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Community Cooperative’s CEO Recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Executive at AFP Event 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (November 16, 2023) – Community Cooperative proudly announces that their CEO, Stefanie Ink-Edwards, has been honored to receive the prestigious Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award for 2023 at the National Philanthropy Day – Change the World with a Giving Heart Ceremony by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The AFP event, held on November 14th in Naples, celebrated the remarkable achievements of fundraising professionals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, and impact in the philanthropic sector.  

Stefanie has played a pivotal role in Community Cooperative’s fundraising efforts, leading initiatives that have positively impacted the organization through innovative donation campaigns, grant program expansion, endowment growth, and special event planning. The Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award is a testament to her dedication, vision, and ability to inspire others in philanthropic excellence.  

“I am profoundly grateful for the unwavering support of our dedicated staff, selfless volunteers, generous donors. Together we have achieved milestones that we once dreamed of. I am humbled by the passion and commitment everyone brings to our shared mission and vision and I am honored to stand alongside such remarkable collaborators in our pursuit of positive change for the people of southwest Florida,” says Stefanie Ink-Edwards, CEO of Community Cooperative. 

Community Cooperative extends its heartfelt congratulations to Stefanie on this well-deserved recognition, “We look forward to continuing our mission under her leadership, making a positive impact in the community, and furthering the organizations’ goal of ending hunger and homelessness in Southwest Florida”. 

About Community Cooperative 

Since 1984, Community Cooperative has worked to effectively eliminate hunger and homelessness in southwest Florida while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education, and social service programs. With a dedicated team of volunteers, board of directors and staff, Community Cooperative stays committed to its core responsibility to collect and distribute resources through a strong and viable network of community partners. Community Cooperative is an exemplary steward of the resources entrusted to it and serves clients with compassion and integrity. Through collaboration and ongoing education, Community Cooperative supports and strengthens those whose lives have been affected by hunger and homelessness, ensuring that they have access to the resources necessary to transform their lives with dignity. 

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