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    Community donations through Gulf Coast Community Foundations Gulf Coast Gives program helped when more than 260 dogs needed care after being rescued from an animal hoarder.

    Two ways to give back

    Last May, when local animal shelters faced a sudden influx of more than 260 dogs in need of immediate care and new homes, community members wanted to help. But many werent able to adopt a dog. For those who couldnt, a new website offered an efficient,

    meaningful outlet for their generosity.At GulfCoastGives.org, about 100

    individuals and families chipped in with donations ranging from $10 to $500 to help the shelters caring for the dogs. Organizations pooled money from members or staff and then used the site to deposit their collective contributions. In the end, donors from Venice and beyond raised over $42,000

    with many gifts made in memory of loved ones like Buster or Rocky or Elmo to help the rescue facilities help the rescued dogs.We always say anyone can be a

    philanthropist, said Teri A Hansen, president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation, which created and manages Gulf Coast Gives. This website makes it easy.

    By GREG LUBERECKIGulf Coast Community foundation

    Gulf Coast Community Foundation makes giving easy

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    Charity projects you can feel close to.Because they are. Close to home, close to your heart, and closeto being funded. Become a Gulf Coast Giver at GulfCoastGives.org.

    an initiative of