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People Helping People

The Gulf Winds Cares Foundation was founded in January 2021 to formalize the longstanding charitable efforts of Gulf Winds Credit Union. The Foundation’s mission is to create a sustainable funding source for community organizations that provide elder services, youth services, basic needs and financial education. Our giving philosophy is to provide annual donations that can be depended on year-after-year, to help funded partners create sustainable programmatic results.



Gulf Winds understands the rising cost of continued education and wants to help our members and the children/grandchildren of members with those expenses by offering scholarships worth $5,000 each, every year. 

Since 2007, Gulf Winds has provided $247,500 in scholarships to 66 continuing education students. The Gulf Winds scholarships are named to honor pioneer members of the credit union for their dedicated service to its members. In memory of these important leaders, scholarships are established in the names of Rufus Caton, Louis Lambert, Lola Stephens and Al Evans, Jr.

2023 Recipients

Congratulations to our 2023 scholarship recipients John Colbie English, Michaela Manias, Marissa Ponder, Shilpa Shiju, and Caroline Williamson! Read more about the 2023 recipients »

Board of Directors

The Gulf Winds Cares Foundation is made up of dedicated Credit Union professionals and volunteers who are responsible for the decisions, activities and resources of the community-focused organization:

  • Kurt Stenerson, President
  • Lee Ann Allen, Vice President
  • Mylene Kaibigan, Treasurer
  • Vanessa Rodgers, Secretary
  • Kiersten Lee, Director
  • Wendi Vowell, Director
  • Lauren Clark, Director

Contact Us
[email protected]

2022 Annual Report


The Foundation represents the growth and success of Gulf Winds Credit Union. It is something our members, team and community can be proud of. If you want to help us build a sustainable funding source for key community partners, please consider making a donation. You can direct your gift to any of our focus areas, our scholarship program or to our endowment fund. Every dollar counts!