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Guest column: The lasting legacy of a husband and father

By Staff | Feb 24, 2017

When Monika Jennings speaks about her husband Matt, her face lights up. She tells of his intense love for fishing, boating and golfing, and his passion for helping young people. Most of all, she treasures the times she and Matt worked and traveled abroad, creating a lifetime of shared memories.

Upon the loss of her beloved husband, Monika was determined to honor him in a distinctive way, and ultimately chose to create the Matthew Jennings Memorial Fund at the Cape Coral Community Foundation. This year, the fund contributed to grants to the Children’s Home Society, the Guardian ad Litem Foundation, Lifeline Family Center, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. These funds will have an immediate impact on children in our community that will give them stability and unique educational opportunities.

The Cape Coral Community Foundation offered local expertise that Monika valued. It introduced her to unique programs that combine Matt’s passion for boating, fishing and golfing with his love for kids.

It gives Monika great pride to make a difference in the lives of others, all while celebrating her husband.

Likewise, we are honored to have Monika Jennings as a Community Philanthropist, partnering with the Cape Coral Community Foundation as her giving partner. Her commitment to Cape Coral will make a difference in Matt’s honor for Good. Forever.

When a loved one passes away, many families and friends wish to create a lasting legacy in honor of his or her life. Deciding which charity or charities should receive donations can be daunting during the time of loss. A memorial endowment at the Cape Coral Community Foundation gives you time to consider how best to represent your loved one’s passions and interests.

To speak to someone at the Cape Coral Community Foundation about establishing a memorial endowment, contact (239) 542-5594 or by email at: cccf@capecoralcf.org

The Cape Coral Community Foundation, the global center of generosity, based in one of Florida’s largest cities, is committed to working with organizations to cultivate a network of generous donors, endowment building and leadership development. Through its affiliate foundation program, CCCF partners with organizations to create foundations. CCCF provides the platform and technical assistance, board recruitment, fundraising strategies, corporate employee engagement programs and development of grant program management.

Michael Chatman is president & CEO of the Cape Coral Community Foundation, the global center for generosity, and can be reached at michael@capecoralcf.org, on Twitter @michaelchatman. The foundation is located at 1405 SE 47 Terrace, Unit 2, Cape Coral. For information, call 239-542-5594 or go to www.capecoralcf.org