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Summer 2013

COMMUNITY CAC H E A P U B L I C AT I O N O F T H E CENTRAL ALABAMA

C O M M U N I T Y F O U N D AT I O N

Grant supports local

autism services

Pictured left to right: Robert Aland, Chairman of the Board, Glenwood; Lee Yount, President, Glenwood; Phillip Young, board member, Glenwood, former CACF board member; Burton Ward, President, CACF

Online Giving The Central Alabama Community Foundation is making it easier than ever for you to support the causes you care about. Now you may contribute to our charitable funds online safely and securely through Network for Good. Your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and you will receive an acknowledgement electronically for your tax records. Gifts by credit card incur a processing fee for each transaction, which will be deducted from your gift. The current fee is 3.0% per transaction. We invite you to increase your gift to cover this fee so that your charitable intent can be fully realized. Click on the Donate Now button at www.cacfinfo.org to get started.

As part of CACF’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2012, the Foundation presented Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center a grant to develop autism services in the Montgomery area in collaboration with The Center for Child and Adolescent Development (CCAD). CCAD provides diagnostic and intervention services to ensure that children and adolescents affected by developmental delays such as Autism Spectrum Disorder can reach their full potential. Their initial goal is to start an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) clinic this summer, providing early intervention to children and their families throughout the River Region. Soon after, they plan to develop a diagnostic clinic. CACF partnered with the Junior League of Montgomery, the M.T. Selby Fund, and the J.K. Lowder Family Foundation to provide funding of $80,000 to bring this vital service to the River Region.


• 130 Lowdnes/Macon/Montgomery nonprofits supported through Community Trust and Community Partner Grants • More than $3 million distributed annually through over

400 grants

• 3 initiatives to address community needs: BONDS, Bridge Builders of Alabama, & Montgomery Education Foundation •

$150,000 Multi-Year Grant to Nurse Family Partnership

1,700 4-year-olds served in 70 Pre-K Classrooms thanks to MEF • 454 Scholarships awarded through the ECCF •

All of us understand and appreciate the value of the philanthropic impulse. We know how important giving and volunteering are to our own souls, to our families and to our community. Because of this spirit of giving, CACF is able to give back to the nonprofits that provide so many essential services to improve our quality of life. The Foundation’s success rests entirely on the shoulders of the hundreds of donors who have used CACF to make a difference. We are pleased to assist in making the community a better place for all. With the generosity of so many strong charitable partners, we will continue to have an increasing and positive impact on our community.

The de Tocqueville Society

Only 26 years old when he came to America in 1831, Alexis-CharlesHenri Clérel de Tocqueville traveled all over our young nation, including many parts of Alabama. Perhaps his most important observation was that Americans helped each other in the times of need. He recognized, applauded and immortalized the volunteer spirit that lives in America’s heart. Originally formed in 1984 by the United Way of America, the de Tocqueville Society’s purpose was to deepen individual understanding of commitment and support of United Way’s work: advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all.

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The de Tocqueville Society of the River Region United Way was formed in 1988 to foster, promote and recognize the vital importance of voluntary community service and personal giving at an exceptional level. Membership includes individuals and private foundations meeting the leadership giving standard of at least $10,000 annually. With the support of the de Tocqueville Society, River Region United Way is able to create long lasting changes by tackling our community’s most serious issues. If you’re interested in contributing to the de Tocqueville Society, you may request a donation from your Donor-Advised fund.

Meet our

new chairman

Photo and content courtesy of Capell & Howard, P. C.

What a great 25th anniversary celebration we had in 2012! It’s a new year and we hope to make a bigger philanthropic impact than was ever thought possible this year, this decade, and the next quarter of a century. I think Fred Richard (our founder) would be proud of what we’ve accomplished. What have we accomplished you ask? The list is too long for one newsletter, but I will try to touch on a few of them...

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From our president

This is Kyle Johnson’s third year serving on the CACF Board. He brings a wealth of knowledge in estate planning for his clients and significant work with nonprofits throughout the community. A shareholder in Capell & Howard, P.C., Kyle received his Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and his Juris Doctorate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama. Kyle is a native of Auburn, AL.

We’ve

Moved!

A new beginning Montgomery Education Foundation (MEF) was founded in 2000 as a program of CACF and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. Community leaders recognized the importance of supporting the public school system as an investment in our children, our community and our future. This summer, MEF will become its own 501(c)3 nonprofit, separating from CACF. For the past 12 years dedicated directors: Caroline Montgomery Clark, Teresa Jackson, and Ann Sikes have worked with board members and the community to accomplish so many wonderful acheivements for the children of Montgomery Public Schools.

