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Grant Cycle Opens July 26, 2015

If you are a non-profit organization that serves our five-county area (Jefferson, St. Clair, Blount, Shelby, and Walker), then you have an opportunity coming up soon to join with the Community Foundation as we work together to achieve results for our community! Our next available grant round is Cycle 2, which will open for brief proposals on July 26, 2015. To be…

Community Foundation Awards $1.25 Million in Grants

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced $1,258,000 in grants to 30 area nonprofits that focus on two Results: “Children are successful along the education pipeline” and “People can lead healthy lives.”  The Community Foundation supports programs and initiatives through discretionary funds entrusted to the foundation by generations of donors. “I am proud of…

Giving History

Giving History

Meeting Sol Kimerling for the first time is like meeting the funniest, most engaging, best friend you always wanted. We had the opportunity to spend the morning with Sol a few weeks ago, ostensibly to talk about why he chose to have a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation. We ended up being entranced…

Nepal Earthquake Relief

Nepal Earthquake Relief

On April 25, 2015, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal about 50 miles from the nation’s capital and largest city, Kathmandu. The quake destroyed buildings, killing and injuring thousands and the number of causalities is expected to rise as rescue teams reach remote villages. Meanwhile, people are dealing with shortages of food and water while being forced…

Payday Lending Update

Payday Lending Update

Community Foundation’s Payday Lending Alternative In partnership with our donors, the Community Foundation approved a $25,000 grant in 2014 to pilot a lending alternative to a payday loan. The grant served as a loan loss reserve to enable the credit union to lend greater dollars without the risk of bad loans. The new product will launch this spring,…

New RFP for Childhood Nutrition

New RFP for Childhood Nutrition

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham (CFGB) and United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) are pleased to announce the release of a jointly issued Request for Proposal opportunity to further their respective goals around improving community health, coordinating existing resources for strategic impact, and demonstrating successful alignment of their organizational missions. BUILDING STRONGER SYSTEMS TO…

Sidewalk Decals

BikeShare in Birmingham

REV, the City of Birmingham, and the Regional Planning Commission of Birmingham have partnered to launch a local BikeShare program, the first electric-assist system in North America, in the Fall of 2015. The system will include 400 bikes and 40 docking kiosks deployed in the City Center. Riders will be able to check out bikes…

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Spring Lyric Theatre Construction Update

Spring Lyric Theatre Construction Update

We are excited to be to able update all our donors and community partners on one of Birmingham’s biggest projects! Thanks to Tom Cosby we were fortunate to get a sneak peek of the progress being made inside the oldest existing Birmingham theatre, the Lyric! Cleaning and restoring of Harry Hawkins mural, “Allegory of the Muses,”…

From Armory to Library

From Armory to Library

Picture a 14,000 square foot facility that offers citizens cutting-edge technology access, displays of local art, community meeting spaces, comfortable reading areas, a coffee shop, a well-stocked used book store and other amenities. The Regional Library and Arts Center is a project of the Jefferson-Blount Public Library Foundation. The Jefferson-Blount Public Library Foundation, formed in…

Koko McCall and General Krulak

Birmingham Southern Launches Digital Classroom

On February 9, 2015, Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) launched its second digital classroom, a partnership with Locust Fork High School. BSC received a $120,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham to design and build two blended learning classrooms, one on campus and one at the high school in Blount County. The classrooms—which are modeled after a…