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Spotlight on Our Newest Affiliate

very lively crowd gathered at the Wiregrass Museum of Art on March 22 for the first grants presentation from CACF’s newest affiliate, the Southeast Alabama Community Foundation (SACF). Over $28,000 in grants were distributed to 26 organizations serving Houston, Henry, Coffee, Dale and Geneva counties. SACF Advisory Committee members, donors and representatives of the receiving organizations enjoyed refreshments before Chairman Ronald DeVane and committee member David Jamison distributed the grants.

Tonye Frith of Wiregrass Museum of Art with SACF Chairman Ronald DeVane


The grants process had been introduced to area nonprofits at a meeting last fall. Over 400 organizations in the area were invited to learn about the application process at a luncheon featuring Tom Thompson, an expert on nonprofit management. Tom’s presentation focused on “Engaging your Board Members.”

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Michael Jackson of DuBois Institute with Mark O’Mary, SACF Advisory Committee member.


President’s Letter New Board Members


SACF Grants Recipients


Believe It! Pre-K Pays Off


Mack C. and Merle S. Hunt Fund Grace K. Bishop Fine Arts Scholarship

6UReading on Wheels

Nurse Family Partnership


Grantmaking in the 21st Century


Upcoming Foundation Events


After the applications were received, the Advisory Committee members for SACF reviewed the applications and made site visits to the applying organizations. After considerable discussion and debate, the 26 recipients were selected as the best investments for the available community dollars. Funding for the grants came from the SACF operating fund with additional dollars provided by the Governor’s Office on Faith-based and Community Initiatives. See the grant recipients on page 3.




ne of the nicest things about working for a community foundation is the sharing and mentoring that takes place among the various community foundations. About 12 years ago, I was asked to speak at a luncheon launching the Community Foundation of Southeast Alabama. CACF, along with other community foundations across the state, provided templates for documents, policies and other materials to help this fledgling CF. Over the years, this Dothan-based foundation grew slowly through donor-advised, field of interest and restricted funds. In 2009, several directors from Community Foundation of Southeast Alabama approached Central Alabama Community Foundation about the idea of joining CACF as an affiliate. After numerous interviews in the Wiregrass and conversations with other community leaders of the area, CACF agreed to accept the foundation as an affiliate and provide staff support for grantmaking, development and other community foundation activities.

Welcome New

Board Members

CACF is pleased to welcome seven new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Foundation in January were Robert Davis, David Jamison, Lucie Lee Lanoux, Vickie Locke, Kyle Johnson, Laura Harmon, and Chip Norris. They bring a wealth of experience in their respective communities to share with CACF’s other volunteer board members. Robert Davis is a banker with RBC Bank in Tuskegee. A past president of the Tuskegee Area Chamber of Commerce, he serves on the board of Community Hospital in Tallassee and the TuskegeeMacon County YMCA.

As you can see from the front page article, it has been a successful venture. Renamed the Southeast Alabama Community Foundation – SACF – the new affiliate has an advisory committee headed by ServisFirst president Ronald DeVane. Committee members include Mary Alice Veale, Mark O’Mary, Rob Thornell, Mitt Kirkland. Paul Turner, Brent Cook, Robin Short and David Jamison from Dothan. Other members are Lucky Armstrong from Abbeville, Jackie Smith from Enterprise, and Bob Bunting from Ozark. The Foundation has distributed its first round of community trust grants and offered some excellent training for nonprofits in the area through Tom Thompson. I am particularly gratified that the Wiregrass Foundation welcomed our efforts with a grant of $50,000 per year to support a local office, part time staff and other start-up expenses. Millie Armstrong has been hired to further our efforts in the Wiregrass, and the local office is located at 111 Adris Place, Suite 8 in Dothan. As we begin working with donors in the area, we look forward to building the kind of long term relationships that have helped us develop into a strong and valuable community partner for the River Region.


