A GULF COAST FAMILY
More than 650 individuals, families, businesses, and organizations have made Gulf Coast their philanthropic home.
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.
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.
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.
Health & Human Services
A critical measure of our region is how well we care for our own.
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.
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.
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.
Finally, some good news on a serious issue that has vexed our community for years: a realistic plan to effectively address chronic adult homelessness.
“It’s not a graduation; it’s a continuation!”
That’s how Hannah T. characterized the end of an 11-month financial education and coaching program that helped her build the knowledge, decision-making skills, and resources to forge a better future for herself and her children.
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.