See what we’ve been up to at Gulf Coast and how our donors and our nonprofit partners are transforming our region.

Foundation and Friends of Parks groups help make Legacy Trail more maneuverable

Published: A portion of the Legacy Trail in Osprey can now be experienced from a different vantage point, thanks to a grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the commitment of Sarasota County Parks and Friends of the Osprey Junction Trailhead.

Addressing homelessness, by name

Published: Think about how many times a day you’re addressed by name. The acknowledgment comes from colleagues, friends, and loved ones—it is something most of us take for granted, a given. For a homeless individual, merely hearing someone say their name could be the best part of their day, the only remaining piece of their past life.

Heeding “Her Deepness” to Save Our Seas


“No ocean, no life. No ocean, no us.”

Dr. Sylvia Earle recites that simple but deep statement often. I can’t imagine the iconic oceanographer enjoys saying it....

Local Foundations Join a Force for Good

Published: The following op-ed was published in the Herald Tribune on Sunday, December 29.

Remembering Charles and Margery Barancik

Published: Our Gulf Coast family lost two dear members this month with the passing of philanthropists Charles and Margery Barancik. Our entire community lost two irreplaceable heroes.

2019 Year-End Giving Reminders

Published: Our entire Gulf Coast team is ready to assist donors (and their professional advisors) with any last-minute year-end giving needs.

Legendary Ocean Scientist to Speak at Gulf Coast Community Foundation Luncheon

Published: An iconic ocean scientist who has logged more than 7,500 hours under water and is affectionately called “Her Deepness” by colleagues and the media, Earle will discuss the topic “Saving Our Seas.” Reservations for the luncheon, which will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, will be