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Giving Back & Growing CACF Grants $245,000 to Local Agencies

SERVING UP SMILES Unrestricted Scholarships Giving New Funds Benefit Area Students ------------

Cover Photo -Š Dream Court

Nonprofit Makes A Difference Through Tennis Program

“I like helping solve future unknown problems of a community that means so much to me. Before joining the community foundation, my charitable giving had no strategy; I gave gifts in response to solicitations and disasters. I was impulsive and was not looking for assurances about the outcomes my gifts were supporting. I soon came to appreciate the value of community foundation resources, donor endowments and unrestricted gifts in particular.” - Elizabeth Upjohn Mason, a philanthropist and former board member of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation in Michigan.

Two and a half years ago, CACF decided to invest money to help curb violence among youth in the River Region. This grant is different than our normal grant cycle. The first year we awarded $50,000 to Helping Montgomery Families Initiative and $50,000 to Common Ground Montgomery (CGM) Life on Life Mentoring. In 2015, CACF awarded the second focus grant to CGM for $100,000 because of their track record and proven progress. This example demonstrates some of the benefits of unrestricted gifts: 1) The community foundation had the flexibility to allocate the funds to be used in a creative way. 2) Donors could see the impact of their gifts. 3) Unrestricted gifts were leveraged with other donors’ gifts and grants for greater impact. Because a donor sets no restrictions on the use of their gift, it enables CACF to do what we do best - assess community needs and respond by awarding grants to the nonprofit organizations that undertake our community's most critical work. We evaluate all aspects of community wellbeing: arts and culture, economic development, education, environment, health and human services, neighborhood revitalization and more. The flexibility of an unrestricted gift enables the community foundation to support long-term solutions; respond quickly to emergencies; and meet changing social, cultural, educational, or environmental needs in our local community. When you change the equation to unrestricted money for real impact, the dynamic can start to shift: donors give doers the money they need to create impact; doers give donors the impact they need to justify their existence.

Burton U. Ward

Have you seen the video STAMP Idea Group, LLC produced for CACF about Unrestricted Giving? Visit and click on the video on the right of the screen.


CACF Helps Fund Center for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Aaliyah’s first day on the job.

Triumph Services, based in Birmingham, will open a second office in Montgomery this summer thanks to a gift of $25,000 from Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and an additional $25,000 from the Montgomery community including $8,000 from Central Alabama Community Foundation. The new location was announced March 15 on Autism Legislative Day. Triumph Services provides community-based support to individuals with developmental disabilities who are trying to live independently. Triumph has served over 200 adults in Birmingham who are learning to live on their own and nine out of ten participants are employed. According to Triumph, more than half of adults with developmental disabilities suffer from depression. Therefore, the program also offers social groups and one–on–one counseling. Other Montgomery donors for Triumph’s expansion were: Pastor Lawson and First United Methodist Church, Andy Huggins, the Commissioner of Mental Health: Jim Perdue and St. John’s Episcopal Church. For more information please visit www.


New CACF Board Member

W. Joseph McCorkle Jr. Partner Balch & Bingham, LLP

Joe is a member of Balch & Bingham’s Business Litigation and Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Groups. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, and Alabama SuperLawyers for Business Litigation. Joe is married to the former Talmadge (“Tammy”) Williams and they have three sons, Thomson, Andrew, and Walter. Welcome Joe!

Resource - Unrestricted Giving Joanne O’Connell © 2007, Council on Foundations (COF) and Triumph Services, Inc.

Often clients meet with their financial advisors and ask how to make a meaningful philanthropic gift to their community. The best approach to fulfill their wish would be suggesting an unrestricted gift to a community foundation. The gift would make a lasting impact to the community no matter how needs evolve in the future. That is the value of endowed unrestricted gifts, they are perpetual— lasting many years beyond a donor’s lifetime—and they are managed by a skilled group of community guardians to meet unanticipated community needs.