Carol W. Butler President

David Jamison is from Dothan and represents the new Southeast Alabama Community Foundation. He has been involved with that foundation for the past decade. Lucie Lee Lanoux has worked with many community organizations as a volunteer, including Group Homes for Children and the Old Cloverdale Association. She has been a very active participant in the Women’s Giving Circle. Vickie Locke is a consultant offering improvement processes involving communications, community relations and client relationship management. She worked actively with the Alabama Black Belt Action Commission. Kyle Johnson is an tax attorney with Capell & Howard, P.C.. His specialties include estate planning and representing professional practices and other business clients. Laura Harmon has been actively involved with the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Therapy Dogs on Call. She is currently serving as chairman of the Jackson Hospital Foundation. Paul “Chip” Norris is a general contractor with Norris Building Company, Inc. He has served as chairman of the Administrative Council at Woodland Methodist Church and worked actively with Rebuilding Together.

In Memoriam:

We are pleased to have the enthusiasm and involvement of these very talented individuals, and we thank them for their commitment to our community through the Central Alabama Community Foundation.

Mr. William “Billy” McLemore Mr. Wilbur Aaron Mrs. Carolyn Martin Wingett

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Boys & Girls Club of OzarkSoutheast Alabama, Inc. CHARM, Inc. (City of Headland Animal Shelter) Coffee County Family Services Center Columbia Historical Society The DuBois Institute for Entrepreneurship, Inc. Ecumenical Council of the Wiregrass, Inc. Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention Herring Houses of Dothan Houston-Love Memorial Library Save-A-Pet Adoption, Rescue, & Transport Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center Southeast Alabama Dance Company Spectrum Center for Autism TOPS (The Ordinary People Society) Wiregrass Museum of Art

2011 Recipients Governor’s Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives Ashford First United Methodist Church City of Ashford Columbia Baptist Ministry Center, Inc. Dale County Rescue Mission (Ozark) Enterprise Senior Center Evergreen Presbyterian Church (Dothan) First Baptist Church of Headland First United Methodist Church (Daleville) Ground Zero Rescue Mission Individual Family Support Council Shiloh Seventh-Day Adventist Church

From top to bottom: Grant winners are presented awards from SACF Chairman Ronald DeVane. Enterprise Senior Center: Brigit Briggs, Love Memorial Library: Bettye Forbus, Southeast AL Dance Company: Tracy Solomon, and Save-A-Pet: Paddy Pelham.

} pring has brought an abundance of activities and opportunities to the Montgomery Education Foundation. The “Believe It” community engagement work is fully underway. This process has been successful in other cities in Alabama, such as Mobile and most recently Dothan, leading to significant changes in those school systems. Starting with hundreds of facilitated conversations, we will work to: • Identify what matters for Montgomery County families and children. • Set clear and attainable goals for moving the school system forward. • Create a binding Community Agreement with the Public School System for implementing change. • Give citizens a voice in the process. • Empower parents and families to play active roles in the future of their public schools. • Create an ongoing partnership with accountability between the schools and the community. Citizens from all over the county are attending facilitated conversations about what really matters to our community and our schools and what we as citizens want to see in our schools. Almost 400 people have already attended 20 meetings in the first few weeks. More than 100 meetings will be held by the end of May. This work is being overseen by a hard working steering committee co-chaired by Kathy Sawyer and Dr. Lawson Bryan. Recently, Alabama Power Company and Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. Law Firm have joined other donors in supporting this important work. We are grateful for their investments. Please visit our website: and attend a meeting.

