Punta Gorda Days Inc. was incorporated as a nonprofit and entered into a partnership with the city of Punta Gorda to organize the biggest one-day event in Southwest Florida. From the first year, when members began feeding needy children and started the organization that became For Love of Kids, Punta Gorda Days Inc. saw the potential of the Block Party as a way to support charities. Since that time, Punta Gorda Days Inc. has designed the event to be a principal or even the biggest source of funding for charities, nonprofits, service organizations, schools, youth and school sports teams, homeless groups, drug and alcohol rehabilitation services and on and on and now the Block Party is a critical source of the funding they used to conduct their activities every year.
The best estimate of the number of groups that have benefited is around 70. A donation is not like giving a grant to a single nonprofit or good cause. A Block Party donation is seed money that will multiply over and over through the years as the nonprofits return to raise money to do their good works.