From our President

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! More than 360 runners representing 15 states, showed up on a chilly January 30 for the fifth annual Southeast Alabama Community Foundation (SACF) Half Marathon and 5K presented by Flowers Hospital. The event raised $30,000 for nonprofit grants in the Wiregrass which is also the most raised to date. Avery Ainsworth, of Montgomery, won the half marathon with a time of 1:15:49. Fran New, of Taylor, was the fastest female at 1:40:55. 5K winners were Ryan Deci (male), of Dothan, at 20:14. Jackie Keefer, of Enterprise, was the top female finisher at 21:12. The fastest male and female (under 12) 1 Mile Fun Run winners were the same as last year. Congratulations again to Eli Butler and Sofia Langford, both from Dothan. More than 40 sponsors helped make the event possible. Post-race festivities included complimentary massages for runners by Massage Envy, photography by Holley Lorain, brunswick stew by Fatback’s of Dothan, drinks from Coca-Cola and Adams Beverages. The race was managed by About Time Events.

Pictured clockwise: Suzanne Woods, CEO of Flowers Hospital presents Half Marathon (male) winner Avery Ainsworth with his award; Dawn Johnson, Annelise Wood, and Nancy Daugherty of Gil Law Firm pose with SACF Affiliate Manager Millie Armstrong; Female Half Marathon winnner Fran New; Start of the 5K race; and Mike Bryan part owner of Fatback’s of Dothan serving food.


CACF’s 28th Annual Grants Presentation took place Tuesday, December 1 at the First United Methodist Church in Montgomery. More than $245,000 was distributed to nonprofits serving Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties.


Working Together for the Greater Good

Community Trust Grants


• Alabama Shakespeare Festival - $9,500 • ClefWorks, Inc. - $5,000 • Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, Inc. - $5,000

Community Building

• Alabama Appleseed - $5,000 • Bridge Builders Alabama $5,000


• Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders of Alabama - $8,500 • Hope Inspired Ministries $8,500 • Montgomery Education Foundation - $7,400

Family Wellness

• Child Protect - $7,500 • Montgomery Area Family Violence Program Inc. d.b.a. Family Sunshine Center $15,000


• Kid One Transport - $5,000 • Medical Outreach Ministries - $5,000 • Montgomery Cancer Wellness Foundation - $5,000 • Sight Savers America $10,000


• Rebuilding Together Central Alabama - $12,000 • Macon County Humane Society - $8,000 • The Renascence, Inc. - $5,000

Social Services

• Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Alabama, Inc.- $6,000 • Brantwood Children’s Home - $5,000 • Council on Substance AbuseNCADD - $8,000 • Dream Court, Inc. - $5,000 • Montgomery AIDS Outreach, Inc. - $5,000


• Compassion21 $10,000 • Montgomery YMCA $5,000



Field of Interest Grants


• Clara Lull Robison Beautification Grant (ECCF) to Wetumpka Depot Players $2,500 • Group Homes for Children Grant (CACF) to Bridge Builders Alabama $4,000 • Merle S. and Mack C. Hunt Diabetes Grant (CACF) to Southern Diabetes Education Services $4,800


Left to Right: G. Dyann Robinson - Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, Burton Ward, CACF President, Stanley Maxwell - Tuskegee Repertory Theatre and Febreu Holston - Tuskegee Repertory Theatre


Technical Assistance Grants

• Brantwood Children’s Home - $2,500 • Bridge Builders Alabama - $1,250 • ClefWorks, Inc. - $2,500 • Dream Court, Inc. - $2,500 • Glenwood, Inc. - $2,500 • Impact Alabama - $2,500 • Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless - $2,500 • Montgomery Area Council On Aging (MACOA) - $2,500 • Montgomery S.T.E.P. Foundation - $2,500

Community Trust Grants • Alabama Shakespeare Festival - $2,500 • Prattville/Autauga Humane Society - $2,500 • The Noah Foundation/New Hope Academy - $2,200 • Autauga-Prattville Public Library - $800


Darryl Woods - YMCA of Greater Montgomery with CACF President Burton Ward


Community Trust Grants


• Community Hospital, Inc. - $2,500 • The Learning - Tree $2,056 • Elmore County BOE HIPPY - $2,500 • Airport Road Intermediate School Library - $1,000 • Heritage Training and Career Center - $2,500 • Eclectic Public Library - $879 • Hospice of Montgomery - $2,500 • Wetumpka Depot Players - $2,065