Among the most notable:

Pre-K (School Readiness) - MEF supports the access and delivery of high quality Pre-K programs as an important step in raising student achievement and reducing dropouts, especially for children at risk. MEF supported and coordinated the development of 21 Pre-K rooms offered within the public school system during the past three years. Alabama's First Class Pre-K program has been ranked #1 nationally for the past 6 years. Recognized in the state as a unique and effective model, Montgomery has served 1700 children to date. Partners in Education (PIE) - In 2012, MEF welcomed the addition of PIE to the foundation. PIE is revitalizing its efforts to recruit, train, and supply volunteer tutors, while also recruiting new partners for individual schools. This revitalization comes at a critical time as our community realizes that not only must the schools be accountable to the community, the community must be

More notable

accomplishments

Professional Development

As of June 1, 2013, our new location and address will be 35 S. Court Street.

• Principals Academy for new and prospective principals. • Leadership Development Institute with Samford University for all principals and prospective principals.

Student Achievement

• Alabama Reading Initiative pilot program for 10 elementary schools. Supported expansion to all 37 elementary schools. • Stuff the Shelves program providing 24,000+ books in school libraries. • A+ College Ready Laying the Foundation training to increase access to and success in AP classes and exams.

accountable to the schools and the students. Summer Learning - Research shows that most youth lose about 2 months of math skills during the summer. Low-income youth lose more than 2 months of reading skills while their middle-income peers gain, rather than lose, reading skills over the summer. MEF was honored to be chosen as a recipient of CACF’s 25th Anniversary gifts. This investment will support the creation and delivery of a Summer Learning Pilot Program that will serve as a model for inserting summer learning in existing programs that currently provide summer recreational programming. Reading on Wheels (ROW) - Since 2006, MEF has

implemented and funded the ROW program. Two buses allow children to check out books weekly, participate in activities and maintain access to reading while out of school. The buses visit YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other community based summer programs. The program is delivered by MEF in partnership with the Montgomery City-County Public Library, Montgomery Public Schools, and the Montgomery County Commission. The buses visit 20+ sites and serve more than 2000 children each summer. In 2011, through the generosity of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery Foundation, a new bus was purchased and the “Brain Forest” was born. The new look for the program was well received by all of the children who now look forward to “Brain Forest” visits each week during the summer. “Believe It” - In 2011, the Montgomery Education Foundation (MEF) implemented a community engagement model, “Believe It,” to create community discussion and input regarding the public school system. The outcome of those initial conversations were analyzed and compiled into specific targets. In Spring 2012, the Board of Education passed a resolution committing to working with the community on the identified targets. In addition, this school year, MPS has initiated a process of district-wide accreditation and the development of a new strategic plan.

Parental Involvement

• Parent Connection Workshops • Parent Panels facilitated at Junior High and Middle Schools.

Public Engagement

• Community Shadowing program conducted annually. • Community education effort provided for Amendment 1. • Crucial Conversations for area residents regarding education during the Envision 2020 process.

Data

• Via PARCA, developed and presented system comparison data to the Board of Education, Superintendent and Community Leaders. • Via PARCA, produced Cohort Graduation and Dropout Indicator Report. • Annual data compilation for school and community leadership.

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aacf

community trust grants

Left to right: AACF Chairman Wade Seamon presenting grants to Lindsey Jinright (Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Linda Lee ( Reach Out and Read); Leslie Bailey (Hemophilia Group) .

Autauga Area Community Foundation (AACF) awarded $21,275 in grants on Tuesday, May 14, at the Alabama Wildlife Federation in Millbrook. ECCF’s grants totalling $33,406 were awarded at the same reception. Full listing is on page 6. • Autauga-Prattville Public Library - $750 to purchase books and materials for new Autaugaville Public Library. • Heritage Training and Career Center - $2500 to offer job readiness classes, basic computer skills training, structured job search/job placement, job retention/ postemployment services, job coaching, family mentoring, adult basic education and GED training. • Easter Seals Central Alabama - $500 to conduct a summer speech camp to address the needs of children with autism and language delays • Family Sunshine Center - $2475 to provide shelter to abused women and children, providing them with a respite from abuse and the guidance to become selfsufficient. • Office of the District Attorney - $2500 to offer the Helping Families Initiative to target truant students and those with behavioral problems and provide appropriate interventional services to the child/family. • Alabama Kidney Foundation - $2000 to assist dialysis patients access services.

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• Sight Savers America - $2500 to fund Case Specialists who schedule comprehensive eye examinations and recommended treatments and ensure patients get the prescribed care. • Alabama Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics $2500 to enroll 500 children in Reach Out and Read, providing reading materials through area pediatricians. • Alabama Shakespeare Festival - $800 to support ASF’s All-Star Youth Theatre, allowing high school students to work with professional actors to produce professional-level theatre. • Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders of Alabama - $1600 to partially underwrite Camp Clot Not to offer children with bleeding disorders the opportunity to participate in physical activities they are not ordinarily exposed to and to equip them to better manage their disease. • Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians - $900 to provide a scholarship for therapeutic riding services for one rider to ride for a year (three ten-week sessions running September, 2013 through June, 2014). • Prattville High School - $2000 to offer the Academy of Leaders (AOL) program to ensure the success of ninth-grade students through small group activities at the Alabama Nature Center. • Prattville Autauga Humane Society - $250 to help replace the shelter’s bath tub and fixtures where pets are bathed and prepped for adoption events. • Prattville Lions Club - $2700 to provide glasses and eye exams to residents in Autauga County. The Foundation was able to amplify its giving power through the Community Partners program. Some grants were increased or fully funded due to the generosity of donors to the Bob & Hazel Lee Family Fund, M.T. Selby Fund, and the Christian-Yeatts Fund.