pays off

Several years ago, Montgomery Education Foundation began working with pre-school providers in an effort to improve the quality of pre-school preparation and increase the number of children who could be served. Partnering with Family Guidance Center, MEF hired Dawn Owens to work with public school pre-K programs as well as private providers. Dawn provided age appropriate lesson plans, help with room set-up, professional development and coaching in pre-K assessments. Through her work, she began building a pre-K network that includes the Montgomery Public School’s pre-K program, Success by Six, Head Start, the YMCA, and the Office of School Readiness. Her support and networking have paid off. In 2 years the number of pre-K classrooms offered by MPS has grown from 4 to 23, serving more than 400 children. Dawn continues to provide support to these pre-K rooms as she helps them strive to achieve the “Standards of Excellence” developed by the State’s Office of School Readiness. These Standards of Excellence are considered to be the best in the nation. Dawn’s support and mentoring of pre-K teachers and providers has put Montgomery’s pre-K program on top in the State. Funding for the classrooms comes from a variety of partners. In addition to school based Title I funds and federally-funded Head Start, there are programs funded by grants from the Office of School Readiness. Success by Six and the YMCA are examples of programs provided by non-profit organizations. All of the providers are using the same common standards, assessment and curriculum. In May, MEF will honor pre-K teachers and partners who are part of this effort. The Capital City Club has graciously offered to host a reception to celebrate the quality work that has been done. MEF believes that actively supporting quality pre-K remains one of our strongest investments in dropout prevention. Properly preparing our children for their school journeys and helping them get off to a good start are critical to their success in later years. MEF will continue to work to develop more quality pre-K providers so that all of Montgomery’s children have a great start.






Grace K. Bishop

Fine Arts Scholarship

Elmore County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Grace K. Bishop Fine Arts Scholarship. Created by the Wetumpka Depot Players, the scholarship honors one of the founders of this local theatrical group. Mrs. Bishop taught high school English, Spanish, and journalism at Wetumpka High School. Along with her dedication to the community theatre, she also wrote a weekly column for the Wetumpka Herald for over 10 years. Graduates of any accredited Elmore County high school may apply for the scholarship. They must demonstrate an interest in theatre or arts through participaton in drama, art or chorus classes and must attend a two-or-four year institution to seek a major or minor in Fine Arts. The first Grace K. Bishop Scholarship will be awarded this spring.

Grace K. Bishop

Projects to help Diabetics get Support from

Mack C. and Merle S. Hunt Fund

Health Services, Inc. has been awarded two grants from the Mack C. and Merle S. Hunt Fund. The first grant of $16,400 will purchase orthotic shoes for diabetic patients in order to help prevent foot problems. According to Dr. Jakima Drew, “Damage to the circulation and nerves of the foot is a common complication of CACF President Carol Butler presents a $26,400 check to Health Services Inc. nurse practitioner Sheryl Fain at Montgomery’s Health Services Inc. headquarters. From left are HSI Chief Operating Officer Bianca Granger, HSI Chief diabetes that often leads to Financial Officer George Waldrop, Fain, Butler and Dr. Jakima Ambers-Drew, a podiatrist with Health Services. limb threatening problems, including amputation. Wearing the correct shoe size and the correct type of shoe for one’s individualized foot type and pedal deformities is a major stride in preventing diabetes-related foot problems. Approximately 80% of diabetes-related amputations could have been prevented with proper foot care and shoe gear. This is what we hope to provide for our patients with diabetes at Health Services, Inc., who often comprise the majority of the area’s uninsured and underinsured populations.” The second grant in the amount of $10,000 will be used to help educate patients about healthy eating. Health educator Sandy Osborne will take her patients grocery shopping to teach them how to read labels and choose healthier foods. They will also learn how to prepare simple and healthy meals. “Diet can make a big difference in controlling diabetes. This grant will help these patients learn to buy, cook and eat better and make healthier choices.” The Mack C. and Merle S. Diabetes Fund was established in 1987. It supports funding for programs that provide education, patient services and research related to diabetes.


Nurse Family Partnership update


n 2008, after considerable input and discussion, CACF awarded its first multi-year grant. That grant of $50,000 per year for three years was given to Gift of Life Foundation to implement the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program. The Foundation asked Gift of Life for information on how the program is impacting our community and what challenges they face. Below is their response. NFP began enrolling clients in January 2009. The program’s goal is to enroll 100 first time mothers to improve their health, well-being, and self-sufficiency. The Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program, a nationally recognized evidence-based model, requires low-income first time mothers to enroll early in their pregnancies. In the Montgomery program, four specially trained registered nurses provide home visits to enrolled clients for 2 ½ years, based on the NFP model’s schedule. Gift of Life Nurse Home Visitors made over 1000 visits in 2010.

