Kathleen Donovan Griswell
Central Alabama Community Foundation
35 South Court Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Ph: (334) 264-6223
Fax: (334) 263-6225
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.
CACF’s Summer Conversation Series
"Keeping Neighborhoods Safe" Wed., July 23-11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. --A conversation with CACF’s Focus Grant Finalists about community-driven initiatives to curb the violence in Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties. MACOA’s Archibald Senior Center (115 E Jefferson St., Montgomery). Bring a lunch if you wish. Please RSVP by Monday, July 21st. (334) 264-6223 or Email email@example.com
"Back to School Without Bullying" Wed., August 27 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.--with speakers from ROCK and Family Sunshine Center What measures are in place at community schools to address and prevent bullying in school and online? MACOA’s Archibald Senior Center (115 E Jefferson St., Montgomery). Bring a lunch if you wish. Please RSVP by Monday, August 25th. (334) 264-6223 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
First Gray Godwin Scholarship Awarded
On Wednesday, May 14, Central Alabama Community Foundation awarded the first $4,000 scholarship from the Gordon Gray Godwin Scholarship Fund to Trent Harris, a sophomore at Trinity Presbyterian School. Harris was a classmate of Godwin’s and wrote a touching essay about a card he sent Harris during a football injury.
Godwin went missing on Thanksgiving Day 2013 while duck hunting in Coosa County. His body was recovered the next day and a scholarship fund was established in his memory.
“One day in early December, Gray was honored at our Christmas band concert. On the way home from school, I told my Mom, ‘I’ve found MY silver lining.’ The card that Gray sent me during my injury helped so many others during this time. Gray said many Godly things to me such as, ‘This is a hard time I know for sure. I’ve been there. This is 100% God’s PLAN. Never look back at the past is what I learned...take it day by day. I love you Buddy.’ Never before had anyone said such kind things like this to me. Gray’s card got so many students’ attention and brought such comfort to us all. Through my injury, Gray was able to witness to so many people. I knew then why this injury had happened to me.... for Gray’s witness,” Harris wrote in his essay.
He is pictured with his parents Karen & Steve Harris, charcoal of Gray Godwin and Godwin's parents Beverly and Tony Godwin.
Interested individuals and families that would like to contribute to the Gordon Gray Godwin Scholarship Fund may click on the “Donate Now” button to the left, when prompted please designate your donation for the CACF Scholarship Fund and note your gift is in memory of Gray Godwin.
Women's Giving Circle Hosts:
"Trends in Women's Philanthropy"
CACF's Women's Giving Circle hosted lunch and short program at TRUE on May 20. The Circle hopes to revitalize a new group of ladies interested in making a difference with their grantmaking in the area. Those interested in joining the Women's Giving Circle should contact Burton Ward, (334) 264-6223.
"Curbing Violence in the River Region" New Focus Grant
CACF is looking to invest in practical approaches to curbing violence and in creating a framework for the healthy development of area youth in the River Region. While we are very interested in approaches that will have an immediate impact on stopping the cycle of violence, we are committed to investing in efforts that will target the root causes of violence, create healthier environments for youth/families to develop, and protect our youth and communities from harm.
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. For more information, please see the request for proposals. Finalists click here to complete full application.
CACF Grant Workshops:
July 17th at 1:00 at the Downtown Library Auditorium, 245 High Street
July 30th at 1:00 at the MACOA Archilbald Center, 115 East Jefferson Street
AACF Grant Workshop:
July 25th at 10:00 a.m. at the Prattville Chamber of Commerce, 131 N. Court Street
ECCF Grant Workshops:
July 22nd at 10:00 a.m. at Alabama Power office in Wetumpka, 400 S. Main Street
July 29th at 10:00 a.m. at the Greater Tallassee Chamber of Commerce, 650 Gilmer Avenue, Tallassee
2014 Board of Directors
Rita O. Brown
Milton C. Davis
William (Bill) J. Scanlan
Shannon G. Speir
K. Roger Teel, Jr.