Gulf Coast Community Foundation Appreciates Our Donors

2022 Donor Appreciation Breakfast Celebrates Community Impact Across Six Counties

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s most engaged stakeholders gathered at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art on November 10, 2022, to celebrate their collaboration in helping to disburse more than $90 Million across the lower six county region since its incorporation in 1989. Robert Hicks, retiree from Mississippi Power Company and one of the original incorporators of GCCF, drove from Alabama with his daughter Lori, to welcome the Foundation’s new president and executive director, Dr. Christen Duhé who took the helm last month.

“We just want to say thank you for your visionary and generous support of GCCF, and to let you know that we will continue to build on the great work you have allowed us to do over the past 33 years,” said Dr. Duhé. 

CEO H. Rodger Wilder, Esq., and Board Chair Dave Vincent, retired WLOX general manager, spoke of the challenges that our donors have helped Gulf Coast residents overcome.

Now at 109 active funds, GCCF fundholders’ donations of time, money and talent have not only brought us through weather and public health crises, but have also helped students, teachers and charities serving disenfranchised families to achieve their goals. GCCF Board member and Coast Electric CEO Ron Barnes shared that Coast Electric’s Operation Round Up, a pool of funds held in trust at the Community Foundation from utility customers’ rounding up their bills, has distributed more than $1M in grants over the past 4 years.

GCCF looks forward to working with current and new fundholders in identifying community needs and the most impactful way to help our residents thrive through charitable giving. For more information, contact Executive Director Christen Duhé or email


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