Tuesday, December 23, 2008

NRCA's Recommendations to the Presidential Transition Team

Nonprofit Resource Center for Alabama

December 22, 2008

For Immediate Release

Nonprofit Resource Center of Alabama Helps National Council of Nonprofits
Develop Recommendations to the Presidential Transition Team

Birmingham, Alabama (Dec. 22, 2008)—To ensure that the voices of Alabama’s nonprofits get heard, the Nonprofit Resource Center of Alabama (NRCA), which is a member of the National Council of Nonprofits, helped develop recommendations submitted to President-Elect Obama’s Transition Team. Members of the Transition Team had asked the National Council of Nonprofits for ideas regarding ways the federal government can work better with nonprofits.

To put its recommendations in context, the National Council of Nonprofits’ report emphasizes:

“The nonprofit sector serves as America’s social safety net to provide for people needing basic human services like food, shelter, and health care. Yet that community safety net is unraveling rapidly, straining to endure the additional weight dropping on it from the economy. With more people losing their jobs due to layoffs, losing their homes due to foreclosures, and losing all or a portion of their health insurance due to employers cutting jobs and benefits, the demand for nonprofit services is skyrocketing.”

At the same time, the report continues, “nonprofit revenues are plummeting as foundation assets evaporate, state and local governments cut contracts and freeze reimbursement rates, corporate donations shrink, and individuals suffer financially. The nonprofit sector remains committed to providing as much relief as possible to those in need. However, despite the purest intentions and the strongest dedication, community nonprofits cannot continue to do so much more with so much less for very much longer.”

The report provides an overview of how the economy is harming nonprofits, and cites a projection by noted public service expert Dr. Paul Light that the menacing economy could wipe out as many as 100,000 nonprofits within the next six months. “If that happens,” the Council says, “then many needy people will have no place to turn.” Moreover, that will increase significantly the number of jobs lost across the country.

The National Council of Nonprofits’ recommendations include the following:

• Creating the Social Entrepreneurship Agency for Nonprofits called for in the Obama Plan within the first 100 days so it can help strengthen nonprofits, especially community-based nonprofits because 93% of all charitable nonprofits have revenue under $1 million.

• Focusing the economic recovery plan “first on maximizing operating budget relief for state and local governments” to prevent additional substantial state operating budget reductions because “future cuts to state and local governments will greatly exacerbate our nation’s current economic crisis.”

• Establishing a new Community Services Protection Fund to restore “the public/private covenant between governments and nonprofits by investing in nonprofits that perform work that traditionally has been performed and/or funded by government – because past government policies that shifted government human service programs to nonprofits often did so without full payment to provide those services.”

• Eliminating the distinction between the Standard Business Mileage Rate (now 58.5 cents per mile) given to corporate and federal employees and the substandard Charitable Mileage Rate (now just 14 cents per mile) for volunteers so there is one rate, set the same way, and treated the same way for tax purposes so volunteer workers helping others are treated the same as paid workers.

• Strengthening democracy by restoring the American people’s ability to amplify their voices through nonprofits so the people may participate meaningfully in their government.

“We were honored to have an opportunity to play a role developing this unique communication on behalf of nonprofits in Alabama,” said Molly McGregor, NRCA President and CEO. “Although this happened in lightening speed, given the nature of a transition, it was exciting to see behind the scenes as ideas came from across our nationwide network to inform the process.”

In releasing the package of recommendations, Tim Delaney, president & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, said, “That the Transition Team reached out to seek the views of America’s community-based nonprofits is most encouraging. We look forward to working with the incoming Administration and new Congress to help solve the significant challenges our country faces.”

For more information about how the economy is hurting nonprofits across the country and strategies nonprofits can use, visit the National Council of Nonprofits’ online clearinghouse of information, the Nonprofit Economic Vitality Center, at www.councilofnonprofits.org/economy/.

As Alabama’s “nonprofit for nonprofits” NRCA provides a comprehensive professional education program in the areas of board governance, agency management and fund development; resource and referral services; access to consulting services and technical assistance; and advocacy on behalf of the nonprofit sector.

The National Council of Nonprofits is the network of state and regional nonprofit associations serving more than 20,000 member organizations. By linking local nonprofit organizations across the nation through state associations, the National Council helps small and midsize community-based nonprofits manage and lead more effectively, collaborate and exchange solutions, engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector, and achieve greater impact in their communities.


