Sarah Owen stepping down after 12-year run at Collaboratory

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Sarah Owen, who rebranded the Southwest Florida Community Foundation into Collaboratory while overseeing the creation of its midtown Fort Myers home and a revamped mission statement, is stepping down from one of the region’s largest nonprofit organizations.

Over the past 12 years, Owen built Collaboratory both as an organization and as a place. She presided over the transformation of a 1920s segregated train station into its current home at 2031 Jackson St. with financial assistance from the city of Fort Myers.

During her time, the organization’s assets grew from about $52 million to about $180 million. Collaboratory routinely grants $6 million to $10 million a year in donations to other regional nonprofit organizations. Owen was making $393,000 per year, according to the organization’s 2019 tax form.

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