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Spring 2014

CURBING THE VIOLENCE New Grant Invests in Youth to Help Combat River Region Violence

MAKING AN IMPACT Foundation Awards $275,000

Our Biggest Year Ever

As 2013 drew to a close, my colleagues at CACF and I took a moment to reflect on the past year. In fact, it was the most successful year ever for CACF. Our charitable funds now exceed $43 million. Not only did we give out hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships, but we also opened up a new chapter in our history with the launch of our very first Community Focus Grant program. CACF has provided leadership to countless nonprofits since its founding, and as a result, no other philanthropic organization in our community has its finger on the pulse of Central Alabama like we do. The Focus Grant was born out of our desire to do more as a community entity to address the rising amount of violent crime in our community. In 2013 alone, there were 50 homicide victims in Montgomery, a near record high. The Board and staff of CACF decided that we could continue our practice of providing meaningful gifts to area nonprofits while at the same time giving a large boost to one local group that is engaged in efforts to curb the long-term root causes of violence. To this end, in November, we announced plans to provide up to $100,000 in unrestricted funds to a local nonprofit engaged in these efforts. We will award this funding later in 2014. The year culminated on December 3 with our annual grants presentation. There we distributed more than $275,000 in grants to help support dozens of area nonprofits. Our grants reception was held on #GivingTuesday, which is a global day of charitable giving held the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. On #GivingTuesday, we asked donors to make a gift to CACF of any size. The community responded with more than $3,000 raised on that one day. Events like #GivingTuesday are a powerful reminder that the River Region is at its strongest when we leverage our resources together, maximize our reach, and strive collectively strive to be a catalyst for positive change. That is exactly what CACF did in 2013, and if the success of the past year is any indication, we are looking forward to seeing what 2014 has in store.

New CACF board



From our chairman

Our new vice president

After six years working in CACF’s financial department, Lynne Broach has been promoted to Vice President, Community Services. She will be the new contact for grants and scholarships. Lynne is a native of Huntsville, Ala. and received an accounting degree from Birmingham Southern College. Since moving to Montgomery in 1993, she has focused on nonprofit work. She is the proud mother of two daughters, ages 15 and 11.


David Allred Agency Principal & Managing Partner Stamp Ideas Group, LLC

Evette Hester Executive Director Montgomery Housing Authority

Daniel Thompson CPA Jackson Thornton

William (Bill) J. Scanlan, Jr. Sr. Buyer Alabama Power Company

David serves as the managing partner handling day-to-day company management and personnel. He actively participates in account planning, digital development, broadcast production, and new business efforts. He loves the business because he gets to do different things every day.

With over 25 years serving in the affordable housing industry, Evette’s experience has led her to work with and stabilize distressed agencies by repositioning assets. Evette obtained a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland and a M.B.A. from Morgan State University.

Daniel specializes in accounting, tax compliance, planning and consulting for closely-held small businesses. He serves his clients out of Jackson Thornton’s Wetumpka and Tallassee offices. He previously served on the ECCF Advisory Committee.

Bill has been with Alabama Power for 30 years. He served on the ECCF Advisory Committee from 2011-2013. His hobbies include playing golf and watching college football. Wife (Charlotte); son (Wade) – student at Prattville Christian Academy. He is a member of St. Michael and All Angels’ Church in Millbrook.

A Catalyst for


In November, CACF announced a new focus grant that will invest in practical approaches to curbing violence and create a framework for the healthy development of area youth in the River Region.

The Foundation will allocate $100,000 per year of its unrestricted funds in 2014, 2015, and 2016 for programming of this type. Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded. Depending upon the programs proposed, grants may be made in single-year or multi-year awards. Letters of Intent were received in early January and the award will be presented in September 2014. This op-ed by CACF President Burton Ward originally ran in the Montgomery Advertiser January 24, 2014. “Montgomery law enforcement officials announced recently that the overall number of homicides in 2013 was 50 — up significantly from the 32 murders recorded in 2012 and a far cry from the recent low of 18 homicides a decade ago in 2003. Montgomery did not lead the state in the number of homicides last year. That unfortunate distinction goes to Birmingham. Our sister city to the north had 66; down from 72 in 2012. But for 50 families in our community, 2013 was a year of unnecessary loss, grief and heartbreak. It was a year that they would like to forget, but that will unfortunately haunt them forever. It is easy to assign blame and point fingers. But this is not a column to criticize our local leaders. They are doing everything they can to reduce violent crime in our area. Nor is this a columndecrying that not enough attention is being paid to the rise in homicides. In fact, the Advertiser published an excellent series last summer on the root causes and other factors that can lead to violent behavior. This is also not a column written to further lament our situation. I am writing this column to challenge the River Region to rally together and make this year a watershed year in the River Region’s fight against violent crime. We know that our community works best when we take a collaborative approach. Whether it’s recruiting the next corporation, redeveloping a historic neighborhood or simply deciding what direction our area needs to move in order to grow, when we work together and pool our ideas, we are successful more often than not. The uptick in violence is a community problem and one that will take the collective efforts of everyone in the community to address. It begins by investing in high-quality and community-

