GCCF announces Stone County affiliate, spearheads Stone County Community Endowment Fund

GULFPORT, MS (February 28, 2024) – Gulf Coast Community Foundation (GCCF) and its first affiliate, the Stone County Community Endowment Committee, hosted the Rise & Shine Breakfast and Raffle Kickoff on February 27 at the Ferris B. O’Neal Senior Center in Wiggins.

The event, which brought together community residents, local businessowners and other professionals, introduced the new Stone County Community Endowment Fund (SCCEF), an initiative spearheaded and administered by GCCF. The fund will support a variety of charitable causes and organizations in Stone County.

The goal is for the Stone County community to raise $200,000 within three years, and GCCF will match 50 percent of donations up to $100,000. All funds will be earmarked specifically to meet pressing needs identified by the Stone County community.

The breakfast also kicked off the fund’s inaugural fundraiser – a raffle set for April 18 in Stone County. The location of the raffle will be announced at a later date.

To donate to the Stone County Community Endowment Fund, visit To purchase raffle tickets, visit

About Gulf Coast Community Foundation

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity that has been serving the people of South Mississippi since 1989. The Foundation’s primary mission is to increase philanthropy by assisting donors in establishing endowments and legacy giving plans, making grants to worthy causes, and providing leadership in response to the community’s changing needs. Over the years, the GCCF has been a leader in addressing the most pressing needs in the community, from disaster relief and recovery to supporting education and child welfare initiatives. To learn more about the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the important work it does in the community, please visit

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