Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Our Community Foundation for a Greater Birmingham is igniting passion for transformational change

Our Community's Foundation was founded in 1959 by people who believed that Birmingham needed a public endowment to meet its greatest needs and seize opportunities to make life better -- forever. We're still doing that and providing even more ways for you to join us as we bring people together to achieve measurable results and leverage gifts and bequests to create positive change.

01/04/2024

We ended 2023 with an amazing Fall Grant Cycle! Check out a full list of last year's grantees from the spring and fall cycles here: https://loom.ly/p7DdaH0

Our 2024 Spring Grant Cycle opens January 12th with brief proposals due February 2nd! Visit cfbham.org/grants for details.

01/03/2024

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of our Board of Directors: Turner Burton, Bing Edwards, David Germany and Catherine Meehan. We are honored to have them as part of Our Community!
Learn more: https://loom.ly/h00mJvs

01/02/2024

As you set your New Year's resolutions for 2024, consider incorporating charitable initiatives into your plans. Partnering with the Community Foundation can help you not only support your favorite causes with gifts this year but also create a lasting impact through strategic "planned giving" methods, ensuring sustained support for these causes well into the future while maximizing tax benefits. Message us to get started!

12/28/2023

As 2023 comes to an end, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham congratulates Ginger Jefferson and Kim Rogers as they embark on new beginnings. In their time with the Foundation – Ginger as Director of Marketing and Communications for 10 years; Kim as a Program Officer for more than 20 – they each have left an immeasurable impact on our organization and our community. We are incredibly grateful for their years of service, wisdom, and dedication. Please join us in wishing them both a retirement filled with joy, relaxation, and new adventures!

Photos from Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham's post 12/14/2023

Our Spotify Wrapped just dropped. Thank you for your amazing philanthropy, Birmingham!

Photos from Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham's post 12/07/2023

As we approach the year-end, let's make our giving count with these 5 tips 💸

(These graphics are provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended as legal, accounting, or financial planning advice).

11/30/2023

What did they leave behind? 🤔 Read about the Schwandts' amazing and creative journey in philanthropy involving quite the famous song! https://www.cfbham.org/news/embracing-the-power-of-music-and-philanthropy/

11/23/2023

We are grateful for the incredible community we serve. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Photos from Bham Now  - Birmingham’s modern media's post 11/21/2023
11/16/2023

We are wrapping up our fall grant cycle, which means that our donors have the opportunity to partner with us through our Giving Together program to help fund community projects. Here's a look at some previous grants that funded some amazing projects at Red Mountain Theatre and United Ability!

Photos from Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham's post 11/14/2023

We joined the Rotaract Club of Birmingham for an interactive lunch on November 2nd to talk about feasible strategies for regional cooperation among municipalities in the Greater Birmingham area! Steve Ammons, President and CEO of Birmingham Business Alliance, and our own CEO, Chris Nanni, shared insights from the PARCA study and report, Together We Can. The presentation was interactive and ended with the question, "What regional cooperation efforts would you be most excited to support?" Check out the graphic to see our most popular answers!

Photos from Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham's post 11/02/2023

We wanted to highlight Dr. Mark Wilson’s service as Jefferson County Health Officer and his partnership over the years. Dr. Wilson has stepped down from his role in the past month, but during his tenure, he has been a true champion for public health and for our whole community. We wish him the best! We also want to extend a welcome to Dr. David Hicks as he steps into the role!

10/31/2023

Wishing our community a warm, safe, and happy Halloween! 🎃

10/24/2023

Send in the clowns… Don’t bother, they’re here!

Ken Jackson wasn’t afraid of philanthropy when he started the Remy Fund for Pets and Animals in 2010. Since then, the fund has awarded more than $580,000 to support diverse animal organizations in our community.

One such organization, Special Equestrians of Birmingham, AL, offer therapeutic riding classes that help all individuals feel capable, valued and, well, special. Their dedicated staff and volunteers lead individuals with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges in group riding sessions with horses. The horses are cared for in-part by the participants--plus, they get costumes in October as a spooky treat! The grant that Special Equestrians received in this year’s Remy Fund grant cycle will go toward the care and upkeep of their horses.

The benefits of therapeutic riding are extensive, including improved coordination and core strength, relaxation of tense muscles, soft skills practice, and deep emotional satisfaction. And the benefits don’t stop with the participants—most of the horses at Special Equestrians were in need of a new home or job before joining their crew.