Office of District Attorney Jalon Ross Arnold with ECCF Chairman Bill Scanlan; Mike Murphree (Montgomery AIDS Outreach)

eccf

community trust grants

• Community Hospital, Inc. - $2500 to provide hot meals to home-bound individuals in Tallassee. • Elmore County Food Pantry $1000 to purchase an additional 7,000 pounds of food for more than 515 families (or 2,140+ individuals). • Heritage Training and Career Center - $2500 to offer job readiness classes, basic computer skills training, structured job search/job placement, job retention/postemployment services, job coaching, family mentoring, adult basic education and GED training. • Family Sunshine Center - $4950 to provide shelter to abused women and children, providing them with a respite from abuse and the guidance to become self-sufficient. • Montgomery Area Food Bank $1250 to provide a Mobile Pantry to impoverished areas of Elmore County, supplying staples, fresh food and frozen/refrigerated items to 75 families. • Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians - $1800 to provide scholarships for therapeutic riding services for two riders to ride for a year (three ten-week sessions running September, 2013 through June, 2014). • Alabama Kidney Foundation - $2500 to assist dialysis patients access services.

• Montgomery AIDS Outreach Inc. - $2500 to offer HIV testing and educational programs to raise awareness and to promote the Healthy Baby Initiative, to prevent the spread of AIDS from mother to child. • Sight Savers America - $2500 to fund Case Specialists who schedule comprehensive eye examinations and recommended treatments and ensure that patients get the prescribed care. • Alabama Shakespeare Festival - $2500 to sponsor SchoolFest, providing students with subsidized tickets for a performance of one of ASF’s plays. • Communities Improvement Association - $2500 to underwrite the cost of additional certified educators to conduct art, reading, and math lessons. • Easter Seals Central Alabama $500 to conduct a summer speech camp to address the needs of children with autism and language delays. • Elmore County Partnership for Children - $2500 to offer credit recovery and one-on-one tutoring services for students in Grades 5 - 12 in Millbrook and Wetumpka. • Office of the District Attorney $2500 to offer the Helping Families Initiative to target truant students and those with behavioral problems and provide appropriate interventional

services to the child/family • Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama - $1406.94 to provide 6 portable “Fit and Fun Kits.” 2013 Grant from the Lucy Brooks Lull Library Fund • $2055 to the Wetumpka High School Library 2013 Grants from the Charles Horatio McMorris Fund • $386 to the Wetumpka Elementary School Library • $386 to the Wetumpka Middle School Library Special thanks to the M.T. Selby Fund of the ECCF, who enabled us to significantly increase the support granted to agencies serving Elmore County.

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community trust grants

Donors, the hardworking staffs of numerous area nonprofits, and friends celebrated CACF’s 25th Anniversary at its Annual Grants Presentation, December 3, at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

arts

• ClefWorks, Inc. - $2,500 to support a competition of percussion groups in the Gulf States area. • Montgomery Symphony Association - $7,250 to provide need-based scholarships so children at 4 elementary schools can participate in an on-site, afterschool music program. • Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, Inc. - $4,700 to present the 2013 Cultural Heritage Season: a season of 3 original plays (18 performances). • UAB Department of Theatre - $4,000 to provide free shows at elementary schools in Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties.

education

• Alabama Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics - $5,000 to provide books to children through 8 pediatric practices, the Nurse/Family Partnership, and Success by 6. • Montgomery Education Foundation - $6,000 to develop a Summer Learning Program and support Partners in Education’s efforts to recruit tutors, classroom readers, classroom adoptions, mentors, etc. • Second Chance Foundation - $2,000 to equip a second computer lab with a SMARTBoard and workstations to extend the Credit Recovery opportunity to more students. • STEP - $5,000 to provide teacher training to better equip teachers to help Lowndes County children overcome learning, developmental, and behavioral challenges.

food

• Friendship Mission, Inc - $5,000 to provide breakfast for up to 50 residents each morning and lunch and dinner to ~100 people each day. • Montgomery Area Council On Aging (MACOA) - $6,000 to provide meals to homebound seniors, 5 days a week for one year. • Society of St. Andrew - $3,000 to recover and distribute fresh produce to 12 counties of Central Alabama. • The Salvation Army - $3,000 to underwrite the costs of providing a hot lunch to homeless men, women and children and low-income senior citizens

medical

• Medical Outreach Ministries - $10,000 to provide routine primary, preventive and some specialized care and medications/medical supplies on a regular basis at NO charge to the medically underserved in the River Region. • Montgomery AIDS Outreach Inc. - $5,000 to provide education and health support for pregnant mothers with HIV/AIDS, in order to reduce the rate of transmission from mother to child. • Sight Savers America - $5,000 to offer eye care needs assessments, treatment, eyeglasses, and transportation to underserved infants, toddlers, and K-12 students.

shelter

• Aid to Inmate Mothers - $5,000 to support a transitional home for formerly incarcerated women, thereby providing the support and resources necessary for successful reintegration into society. • Brantwood Children’s Home - $4,000 to help provide food and clothing to residents. • Nellie Burge Community Center - $1,000 to offer transitional living for homeless women and their children. • Divine Inspirational Ministries - $7,000 to offer a residential shelter/transitional program for homeless people, providing shelter, food, clothing, case management, and transportation to veterans, non-veterans, and ex-felons in a ten-bed facility.

