Dec. 11 the deadline for applications for Winter 2023 Gulf Coast Community Foundation Board Institute

Sessions to be conducted in Sarasota on four Fridays in February and March 2023

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is accepting applications for its 2023 Winter Gulf Coast Board Institute (GCBI), the nonprofit has announced.

The online application and overview for the program are available at, a news release notes.

“This high-demand program” is provided to active and prospective nonprofit board members in the Gulf Coast region, thanks to the Foundation’s Invest in Incredible consultants, the release says.

The deadline to apply for the training series is Sunday, Dec. 11.

“Combining interactive educational sessions with follow-up peer discussions, our Board Institute provides important knowledge in governance best practices for nonprofit board members in our region,” said Veronica Thames, chief operating officer of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, in the release. “Being a part of Gulf Coast’s Board Institute opens one up to valuable resources, peer connections, and an in-depth exploration of key governance topics,” she added in the release. “It is truly not to be missed.”

The group will participate in training experiences on the following Fridays, the release points out: Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 3 and March 10, 2023 at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s new Sarasota Philanthropy Center. That facility stands at 1549 State St. in Sarasota.

Among the topics to be covered are “fundamentals of nonprofit board governance, financial and legal oversight responsibilities, and how to create a diverse, highly functioning, and engaged board,” the release says. The training is led by certified consultants who are part of Gulf Coast’s Invest in Incredible nonprofit capacity-building initiative.

“Participants will be selected through a competitive process with the intent of creating a group of individuals with a variety of experiences,” the release explains. “Gulf Coast provides all training and resources at no cost to participants in exchange for their commitment to serve as advocates for good board governance in current and future nonprofit board roles,” the release adds.

The Foundation encourages applications from active members of nonprofit boards in the region, the release says, although prospective board members also will be considered for the training. “Because of strong demand for this high-quality training opportunity, applicants also must sign a commitment that they will attend all four days of training if selected.”

To learn more about the program, visit