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Foundations Help Sarasota High Schools Get ‘Innovative’

Published: Sarasota County Schools unveiled six redesigned Immersive Language Arts (ILA) classrooms created and implemented through a partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, and Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The innovative classrooms are part of a larger effort to transform the learning experience for ILA students by improving content delivery, student engagement, and teacher retention.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Hosts Board Institute Reunion

Published: Sixty-two nonprofit board members from across the region gathered at the Venice Yacht Club for the first ever Gulf Coast Board Institute (GCBI) reunion. GCBI is a part of Gulf Coast’s Invest in Incredible initiative (I3) to provide high-level board governance training to new and veteran nonprofit board members in the Gulf Coast region. 

Reading Recovery Continues to Shine in Sarasota Schools


The results are in: Reading Recovery in Sarasota County Schools has outpaced the national average of success for this widely implemented literacy intervention f...

Social Media Expert Shares “Future of Marketing” with Region’s Nonprofits

Published: On October 17, Gulf Coast Community Foundation presented “The Future of #Marketing,” a half-day seminar for nonprofit organizations led by social-media marketing expert and author Carlos Gil. It was this year’s signature event for Gulf Coast’s nonprofit capacity-building initiative, Invest in Incredible.

Girls Join Gulf Coast Staff for Hike of a (Young) Lifetime


Imagine being born and raised in Florida and never seeing an alligator? It’s probably more common than you realize, but one young Sarasota girl recently spotted...

Donor’s Legacy Continues to Empower Women in Charlotte


Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Board of Directors recently approved three grants totaling $67,000 from the Miriam P. Raines Charitable Fund, an endowment cre...

Preventing homeless youth—one family at a time

Published: We can all agree that every child deserves a home. Yet as many as 1,000 students in the Sarasota County public school system are identified as homeless each year. Let that sink in. In a school district with roughly 43,000 students, one in 43 is homeless.