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community building • Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, Inc. - $3,375 to assure essential reforms resulting in meaningful home rule, a new Education Article including a right to education, strengthening economic development options, and adding an equal protection clause to the state’s constitution. • Alabama Association of Nonprofits - $1,950 to pay tuition for 10 organizations to undergo Standards for Excellence training. • Dogs on Call - $10,000 to train and provide service dogs to returning soldiers, veterans and children with disabilities. • Hope Inspired Ministries - $3,375 to offer 13week training sessions to 12-15 jobless individuals per session to prepare them to become selfsufficient, productive members of society. • Impact Alabama: A Student Service Initiative - $8,000 to fund Focus First (providing free vision screenings to preK children) and SaveFirst. (providing free tax preparation services to lowincome, working families). Dogs on Call • Renascence - $3,350 to expand their job readiness program to focus on job-readiness/retention and skill development. • The Volunteer and Information Center - $3,000 to mark Martin Luther King Day by partnering with the BONDS program to provide disaster preparedness training, information related to community needs and volunteer opportunities, and 2-1-1 information on health and human services.

social services

• Alabama Kidney Foundation - $5,000 to provide funding to assist dialysis patients. • Camp Smile-A-Mile - $2,825 to partially sponsor camps and an “in hospital” camp for children with cancer and their families. • Child Protect, CAC - $8,700 to provide forensic interviews to 12 suspected victims of child abuse and provide follow up counseling/services as needed. • Family Sunshine Center - $2,825 to provide a One Place-based case manager to assist victims in navigating access to shelter and in obtaining services from law enforcement and the judicial system. • Kid One Transport - $5,000 to operate vehicles to serve Lowndes/Macon/Montgomery Counties, providing transportation to expectant mothers or children to lifesaving procedures and routine medical checkups. • Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians (MANE) - $7,650 to provide scholarships for one year of 10-week therapeutic horseback riding sessions for riders from low-income families.

technical assistance

grants

• Legal Services Alabama - $2,000 to send newsletters to the counties served by each local office. • King Hill Community Development Corporation, Inc. - $1,800 to offer board training and develop a plan and marketing materials to support the transformation of King Hill into a healthy community. • Montgomery Education Foundation - $1,000 to develop a website that allows MEF to begin re-branding. • Montgomery Habitat for Humanity - $2,000 to create and launch an effective marketing campaign. • Rebuilding Together Central Alabama - $1,000 to redesign the website to better represent the work of the organization. • Renascence - $2,000 to redesign the brochure/fact sheet and develop a social media page in an effort to diversify its current donor base. • Easter Seals Camp ASCCA - $2,000 to underwrite materials for new member orientation, board training materials/ speaker, and the teleconference calls for board and committee teleconferences. • Montgomery Area Food Bank $2,000 to send two staff members to the Feeding America training conferences in 2013. • Bridge Builders Alabama - $2,000 to develop a new strategic plan to guide program expansion and fundraising.

youth

• Bridge Builders Alabama - $6,250 to partially underwrite the participation of 145 Montgomery area high school students in this two-year leadership development initiative and to create an alumni program for former participants. • Montgomery S.T.E.P. Foundation - $10,000 to teach the Second Step, Success Through Prevention curriculum to 4th and 5th grade students and provide individual counseling for troubled children referred by school administrators, home visits to troubled families, a positive role model, and counseling. • New Beginnings Educational Center - $6,250 to offer a twice-weekly afterschool tutorial program and a summer enrichment program for school-aged children, a GED program for at-risk youth and adults, and a mentoring program with Church of Ascension members and Alabama State University student volunteers.

field of interest

grants

• $10,000 to Hampstead Institute from the Mack C. and Merle S. Hunt Diabetes Fund to develop and publish a formal School Garden Teacher Training Manual and a School Garden Curriculum offering weekly garden-based activities and to host a series of training programs for teachers. • $775 to the Montgomery STEP Foundation from the Joseph D. Phelps Law Awareness Fund to partner with Family Court Judge Calvin Williams to mentor students on the impact of their choices. • $5,500 to Dozier Elementary from the Mary L. & Eugene C. Vann Reading Fund to purchase new library books to celebrate the school’s significant reading gains during the prior 2011 - 2012 school year.

