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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.

Curbing the Violence Focus Grant Recipients

Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) President Burton Ward announced at a press conference Wednesday, Aug. 27 that Common Ground Montgomery (CGM) and Helping Montgomery Families Initiative (HMFI) (District Attorney’s Office) would each receive $50,000 “Curbing the Violence” focus grants for their program’s efforts to help reduce the amount of violence by identifying and combating the long-term root causes of violence in the area.

The committee identified that common risk factors between youth and violent behaviors were truancy, lack of a high school diploma and positive role models.  By selecting these two programs, CACF’s grant money will impact more youth during vulnerable times in school and after-school hours.

CACF will present checks to these two groups in September. Read full press release.

Community Conversations

River Region residents are invited to a series of free, brown bag discussions hosted by CACF.

“Most people in the River Region are familiar with our role in providing grants and scholarship opportunities to area nonprofits and students however exploring community concerns is also a vital part of our mission,” said Burton Ward, president of the Central Alabama Community Foundation. “Our goal in hosting these public conversations is to spur new action and ideas to ensure that all members of the community have a say in solving issues in our area.”

Wednesday, July 23rd 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. “Keeping Our Neighborhoods Safe” A conversation with CACF’s Focus Grant Finalists about community-driven initiatives to curb the violence in Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties. Please RSVP by Monday, July 21st. (334) 264-6223 or kathleen.donovan@cacfinfo.org. At Montgomery Area Council on Aging (MACOA)’s Archibald Senior Center (115 E. Jefferson. Street).

“Keeping Our Neighborhoods Safe” will feature a panel made up of CACF’s Focus Grant Finalists: Hope Inspired Ministries, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, Common Ground Montgomery and the Helping Montgomery Families Initiative (Montgomery Co. DA’s Office). They will discuss their plans, if awarded the $100,000 Focus Grant, to curb violence by investing in the causes of violence, healthier environments for youth/families to develop, and how to protect area youth and the community from harm.

• Wednesday, August 27th 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. “Back to School Without Bullying” 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? Please RSVP by Monday, August 25th. (334) 264-6223 or kathleen.donovan@cacfinfo.org At Montgomery Area Council on Aging (MACOA)’s Archibald Senior Center (115 E. Jefferson. Street).

For “Back to School Without Bullying” CACF partners with the Family Sunshine Center and its River Region ROCK (Respect Others Create Kindness) task force. The presenter will address the problem of bullying among children and youth, and the coordinated community response taking shape in the form of ROCK. The task force was established by a steering committee comprising representatives from the Montgomery Public School system, the Family Sunshine Center domestic violence shelter and counseling center, and the Stamp Idea Group. They will discuss prevalence and other bullying-related statistics, signs and symptoms of a bully and a bullying victim, bullying prevention strategies, and the work of the ROCK task force.

CACF's next discussion in the Community Conversation series is Wednesday, Oct. 1 (time TBA) will feature speaker Mac McLeod, Director of Business & Commercial Development. We'll discuss new development in the area. This conversation with take plave at EatSouth's Downtown Farm. Stay tuned for details!







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2014 Board of Directors

Kyle Johnson

Burton Ward

David Allred
Rita O. Brown
Milton C. Davis
Laura Harmon
Evette Hester
Louise Jennings
Jennifer McDonald
Riley Roby
William (Bill) J. Scanlan
Shannon G. Speir
K. Roger Teel, Jr.
Daniel Thompson
Clay Torbert