest in going out of her way to help others.

“Jordan took pride in her family and friendships, and valued loyalty and kindness,” said her father Greg. “She loved to travel, exercise, experience new things and make others laugh. We miss her every day, but through this fund, our wonderfully kind and caring daughter will live on and continue to help others.”

The fund is available for anyone who would like to contribute by visiting or sending a check to the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

“We are the Community Foundation, and community is what we are all about,” said Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Foundation. “We want to be here for the members of our community so that we can provide support for philanthropy and building legacy. The Gutheims are an important part of our Foundation family now, and we look forward to walking alongside them in making meaningful and effective grants in Jordan’s memory.”

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Last year, the Foundation partnered with individuals, families and corporations who have created nearly 400 philanthropic funds. Thanks to them, the Foundation has invested $5 million in grants and programs to the community. With assets of more than $93 million, it has provided more than $67 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves since inception. The Community Foundation is the backbone organization for the regional FutureMakers Coalition and Lee County’s Sustainability Plan.

For more information about the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, call 239-274-5900 or visit