Giving Back

Important Charities in Florida's Gulf Coast

These Organizations Give Back

If you'd like to get more involved in your local community but aren't sure where to start, these organizations are a great place to. 

Giving Back In The Gulf Of Mexico

Pensacola Bay Area IMPACT100

Taken from their website:

"IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, Inc. (IMPACT) is an organization of women committed to improving their community by providing substantial grants to nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Started in 2003 by four local women, IMPACT has become the largest IMPACT group in the world. The idea behind IMPACT involves recruiting at least 100 women to donate $1,000 each and pooling those resources into one big grant for a qualifying nonprofit. In the 16 years since the Pensacola chapter began, this organization of philanthropic women has donated more than $11 million to charities throughout the Escambia/Santa Rosa area. IMPACT has funded 109 grants totaling $11,664,000 since 2004.

​​​​​​​IMPACT has no paid employees or staff, so one hundred percent of each member’s annual contribution of $1,000 is pooled and awarded to nonprofit organizations in increments of at least $100,000 grants."

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida

Taken from their website:

"For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers and children. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people." 

The First Tee of Northwest Florida

Taken from their website:
"The First Tee of Northwest Florida is a youth-serving organization that teaches golf as a life-long sport to instill character education through the game’s inherent “Nine Core Values.”

Since the founding of our Local Chapter in 2003, we have worked to spread character education and junior golf to the counties (Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton) of the Florida Panhandle through 102 National School Programs in area (K-5) schools and 15 Golf Course program sites.

​​​​​​​Incorporating the Summer Tour of the Greater Pensacola Junior Golf Association and presenting the annual Divot Derby Week (est. 1958), we strive in particular to reach young people who otherwise might not have an opportunity to learn and play the game of golf and to learn its inherent values. The First Tee of Northwest Florida is committed to growing the game while ensuring that our programs are accessible and affordable to youth of all backgrounds, diversities, social strata and physical abilities, and always regardless of income or ability to pay."

The Pace Cebne

Taken from their website: 

"Pace began in 1985 with one Center in Jacksonville, Florida serving 10 girls.  Today PACE includes 21 Centers throughout Florida that serve over 3,000 girls each year and Pace has changed the life trajectory of over 40,000 girls since its inception. Pace began as a community response to the realization that girls involved with the justice system were either being placed in programs designed for boys or placed further into the system for their own protection.  There were no effective alternatives.  Started by Vicki Burke and guided by the research-based recommendations which called for gender responsive programming, Pace created a new alternative to institutionalization or incarceration for girls.

Pace is now recognized as a national model for reducing recidivism and improving school success, employment and self-sufficiency amongst girls by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Children's Defense Fund, National Mental Health Association, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention."


Gulf Coast Kid's House

Taken from their website: 

"Gulf Coast Kid's House is a children's advocacy center serving Escambia County. As a children's advocacy center, we combine all of the professionals and resources needed for the intervention, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases under one child-friendly facility. Child victims and their families also receive mental health counseling at our center. The goal of Gulf Coast Kid's House is to form a more collaborative response to child abuse cases so that we can improve case outcomes and minimize trauma to the children and families we serve."

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity

Taken from their website:

"Since 1981, we’ve built thousands of homes in the Escambia and Santa Rosa county area. But our impact goes beyond building houses. We reach wide across the community, with various programs and services aimed at transforming communities, one homeowner at a time.

Our homeowners are just that, home owners. We help our homeowners break down the barriers to homeownership, familiarizing them with the home buying process. Just like all homeowners, they put in their own money toward a down payment and closing costs, they pay a mortgage, and maintain all the responsibilities that come with their first home including paying their own insurance and taxes.

But even more, our homeowners attend homeowner readiness courses that empower and help them learn the skills necessary for successful homeownership such as home maintenance, budgeting, and repair.

Our homeowners go further by investing their “sweat equity” into physically building their own homes—and contributing toward the construction of others’.

​​​​​​​We believe better prepared homeowners create better citizens, and more engaged neighbors. This is how we’re building up communities, one homeowner at a time."


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