Contact the Community Foundation to find out what you can do for your neigh-borhood! Special thanks to Special Equestrians for sharing pictures of their Halloween Horses.

Connect Alabama | Download The Smartphone App - VitAL Alabama 10/23/2023

This Monday, the Community Foundation wants to highlight an important community resource. The Connect Alabama treatment finder app is a convenient resource that makes it easy to find out everything there is to know about treatment, such as, the types of treatment, what to expect, how much it costs, and how to get started.

The Services locator tool allows you to select the type of treatment providers you are looking for; Mental Health, Prevention, Substance Use or Medication Disposal Locations.

To find treatment and access information about treatment services, what to expect and how to get started, download the Connect Alabama app.

https://vitalalabama.com/connect-alabama/

Connect Alabama | Download The Smartphone App - VitAL Alabama The Connect Alabama smartphone app provides information on mental health, substance use, and behavioral health services. Download now for up-to-date resources in your area.

10/19/2023

With over forty years of experience in marketing, corporate communications, and advertising, Ginger Jefferson serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Her responsibilities include overseeing strategic marketing initiatives, public relations, advertising, and branding efforts for the organization.

She began her career as the program director for a local independent television station. Over the years she has worked in advertising and managed marketing and public relations for a national retailer, the state’s largest law firm, and several physician practices. Ginger has experience in publishing as the director of marketing and associate editor for PMT Publishing, the publishers of Business Alabama, Birmingham Home, and Garden, Mobile Bay Monthly, as well as other custom magazines. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, she was the marketing director covering the Alabama region for Saks Fifth Avenue.

Ginger and her husband, David, live in the city of Birmingham where they are learning to adjust to being empty nesters.

Organization to highlight: Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice

Why: We made a grant a few years ago to Alabama Appleseed to support a new position – a Re-entry Coordinator and Advocate. I had the opportunity to meet the gentleman they hired - Ronald McKeithen (read his story here: https://loom.ly/d2oPtT8) and I was inspired and humbled by what he had faced and overcome. I believe in Alabama Appleseed’s mission and the hard work they put in to achieve justice and equity for Alabamians. I hope everyone will take time to learn more about their advocacy and read the stories of the lives they have helped change.

10/17/2023

"For M'Kayl Lewis, the most important aspect of the Community Foundation is the depth of knowledge they have about the five-county region it serves. “The Community Foundation really understands the needs of the region because it is solely focused on the Greater Birmingham area. And I think that’s important because if you don’t understand the need then it’s hard to know the next step to take. So my big differentiator would definitely be not only their depth of reach here, but their depth of knowledge of the community.”

As a Donor Advised Fundholder, M'Kayl can align her philanthropic efforts with the causes and organizations that are most important to her. This ensures that her charitable giving is in line with her personal values and priorities.

Discover how you can make a meaningful impact on causes you care about, just like M'Kayl Lewis. Send us a direct message to start your philanthropic journey today!

Photos from Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham's post 10/12/2023

At the Community Foundation, we believe that family philanthropy is at the heart of creating meaningful change in our community. That's why having a Donor Advised Fund with us is more than just a financial tool; it's a gateway to fostering family unity, values, and lasting impact.

Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting the Executive Director and President of 21/64, a leading national organization dedicated to empowering families to work, give, and serve together more effectively across generations. Together, with our Fundholders, we explored the profound impact that shared values can have in guiding family philanthropy and reinforcing our commitment to making a difference.

10/10/2023

Our hearts are with Alabamians whose friends, family and loved ones are caught in the current crossfire of this weekend’s attacks in Israel. For those who seek to support response efforts to the resulting humanitarian crisis, the Jewish Funders Network has this advice: Give to well-established organizations with a presence on the ground in Israel and a track-record of disaster relief work. Here are two resources:

You can contribute locally to the campaign to support the victims of terror by visiting the Jewish Federations of North America website (https://form.jotform.com/232792945496978) and selecting the Birmingham community in the dropdown.

If you are interested in funding efforts in Israel directly, Jewish Funders Network (https://www.jfunders.org/israel_crisis) working with the National Emergency Authority to identify and update funding needs. Their website lists organizations actively responding in Israel and will be updated daily.

