Pensacola State College to start nonprofit center with gift from Gulf Power

The Gulf Power Foundation has pledged $150,000 to Pensacola State College to establish a center that will provide training for professional staff and boards of nonprofit organizations.

Wendell Smith, president of the foundation, presented the first installment of $30,000 to the college on Wednesday. The donation will be used to establish and operate the PSC’s not-for-profit Center for Excellence and Philanthropy.

“Pensacola State College’s impact extends far beyond the classroom,” Smith, who is also vice president of customer service and sales for Gulf Power and a Pensacola State College administrator, said in a statement. Press release. “Pensacola State College’s Center for Excellence and Nonprofit Philanthropy is a great example of this and how strongly it partners with and supports the community.”

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Andrea Krieger, executive director of the Pensacola State College Foundation, said the first payment will be used to develop courses for certified fundraising executives on fundraising diversification, board development, grant writing, comprehensive campaigns and donor-focused proposals and presentations.

Over the next five years, scholarships will also be awarded to eligible students and nonprofits.

Including the latest donation, Gulf Power has donated more than $680,000 to the college over the past 51 years.

“We are grateful for their outstanding support of this effort that will help nonprofits and philanthropic organizations give back to Northwest Florida,” PSC Chairman Ed Meadows said in a prepared speech.

Virginia S. Braud