Kirstin Fulkerson Named Senior Vice President for Philanthropy

Gulf Coast Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we have promoted Kirstin Fulkerson to Senior Vice President for Philanthropy. Kirstin will lead the foundation’s work with generous families, individuals, businesses, and organizations to help them achieve their philanthropic goals.

“Kirstin is a talented veteran at Gulf Coast who is highly respected by our Board, our donors, the professional advisors we work with, and nonprofit leaders throughout our community,” said Mark S. Pritchett, President | CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “She has been integral to our exponential growth as a community foundation, and she has a bold vision for helping even more donors maximize the impact of their giving.”

Kirstin Fulkerson

Kirstin has been a member of the Gulf Coast team for 16 years, gaining extensive experience across both the donor engagement and community investment roles of the foundation. For the past 10 years, she has worked directly with hundreds of Gulf Coast donors and their legal and financial advisors to fulfill their charitable wishes and secure meaningful legacies through philanthropy. She most recently held the title of Senior Philanthropic Advisor.

Kirstin began her career as a program officer at the foundation, working closely with nonprofit organizations and spearheading initiatives focused on nonprofit and community leadership and emerging regional issues. She earned her MBA from the University of South Florida and bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.


Donor’s legacy continues to empower women in Charlotte County

Published: Gulf Coast’s Board of Directors recently approved three grants totaling $67,000 from the Miriam P. Raines Charitable Fund, an endowment created to help women in Charlotte County help themselves by furthering their life skills. The Raines Fund has put nearly half a million dollars back into the community Mrs. Raines loved.

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.

HOT Teams Help Homeless Find Path to Housing

Published: The City of Sarasota’s Homeless Outreach Team, or “HOT team,” works day in and day out to offer assistance to homeless individuals. Staffed by Sarasota Police Department law-enforcement officers and civilian case workers, the City’s HOT team meets individuals in need of housing where they are—geographically, psychologically, and emotionally. Homelessness is unlikely to ever be eradicated. But since our community began working together to transform Sarasota’s homeless crisis response system, we have remained focused on making the experience of homelessness here rare, brief, and nonrecurring.