About Gulf Coast comunity Foundation

Message from the Chairman

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Chairman’s Message

For 25 years the Gulf Coast Community Foundation has been serving the needs of the people on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Times have changed. People have changed.  The landscape has changed, but there are some community needs that have not changed.  There are still families struggling to make ends meet. There are unmet educational needs.   There are those who are homeless, including many veterans that have made sacrifices so that we might enjoy the freedom we often take for granted.   The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is here to help donors make a difference in the lives of people in need. We are here to match donors with community needs and to help donors reach their charitable goals.

During 2013 the Gulf Coast Community Foundation celebrated many successes. The Community Foundation administered the Baton Rouge Area Foundation grant to support the nonprofit community and the Knight Information Challenge grant which highlighted the dangers of pay day lending. We also completed the Coming Home Collaborative program and the Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors grant program. In addition to these large grants, the Community Foundation awarded over 165 scholarships and granted over $1.1 million dollars to benefit our community.

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is about you – the community – all of you who are instrumental in making our work possible and every organization that works tirelessly to improve the human condition. It is because of you, our donors and community partners, that we continue to exist and that we are able to do the greatest good.  We thank you for your support.  We appreciate your trust, your confidence and most of all your partnership.

With your sustained support the Gulf Coast Community Foundation will continue to help make the communities we serve better places to live.  I am proud of the work that we have accomplished; but I am even more excited about what is yet to come.  I am grateful for the commitment of our board members, as well as  our staff.  I am also grateful for the trust granted to us by our donors.

We will continue to fulfill our goal of “turning donor passion into meaningful community change.”

Thank you for helping us honor our commitment.  I am proud to be part the Gulf Coast Community Foundation – a strong community partner.

Dorothy D. Shaw

Board Chair

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Foundation

“The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Foundation regards philanthropy and volunteerism as habits of the heart that all should be learned early and practiced often.”


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