Resources for Nonprofits
Through grants and strategic community initiatives, Gulf Coast invests in the work of effective nonprofit organizations that help transform our region.
Grant opportunities and other support that we offer community organizations are described below:
Leveraged, Transformative, and Community Grants
Gulf Coast Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations to partner with us to transform our region through bold ideas, creative projects, and proactive philanthropy. Our Board of Directors is focused on leveraged and transformative grantmaking in our 2015 fiscal year (July 2014 – June 2015) and our regional priorities are outlined in the research scan report linked below. Please review these regional priorities and grant guidelines for eligibility criteria, application requirements, and deadlines.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation has always believed in giving our charitable neighbors a generous choice when it comes to how they deploy their goodness. GulfCoastGood.org is the perfect place to find volunteers and citizen philanthropists that want to share their good with your organization. Whether it is the volunteer recruitment portal – YoudBePerfectForThis.org – or the crowdfunding platform GulfCoastGives.org – you can connect with do-gooders in our community through these free and helpful tools.
I3 Capacity Building
Invest in Incredible, or I3, is Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s initiative to help our nonprofit partners strengthen their operational effectiveness and management so they can better meet their mission. I3 supports nonprofit organizations poised to increase their impact and organizational capacity through customized consulting in areas such as strategic planning, board governance, fundraising, and more. We invite you to learn more about this program and decide if it is a good fit for your organization.
Legal and Regulatory Information
We often hear from organizations with questions about maintaining their 501(c)(3) status and complying with state registration requirements. The following document will provide you with an overview of the minimum your organization should be doing with regards to these matters.
Disaster Relief Loans
Our disaster relief loan program provides low-interest loans on flexible terms to critical local health or human service nonprofit organizations rebuilding in the aftermath of a disaster.
The Giving Partner
The Giving Partner is a free, online tool for building knowledge around community philanthropy in Southwest Florida. Nonprofits use the tool to share information that helps donors make informed decisions.