THE NEW WAVE

At Gulf Coast, we match great potential with action to meet emerging needs in our region.

OUR INITIATIVES

FOUNDATION OF COMMUNITY

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

ABOUT US

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

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Agenda for Impact

Agenda for Impact

Our commitment for the year ahead LEARN MORE

BETTER TOGETHER 2017

Join Gulf Coast for a luncheon and conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough about communities, leadership, and innovation.

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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

Grant Will Help Power Community Events at Venice Airport

Gulf Coast recently awarded a $20,000 leveraged grant to the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children for a project to increase the electrical capacity at the Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds.

Mentorship Meets Apprenticeship To Lift Our Youth

If you look beyond the strong campaign rhetoric of our recent presidential election, there was a cry from our cities and rural regions alike—how do we participate in this new innovation economy filled with technology, overseas competition, and shrinking incomes? Locally, we are seeing promising action that will go a long way to help our youth.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast just launched a new mentoring program for local high school students. The initiative is a positive community effort to better prepare our youth for life and career success right in their hometowns.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Launches Workplace Mentoring Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast (BBBS) today launched a new, workplace-based mentoring program by matching 11 “Littles” from Venice High School (VHS) with 11 “Bigs” who work at Venice Regional Bayfront Health. A 12th student, who could not attend the kickoff event, will be paired with a mentor and participate too.

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reading recovery

Donors Fund Reading Recovery for First-Graders

We recently partnered with the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and several Gulf Coast donors to help expand an innovative reading program for struggling first-graders in Sarasota County. Through Reading Recovery, students who have great difficulty reading and writing participate in intensive, one-on-one lessons with a trained literacy teacher until they catch up with their peers.

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