Erin Stephenson was the keynote speaker for the January meeting of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 25, sharing good news about the work of the Community Foundation to drive positive change across the Birmingham region and especially in Shelby County.
Her “visual aid” was Ken Jackson, a longtime business leader in Hoover and Shelby County and an enthusiastic partner with the Community Foundation. Ken has long had an Advised Fund at the Community Foundation and recently made a gift of $250,000 to establish a Field of Interest Fund.
Working together like this — passionate and generous donor with experienced philanthropy expert — was more than just a good combination for a speech. It also represents the way we do business every day, seeking partners who share our vision of doing more together than anyone can do alone.
As Erin stressed, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is not just one person’s foundation — like the Gates Foundation. The Community Foundation was created by and continues to be supported by a community of donors — some in the past and some, like Ken, very much still involved — who want to make the most of their giving by doing it together.
Erin welcomes questions at any time, or you can explore our website to find out more about how we work with donors to improve the life of our region.