BECAUSE IT MATTERS

Join the Civility Squad and improve our community
one good deed at a time!

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FOUNDATION OF COMMUNITY

Institutional we are not. We partner with donors and organizations
that care about their communities to transform our region.

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COMPACT FOR IMPACT

Beyond our agenda, this is our Compact for Impact.

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A GIFT FOR RESULTS

If acts of goodness could speak, they would testify

on behalf of our donors and their impact.

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TO DONATE BEGINS WITH TO DO

Our mantra reminds us that caring does not begin until someone is cared for.

         And at Gulf Coast, we care a lot.  

DONOR STORIES

Your Philanthropy

Your Philanthropy

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Professional Advisors

Professional Advisors

Our partners in philanthropy LEARN MORE
Compact for Impact

Compact for Impact

Our commitment for the year ahead LEARN MORE

Putting the Fun in Fundraising

As a gift to the community, Gulf Coast is hosting two very special workshops with nationally-renowned fundraising expert, Chuck Loring.

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Because It Matters

Civility is the foundation of community. That’s why Gulf Coast has reimagined and reintroduced this regional initiative to increase civic participation, civil discourse, and social capital. 

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A GULF COAST FAMILY

More than 650 individuals, families, businesses, and organizations have made Gulf Coast their philanthropic home.

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BOLD AND PROACTIVE

At Gulf Coast, we push the outer edges of the envelope to redefine the role of a community foundation and the potential of philanthropy.

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GULF COAST STRONG

Record totals in new gifts and grants last year translate into a safe harbor for tomorrow. Learn more about our philanthropic stewardship.

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Our Initiatives

Gulf Coast creates and funds data-driven initiatives to address our region’s most pressing challenges.
Click on an area below to see how we are transforming our community.

Civic & Economic Development

We are committed to moving our region toward an innovation-based economy.

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Health & Human Services

A critical measure of our region is how well we care for our own.

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Education

Preparing the workforce of tomorrow starts in the classroom today.

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Arts

Investing in the arts paints a brighter future for our region.

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Our Mission

Together with our donors, we transform our region through bold and proactive philanthropy.

Our Impact

STEM Smarts

Our STEMsmart initiative transformed 160 local middle-school science and math classrooms into technology-rich, collaboration-ready learning environments. Now we’re doing the same for language arts and social studies. 
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Havens for the Homeless

With Gulf Coast leadership and funding, our community has strengthened the safety net for homeless students and their families. Next we are adding critical services to ensure that these families, once stabilized, can thrive. 

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Skills + Jobs = Growth

CareerEdge Funders has trained thousands of workers in our region to fill skilled jobs that area employers need to grow—to the tune of nearly $25 million in wage increases so far. 

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Job Growth Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Feeding Hungry Families

Together with our donors, we partnered with All Faiths Food Bank to transform our region’s hunger-relief system

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Feeding Hungry Families Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Latest News

Give in These Uncertain Times? Absolutely!

The following guest column by Gulf Coast President|CEO Mark Pritchett appeared in the November 18 edition of SRQ Daily:

Holiday creep. The ever-earlier commercial start to the year-end holiday season. This year seemed to set a new record when I ran a gauntlet of twinkling trees in the entrance to a home-improvement store more than a week before Halloween.

National Literacy Award to Honor Gulf Coast's Brady

Veronica Brady learns she will receive the 2018 Excellence in Literacy Leadership Award

It's not easy to pull one over on Gulf Coast senior vice president Veronica Brady. But on Friday, November 17, after she walked into a large room at Sarasota County School District headquarters, Veronica was completely shocked and momentarily speechless.

Guest Column: Meeting the Deficit Challengedan

Organizations often struggle with having expenses that exceed revenues. Eventually, cash will run out, and the organization won't survive indefinitely.  In his latest blog post, financial sustainability expert and Invest in Incredible consultant Dan Weiss explains the problems and recommends a new approach.

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FSI

Once Homeless, Now Thriving

Thirteen local families that had been homeless in recent years are now well on their way to self-sufficiency. The group was the first to graduate from our Financial Sustainability Initiative, an innovative program we launched last year with United Way Suncoast. Dozens of other families are now working through the initiative, which shows great promise as a tool to curb generational poverty.

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