Friday, December 12, 2008

Free Training - Faith Based - Outcomes measurement

The Walker Area Community Foundation invites all nonprofits in Walker to join us for a series of free webinars. The location for our showing will be the CHS Activity Center at 204 19th Street East in Jasper.

The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the United States Department of Labor Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives invites you to participate in a unique, three-part training to improve your organization’s ability to measure, manage, and communicate results. Participants who complete the training will also receive free case management and outcomes tracking software.

This valuable Results-Based Management training is free and will be offered in three, 90-minute webinars on December 18, 2008, January 6, 2009, and January 13, 2009, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. (EST). This opportunity is open to faith-based and other community nonprofits engaged in addressing poverty, disease, and other critical human needs.

Results-Based Management training strengthens organizations’ information management capabilities and services, spurs strategic thinking, and equips organizations to communicate more effectively about what funders care most about: real impact in the lives of people in need.

The first 90-minute training webinar on December 18, 2008, will teach the fundamentals of creating and applying an outcomes-focused, case management information system. At the conclusion of the first webinar, you will be asked to complete and submit a logic model (evaluation plan) for one program offered by your organization for evaluation by experts.

Prior to the second training webinar, experts will assess your logic model and provide feedback. The second 90-minute training webinar on January 6, 2009, will build on the first by fine tuning your organization’s logic model with the help of experts and peers taking part in the webinar.

The third 90-minute training webinar on January 13, 2009, will teach you how to use case management and outcomes tracking software and customize it for your organization’s specific program(s). If you or your colleagues participate in and complete all three training webinars, your organization will also receive a free, one-year license to use ResultsOnline2, a web-based case management and outcomes tracking software.

Monday, December 8, 2008

A better name?

We have a "General Fund". This fund accepts contributions from the public and allocates grants to the nonprofits serving Walker County. We have heard that the word "General" is not very catchy to say the least. If you had the chance to create a new name for this Fund, what would you call it?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

50 free hobbyist-type models for youth

A donor has given us (United Methodist Children's Home) 50 brand new military-related models including tanks, planes, infantry men, and more. These are hobbyist-type models for assembly. We would be willing to give them to any nonprofit for use. They are not quite appropriate for the kids in our care.

They are currently located in Selma, but I could have them brought up to Birmingham (and possibly other areas of the state) sometime in the next couple of weeks or someone could pick them up. Please contact my office if you would like to have them for your nonprofit, or forward this message to any nonprofit who might be interested, even one that doesn't serve children like a VA group or some kind of physical rehab center.


Patrick McCurry
Public Relations Supervisor
United Methodist Children's Home
Public Relations and Development Office
1507 Alex Dr., Suite 105
Birmingham, AL 35210
phone (205) 951-1978
toll-free (877) 729-8624
fax (205) 951-1935
Visit us on the web at www.umch.net

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Foundation awards $569,170 in ‘07 Endowment at $12 million

Foundation awards $569,170 in ‘07 Endowment at $12 million
The Daily Mountain Eagle
Published May 15, 2008 11:44 PM CDT
The Walker Area Community Foundation awarded $569,170 in grants to 49 different groups in 2007, with more than $12 million in its total funds, an official said during the foundation’s annual luncheon Wednesday in Jasper. Board member Eddie Jackson said the foundation took in $432,961 in 2007, which declined from 2006’s record $552,806 but was still the second biggest year for giving. Last year’s contributions came from about 450 individual donors.

“It is a testament to this community that it has increased its giving as times have gotten harder,” Jackson said. “This is something for which we should not only be thankful, but proud.”

The awards for this year will result in more than $2 million in community improvements and new initiatives for the area.

“In 1997, the first seven grants were awarded in the amounts of $289,300. Since then, the foundation has awarded grant money in excess of $3.7 million to more than 90 nonprofits in our area,” board president John T. Oliver Jr. said in the annual report.

The foundation’s endowment has grown from its original $6.4 million to its current total of $12,164,567, Jackson said. That is up by nearly $150,000 over the previous year.

“That’s not bad in what I think everyone perceives as hard economic times,” Jackson said.

Jackson said the foundation was able to give more last year than it took in because the foundation has protected the principal and only used the interest, while it has also been successful in its investments.

Jackson pointed to growth in some areas, based in part on the Samuel Lee Smith Advised Fund, which helps children and youth, which started with a family donation of $200,000 and which has grown from contributions. An advisory council recommends donations to be paid off of interest to encourage athletics, scouting, religion and the arts.