Kid One Transport • Kid One Transport - $2,000 to develop a strategic plan to increase organizational capacity and ensure stability. • The Volunteer and Information Center - $2,500 to develop and implement astrategic plan to move the agency forward under its new moniker, enabling the organization to develop meaningful service and civic opportunities.

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cacf

community trust grants

Donors, the hardworking staffs of numerous area nonprofits, and friends celebrated CACF’s 25th Anniversary at its Annual Grants Presentation, December 3, at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

arts

• ClefWorks, Inc. - $2,500 to support a competition of percussion groups in the Gulf States area. • Montgomery Symphony Association - $7,250 to provide need-based scholarships so children at 4 elementary schools can participate in an on-site, afterschool music program. • Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, Inc. - $4,700 to present the 2013 Cultural Heritage Season: a season of 3 original plays (18 performances). • UAB Department of Theatre - $4,000 to provide free shows at elementary schools in Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties.

education

• Alabama Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics - $5,000 to provide books to children through 8 pediatric practices, the Nurse/Family Partnership, and Success by 6. • Montgomery Education Foundation - $6,000 to develop a Summer Learning Program and support Partners in Education’s efforts to recruit tutors, classroom readers, classroom adoptions, mentors, etc. • Second Chance Foundation - $2,000 to equip a second computer lab with a SMARTBoard and workstations to extend the Credit Recovery opportunity to more students. • STEP - $5,000 to provide teacher training to better equip teachers to help Lowndes County children overcome learning, developmental, and behavioral challenges.

food

• Friendship Mission, Inc - $5,000 to provide breakfast for up to 50 residents each morning and lunch and dinner to ~100 people each day. • Montgomery Area Council On Aging (MACOA) - $6,000 to provide meals to homebound seniors, 5 days a week for one year. • Society of St. Andrew - $3,000 to recover and distribute fresh produce to 12 counties of Central Alabama. • The Salvation Army - $3,000 to underwrite the costs of providing a hot lunch to homeless men, women and children and low-income senior citizens

medical

• Medical Outreach Ministries - $10,000 to provide routine primary, preventive and some specialized care and medications/medical supplies on a regular basis at NO charge to the medically underserved in the River Region. • Montgomery AIDS Outreach Inc. - $5,000 to provide education and health support for pregnant mothers with HIV/AIDS, in order to reduce the rate of transmission from mother to child. • Sight Savers America - $5,000 to offer eye care needs assessments, treatment, eyeglasses, and transportation to underserved infants, toddlers, and K-12 students.

shelter

• Aid to Inmate Mothers - $5,000 to support a transitional home for formerly incarcerated women, thereby providing the support and resources necessary for successful reintegration into society. • Brantwood Children’s Home - $4,000 to help provide food and clothing to residents. • Nellie Burge Community Center - $1,000 to offer transitional living for homeless women and their children. • Divine Inspirational Ministries - $7,000 to offer a residential shelter/transitional program for homeless people, providing shelter, food, clothing, case management, and transportation to veterans, non-veterans, and ex-felons in a ten-bed facility.

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community building • Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, Inc. - $3,375 to assure essential reforms resulting in meaningful home rule, a new Education Article including a right to education, strengthening economic development options, and adding an equal protection clause to the state’s constitution. • Alabama Association of Nonprofits - $1,950 to pay tuition for 10 organizations to undergo Standards for Excellence training. • Dogs on Call - $10,000 to train and provide service dogs to returning soldiers, veterans and children with disabilities. • Hope Inspired Ministries - $3,375 to offer 13week training sessions to 12-15 jobless individuals per session to prepare them to become selfsufficient, productive members of society. • Impact Alabama: A Student Service Initiative - $8,000 to fund Focus First (providing free vision screenings to preK children) and SaveFirst. (providing free tax preparation services to lowincome, working families). Dogs on Call • Renascence - $3,350 to expand their job readiness program to focus on job-readiness/retention and skill development. • The Volunteer and Information Center - $3,000 to mark Martin Luther King Day by partnering with the BONDS program to provide disaster preparedness training, information related to community needs and volunteer opportunities, and 2-1-1 information on health and human services.

social services

• Alabama Kidney Foundation - $5,000 to provide funding to assist dialysis patients. • Camp Smile-A-Mile - $2,825 to partially sponsor camps and an “in hospital” camp for children with cancer and their families. • Child Protect, CAC - $8,700 to provide forensic interviews to 12 suspected victims of child abuse and provide follow up counseling/services as needed. • Family Sunshine Center - $2,825 to provide a One Place-based case manager to assist victims in navigating access to shelter and in obtaining services from law enforcement and the judicial system. • Kid One Transport - $5,000 to operate vehicles to serve Lowndes/Macon/Montgomery Counties, providing transportation to expectant mothers or children to lifesaving procedures and routine medical checkups. • Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians (MANE) - $7,650 to provide scholarships for one year of 10-week therapeutic horseback riding sessions for riders from low-income families.

