About Us

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation (GCCF) promotes charitable giving, empowers donors, and improves our community by facilitating investment in a variety of charitable causes. We play a unique role by attracting, managing, and distributing millions of charitable dollars to improve the lives of local people across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Established in 1989 as a 501(c)(3), the Community Foundation has distributed over $90 million, providing administrative services to more than 100 funds that help local grass roots organizations achieve their charitable objectives. The Foundation’s primary mission is to increase philanthropy across the lower six counties of South Mississippi. We achieve our mission by:

  • Distributing grants to charitable causes;
  • Providing donor services;
    Contributing responsive leadership to our community’s changing needs; and
  • Developing and managing a comprehensive pool of funds.

GCCF donors include individuals, families, corporations, private foundations, agencies, and other organizations with a vision for improving the quality of life for South Mississippians.

Through the Foundation’s Investment Committee, donated funds are conservatively invested, representing a sound balance of growth and income.

Donors and community partners value our professional financial and grants administrative services, connecting generous donors with local organizations addressing the needs of a growing Mississippi Gulf Coast.

In 2020, the population of Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone, and George counties totaled nearly a half-million, and with the help of our community donors and partners, South Mississippi will continue to thrive.

We are grateful for our donors’ confidence in the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to manage their contributions wisely in supporting education, the arts, social welfare, health, historic preservation, community enrichment and disaster recovery.

If you’re interested in making a positive impact in South Mississippi, please click here for donor opportunities or contact the Foundation office at (228) 897-4841 for more information.

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