A typical client for the Gift of Life Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is 19 years old, African-American, is in high school, has a diploma or GED, and lives in the home of her mother. Currently, we have 90 first-time mothers enrolled and 69 babies born to date. Our first enrolled mother will graduate from the program in late spring, and she will also complete her first year of college. In the first year we have seen numerous accomplishments: • Our child immunization rate is 96% compared to the NFP national average of 85%. Immunizations are an important marker of a child’s health. • The percentage of clients with a diploma/GED and/or enrolled in school is 53% compared to the NFP national average of 42%. Education status and enrollment in school are factors that contribute to clients’ life course development. • The timing of subsequent pregnancies (birth spacing) helps clients achieve completion of their education, procurement of employment and development of stable relationships which impact a client’s self-sufficiency. Subsequent pregnancies after 1 year of birth for Gift of Life NFP is 9.3% compared to the NFP national average of 13%. While we are pleased with our accomplishments, we recognize challenges that require constant attention: • Our percentage of infants born weighing less than 5 pound, 5 ounces is 17.9 % compared to the NFP national average of 9.4%. Alabama ranks in the top three for the highest percentage of low birthweight babies. Birthweight is an indicator of infant health and development, with a correlation to delay, disability, and death prior to 1 year of age. • A continuous challenge is clients’ mobility and leaving the program prior to completion of the program. Of the 67 clients included in our last quarterly report, 12 clients (17.9%) had left the program. There are many reasons clients leave the program. Our data collection shows that miscarriage, moved out of area and loss to follow-up are the major reasons for losses of clients. We congratulate Gift of Life and its staff for implementing this life changing program. We will continue to work closely with Gift of Life to measure the long term impact that Nurse Family Partnership will have on our community.










Reading on Wheels

This time of year always brings preparation for Montgomery Education Foundation’s summer Reading on Wheels program. However, this year is very different due to the generous grant received from the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery. The $30,000 grant will allow MEF to purchase a gently used bus, giving the program two fully outfitted reading buses ready to carry books to more than 2500 children this summer. Please consider joining Reading on Wheels as a volunteer reader. It only takes an hour to bring the magic of a good story to children, and we guarantee you will receive a little magic in return from their smiles. Contact Sarah Brown at 264-6223 to volunteer.


grantmaking in the 21st century


ACF has recently invested in software that will move the grants and scholarships application processes entirely online. The online software from Foundant Technology was selected for its ease of use by nonprofit applicants. According to Caroline Clark, VP for Community Services, “The online process should really make life easier for nonprofits. They can create accounts, work on their applications, and later return to complete and submit them. Gone are the days when they had to make multiple copies of the applications and attachments. Attachments can easily be uploaded by mail or the Fax to File program, which creates an electronic version of the documents. This new software also gives nonprofits an online repository of the organization’s grant submissions, allowing them to copy/paste to the new application.”

them online. They also have the option of capturing notes and questions in the evaluation section. Elmore County Community Foundation and Autauga County Community Foundation are the first to use the process. Applications for these processes were due on March 8, and all were submitted online. “We were pleased to receive more applications than last year. Though there were questions, we didn’t get the feeling the software was daunting or an impediment. We really worked hard to help organizations manage the process.” This is also the first year that all scholarship applications must be submitted electronically. We have seen a substantial increase in the number of applications. The students seem to really like it, though it has been a learning process for our school guidance counselors. Using the online software will take some getting used to by board, staff and applicants alike, but “going green” will eliminate copious copying and save paper and trees!

The online process also changes the review process. It creates easier access for board and committee members to review the grants. The reviewer can preview all the attached documents and past grant submissions. Depending on their preferences, reviewers have the option to print out applications or simply read









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