Another area of growth came from the Excellence in Education Donor Advised Fund, which assists the Jasper City Schools.

The fund “is steadily building toward its goal of $50,000 and stands after six months at $15,000, and it is about ready to make some grants,” Jackson said. “These funds will allow the city school system to do things it cannot do within its budget.

“We are establishing a relationship with the foundation where we can raise funds for projects and special initiatives that we want to accomplish in our district,” Jackson quoted Sparkman saying in the annual report. “This is not for pencils and paper and for things the school board can take care of. It is for technology, science labs, fine arts, enrichment — things that will enhance the learning opportunities of our students and further develop our teaching staff.”

Another factor was the Hope Clinic Campaign, which raised $200,971 in 2007, of which the foundation gave $50,000. The clinic helps qualified, uninsured residents get medical care.

Jackson said funds for the Memorial Park Natatorium and the APEX accessible playground equipment nearby were combined in 2007 to create the Jasper Recreation Fund. More than $200,000 has been donated for the site so that those with or without disabilities can play in a safe and attractive area, he said.

He also looked at the social impact of the foundation. In 2007, the foundation looked at the impact of drugs and formed a work group. Celebrate Recovery, which offers faith-based counseling for those with drug problems, and Citizens for a Drug Free Walker County both wanted to participate and received grants to help with their efforts, Jackson said.

Blooming Grove Baptist Church has been instrumental with Celebrate Recovery, and Jackson urged other churches to get involved with Celebrate Recovery “so that the drug dealers go out of business.”

The foundation, through the Samuel Lee Smith Fund, has also supported Equines Assisting Special Individuals (EASI), which gives therapeutic and spiritual support to children through horses. The foundation sponsored lessons and saddle time for 37 students last year.

“The impact of a horse on a disabled child or a child who is autistic or emotionally distraught or confined to a wheelchair is dramatic,” Jackson said. “Picture a child who is autistic or confined to a wheelchair being able to sit on a horse like John Wayne and tell it where to go.”

Jackson also pointed out the foundation’s help in getting a lighted walking trail for the Capstone Rural Health Care Clinic in Parrish.

“Suffice it to say, you are making great things happen in Walker County,” Jackson said.

Paul Kennedy, the executive director of the foundation, said in 2008 the foundation will be working more toward networking between the nonprofits to better resolve problems, save dollars and form stronger ties. As a result, the foundation can get more outside grants and services to the nonprofits that once seemed unreachable for them, he said.

“We’re training, we’re coaching and we are a resource for these nonprofits, last year in grant writing and volunteer management and this year we’ll be working on capacity and self-sustainability,” Kennedy said.

The luncheon, emceed by Jasper native Anna Donaldson of CBS 42, also heard from Jasper native Luke Dollar, who has built a successful career involving academic, exploration, conservation and humanitarian efforts, especially in the Madagascar region. He said he took what he learned growing up in Jasper to apply to his work in Madagascar.


Other organizations listed as receiving grants from the foundation included the following:

General Fund: Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform Foundation, Alabama Grief Support, Alabama Power Service Organization-Gorgas Chapter, American Red Cross, the ARC of Walker County, Arthritis Foundation, The Birmingham Architectural Foundation, the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Systems Services, the Girl Scouts, ClasTran, Daybreak, the Haleyville Historical Society, Houston Historical Society, Independent Living, Invest for the Future, Jasper Police Explorers, the Montgomery Institute, the Nonprofit Resource Center of Alabama, the Salvation Army, UAB’s Department of Theatre’s Traveling Groups, VSA arts of Alabama, Walker County Christian Chorus, Walker County Volunteer Firefighters Association.

Samuel Lee Smith Advised Fund: Black Warrior Council of the Boy Scouts, Daily Mountain Eagle Shoe and Coat Fund, First United Methodist Church’s Mother’s Day Out, Walker County Arts Alliance and scholarships to attend various recreational programs.

Walker Area Youth (WAY) Council: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Carbon Hill High School Beta Club, Club NAT, Dora High School Beta Club’s School Beautification Project, Jasper Aquanauts Special Olympic Swim Team, Parrish High Peer Helper Program, Sumiton Christian Eagle Ambassadors Club, Walker County Arts Alliance, Walker County Humane Society.

Walker County Arts Alliance received funds from all three funds above, while APEX received grants from the WAY Council and the Smith Fund. The Walker County Humane Society received money from the General Fund and the WAY Council.

