Beyond the WinePRSA is pleased to welcome Maria Jimenez-Lara, CEO of NCEF, as she shares her perspective with funding partners through the pandemic, hosting this annual event and overseeing the extensive charitable grants process that distributes funding.

Maria will discuss how PR professionals can incorporate outcomes and their organization’s impact into their own fundraising and marketing efforts.


Tuesday, September 27

Networking: 11:30 AM – Noon

Lunch-N-Learn: Noon – 1:00 PM

Location: NCEF Headquarters, 2590 Goodlette Frank Road, Naples, Florida 34103

Cost: PRSA Members: $30  NON-Members: $36

Registration Deadline: September 22


Founded in 2000 by local philanthropists who wanted to make a profound and sustaining difference in the lives of children in our community, NCEF (Naples Children & Education Foundation), has raised close to $244 million and benefited more than 50 local non-profits that are working to significantly improve the physical, emotional, and educational lives of children in our community. Their signature event, The Naples Winter Wine Festival, attracts donors, talented chefs, vintners, performers and guests from all over the USA and abroad.

About Our Speaker

Maria Jimenez-Lara is the Chief Executive Officer for Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF). Before assuming the role of CEO, she served NCEF as Director of Foundation Services and Grants Director, and was responsible for overseeing the charitable grant process in conjunction with the trustee-driven Grant Committee.

Prior to joining NCEF, Jimenez was Redlands Christian Migrant Association’s (RCMA) Director of Charter Schools. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in program development, designing effective educational programs for at-risk children, and collaborating with various community-based organizations.  Among her major contributions are the development of five charter schools for at-risk children, two housing developments for low-income families, and a founding member of a domestic violence prevention organization.

Her commitment to safeguarding the most vulnerable in our community is a natural fit with NCEF’s mission to support charitable programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County.

Jimenez holds two undergraduate degrees from Florida International University and Universidad de las Americas. Jimenez is a graduate of Hodges University with a master’s in public administration. Her civic involvement includes serving on District XI Juvenile Justice Board and various non-profit organization boards.  Some of her accolades include Woman of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Homestead, Florida and one of El Nuevo Miami Herald’s “Rising Latino Leader”.

Beyond the Wine with NCEF