Communities Are Sustainable,
Livable and Vibrant
As part of an overall framework for our grantmaking, our advocacy and our leadership, the Community Foundation is focusing on four key Results, including this one: Communities are sustainable, livable & vibrant.
Parks, bike and walking trails and open spaces are key ingredients of great communities. Studies show that public green space promotes social cohesion, reduces crime, attracts businesses, promotes healthy and active lifestyles and helps build stronger communities.
- We are supporting a new light-art sculpture at the 18th Street underpass near the East Gate of Railroad Park, the second investment from Community Catalyst Funds.
- We respond to immediate needs, such as neighborhoods devastated in 2011 and 2012 tornadoes.
- We watch with how Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Railroad Park and Red Mountain Park continue to build on our leadership effort in the Three Parks Initiative, opening more green space for easy use.
- We continue to support the vigor of the arts and cultural sector, using what our community told us was important in the Cultural Master Plan for Greater Birmingham.
And, as part of Results for our Region, in 2011, we focus on making grants to support four specific strategies:
- Expand and improve public greenspace.
- Further develop vibrant city center for Birmingham.
- Improve the natural environment.
- Expand access to arts and cultural opportunities.
Want to join us?
- For more information about how your nonprofit organization can partner with the Community Foundation, contact James McCrary.
- If you want to make a gift to drive positive change in this result, contact Erin Stephenson or use our secure on-line donation process.
- If you are already a Community Foundation donor and wish to use your Advised Fund as part of our Giving Together program, contact Kathryn Corey.