On the Net: www.wacf.org.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Foundation Center FREE access

The Foundation Center is a paid resource that provides a comprehensive, searchable database of private funding sources throughout the U.S. Following up on some questions at training, here’s a list of libraries (by state) that provide FREE access to the Foundation Center database during scheduled hours:


108 E. 10th St.
Anniston, AL 36201
(256) 237-8501
Government Documents Dept.
2100 Park Place
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 226-3620
254 College St.
Gadsden, AL 35901
(256) 549-4699
Information and Periodicals Dept.
915 Monroe St.
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 532-5940
West Regional Library
5555 Grelot Rd.
Mobile, AL 36609
(251) 340-8555
74-40 East Dr.
Montgomery, AL 36117
(334) 244-3200

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What is a Community Foundation

A community foundation is a tax‐exempt, nonprofit, autonomous, publicly supported, nonsectarian philanthropic institution with a long term goal of building permanent, named component funds established by many separate donors to carry out their charitable interests and for the broad‐based charitable interest of and for the benefit of residents of a defined geographic area, typically no larger than a state.

A community foundation:

1. Is officially recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax‐exempt under Section 501(c)(3) and pass the public support test as a public charity under sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(6).

2. Has or is developing a history of broad support in the form of contributions from the community it serves.

3. Has an independent, nonsectarian, governing body broadly representative of the public interest and that is not appointed by a single outside entity.

4. Has an annual independent audit that is open to inspection by members of the public.

5. Has the power to modify any restriction or condition on the distribution of assets, if circumstances warrant (variance power).

6. Operates primarily as a grantmaking institution and may also provide direct charitable services.

7. Focuses its primary grantmaking and charitable services within a defined local geographic area that constitutes, in some meaningful sense, a “community”.

8. Maintains a broad grants program to multiple grantees that is neither limited by field of interest nor limited to serving onl parts of the population.


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Brown Bag Concert Series - Courthouse Square - Downtown Jasper, AL USA

Brown Bag Concert Series
April – May, 2008
Court House Square – Jasper, Alabama, USA
All Concerts are free
Start at 12 noon and play until 1 p.m.

Date: 4-25-08
Featuring Jeff Parnell

Date: 5-2-08
Featuring Christian Gann

Date: 5-9-08
Featuring Stuart & Perry

Date: 5-16-08
Featuring Mark Palmer

Date: 5-23-08
Featuring Willie Poe

For More information contact:
Sheila McGuff

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Alabama Scenic River Trail

This year is the official launch of the Alabama Scenic River Trail
and the big event will be on June 6th with a flotilla of boats in
Montgomery with press, etc.

The greatest need, beyond joiners on one of the Paddle Alabama trips,
is your presence on the Alabama River on Friday, June 6th, passing by
the Riverwalk facility in downtown Montgomery after 11 am. This is THE
event of Fred Couch's involvement and creation - since July 2006 - of
the Alabama Scenic River Trail becoming not only an Official Trail,
but also the recognition to the world of the beautiful Alabama

The idea is that at least 100 boaters will pass by - it's not
something that one should think....well, they won't miss me, someone
else will go...you will be missed; it is the culmination of all that
about 45 people over the entire state have worked on...it's the event
for Alabama that no paddler friend should miss. Picture in your
mind - and pass this on - a flotilla of all the paddlers you have
met, known and enjoyed these many years together en mass before
television camera's and media photographers that day on the river -
it's THAT PICTURE that will capture the imagination of young people
and families to realize how enjoyable and relaxing our sport truly is.

Fred has been a whitewater canoeist and kayaker for 40 years, safety
beginner instructor for 25, and sea kayaker for 15 years. We all
know it's so pleasant to be in that boat and feel the freedom of
floating along in the great outdoors, for a few hours, a day, or even
several week trips. If we can impart that pleasure and safety
orientation that we have to just a few folks, it's been worthwhile.

For those who want to add to enjoyment ... online you can
prepay for a barbeque meal they will have at Cooter Pond
that evening just down river of Riverwalk - also, it's the take out at

And, for a real hoot ... go the night of the 5th to Harry's Lounge
and campground in Millbrook, 5 miles up stream of Riverwalk, stay the
night and check this out inside Harry's ... the bar is in Elmore
County and the bathroom is in Montgomery County!

Fred, understandably, is very nervous about a big flotilla not being
big. Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested in
joining in. Take the day off, call in sick, or generally just be on
the river!!