CACF President Burton Ward and committee announce focus grant

based programs that target the root causes of violence. The Community Foundation was founded 27 years ago to provide a community voice and appropriate community resources to issues that defined the River Region. Our funding comes from individuals and families who live here, who work here and who know what is most important for our community. Our partners choose to invest in the Community Foundation in order to leverage their funds with others in the community and to maximize their collective impact where it matters most — locally. And there are few local issues today that are as important as this one. In an interview with WSFA last week, Mayor Todd Strange said this about the challenge we face in reducing the number of homicides in Montgomery: “We’re doing so many things, but at the end of the day it’s up to the community to come together.” We agree. It is critical that we do something to address this issue, together. We must bolster efforts to create healthier environments for families and protect our youth and communities from harm. But no one can do this alone. Together, we can be catalyst for positive change. Let’s work together to ensure that 50 more families do not find themselves mourning a new homicide in the new year.” Risk Factors

•Rebelliousness •Substance Abuse •Youth employment •Antisocial/aggressive •Interaction with behavior antisocial peers •Bullying (as either the •Age of mother at first aggressor or the live birth victim) •Lack of prenatal care •Early initiation of •Mother single at child antisocial behavior birth •Early initiation of drug •Aggressive or violent use parenting •Favorable attitudes •Family conflict/violence towards antisocial •Family history of behavior problem behavior •Favorable attitudes •Low socioeconomic towards drug use status •Gang involvement •Neglectful parenting •Hyperactivity •Overcrowded living •Physical Violence situation •Prenatal exposure to alcohol •Parental history of mental health issues cigarettes, drugs

•Parental unemployment •Family transitions and mobility •Low school commitment and attachment •Truancy •Poor academic performance •Repeating one/more grades •Failing one/more subjects •Community disorganization •Extreme economic disadvantage •Perceived availability of drugs and or handguns


Making an


CACF’s 26th Annual Grants Presentation took place Tuesday, December 3, at the First United Methodist Church. More than $275,000 was distributed to more than 50 River Region agencies.

Community Trust grants


• Montgomery Ballet-$7,424 for the LEAP Program that will offer weekly dance classes to children where dance education is not part of their school curriculum • Montgomery Symphony Association-$9,400 for needbased scholarships for participants of the Montgomery Music Project Cleveland Avenue YMCA • Tuskegee Repertory Theatre-$4,000 for 7 performances of the play “Tuskegee Rising” for specific tour groups • Clefworks-$2,500 for the 2014 Festival which will feature “Del Sol.” Local string players will receive on site, world class coaching • Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts-$2,500 for assistance with the kindergarten puppet show viewed by 4,200+ children each year • UAB Department of Theatre-$1,500 for ten free shows that are part of The Theatre UAB Tolerance Project. • Alabama Shakespeare Festival-$1,500 to provide 470 students with tickets and educational material for SchoolFest

community building

• Common Ground Montgomery-$8,000 for after school enrichment and summer programs that serve inner city youth in the Washington Park/Gibbs Village community • FBC Ministries/Nehemiah Center-$8,000 for “The Lydia Project,” a vocational/technical program in textile manufacturing and upholstery processes that will serve the at-risk and chronically unemployed • Bridge Builders Alabama-$6,000 to fund current youth leadership program and develop an adult leadership curriculum • The Potter's House of Alabama-$5,000 for community based tutoring and mentoring program in Macon County. • City of St. Jude-$5,000 to fund the completion of the historical documentation of the City of St. Jude • Montgomery Habitat for Humanity-$5,000 to underwrite the cost of the 2013 Youth Build Program during the 2013/2014 school year


• Hope Inspired Ministries-$16,210 to fund a 13 week job training and education program for the chronically unemployed • Montgomery Education Foundation-$10,210 to provide PreK support for 30 school and community based classrooms • Montgomery AIDS Outreach-$7,500 to establish a community learning center for patients and their families • Central Alabama Laubach Literacy Council-$4,000 to continue tutoring program with 40 volunteer tutors and over 50 students • Alabama Dance Theatre-$3,000 for need and talent based scholarships for youth wishing to advanced their training in the art of dance • Empowering Communities Helping Ourselves-$3,000 for tutoring program, life skill workshops, job readiness workshops and youth leadership conferences to improve the quality of life of low income communities

