'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... The program features new leaders at leading local non-profit agencies to discuss funding and plans for the future

NewsMakers: Paul Thein

Funding, programs & plans for future.

NewsMakers: Leslie Lascheid

Funding, programs & plans for future.

NewsMakers: Eileen Connolly-Keesler

Funding, programs & plans for future.

"Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ features a special report Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.

The program features new leaders at leading local non-profit agencies: Paul Thein of The Greater Naples YMCA; Leslie Lascheid of The Neighborhood Health Clinic; and Eileen Connolly-Keesler, of The Community Foundation of Collier County.

They discuss funding, programs and plans for the future.

* Video highlights will be posted Monday at Naplesnews.com/newsmakers.


Eileen Connolly-Keesler

Lytle: Please tell us about the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. You are aiming to capture part of that?

Connolly: The bottom line is for Collier County, we’re looking about a $52 billion transfer that’s going to happen between now and 2060. So we want to start educating this community about the need and talking to donors about 1 to 5 percent of the dollars in their wills going to charitable giving so that we can create endowments in these nonprofits and in the Community Foundation so that there is money in the future to meet the needs.

And if we ... just even in this next seven years between now and 2020, if we could capture 5 percent of this estimated transfer, we’d have $734 million endowed in this community.


Leslie Lascheid

Lytle: You say one-third of the Collier County workforce is eligible for care at the Neighborhood Health Center -- 50,000 people?

Lascheid: That is twice the national average.

Lytle: Why?

Lascheid: You know, I think because we have such a large group of service industry people, and those are the lowest-paying jobs. Yet those are the people who make our lives better by taking care of our children, taking care of the elderly, mowing their grass, maybe working in the kitchen ... you know, the hardworking people who choose to work over welfare.


Paul Thein

Lytle: In Bonita Springs the YMCA is going so far as to think about a charter school.

Thein: Well, that’s been on our mind too.

Lytle: Really. Tell us about that.

Thein: Well, charter schools are kind of new for YMCAs across the country. So you’ll see in Jacksonville, Fla., they have the Tiger Academy Charter School. You’ll see in Venice, they have a charter school, and now in Bonita, my understanding is the YMCA is looking at a charter high school. It’s good to just have the kids on your campus working intensely with youth development and healthy living and then having top academics. And obviously we do an extremely great job with the children, preschool and under; they’re 96 percent and sometimes 100 percent school-ready. What would happen if we carry them all the way through?

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