TO DONATE BEGINS WITH “TO DO”

At Gulf Coast, our donors are also doers. Like our mission statement says,
“Together with our donors, we transform our region through bold and proactive philanthropy.”

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WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GAVE

Together with our donors, we are creating solutions to some of our region’s biggest challenges,
like creating a system of care for homeless teens who are on their own.

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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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Your Philanthropy

Your Philanthropy

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Professional Advisors

Professional Advisors

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Compact for Impact

Compact for Impact

Our commitment for the year ahead LEARN MORE

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 750 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 & Culture

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

21st Century Classrooms

Our community invested $18 million over eight years into technology-enhanced education, making our school district a model for the country and forever changing the way our teachers teach and students learn.
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21st Century Classrooms

Confidence for Aspiring Readers

Our nationally recognized implementation of Reading Recovery is changing the trajectory for struggling first-grade readers in Sarasota County. It is also benefitting entire schools in the process.
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Confidence for Aspiring Readers

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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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

New Center Provides Services, Support for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Homeless-service providers, community leaders, philanthropists, and young advocates who have experienced homelessness themselves gathered on Thursday, October 18, for a ribbon-cutting and dedication at the new Harvest House Youth Center, a drop-in center exclusively for 16- to 24-year-olds who are homeless or at-risk.The Youth Center will provide a front door to services and safe socializing for an often overlooked group of homeless individuals in our community

Donate Now for Hurricane Michael Relief and Recovery

In response to Hurricane Michael, Gulf Coast Community Foundation has activated our Gulf Coast Disaster Fund to accept tax-deductible charitable gifts in support of relief, recovery, and rebuilding in communities affected by the storm. Donations to the fund will be distributed to community foundations or other nonprofit organizations actively working to assist those communities.

Thank you, Reading Recovery donors!

Gulf Coast is grateful to the following donors, who have generously supported Reading Recovery and Kids READ in Sarasota County:

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25 Graduate from GCLI

Twenty-five aspiring and experienced leaders from across our region recently completed our Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. This group joins a network of 300 action-oriented community leaders who have participated in this comprehensive leadership training and are now using their new schools to improve our communities.

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