Left to right: Debbie Jones - Airport Road Intermediate School Library; Darryl Woods - YMCA of Greater Montgomery; Burton Ward - CACF President; Kevin Carr - The Noah Foundation/New Hope Academy; Chacolby Burns-Johnson - MACOA (Montgomery Area Council On Aging); Betty Cocker - Eclectic Public Library; Hailey Morrow - The Noah Foundation/New Hope Academy

Elliott's Light

Kid One Transport

Jessica Weyreuter - Dream Court and Burton Ward, CACF President

Chad Nichols - Sight Savers America and Burton Ward, CACF President


A Perfect Match: Tennis Provides Inclusion And Acceptance This year, CACF gave funding through its community trust grants to a rather new program in the area. Dream Court Inc. was awarded $5,000 to purchase wheelchairs for children, wounded warriors, and vehicle accident victims who participate in the adaptive tennis program. Also, through a technical assistance grant, Dream Court received an additional $2,500 to update their website with the ability for athletes to complete and submit online applications, host a master calendar and post pictures of events. We sat down with Founder and Director Jessica Weyreuter to find out a little more about how they are making a difference. Q: What is Dream Court? A: Dream Court, Inc.’s (started in 2014) mission is to teach the lifetime sport of tennis and life skills to individuals with special needs. Dream Court focuses on having fun while learning tennis, but it also goes beyond the sport. We focus on promoting an active lifestyle, teaching appropriate social behavior, and developing selfesteem. Most importantly we strive for inclusion and acceptance. Q: What areas do you serve? A: We have athletes from Montgomery, Dothan, Prattville, Wetumpka, Auburn, Millbrook, Pike Road, Coosada, Greenville and Deatsville. One girl from Mountain Brook is signed up for our upcoming spring program. Q: How are you funded? A: Dream Court is funded mainly through private donations, business and corporate sponsorships. We also receive generous grants from local and national organizations. The City of Montgomery donated the land at Edward Thompson Park on Ray Thorington Road for the Dream Court facility.


We have created a partnership with the Montgomery Center of Independent Living (MCIL). MCIL funds scholarships for participants in our program. Q: How will the CACF grant money be used for the adaptive tennis program that uses wheelchairs? A: We are purchasing costumer built sport wheelchairs and refurbishing used sports wheelchairs. Having more sports wheelchairs available for our athletes to use will enhance our program. Some athletes have regular wheelchairs, but it is crucial to use a "sports" wheelchair. Also individuals who are not regular wheelchair users, might be eligible to play wheelchair tennis, therefore our program benefits from owning tennis wheelchairs. Q. What benefits have you seen from your athletes once they started taking classes? A: We love watching the athletes with special needs become friends with our college, high school, or regular volunteers. The mother of one of our 16-year-old athletes with autism described her son as having a short attention span and being afraid of new activities. Prior to coming to Dream Court, he had never played tennis. Volunteer Carolyn Albritton, a junior at Trinity Presbyterian School, kept him engaged in the tennis drills, and made him proud as she praised his efforts. She motivated him to try harder and he looked forward to seeing her at Dream Court each week. Athletes improve physically, mentally and emotionally through our program. Q: Do you depend on volunteers, coaches and buddies to be a successful program? A: Volunteers are the lifeblood of our program and the main reason we have been successful in building our adaptive tennis program. We have had the good

fortune of having over 100 volunteers. Our athletes and volunteers have benefitted greatly from the involvement of college tennis players from Huntingdon, AUM, ASU and Troy University. The great high school volunteers have come to us from Saint James, The Montgomery Academy, Trinity Presbyterian School and Loveless Academic Magnet Program. Our volunteer coaches are role models for our athletes. Shelby, a Dream Court participant, could hardly wait to show “her coach,” a former high school student, the trophy that she won at an adaptive tennis tournament.

Q: How can people donate or help with Dream Court? A: We are so very grateful for the donations of time and money that we have received. However, we continue to need additional funds for operating expenses and additional volunteers to give their time. To volunteer, please send an E-mail to To donate, visit our webpage at and click on the donation button or mail a check to Dream Court, Inc., 3027 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery, AL 36106.