technical assistance

grants

• Legal Services Alabama - $2,000 to send newsletters to the counties served by each local office. • King Hill Community Development Corporation, Inc. - $1,800 to offer board training and develop a plan and marketing materials to support the transformation of King Hill into a healthy community. • Montgomery Education Foundation - $1,000 to develop a website that allows MEF to begin re-branding. • Montgomery Habitat for Humanity - $2,000 to create and launch an effective marketing campaign. • Rebuilding Together Central Alabama - $1,000 to redesign the website to better represent the work of the organization. • Renascence - $2,000 to redesign the brochure/fact sheet and develop a social media page in an effort to diversify its current donor base. • Easter Seals Camp ASCCA - $2,000 to underwrite materials for new member orientation, board training materials/ speaker, and the teleconference calls for board and committee teleconferences. • Montgomery Area Food Bank $2,000 to send two staff members to the Feeding America training conferences in 2013. • Bridge Builders Alabama - $2,000 to develop a new strategic plan to guide program expansion and fundraising.

youth

• Bridge Builders Alabama - $6,250 to partially underwrite the participation of 145 Montgomery area high school students in this two-year leadership development initiative and to create an alumni program for former participants. • Montgomery S.T.E.P. Foundation - $10,000 to teach the Second Step, Success Through Prevention curriculum to 4th and 5th grade students and provide individual counseling for troubled children referred by school administrators, home visits to troubled families, a positive role model, and counseling. • New Beginnings Educational Center - $6,250 to offer a twice-weekly afterschool tutorial program and a summer enrichment program for school-aged children, a GED program for at-risk youth and adults, and a mentoring program with Church of Ascension members and Alabama State University student volunteers.

field of interest

grants

• $10,000 to Hampstead Institute from the Mack C. and Merle S. Hunt Diabetes Fund to develop and publish a formal School Garden Teacher Training Manual and a School Garden Curriculum offering weekly garden-based activities and to host a series of training programs for teachers. • $775 to the Montgomery STEP Foundation from the Joseph D. Phelps Law Awareness Fund to partner with Family Court Judge Calvin Williams to mentor students on the impact of their choices. • $5,500 to Dozier Elementary from the Mary L. & Eugene C. Vann Reading Fund to purchase new library books to celebrate the school’s significant reading gains during the prior 2011 - 2012 school year.

Kid One Transport • Kid One Transport - $2,000 to develop a strategic plan to increase organizational capacity and ensure stability. • The Volunteer and Information Center - $2,500 to develop and implement astrategic plan to move the agency forward under its new moniker, enabling the organization to develop meaningful service and civic opportunities.

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aacf

community trust grants

Left to right: AACF Chairman Wade Seamon presenting grants to Lindsey Jinright (Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Linda Lee ( Reach Out and Read); Leslie Bailey (Hemophilia Group) .

Autauga Area Community Foundation (AACF) awarded $21,275 in grants on Tuesday, May 14, at the Alabama Wildlife Federation in Millbrook. ECCF’s grants totalling $33,406 were awarded at the same reception. Full listing is on page 6. • Autauga-Prattville Public Library - $750 to purchase books and materials for new Autaugaville Public Library. • Heritage Training and Career Center - $2500 to offer job readiness classes, basic computer skills training, structured job search/job placement, job retention/ postemployment services, job coaching, family mentoring, adult basic education and GED training. • Easter Seals Central Alabama - $500 to conduct a summer speech camp to address the needs of children with autism and language delays • Family Sunshine Center - $2475 to provide shelter to abused women and children, providing them with a respite from abuse and the guidance to become selfsufficient. • Office of the District Attorney - $2500 to offer the Helping Families Initiative to target truant students and those with behavioral problems and provide appropriate interventional services to the child/family. • Alabama Kidney Foundation - $2000 to assist dialysis patients access services.

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• Sight Savers America - $2500 to fund Case Specialists who schedule comprehensive eye examinations and recommended treatments and ensure patients get the prescribed care. • Alabama Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics $2500 to enroll 500 children in Reach Out and Read, providing reading materials through area pediatricians. • Alabama Shakespeare Festival - $800 to support ASF’s All-Star Youth Theatre, allowing high school students to work with professional actors to produce professional-level theatre. • Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders of Alabama - $1600 to partially underwrite Camp Clot Not to offer children with bleeding disorders the opportunity to participate in physical activities they are not ordinarily exposed to and to equip them to better manage their disease. • Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians - $900 to provide a scholarship for therapeutic riding services for one rider to ride for a year (three ten-week sessions running September, 2013 through June, 2014). • Prattville High School - $2000 to offer the Academy of Leaders (AOL) program to ensure the success of ninth-grade students through small group activities at the Alabama Nature Center. • Prattville Autauga Humane Society - $250 to help replace the shelter’s bath tub and fixtures where pets are bathed and prepped for adoption events. • Prattville Lions Club - $2700 to provide glasses and eye exams to residents in Autauga County. The Foundation was able to amplify its giving power through the Community Partners program. Some grants were increased or fully funded due to the generosity of donors to the Bob & Hazel Lee Family Fund, M.T. Selby Fund, and the Christian-Yeatts Fund.

