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

Kirstin Fulkerson Named Senior Vice President for Philanthropy

Published: Gulf Coast Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Kirstin Fulkerson has been promoted to Senior Vice President for Philanthropy. Kirstin will lead Gulf Coast's work with generous donors to help them achieve their philanthropic goals.

Philanthropy Funds Safer, Stronger Youth Swimmers

Published: With water all around us here on the Gulf Coast, basic water-safety skills are vital. This summer, nearly 4,000 children in Sarasota and Charlotte counties have the knowledge and ability to remain safe near water thanks to swimming lessons funded through philanthropy.

Twenty-Four Graduate from Gulf Coast Leadership Institute

Published: Twenty-four emerging community leaders from across the region graduated last week from the 2019 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. The group made up the 14th class to complete Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s long-running leadership-development initiative.

Gulf Coast Elects Board Officers

Published: The Board of Directors of Gulf Coast Community Foundation has elected Judy Cahn as Chair and Michael Saunders as Vice Chair for one-year terms as officers.

If You Build It, They Will Come

Published: It’s summertime, and the living is a little easier here on the Gulf Coast. But some of our most civic-minded citizens hardly slow down even as temperatures. Mark Pritchett's latest guest column celebrates the heroic efforts of local volunteers who care for our environment and create beautiful trails that connect our communities.

Grants Help With Lingering Needs from Hurricane Irma

Published: Earlier this year, Gulf Coast approved nearly $50,000 in disaster grants to address lingering needs resulting from Hurricane Irma, as well as to help nonprofits ensure they’re prepared for future events. One of those grants was $25,000 to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Venice, which had rallied to serve a 10-county area in the immediate aftermath of Irma.

Couple’s Philanthropy Fills Kids with Confidence, Nutrition This Summer

Published: Keith and Linda Monda have made it their mission to provide more opportunity and inspiration for the next generation. This summer, thousands of children will be better fed, safer around water, and stronger readers thanks to initiatives the Mondas helped create.