Adullam House Scholarship Gives Hope and a Future “We are grateful for the part CACF has played in facilitating the introduction of this scholarship for the children of Adullam House. It is wonderful that this scholarship can be hosted by a local organization that we -Angie Spackman, Founder and Director are already familiar with and has helped us so much in the past.” Pete and Angie Spackman had a dream to create a ministry that would help inmates’ children by bringing them into their own home. With a great need for a program such as this, they quickly outgrew their home and built the Adullam House facility on 18 acres of donated land. Today they help an average of 30 children at a time ranging from newborns to 18 years of age. The new Adullam House Christian Academy Scholarship was established in 2015 and will be housed within CACF to further the ministry of helping these children. “Our children feel privileged to know that there is a local organization that they can contact upon graduating, who has identified their unique needs as students of Adullam House and who are enabled by the kindness of local benefactors to meet those needs in a very real and tangible way.” Colton (pictured left) is the first recipient of this scholarship. He is currently at the Summit International School of Ministry in Pennsylvania. The applicant for this scholarship must be a resident of a children's home at Adullam House and must be a resident of New Convictions Outreach

properties. Applicant can be a member of a household of any staff member or volunteer at Adullam House. The student must exemplify Christ-like character and leadership, have an ACT score of 20 or better, maintain a "C" or higher average, plan to attend a 2 year, 4 year College or Technical school or a qualified online institution. This scholarship is renewable.

NFL Guard Ben Grubbs Scholarship Will Annually Award $10,000 This spring two graduates of Elmore County High School (ECHS) will benefit from a new scholarship established by National Football League (NFL) Player Benjamin Grubbs. Ben Grubbs graduated from ECHS in 2002 where he was the team's star linebacker. He became an Auburn Tiger that year but was redshirted. In 2003, Grubbs moved from defensive tackle to tight end. He played through 2006 and never missed a game. Ben blocked future NFL players Cadillac Williams, Ronnie Brown, Kenny Irons, and Jason Campbell while he was a defensive tackle at Auburn. Grubbs graduated with a Bachelor's in Public Administration in May 2006. Grubbs was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2007 NFL Draft. During his five years with the Ravens he started 70 of 74 games. Then in 2012, he signed a five-year, $36 million contract with the New Orleans Saints. Last year, Grubbs was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a 5th round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. On December 2, 2015, the Chiefs placed Grubbs on injured reserve. The Ben Grubbs Scholarship Fund requires applicants to

have a minimum 2.5 GPA, participate in an AHSAA sponsored sport at ECHS, church and community service preferred, letter of recommendation from two adults, an essay from the students describing how his/her participation in AHSAA sport has helped with their development and enhanced their high school experience. Preference given to students who demonstrate need, however, need is not a requisite for this scholarship. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded annually.

Grubbs returned to ECHS in September 2012 where the Panthers honored the former player by retiring his jersey. (Credits: Left photo and references-Wikipedia; Right





Photos Credits: © Holley Lorain Photography page 3: Dream Court page 6, Adullam House page 7.

Burton Ward President Jackie G. Johnson Vice President, Community Services Lynne Broach Financial Officer Megan Stevens Communications Director Sandra Carlton Executive Assistant Millie B. Armstrong SACF Affiliate Manager

Grant Cycle Awards & Deadlines Cycle 1: Family Wellness & Education • May 2016 - Family Wellness Awards • August 2016 - Education Awards Cycle 2: Cultural & Community Enhancement • July 1, 2016 - Cycle 2 Applications Open • August 12, 2016 - Applications Close • December 2016 - Social Services, Shelter Awards • February 2017 - Community Building, Arts Awards Focus Grant • June 17, 2016 - Full Proposals Due • September 2016 - Award Presentation


CACF Staff



2016 Board of Directors Riley Roby Chairman Shannon G. Speir Vice-Chairman Daniel Thompson Treasurer David Allred Cassandra Crosby McCullough Milton C. Davis Helena T. Duncan Laura Harmon Daniel Harris, Jr. Evette Hester Louise Jennings W. Joseph McCorkle Jr. William (Bill) J. Scanlan Clay Torbert 35 S. Court St., Montgomery, AL 36104 (334) 264-6223

The Central Alabama Community Foundation is a nonprofit philanthropic foundation created by and for the people of central Alabama. Individuals and corporate donors make gifts and bequests of any size for the betterment of our community. Through our grants program, the Foundation addresses a wide variety of needs and opportunities, supporting programs and projects in education, human services, health, cultural arts, and other civic concerns.

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