Office of District Attorney Jalon Ross Arnold with ECCF Chairman Bill Scanlan; Mike Murphree (Montgomery AIDS Outreach)

eccf

community trust grants

• Community Hospital, Inc. - $2500 to provide hot meals to home-bound individuals in Tallassee. • Elmore County Food Pantry $1000 to purchase an additional 7,000 pounds of food for more than 515 families (or 2,140+ individuals). • Heritage Training and Career Center - $2500 to offer job readiness classes, basic computer skills training, structured job search/job placement, job retention/postemployment services, job coaching, family mentoring, adult basic education and GED training. • Family Sunshine Center - $4950 to provide shelter to abused women and children, providing them with a respite from abuse and the guidance to become self-sufficient. • Montgomery Area Food Bank $1250 to provide a Mobile Pantry to impoverished areas of Elmore County, supplying staples, fresh food and frozen/refrigerated items to 75 families. • Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians - $1800 to provide scholarships for therapeutic riding services for two riders to ride for a year (three ten-week sessions running September, 2013 through June, 2014). • Alabama Kidney Foundation - $2500 to assist dialysis patients access services.

• Montgomery AIDS Outreach Inc. - $2500 to offer HIV testing and educational programs to raise awareness and to promote the Healthy Baby Initiative, to prevent the spread of AIDS from mother to child. • Sight Savers America - $2500 to fund Case Specialists who schedule comprehensive eye examinations and recommended treatments and ensure that patients get the prescribed care. • Alabama Shakespeare Festival - $2500 to sponsor SchoolFest, providing students with subsidized tickets for a performance of one of ASF’s plays. • Communities Improvement Association - $2500 to underwrite the cost of additional certified educators to conduct art, reading, and math lessons. • Easter Seals Central Alabama $500 to conduct a summer speech camp to address the needs of children with autism and language delays. • Elmore County Partnership for Children - $2500 to offer credit recovery and one-on-one tutoring services for students in Grades 5 - 12 in Millbrook and Wetumpka. • Office of the District Attorney $2500 to offer the Helping Families Initiative to target truant students and those with behavioral problems and provide appropriate interventional

services to the child/family • Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama - $1406.94 to provide 6 portable “Fit and Fun Kits.” 2013 Grant from the Lucy Brooks Lull Library Fund • $2055 to the Wetumpka High School Library 2013 Grants from the Charles Horatio McMorris Fund • $386 to the Wetumpka Elementary School Library • $386 to the Wetumpka Middle School Library Special thanks to the M.T. Selby Fund of the ECCF, who enabled us to significantly increase the support granted to agencies serving Elmore County.

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• 130 Lowdnes/Macon/Montgomery nonprofits supported through Community Trust and Community Partner Grants • More than $3 million distributed annually through over

400 grants

• 3 initiatives to address community needs: BONDS, Bridge Builders of Alabama, & Montgomery Education Foundation •

$150,000 Multi-Year Grant to Nurse Family Partnership

1,700 4-year-olds served in 70 Pre-K Classrooms thanks to MEF • 454 Scholarships awarded through the ECCF •

All of us understand and appreciate the value of the philanthropic impulse. We know how important giving and volunteering are to our own souls, to our families and to our community. Because of this spirit of giving, CACF is able to give back to the nonprofits that provide so many essential services to improve our quality of life. The Foundation’s success rests entirely on the shoulders of the hundreds of donors who have used CACF to make a difference. We are pleased to assist in making the community a better place for all. With the generosity of so many strong charitable partners, we will continue to have an increasing and positive impact on our community.

The de Tocqueville Society

Only 26 years old when he came to America in 1831, Alexis-CharlesHenri Clérel de Tocqueville traveled all over our young nation, including many parts of Alabama. Perhaps his most important observation was that Americans helped each other in the times of need. He recognized, applauded and immortalized the volunteer spirit that lives in America’s heart. Originally formed in 1984 by the United Way of America, the de Tocqueville Society’s purpose was to deepen individual understanding of commitment and support of United Way’s work: advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all.

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The de Tocqueville Society of the River Region United Way was formed in 1988 to foster, promote and recognize the vital importance of voluntary community service and personal giving at an exceptional level. Membership includes individuals and private foundations meeting the leadership giving standard of at least $10,000 annually. With the support of the de Tocqueville Society, River Region United Way is able to create long lasting changes by tackling our community’s most serious issues. If you’re interested in contributing to the de Tocqueville Society, you may request a donation from your Donor-Advised fund.

Meet our

new chairman

Photo and content courtesy of Capell & Howard, P. C.

What a great 25th anniversary celebration we had in 2012! It’s a new year and we hope to make a bigger philanthropic impact than was ever thought possible this year, this decade, and the next quarter of a century. I think Fred Richard (our founder) would be proud of what we’ve accomplished. What have we accomplished you ask? The list is too long for one newsletter, but I will try to touch on a few of them...

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From our president

This is Kyle Johnson’s third year serving on the CACF Board. He brings a wealth of knowledge in estate planning for his clients and significant work with nonprofits throughout the community. A shareholder in Capell & Howard, P.C., Kyle received his Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and his Juris Doctorate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama. Kyle is a native of Auburn, AL.

