F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP NAMED “2019 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT” by GreatNonprofits
F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP announced today it has been named a “2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits. This award is based on outstanding online reviews from clients served, community members, volunteers and/or board members.
F.I.S.H.provides social services to anyone who lives, works or visits Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Their vision is to enrich the lives of everyone on Sanibel and Captiva Islands through an array of Food Programs, Island Based Workshops, Social Services and Helping Hands. “We are honored to be named a 2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” says Alicia Tighe, Executive Director for F.I.S.H. “We are proud of our accomplishments, but are especially proud that this distinction is awarded by community recognition of the work of our incredible staff, volunteers, and gracious donors.”
F.I.S.H. has been the social service organization for Sanibel and Captiva for over 37 years. The organization started in island residents’ kitchens and out of their cars, but FISH has continued to grow to meet the demands of the community thanks to the generosity of donors and volunteers. FISH maximizes all contributions; 93 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to their over 30 programs. In in 2018, 18,713 service requests were answered by F.I.S.H. for 5,786 individuals, a 46% increase over 2017. Some of these requests included 7,845 visits to their Food Pantry, distributing 206,278 pounds of food; 3,273 meals delivered by F.I.S.H.volunteers to island neighbors and 236 instances of financial aid for rent, utility and/or medical expenses.
Ashley, Adult Education Scholarship Program participant, wrote “...I am currently trying to enhance my knowledge and career by going back to school for my Master's degree. As a teacher, and not working during the summer, money is tight in my household. I found out about this great organization, F.I.S.H., who graciously paid for my summer tuition. I can now continue working towards my degree without the ongoing stress of not being able to afford my tuition this summer. Thank you F.I.S.H.for allowing me to pursue my dreams!”
“F.I.S.H.is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with F.I.S.H.”
GreatNonprofits is the leading website where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.6 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers and recipients of aid.