Gus Heard-Hughes spent much of his first months on the Community Foundation staff coordinating grants across the state of Alabama in the wake of devastating April 2011 tornadoes. Now, with more damage from tornadoes on Jan. 23, 2012, he is using the connections already in place to make sure that future gifts make the most difference.
His expertise is something the generous people of our state appreciate, whether they are making an on-line gift for $10 or organizing a benefit concert like Bama Rising that brings in more than $2 million.
Thanks to Long Term Recovery Committees made up of local organizations and people close to local needs, gifts to the Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund can be distributed as grants in a strategic way, making the most of every resource.
Needs are still great, even after insurance, FEMA and SBA payments to tornado survivors and the communities they live in. But we are in it for the long haul, just like the survivors themselves. As long as resources are available, the Community Foundation is committed to making grants through ATRF in places where every dollar will really make a difference.
Thanks to generous individuals, families, businesses and other community foundations across the nation who have already made gifts of more than $3.4 million. And thanks to all who participate in Alabama Gives Day, where we are dedicating every gift to the Community Foundation to tornado recovery across the state. Join us today and be part of something great!