BETTER TOGETHER 2017

Join Gulf Coast for a luncheon and conversation with
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough.

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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

APPLY NOW!

Our 2017-18 scholarship application is now available.

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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.

REVIEW OUR FINANCES

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

Gulf Coast Renews Accreditation with Rigorous National Standards Program

Gulf Coast got word last week that our accreditation with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® has been renewed. Administered by the Community Foundations National Standards Board, the accreditation is considered the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence.

February 2017 Desktop Downloads

Spread some light this February with a new desktop image. Update your desktop or mobile screen with this custom Gulf Coast Community Foundation wallpaper from our annual Gulf Coast calendar. 

A Message for Our BIG Volunteers on BIG’s Next Stage

More than three years after launching BIG—Bright Ideas on the Gulf Coast, Gulf Coast Community Foundation is handing off our entrepreneurial support initiative to a longtime BIG partner and booster, the Gulf Coast CEO Forum.

Both organizations shared this big news with volunteer advisors who attended our final BIG Action Team meeting last week. For mentors and other friends of BIG who weren’t there, here’s what you need to know to know about this exciting change and what’s next:

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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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