Photos from Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham's post 10/05/2023

The Community Foundation had the privilege of collaborating again with the Aspen Institute! Reverend Dr. Audrey Price joined us as the mediator for our May 3rd Courageous Conversation and returned on October 4th to lead the Race and Peace Pilgrimage in Alabama. Brought about by Aspen Institute's Racial Justice and Religion Initiative, the pilgrimage aims to provide educational opportunities to explore the role of religion in racial justice work while uplifting leaders from historically marginalized communities.

This year's Racial Justice and Religion Collective, comprised of various types of religious leaders from around the country, joined us in Birmingham for an immersive tour of the Civil Rights district and to learn of its pivotal role in the national Civil Rights movement. During their visit, they engaged in meaningful conversation with Barbara Shores, daughter of Civil Rights Attorney Arthur Shores, in her own home. Afterwards, the Collective had lunch with Reverend Arthur Price at the 16th Street Baptist Church. Then they embarked on a walking tour of the district with Barry McNealy, the Historical Content Expert at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. They capped the day off with dinner and reflective discussion at the Civil Rights Institute.

We'd like to thank the participants for their enthusiasm and conversation as they learned about Birmingham with open hearts and minds.

10/03/2023

Embrace Philanthropy Fearlessly this Halloween Season!

It's not just for the ultra-rich or famous. We all have the power to make a positive impact on our world, no matter the scale.

Even $25 can make a difference though the Community Foundation's Giving Together platform. Through this co-investment campaign we partner with people like you to expand the amount available for our competitive grant cycle. Just last cycle, we raised an extra $500,000 (40% more!) to grant to our community from individuals wanting to make a difference.

What's so scary about that?

09/28/2023

The Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services at the Community Foundation provides much needed support for companion animals - those furry companions who are always there to give judgement-free support to so many.

We are so grateful to the numerous individuals who have donated to the Remy Fund, including significant support from: Peyton Lee, in honor of her beloved deceased dog, Orca (pictured here); VP Funds, focused on “Kindness, Consideration and Common Sense.”

Also, wonderful folks like Beverly Brice LeBeouf, who has included the Remy Fund in her estate plan; and other supporters like the Anne Knight Townsend Fund for the Welfare of Animals, the Jean K. Forman Fund for Animal Welfare, and the Diane and Warren Ferguson Fund for Animals make grants from the Remy Fund possible.

The folks at Birmingham AIDS Outreach, who received a 2023 grant from the Remy Fund, understand that pets are truly family, too. Through their Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) program, HIV positive individuals can acquire spay/neuter procedures, food, supplies, and other essential services for their pets—lessening the chance of someone having to surrender their pet during a difficult time, when they need their family the most.

We are incredibly grateful to our donors and organizations like BAO that support family in all forms. Visit birminghamaidsoutreach.org to learn more about and sign up for PAWS; monthly sign-up is required. And visit us at cfbham.org to learn about how you can support families in Greater Birmingham.

09/26/2023

To truly support the families of Greater Birmingham, not only should we consider the youngest generations of our community, but we must support the people that care for them. In a wonderful example for us all, Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank in downtown Birmingham goes above and beyond their identity as a diaper bank by providing diapers, wipes, period products, and other essentials to families who need them. They’ve even developed a mobile distribution program, minimizing yet another barrier for parents and guardians in need. Learn more about Bundles of Hope here on our website: https://loom.ly/utgnWcY

Is your family ready to support families in need through philanthropic giving? The Community Foundation’s giving staff has got you covered! Reach out to learn about the best giving strategies for your family at the Community Foundation, and stay tuned for more family giving stories on our socials.

Photos from Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham's post 09/22/2023

Last week's Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham's Agency Endowment Lunch was insightful and inspiring. We had the privilege of coming together with our agency partners to dive deep into philanthropy and strategic giving. Our guest speakers left us with the knowledge to feel empowered and equipped to make an even greater impact in our community.

Highland Associates, our investment consultants, provided us with updates, helping us ensure our resources are maximized for the benefit of our community!

Our special guest speaker, Sheryl Aikman, the principal of Alenda Consulting LLC, shared her expertise on giving strategies and philanthropic planning. She inspired us all to think more deeply about how we can create lasting legacies through our work. Sheryl's extensive experience in working with nonprofits, individuals, and professional advisors was enlightening!

Thank you to Highland Associates and Sheryl Aikman for joining us and sharing their wisdom. And thank you to everyone who attended our luncheon.

