It’s the first week of school for many kids in our community – a time to establish new routines and break in those school supplies! For kids at seven Jefferson County schools, new shoes that were purchased to start school are getting broken in a bit more quickly with the renewal of school-sponsored walking and […]
Cycle 2 of grantmaking focuses on strategies to reach two Results: Communities are sustainable, livable and vibrant and Individuals and families are economically secure. If your nonprofit organization has strategies to support these Results, learn more on a conference call in May.
The first grants have been awarded under the new Result Framework developed by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham as a way to focus all our work. Thanks to the donors from the past who made gifts and left bequests to our Community Funds and to donors today who are combining grants from Advised Funds, […]
How do your measure your Community Foundation? A recently released ranking showed that we are doing a good job of putting our community’s endowment to work through grants. Our ranking as the 46th most active grantmaker among more than 200 community foundations, based on a 12 percent distribution rate, gives us a benchmark for future […]
In a recent Reuters report, a panel of experts predicted nonprofit organizations would face even harder times in 2010 due to lag effect of the recession. We are seeing that too, with a record number of requests for funding received in our first competitive grant cycle (deadline March 15). Like those national experts, we are […]
2010 began with good news about a $13 million investment to build on efforts already under way to make our community a healthier place to live. Congratulations to the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership, led by the Jefferson County Department of Health with your Community Foundation as a key partner, and good luck as so […]
The spring grant cycle for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham begins Monday, March 15, the deadline for nonprofit organizations in our five-county footprint to submit proposals. Community Investment staff members are bracing for a busier than usual round of competitive grantmaking, said James McCrary, and that means even more hard choices about where our […]
The Virginia Beeland Spencer Lecture Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham once again brings a well-known speaker to our community to share expertise about gardening, flower-arranging, horticulture or conservation. This year, the presentation at 6:30 p.m. on March 11 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens features Gordon Hayward speaking about “Fine Painting as Inspiration […]