Gulf Power Foundation invests $150K for first nonprofit training center in Northwest Florida

The Gulf Power Foundation has committed $150K to Pensacola State College to help establish training for nonprofit organizations’ professional staffs and boards.

Gulf Power Foundation Board Chairman Wendell Smith presented the first installment of $30,000 to the College on Dec. 5.

“Nonprofits are essential to our communities,” said Smith, vice president of Customer Service and Sales for Gulf Power and a trustee of Pensacola State College.

“We are thrilled to be able to invest in the Nonprofit Center for Excellence and Philanthropy at Pensacola State College and give back to those that make it all possible.” 

Andrea Krieger, executive director of the Pensacola State College Foundation, said the Nonprofit Center for Excellence and Philanthropy at Pensacola State College is not yet open but that the first $30,000 donation will be used toward the establishment and operation of the center.

Nonprofit leaders like DeDe Flounlacker, executive director of Manna Food Pantries, are excited for the opportunities the center will bring to the nonprofit community.

“Nonprofits tend to be very under resourced and we depend on the support of strong partners like Gulf Power Foundation and Pensacola State College,” she said.

“Having this center in our community is going to create sustainability for our nonprofits and all of those that we serve. It’s a place that will provide affordable training from trusted local partners. We are very grateful for you all investing in us, and once again, investing in our community.”

Over the next five years, scholarships also will be provided for students and qualifying nonprofit organizations.

With this $150,000 gift, Gulf Power will exceed $680,000 in donations to the college over the past 51 years.