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

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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

Guest Column: Department of Labor Ruling

In 2014, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department of Labor to update the regulations around the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime standards. Two years later, on May 18, 2016, he announced the final rules which, according to the DOL, will “extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation.” 

Guest Column: Think W-9's & 1099-MISC's don't apply to your organization? Think again

It’s not an exaggeration to say that most nonprofits are not following the letter of the law when it comes to issuing 1099-MISC forms. In his latest blog post, financial sustainability expert and Invest in Incredible consultant Dan Weiss explains the issues and recommends a simple approach to compliance.

Local Schools Leading the Country in Tech Implementation

“I never thought I would see this kind of transformation in our schools during my lifetime. It is truly life-changing.” This is Karen Rose describing the revolutionary change that is nearly complete in 290 Sarasota County middle-school classrooms.

What is Rose, the school district’s executive director of middle schools, talking about?

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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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