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• Special Alternatives for Families and Youth of Alabama-$5,000 to provide foster parent training and to recruit new foster families • Genesis Center-$3,784 to help with fatherhood initiative program, mentoring and career development

family wellness • Child Protect-$7,200 to support victims of alleged child abuse with forensic interviews and counseling • Family Sunshine Center-$8,000 to support the Follow Up Program which will provide in home follow up support, guidance and community advocacy services for adult survivors of family violence/sexual assault • Brantwood Children's Home-$8,000 to continue to provide a safe and structured home for children who have experienced abuse and or neglect • Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians (MANE)$2,500 for scholarships for riders for a full program year • Neighbors In Christ-$1,326 to provide moving services to safe and secure housing for victims of domestic violence and child abuse • Baptist Health Care Foundation-$1,326 for family wellness support for families with a premature baby • Montgomery STEP Foundation-$3,000 to teach Second Step, Success Through Prevention curriculum to 4th, 5th & 6th graders • Tuskegee/Macon County Community Development Center-$1,000 for empowering father's to achieve a more stable future for their families


• Hospice of Montgomery-$11,000 to provide family caregiver support with networking, education and printed Caregiver Guidebooks • Medical Outreach Ministries-$7,500 for routine services and preventative care at no charge to the uninsured • Dogs On Call-$6,000 for K-9's 4 Kids to train and certify service dogs and therapeutic facility dogs • Envision 2020-$6,000 for case management for jail detainees being released who have continuing mental health needs • Kid One Transport-$2,500 to provide transportation to children needing life-saving procedures, routine medical care and for expectant mothers for pre and postnatal appointments


• Friendship Mission-$7,212 to help pay for food for residents and assist them with obtaining birth certificates and state ID's needed for employment and continuing education • Renascence-$7,212 to address addiction for residents by expanding group sessions and adding a peer recovery support program • Aid to Inmate Mothers (AIM)-$7,000 for housing, mentoring, drug treatment, counseling and employment readiness program • House to House-$4,000 to renovate homes in the Washington Park neighborhood while establishing meaningful relationships with the families

Technical Assistance grants

• Brantwood Children's Home-$1,500 to purchase Donor Search software which will maximize efficiency and streamline the process of finding donors • Rebuilding Together-$1,500 for development training for the board of directors in order to develop a successful annual campaign • Alabama Shakespeare Festival-$1,500 to purchase equipment to produce instructional videos for every SchoolFest play which will maximize student's comprehension and appreciation for the arts and literature • Center for Child and Adolescent Development-$1,000 to develop a marketing campaign including signs, brochures, handouts, website images, and advertising • FBC Community Ministries/Nehemiah Center -$2,000 to develop and implement a social media presence and website to efficiently communicate with volunteers and recipients of services • Impact Alabama: A Student Service Initiative-$2,000 for marketing and publicity of the SaveFirst program which offers free tax preparation to low-income families • Montgomery Area Family Violence Program (Family Sunshine Center)-$700 for a technology upgrade of photography equipment in order to brand and sell the agency's mission • Montgomery Area Food Bank-$2,000 for employee training in order to create a new website and create professional, modernized publications • Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts-$1,500 to redesign and update their website making it more user-friendly in order to increase awareness and traffic • The Volunteer and Information Center (Hands On River Region)-$2,000 to underwrite the cost of consolidating the agency's website and strengthening their web presence • The Capri Theatre-$2,000 for board training in managing a capital campaign to maintain and restore the theatre • House to House-$1,650 for board training in strategic planning, committee structure and general fiduciary oversight • The Cloverdale Playhouse-$1,000 for a donor database in order to track donors from multiple campaigns and sources • Common Ground Montgomery-$1,650 to develop a five-year strategic plan which is critical for the growth of Common Ground • Friendship Mission, Inc.-$1,500 to develop a strategic plan to assist with growth and restructure goals • Junior League of Montgomery-$1,500 to upgrade and integrate their financial system and database

Kid One Transport


• Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter-$7,000 to improve physical plant, increase food acquisition and expand volunteer base • Salvation Army-$12,000 for their lunchtime feeding program which is open 365 days a year • Montgomery Area Council on Aging (MACOA)-$4,068 to provide homebound seniors nutritious meals • Family Guidance Center-$1,500 to help with the Food Pantry Event which will serve eligible adults and seniors in the Montgomery and Lowndes counties