For further info:

Fred Couch can be reached at fredcanoes@aol.com if ya'll need
anything else.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Kansas Day - Town of Kansas Alabama

Live auction, crafts, live music, cake walk, family fun. Free admission. For more information call City Hall 205.924-0072

FREE Caregiver Workshops at the CHS Building in Jasper

The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A), in partnership with the Walker Senior Issues Focus Group, will be conducting a series of FREE Caregiver Workshops at the CHS Building in Jasper beginning April 24, 2008. Space is limited, so please call to reserve your seat. A flier is attached to this message for your convenience, please print and distribute this information to anyone that might be interested. If you have any questions or would like to reserve your seat please call the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging at 1-866-570-2998.

Friday, March 28, 2008

$250 Registration scholarships to the 2008 National Conference on "Urban Ecosystems" in Orlando, Florida (May 28-30).

Urban Forestry Friends,

The US Forest Service is offering $250 Registration scholarships to the
2008 National Conference on "Urban Ecosystems" in Orlando, Florida (May 28-30). If you want one of the scholarships, please send me your name and contact information. There are only 60 scholarships for the southeast, so please let me know as soon as possible.

The scholarship only applies to your full registration. You will be responsible for all other costs. For more information on the conference, go to http://www.americanforests.org/conference.

Neil Letson
Alabama Forestry Commission
P.O. Box 302550
Montgomery, AL 36130-2550
PH: (334) 240-9360
Fax: (334) 240-9390

FLW Fishing Tournament comes to Walker County

FLW Outdoors, the nation's largest tournament-fishing organization, will be providing FREE family activities for area residents during the nationally-televised $1 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour stop in Jasper and Birmingham April 3-6, and we would appreciate your help in letting people know about all the exciting activities that will be taking place.
Please display the enclosed poster to let your customers and employees know about the daily takeoffs at Lewis Smith Dam and the FREE FLW Tour Family Fun Zone and Outdoor Show at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on April 5-6 from noon until 6 p.m.
The show will feature top bass anglers from 35 states and five countries competing for a share of $ 1 million plus fishing-themed games and activities for children, Ranger boat simulators, obstacle courses, a trout pond, and casting contests. Sponsors will be giving away FREE product samples while supplies last, and the first 300 children through the door April 6 will also receive a free rod and reel. One lucky member of the audience will even win a new Ranger boat powered by Evinrude! Best of all, admission is FREE.
This is a tremendous family-oriented event, and we hope to see you at the show. Please join us at Lewis Smith Dam and the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex to help showcase the region in front of a national TV audience.

"DONUTS & DISCUSSION" - Smith Lake Water Control Plan & Impact on Downstream Users

The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County Cordially Invites You To Attend
Smith Lake Water Control Plan & Impact on Downstream Users
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Community Health Systems Activity Center
204 19th Street East
7:30 A.M.
Presentation by
William H. Satterfield, Chairman
Environmental and Natural Resources
Balch & Bingham LLP
(RSVP 384-4571 - Continental Breakfast)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

“Governance” in the management of a nonprofit organization….

You know the importance of “Governance” in the management of a nonprofit organization….the role of the board vs. the role of staff; legal issues; financial compliance, etc.

Good governance is leadership. I urge you to attend a two day seminar following the Harvard Governance as Excellence Program, offered by Nonprofit Resource Center of Alabama. This offering is a one of a kind opportunity for Alabama nonprofits. Please read the accompanying information and go to our website to register: www.nrca.info

This seminar will be taught by Alabama’s own Allison Black Cornelius… I have attached her bio for your review.

Allison has donated her services to Alabama’s nonprofits, through NRCA. The fees for the seminar cover the materials and meals. You could not get this training for you, your board chair or governance chair for anywhere near the minimal fee we have posted.

Please contact me if you have any questions. This is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss! Share this with the other boards with which you serve.

Molly C. McGregor
879-4712 ext. 25

VISTA / VOAD / Hands on Birmingham ???

Hi, my name is Kaley Gurley and I am the Program Coordinator for Walker County. Working with Hands on Birmingham, a volunteer organization that makes it easy to make a difference, and the Walker Area Community Foundation...

