As of Oct. 26, 2011, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has made grants totaling $1,019,913 for tornado recovery in 22 counties across Alabama, leveraging gifts from individuals, families, businesses and foundations, locally and across the nation, and fundraising efforts such as the Bama Rising benefit concert.
In the first days after the April 27 tornadoes killed more than 240 people across Alabama, we began helping donors in supporting first-responders such as Red Cross and Salvation Army. Thanks to ready access to Advised Funds, our generous donors quickly provided more than $237,000 in grants from Advised Funds of the Community Foundation.
We also worked with community foundations statewide to establish the Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund, housed at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, for long-term unmet needs in the 43 affected counties. Medical Properties Trust seeded that fund with an immediate $100,000 gift.
We also committed $200,000 from Community Funds to the Emergency Response Fund, which supports long-term recovery efforts in the Birmingham region, the main focus of all our work and one of the hardest-hit areas in the state.
Overall, the tornado recovery funds of the Community Foundation have received gifts totaling $3.26 million, including $2.45 million from benefit concerts. We look forward to investing them as part of the Central Alabama Long Term Recovery Committee (serving local needs) and in cooperation with Long Term Recovery Committees across the state.
Gifts are still coming in to the Community Foundation and to all the other wonderful organizations that are part of this effort, because generous people here at home and across the nation understand that needs are great. As we continue to work with other funders, with service providers and many volunteer agencies to make the most of every gift, we look forward to helping you make your contribution count. Join us by using our secure on-line giving option or contact Erin Stephenson to find out about other options for giving.