Gulf Coast Community Foundation Launches “Leave Your Mark” Campaign with Mural Project

Local artist Gretchen David and members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast’s Forest Heights Center helped kickoff the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s first annual “Leave Your Mark” campaign by creating an 6’ by 10′ “Thank You Mural” describing the “mark” and impact that the Boys & Girls Clubs have had on the children’s lives.

“Leave Your Mark” is an eight-week long awareness campaign of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s mission, accomplishments, and ongoing unmet needs in South Mississippi. The campaign will culminate with the unveiling of a “Mural of Generosity” created pro bono by David in April depicting in artistic detail how the Community Foundation has “left its mark” in South art exhibit along the Gulf Coast.  This mural will then serve as a traveling art exhibit along the Gulf Coast.

“We thought that the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast would be a perfect place to kickoff this campaign since the Boys & Girls Clubs ‘leave their mark’ on young lives in our community every day, with funding from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation,” said Ron Barnes, chairman of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Board of Directors.

“The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has been able to distribute $34 into the community for every local $1 donated due to our strong relationships with regional and national funders such as Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors, Chevron USA, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,” Barnes further explained.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast is just one of over 100 non-profit organizations and schools that have been helped with funds from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and its donors.  Since 2005, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation has distributed over $65 million to diverse charitable projects from free food and medical programs to job training and grants for deserving teachers and art programs. Since Hurricane Katrina, the Community Foundation’s mission has expanded to include important disaster recovery work, such as rebuilding of homes, neighborhood parks, day care and community centers. The Community Foundation also assisted over 55,000 Gulf Coast residents through $4 million in grants in the wake of the BP oil spill and Hurricane Isaac.

To learn more about the “Leave Your Mark” campaign and how you can make a donation to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, please call (228) 897-4841 or visit or You can also download the PDF of this announcement.


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The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is a public charity dedicated to supporting charitable causes, providing donor services, and providing leadership in response to community needs. The Community Foundation is a vehicle for charitable giving through which individuals, families, corporations, non-profit organizations and private foundations can meet charitable objectives in the fields of education, arts and culture, historic preservation, neighborhood enrichment, and health and human services. Today, the Community Foundation manages over 120 different funds and administers almost $20 million in assets that fund important community needs in South Mississippi.


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