Community Catalyst Funds

Community Catalyst Funds are philanthropic venture funds that allow the Community Foundation and its donors to do big things to transform the greater Birmingham community.


These funds have helped to make trans-formative projects like Birmingham Lights possible. Donors may establish a Community Catalyst Fund with a minimum gift of $50,000.

Community Catalyst Fund benefits:
  • Choose a name for your fund that recognizes your commitment to transformational change forever.
  • Gain access to special events, reports and previews, based on your preferred level of involvement.
  • Be part of determining future transformational investments.
  • Gain maximum tax benefits.
  • Take advantage of special options for Catalyst Funds that include perpetual endowment 10-year payout or immediate use, or entire gift to Community Catalyst Funds or up to 50 percent set aside for another fund with a focus on local needs.

You can also establish or add to a Community Catalyst Fund using a gift through your will or estate plan.

Contact Lora Terry to find out about flexible options tailored to your current or estate planning needs or about grants from Community Catalyst Funds.

Community Catalyst Fund donors:

Candice W. Bagby
Louise and John Beard
Anne and Neal Berte
Sheila and Clarence Blair
Alice Meriweather Bowsher
The Florence S. and
William J. Cabaniss Family
The Collat Family –
– Patsy and Charles Collat
– Cheryl and Charlie Collat
– Nancy and Glenn Goedecke
Tammy and Geoff Connor
Julia and Tom Crawford
Stewart Dansby
Dodie and Corbin Day
John Durr Elmore
Catharine and Eddie Friend
Fran and Bill Goodrich
Gillian and Mike Goodrich
Frances and Miller Gorrie
Suzanne and Mike Graham
Melanie and Jay Grinney
Kathryn and Raymond Harbert
Susan and Wyatt Haskell
The Ronne and Donald Hess Family
Bill Ireland
Nancy D. and John D. Johns
Walker and Bill Jones
D. Paul Jones
Ted C. Kennedy
Sandy and Wayne Killion
The Logan Family
The Lowder Family
Karen and Mike Luce
Heather and Phillip McWane
Gayle and Eddie Miller
Ann and Hugh Morgan
Philip A. Morris
Kate and Claude Nielsen
Penny and Ruffner Page
The Pizitz Family
Diana and Gray Plosser
Margaret and Kip Porter
Lydia and Taylor Pursell
Barbara and Van Richey
The Susan and Dowd Ritter Family
Emily and Hugh Rushing
Becky and Bill Smith
Emmie and Bill Smith III
Hatton C.V. Smith
Eleanor and Jim Smith
Lydia Cheney and Jim Sokol
The Stewart Family
Linda and Jeff Stone
Cameron and Scott Vowell
Anne and Mike Warren
Kathie and Stewart Welch
George E. Wilbanks
Janie and Walter Wilson
Mary K and Tommy Wilson
Sherri and Lloyd Wilson

List updated October 2013, plus one donor who wishes to remain anonymous