BETTER TOGETHER 2017
Join Gulf Coast for a luncheon and conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough about communities, leadership, and innovation.
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.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s 2017-18 scholarship application is now available. Go to GulfCoastCF.org/scholarships to learn more and apply online.
Through our scholarship program, Gulf Coast assists students of all ages in pursuing higher education at accredited colleges, universities, and technical schools. Applicants must reside in Sarasota County, Charlotte County, or Boca Grande. They also must plan to attend a qualifying postsecondary institution during the 2017-18 academic year.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast offers local companies and their employees a unique opportunity to give back to the community through its workplace mentoring initiative, Beyond School Walls.
The familiar Florida sunshine peeked through some rare cloud cover this morning just as a major solar-energy opportunity for Sarasota County residents was announced outside the Florida House Institute.
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.