The Island Inn, built in 1895, is the most established Inn on Sanibel and Captiva and as such, is steeped in island history. Supporting island charities was part of the mission that began with the Inn’s founders, the Matthews family. Today, we carry on this same tradition and support a range of island charities and local events.
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
Did you know that the Matthews family were the original owners of the Island Inn and founding partners of the the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum? Maintaining this long established association, the Inn is a steadfast supporter of Sanibel Island’s finest museum.
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a non-profit museum that focuses on education, awareness and research of shells, mollusks and the shell makers of Southwest Florida & the Gulf of Mexico. With more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from Florida and around the world, a huge shell collection and tons of information about shells, it is a great way to spend a day on Sanibel Island.LEARN MORE
Sanibel-Captiva Fireworks Celebration
The Island Inn is a major sponsor of Sanibel Island’s 4th of July fireworks celebration, which is presented by the Chamber of Commerce, along with many other Chamber programs and events. The Island Inn is appreciative of the hard work and dedication the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce displays in offering a first-class welcome to our islands.LEARN MORE
Annual 10K Race for F.I.S.H.
The Island Inn is proud to be a sponsor of the Annual 10K Race for F.I.S.H. (Friends in Service Here). FISH is the island’s human services organization and the race is its main fundraising event. Held every year on Sanibel it attracts more than 500 runners.
F.I.S.H. is a non-profit volunteer organization assisting Sanibel and Captiva islanders and visitors with a wide range of services including a food pantry, a daily hot meals program and emergency financial assistance for those in need.LEARN MORE
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge: Sea Turtle Preservation Mission
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge: Sea Turtle Preservation Mission:
The Island Inn has pledged to assist “Ding” Darling in their Sea Turtle Preservation Mission. The Mission educates guests and residents about the protection of the different species of sea turtles that nest on Sanibel and Captiva Islands and their significance for the local ecosystem. The Island Inn helps to distribute educational materials, informational brochures and children’s activity booklets to resort guests.
CROW’s Animal Ambassador: Trouper, the Blind Raccoon
CROW is the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife. CROW operates a veterinary hospital, an educational program and a public visitor education center. CROW’s primary mission is the rescue, care, rehabilitation and eventual release back to the wild of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. A key part of this mission is the education of adults and children, encouraging them to live in peaceful coexistence with their wild neighbors.LEARN MORE
Panther Baseball Alumni Club
The Panther Baseball Alumni Club is a local non-profit organization that raises funds to support the local Cypress Lake High School baseball team, which many Sanibel residents attend. Cash raised goes to provide supplies and college scholarships to promising high school student athletes who excel in sports, academics and in their respective communities. The Island Inn is one of the main sponsors and organizers of their major fundraising events.LEARN MORE
Other Island Inn Donations
In addition to the organizations listed, the Island Inn donated over $18,000 in goods and services to other local charities and organizations this year, they included:
- Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation
- Sanibel-Captiva Island Lions Club
- Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club
- Imaginarium Science Center
- Sanibel Island Fishing Club
- City of Sanibel’s Financial Assistance Program
- Children’s Education Center of the Islands
- Lee Memorial Health System Foundation
- Sanibel Historical Museum & Village
- Children Organ Transplant Association
- United Way of Lee County Inc.
- Florida Gulf Coast University
*Employees of the Island Inn also donate to United Way of Lee County directly from their paychecks, through an authorized tax free program, administered by Island Inn.