Foundation Programs

The GAL Foundation-20th Judicial Circuit raises funds and administers two programs on behalf of the Guardian ad Litem Program of Southwest Florida.  You are invited to make a donation to the Foundation in support of any or all of these programs.


Growing Guardians : Recruitment, training and retention of Guardian ad Litem volunteer advocates. Annual funds are needed for:  1) marketing the need for volunteer advocates; 2) recruiting and screening potential volunteers; 3) training the volunteers; and 3) volunteer retention activities, such as recognition events, scholarships to extended learning activities, mileage for visiting children placed in rural areas, etc.


Children's Needs Fund : Kids Being Kids - Provides experiences and things that bring normalcy to a child's life and that most children take for granted such as:

  • Academic tutoring
  • Emergency/supplemental clothing
  • Participation in sports, the arts and social clubs
  • Happier Birthdays
  • Summer camps
  • Field trips         


Children's Needs Fund : Beds for Kids

  • A volunteer advocate may request a warm cozy bed and bedding may be for a child in need of one’s own. For 20 years, Cynthia Shafer has served as a GAL volunteer advocate. In the course of her advocacy work, she recognized that caring people are sometimes willing to take in a vulnerable child, but they lack the resources to provide a bed.  So in 2001, Cynthia founded the Bedz for Kidz Program on behalf of the Guardian ad Litem Program.  She and her husband have driven close to 120,000 miles throughout our five-county region while delivering and assembling over 2300 beds.


If you have questions about these ongoing needs, please call 239-533-1435.


My kids' caretaker (their grandmother) and I want to thank you so much for the generous gift certificates you've given her for her grandkids clothes. They came to her home with little more than the clothes on their backs and she was headed today to get them clothes to surprise them when they get home from school! You are wonderful!!!!!!

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