What Is Gulf Coast?
The Foundation of Community
We are a public charity dedicated to serving the needs of our region. Everything we do here is about the community.
A Partner in Philanthropy
We are a collection of charitable funds created by individuals, families, organizations, and corporations to support their favorite causes, in our region and around the world.
As an endowed organization, Gulf Coast Community Foundation will be here in perpetuity—to address emerging needs and to ensure your gifts continue to do all that you envision.
Bold and Proactive
Opportunity is knocking, more and more loudly, across Florida and the nation. That’s why we can’t wait to innovate to keep our region competitive.
We’re impatient for change to improve our region. We see altering the status quo as our obligation to our community and to our donors.
Gulf Coast is uniquely positioned to provide needed leadership on emerging regional issues.
Everything we do is possible only through the generosity of our donors and the work of our vital nonprofit partners.
Through the power of endowment, your gift to Gulf Coast today can have impact forever.
Together with our donors, Gulf Coast invested a record $27.3 million in grants, initiatives, and scholarships in our 2016 fiscal year.
Grants by Area
Gulf Coast invests in all areas of our community’s life. Fitting our formation through the sale of a community hospital back in 1995, health and human services have historically received the largest share of funding.
Last year, Gulf Coast welcomed $33.4 million in new gifts from our growing family of donors. Today, Gulf Coast administers more than 700 charitable funds.
Created with a little over $90 million in 1995, Gulf Coast has grown to more than $275 million in assets while investing over $230 million into the community through grants and scholarships. That’s a testament to the power of endowed philanthropy and the generosity of our donors.
Since establishing a scholarship program in 1997, Gulf Coast has invested more than $6.7 million in promising students through scholarship awards.