09/19/2023

Over the years, you’ve probably taught your young children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews lessons along the lines of “sharing is caring” and “better to give than to receive.” How do you transition those lessons into instruction about charitable giving, without children getting bored? And how can you make those lessons effective as children grow older? Read about some tips to get your kids and grandchildren involved in the family legacy: https://loom.ly/IrPbNrw

Photos from Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham's post 09/15/2023

Today we mark six decades since the tragic events at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. We remember the four young girls - Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair, whose lives were cut short. Sarah Collins Rudolph, a survivor of the bombing, bore both the physical and emotional scars, including the heartbreak of losing her sister, Addie Mae. The girls' untimely deaths became a stark symbol during a pivotal time in our nation's history. They remind us of the imperative need for understanding, unity, and compassion, values we must hold dear as we hope for the future of our community.

Ten years ago, after reading Carolyn McKinstry’s book "While the World Watched", beloved Birmingham attorney Chervis Isom realized that there was no permanent, visible memorial to these young souls. Teaming up with McKinstry, who was also a survivor of the bombing, the two set up a committee, Four Spirits, Inc., with the goal of raising funds to erect a memorial in their honor. With the combined efforts of the committee, a grant from the Community Foundation, and the assistance of the City of Birmingham, a memorial was created in Kelly Ingram Park across from the church. Designed by renowned sculptor and Birmingham native Elizabeth MacQueen, this tribute was fittingly unveiled on September 14, 2013, one day before the 50th Anniversary of the bombing.

Today we are sharing some memories from the installation of the Four Spirits sculpture. We remember the lives lost sixty years ago, and honor all who work to bring hope and unity to our community.

50 Years of Impact | Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham 09/13/2023

Celebrating 50 Years of Making a Difference!
Since 1959, the Community Foundation has been the heart and soul connecting wonderful donors to transformative causes. Thanks to such selfless contributions, our community's journey has been truly remarkable.

One family that stands out in this journey is Frank and Margaret Spain. Their dream for a prosperous Birmingham began with a generous bequest in 1972, and today, their legacy fund is a testament to their vision. Over the years, it has grown and contributed millions to organizations, enhancing countless lives.

It’s not just about money, though. Their daughter, Peggy, took the helm as the Foundation’s first executive director, propelling our mission forward. And Cameron Vowell, their granddaughter, continues to inspire and lead, proving that the spirit of giving spans generations.

Discover more about this story of legacy and love for our community: https://loom.ly/lAZpDfQ

50 Years of Impact | Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Legacy Story: Cameron Vowell Three generations of this family have made an impact on our community, not only through giving but also through their service. 50 Years of ImpactWhen Frank and Margaret Spain decided to leave a legacy for our community through the Community Foundation, one wonders if the...

Philip A. Morris Fund for the Design Arts provides grants to local organizations | Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham 09/07/2023

Phillip Morris, former executive editor of Southern Living magazine, was a champion of how good design enriches the Birmingham community and everyone who lives there. In 2015 he established a fund at the Community Foundation that would support his passion for the design arts even after he was gone. Learn about the grants that the Philip Morris Fund just made that honor this Birmingham legend's legacy!
https://loom.ly/aaR6iWQ

Philip A. Morris Fund for the Design Arts provides grants to local organizations | Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham In its first annual call for proposals, the Philip A. Morris Fund for Design Arts of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham awarded $171,500 in grants to six area nonprofits. In 2015,

Florida Community Foundations Launch Hurricane Idalia Relief Funds — Community Foundation Awareness Initiative 09/05/2023

Our thoughts are with the people of Florida, as they deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia. If you want to lend a hand, consider uplifting relief funds activated by our CFAI partners in Florida.🧡💙

Florida Community Foundations Launch Hurricane Idalia Relief Funds — Community Foundation Awareness Initiative As Hurricane Idalia makes landfall, community foundations in Florida have launched disaster relief funds to support impacted communities.

09/01/2023

Last fall, we gathered at I3 Academy to speak about the State of Education in our community. At the event, we were grateful to have Dr. Tommy Bice, the former Alabama Superintendent, share what he learned early on in his career about Alabama graduates:

"What we hear [that is] collectively missing from Alabama high school graduates is intellectual curiosity. We want kids that think critically, that problem-solve. They want to be put in groups, to take something they know nothing about and figure out a solution. And we went back and we said, why is this happening? Well, we've spent the last ten years preparing kids to take a test rather than preparing kids to think."

In 2022, we awarded $334,000 to 14 organizations working to improve the education landscape in our region through our competitive grant process. We are so inspired by the passion our non-profit partners have for educating our future generation.

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