We’ve

Moved!

A new beginning Montgomery Education Foundation (MEF) was founded in 2000 as a program of CACF and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. Community leaders recognized the importance of supporting the public school system as an investment in our children, our community and our future. This summer, MEF will become its own 501(c)3 nonprofit, separating from CACF. For the past 12 years dedicated directors: Caroline Montgomery Clark, Teresa Jackson, and Ann Sikes have worked with board members and the community to accomplish so many wonderful acheivements for the children of Montgomery Public Schools.

Among the most notable:

Pre-K (School Readiness) - MEF supports the access and delivery of high quality Pre-K programs as an important step in raising student achievement and reducing dropouts, especially for children at risk. MEF supported and coordinated the development of 21 Pre-K rooms offered within the public school system during the past three years. Alabama's First Class Pre-K program has been ranked #1 nationally for the past 6 years. Recognized in the state as a unique and effective model, Montgomery has served 1700 children to date. Partners in Education (PIE) - In 2012, MEF welcomed the addition of PIE to the foundation. PIE is revitalizing its efforts to recruit, train, and supply volunteer tutors, while also recruiting new partners for individual schools. This revitalization comes at a critical time as our community realizes that not only must the schools be accountable to the community, the community must be

More notable

accomplishments

Professional Development

As of June 1, 2013, our new location and address will be 35 S. Court Street.

• Principals Academy for new and prospective principals. • Leadership Development Institute with Samford University for all principals and prospective principals.

Student Achievement

• Alabama Reading Initiative pilot program for 10 elementary schools. Supported expansion to all 37 elementary schools. • Stuff the Shelves program providing 24,000+ books in school libraries. • A+ College Ready Laying the Foundation training to increase access to and success in AP classes and exams.

accountable to the schools and the students. Summer Learning - Research shows that most youth lose about 2 months of math skills during the summer. Low-income youth lose more than 2 months of reading skills while their middle-income peers gain, rather than lose, reading skills over the summer. MEF was honored to be chosen as a recipient of CACF’s 25th Anniversary gifts. This investment will support the creation and delivery of a Summer Learning Pilot Program that will serve as a model for inserting summer learning in existing programs that currently provide summer recreational programming. Reading on Wheels (ROW) - Since 2006, MEF has

implemented and funded the ROW program. Two buses allow children to check out books weekly, participate in activities and maintain access to reading while out of school. The buses visit YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other community based summer programs. The program is delivered by MEF in partnership with the Montgomery City-County Public Library, Montgomery Public Schools, and the Montgomery County Commission. The buses visit 20+ sites and serve more than 2000 children each summer. In 2011, through the generosity of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery Foundation, a new bus was purchased and the “Brain Forest” was born. The new look for the program was well received by all of the children who now look forward to “Brain Forest” visits each week during the summer. “Believe It” - In 2011, the Montgomery Education Foundation (MEF) implemented a community engagement model, “Believe It,” to create community discussion and input regarding the public school system. The outcome of those initial conversations were analyzed and compiled into specific targets. In Spring 2012, the Board of Education passed a resolution committing to working with the community on the identified targets. In addition, this school year, MPS has initiated a process of district-wide accreditation and the development of a new strategic plan.

Parental Involvement

• Parent Connection Workshops • Parent Panels facilitated at Junior High and Middle Schools.

Public Engagement

• Community Shadowing program conducted annually. • Community education effort provided for Amendment 1. • Crucial Conversations for area residents regarding education during the Envision 2020 process.

Data

• Via PARCA, developed and presented system comparison data to the Board of Education, Superintendent and Community Leaders. • Via PARCA, produced Cohort Graduation and Dropout Indicator Report. • Annual data compilation for school and community leadership.

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LOOKING FORWARD. GIVING BACK.

CACF staff Burton Ward President Caroline Montgomery Clark VP, Community Services Jessica Roberts Financial Officer Megan Stevens Communications Director Tom Yates IT Services Director Lynne Broach Financial Assistant Kathleen Donovan Griswell Executive Assistant Millie B. Armstrong SACF Program Associate

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On your mark,

get set

Flowers Hospital CEO Suzanne Woods and SACF President Burton Ward present race awards. Runners start and finish at Flowers Hospital. © Photos by SACF & Shannon Metcalf.

Close to 200 runners braved the 40 degree temperatures to participate in Southeast Alabama Community Foundation’s (our Wiregrass affiliate) Second Annual Half Marathon and 5K on Saturday, Feb. 9. The event raised more than $20,000 for SACF’s 2013 Community Trust grants given to organizations that provide services to Coffee,

Dale, Geneva, Henry, and Houston counties. Hunter Potts won the Half Marathon Overall Male with a time of 1:21:50 and Amberly Glitz won the Half Marathon Overall Female with a time of 1:34:53. For a complete list of sponsors, race results, and pictures, go to: www.sacfhalfmarathon.org.

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