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When numbers and need meet generous donors

Earlier this spring, the Community Foundation published a comprehensive report on aging in the Greater Birmingham area. It was a statistically valid study that the Foundation had commissioned to gain insight into the needs of seniors. In Alabama, the percentage of the population age 60 and over is rising at a much faster rate than…

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Community Foundation Awards $1.18 million in grants

Donors support grants focusing on two Results for region:  Children are successful along the education pipeline and People can lead healthy lives The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced $1,186,800 in grants to 30 area nonprofits that focus on that focus on two Results: “Children are successful along the education pipeline” and “People can…

2016 Cromwell Trust Scholarship Deadline - Calling All Performing Artists

2016 Cromwell Trust Scholarship Deadline – Calling All Performing Artists

Calling all those with an interest in pursuing or developing your future in the arts! Reaching the highest levels in the performing arts requires dedication and talent. This achievement also takes money for training, transportation and other expenses. Thanks to a partnership between the Cromwell Trust and the Community Foundation, aspiring artists of any age…

New Loan Program helps rescue Birmingham residents from Payday Lenders

A new loan program rescues people from payday lenders – permanently – and puts them on the path to healthy credit and financial success. The Lighten Up loan program is a unique partnership between the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Gateway Financial Freedom, and Alabama Central Credit Union. Lighten Up participants receive free financial counseling, a…

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What if we could dramatically cut the number of homicides in Birmingham?

Posted in Comeback Town, January 11, 2016   If you could prevent people from killing others, would you do something about it? This is the question that the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham asked itself in 2014. The Foundation encountered a strategy being implemented around the country with dramatic results:  reducing homicides by up to 40%…

Birmingham Audubon Society Brings New Attraction to Birmingham Parks

Birmingham Audubon Society Brings New Attraction to Birmingham Parks

For everyone who enjoys a stroll around Railroad Park, basking in the sun and enjoying the birds chirping, now you will be able to tell if that’s an American Kestrel or a Yellow-Rumped Warbler sitting in the tree. With the help of Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the Birmingham Audubon Society has designed signage that…

Birmingham Hospitals Join Forces for Breast Cancer

Birmingham Hospitals Join Forces for Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Survivorship Community Report Released On the eve of Breast Cancer Awareness Month the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham released a comprehensive report on breast cancer survivorship services in the area. In 2015, there were an estimated 3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. As early detection and treatment options improve for…

Recent Grant Spurs Development of Mother's Milk Bank

Recent Grant Spurs Development of Mother’s Milk Bank

Mothers’ Milk Bank of Alabama Expands Reach with Opening of a New Pasteurization Lab This spring, the Community Foundation provided a grant to the Community Food Bank to develop the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Alabama . This week the milk bank opened its doors for a ribbon cutting and reception to celebrate the new pasteurization lab…

Summer Adventures in Learning Grant Cycle Opens

Summer Adventures in Learning Grant Cycle Opens

The 2016 Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) grant cycle opens Tuesday, September 1, 2015. The SAIL Partnership focuses on summer programs where students can explore new interests and skills and gain the support they need to prevent summer learning loss. Through this important partnership, funders commit to using a joint application process for nonprofit organizations seeking…

Remy Fund awards $39,000 to animal related nonprofits

The Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services announced a record $39,000 in grants awarded to 12 companion animal (dogs, cats and horses) focused non-profit organizations serving Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker counties. This is the largest amount of grants awarded to date by the fund. In the past five years the fund…