Leaving a legacy

Photos submitted by Godwin Family & Facebook

The Gordon Gray Godwin Scholarship An annual scholarship to help current students attend a prestigious Montgomery school has been established in memory of a beloved 16-year-old whose short life inspired many in both Montgomery and Homewood. The Gordon Gray Godwin Scholarship will provide $4,000 annually in tuition assistance to a student enrolled at Trinity Presbyterian School. The fund was set-up in memory of Gray Godwin, a long-time Trinity student who moved with his family to Homewood earlier this year. At the time of his death, Godwin was a sophomore at Homewood High School. “Gray tremendously impacted all of our lives,” said Steve Meany, a Godwin family friend. “His character, smile and spirit was constant. We miss him terribly. This scholarship will remind us every year of the impact he had in his life.” Godwin went missing on Thanksgiving Day while duck hunting in Coosa County. His body was recovered the next day. Interested individuals and families that would like to contribute to the Gordon Gray Godwin Scholarship Fund may click on the “Donate Now” button at

When prompted please designate your donation for the CACF Scholarship Fund and note your gift is in memory of Gray Godwin.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ASE Credit Union has partnered with the Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) to offer two (2) $1,000 scholarships to qualifying high school seniors who wish to pursue a higher education. Our scholarship program was established to help ASE Credit Union members work and obtain their higher education for the upcoming academic year. Our young and ambitious members may apply for the scholarships to assist in paying for their college education by April 1 through the CACF website. Scholarship will be open to high school seniors that meet the following criteria:


• Applicant must be a member of ASE Credit Union, or parent or guardian must have an established account, prior to December 31. • Applicant must have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA and will need to include an official high school transcript that includes the GPA. • Applicant must begin college or technical school in the fall of the year the scholarship has been awarded • Applicant must submit a written summary of why they want to obtain a higher education. • Applicant must submit 2 letters of recommendation from non-relatives. • Applicant must live in Alabama.

Qualification information and online application for the scholarship can be found on the CACF Website,


Sean Kent & Barry Moss, Asst. CEO, Flowers Hospital

Run for more than\fun For the third year, hundreds of eager runners arrived Saturday, Feb. 1 at Flowers Hospital to run in Southeast Alabama Community Foundation’s Half Marathon & 5K. Sean Kent, of Dothan, won the half marathon with a time of 1:20:27 for the top male finisher. Sean won the first year in 2012 and also participated last year. “I was more comfortable and prepared this year than last year,” said Sean. “Coming through the last mile is hard, but I just kept pushing.” Amberly Glitz was also a repeat winner (2013) for female half marathon with a time of 1:37:52. “It felt good to come back again this year. This is the fifth half marathon I have done,” said Glitz.

Amberly Glittz & Barry Moss

5K winners were Julio Garcia (male) at 20:37 and Missy Sexton (female) at 22:02. Post-race festivities included complimentary massages for runners by Massage Envy, food by Fatback’s of Dothan, drinks from Buffalo Rock and Adams Beverages, and music by DJ Sizzle. SACF would like to thank all of the volunteers including more than 40 from Ft. Rucker, SACF advisory committee members, Lead Sponsor-Flowers Hospital and other sponsors, Dothan Police Department, City of Dothan, and countless others who helped make this event a success and raise more than $20,000 for Wiregrass nonprofits. We look forward to another great race in 2015.





Burton Ward President Lynne Broach VP, Community Services Jessica Roberts Financial Officer Megan Stevens Communications Director Kathleen Donovan Griswell Executive Assistant Millie B. Armstrong SACF Program Associate


CACF staff

Pictured left to right: Chef Leo from Central, Jannah Bailey Exe. Director of Child Protect, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer, III, Montgomery Biscuits Mascot “BigMo”

Our first On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, CACF took part in an online giving campaign called #GivingTuesday™ celebrated across the globe. More than 4,000 businesses and nonprofits mobilized their communities to give back on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. CACF promoted the event through local media, social media and with the help of “local celebrities.” Staff members also decided to give to this cause instead of swapping holiday gifts to one another. Board members encouraged their coworkers and friends to kick-start the season of giving thanks and giving back by donating online through CACF’s website. Together, $3,043 was raised on what used to be a “normal” Tuesday.


Photos: © Capell & Howard, P. C., Stamp Ideas Group, Montgomery Housing Authority, Jackson Thornton, & CACF


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