About Us

Together with our donors, we transform our region through bold and proactive philanthropy.

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.

Here Forever

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.

Making Waves

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.


The notion of a community caring for its own is written in our organizational DNA. Our foundation was created in 1995 with proceeds from the sale of The Venice Hospital, a community hospital that had been founded by local citizens more than four decades earlier. Today, we are the philanthropic home of more than 650 families who have created their own charitable funds here, and together with them we have invested over $230 million in grants in the areas of health and human services, civic and economic development, education, arts and culture, and the environment.


Gulf Coast is uniquely positioned to provide needed leadership on emerging regional issues.

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Gulf Coast Community Foundation Partners


Everything we do is possible only through the generosity of our donors and the work of our vital nonprofit partners.

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Endowed Philanthropy

Through the power of endowment, your gift to Gulf Coast today can have impact forever.

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Our Mission

Together with our donors, we transform our region through bold and proactive philanthropy.

Who Is Gulf Coast?

Meet Our Board

Our Board of Directors comprises the visionary volunteers who set our agenda.


Meet Our Staff

A bold and proactive team that is impatient for change.


Impact Statistics

Our Grants

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.

Total Assets

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. 

Scholarships Awarded

Since establishing a scholarship program in 1997, Gulf Coast has invested more than $6.7 million in promising students through scholarship awards.


Financials & Stewardship

Honoring our responsibility to be good stewards.

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Agenda for Impact

Making waves to transform our region in 2016.

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