About the Foundation

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About the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

  • Oldest and largest community foundation in Alabama.
  • Ranked in top 100 among community foundations nationwide for asset size ($169 million), grants awarded ($17.6 million) and gifts received ($24.2 million) in 2012. Totals for 2013 (unaudited) include total assets of $186 million, $14 million in gifts and $14.6 million in grants. See more numbers here.
  • Founded in 1959 for and by the community as a perpetual public endowment.
  • Dedicated to driving positive change through grantmaking, convening and leading, and to leveraging donor giving to meet community needs forever.
  • Made up of more than 450 charitable funds established by individuals, families and businesses (average fund size $376,800, largest fund $22 million)
  • Unique value with one-third of assets unrestricted by donors, allowing maximum flexibility to address community issues
  • Serves Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount and Walker counties
  • Member of the Council on Foundations and certified in compliance with national standards for community foundations
  • Achieves measurable results as a grantmaker, convener and partner in:
    • Tornado Recovery: Key grants and leadership in responding to devastating tornadoes that killed more than 240 people across Alabama in 2011
    • Three Parks Initiative: Seed grant of $1 million launched Railroad Park, Red Mountain Park and improvements to Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
    • Birmingham Education Foundation: Grassroots initiative called Yes We Can! Birmingham and additional seed funding sparked creation of BEF as voice of community to strengthen Birmingham City Schools
    • Health Action Partnership: Key partner with Jefferson County Health Department in winning $14 million in national support to fight obesity and tobacco use

    To read more about our activities in 2013-2014, download our latest Report to the Community: Annual Report 2014

    And see more detailed numbers here.