Check out the new kid in town at :

Monday, March 24, 2008

Read Alabama! - 2008

We are excited to announce that Bevill State Community College is now in its fifteenth year of bringing its Read Alabama! The Tradition Continues series to Jasper and Walker County. We have continued to focus on writers with Alabama connections and feel you will be pleased with this year’s lineup:

March 25: Pat Cunningham DeVoto was born and raised in Alabama. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, former high school history teacher and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. DeVoto writes, “…writing is memory with hindsight – that is, events, real or imagined, placed in the context of my accumulated experience.” DeVoto is the author of several noted works of Alabama literature, including The Summer We Got Saved, My Last Days as Roy Rogers, and Out of the Night That Covers Me. This is DeVoto’s second appearance at Read Alabama and we are proud to have her return as our keynote author

April 1: Pat Morrison is a retired coach from Walker High School and creator of two works: Walker County, Alabama: A Postcard History and Walker County High School Athletics: 1920-2000. Amazon writes “Walker County is a unique place inhabited by a unique people. Characters including George “Goober” Lindsey, Tallulah Bankhead, Sybil Gibson, and Eric “Butterbean” Esch, and communities including Cordova, Carbon Hill, and Day’s Gap and Horse Creek—or as we know them today, Oakman and Dora—have all contributed to the county’s rich history. In this volume of vintage postcard images, readers will learn how the town of Jasper avoided extinction, visit the old Walker County Courthouse that burned six times, and discover which town in Walker County began as Bald Eagle.” Morrison will discuss the heritage of the county and about writing on the subject of that heritage.

April 8: Jimmy Carl Harris was born and raised in Fairfield, Alabama, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps shortly after high school, fighting in two wars and rising to the rank of Sergeant-Major. While in the Marines, Harris earned two degrees from Chapman College, and then completed his doctorate at the University of Alabama after retiring to near Cullman. With doctorate in hand, Harris served as a faculty member at Southeastern Louisiana University, then put down the gown to concentrate on writing. Harris writes, “…about strong women, weak preachers, and brave Marines.” His award-winning works include Wounds that Bind and Walking Wounded.

April 15: Dr. Steven Rudd will wrap up the Read Alabama 2008 series. Rudd, a neurosurgeon from Sylacauga is both a physician and a lawyer, in addition to becoming a writer with rapidly growing popularity. Writing about forensic criminal justice, Steven Rudd is responsible for the crime novel and cult phenomenon Midnight Red, which introduced forensic psychiatrist Kris Van Zant to her fans. He is the author of another crime novel, The Sooty Man.

Each session will be held in Bevill Hall Auditorium on the Walker College Campus in Jasper, beginning with refreshments at 3:30 p.m. and the author’s presentation at 4:00 p.m.

Please mark your calendars! We look forward to seeing you at Read Alabama!

Respite Care/ Caregiver Support Program - Start up in Walker County

We are pleased to announce that the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging will begin its Respite Care/ Caregiver Support Program in April for Walker County. The dates and tentative topics are as follows:

April 24th – REACH Intervention/ Dementia Education Training
May 8th – REACH Intervention/ Importance of Good Nutrition and Exercise for Caregivers
May 22nd – REACH Intervention/ Legal Issues Affecting Caregivers
June 5th – REACH Intervention / Personal Reflections of a Caregiver
June 19th – REACH Intervention/ Caregivers and Depression
July 2nd – REACH Intervention/ Sensitivity Activity

Venue for Caregiver: s Community Health Systems Activity Center (Jasper) – Classes will be from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Please contact Leila Heptinstall or Jacque Easterling (M4A) at 670-5770.

* Venue for Care Recipients: Jasper Senior Center (Jasper) – Recipients will receive care from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00p.m. Please contact Leila Heptinstall or Jacque Easterling (M4A) at 670-5770.

*All care recipient sessions will include all or a combination of additional services including: cholesterol checks, blood pressure checks, or other health related activities

*Dates and times are subject to change. Please contact Leila or Jacque closer to each date for confirmations

How you can help………

Can you or your agency provide breakfast for our Caregiver training sessions?
Gift certificates/ discount coupons - We need gift certificates/ discount coupons for the caregivers: if we have 10 Caregivers with 6 sessions, we would need up to 60 gift certificates; if we have the rolling "enrollment", then this number will vary but probably not exceed 120. Even a $5.00 gift certificate for breakfast would be a bonus for our caregivers.

If you or your agency/organization would like to help , contact Leila Heptinstall at 670-5770.

This program is an important step in improving the equality of life for seniors in Walker County, and we appreciate your support and participation.

Thank you,
Carolyn Fortner

Executive Director, Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging

Planned Giving programs essential to nonprofit sustainability

Your Walker Area Community Foundation is committed to assisting our endowment partners with building a planned giving program to support charitable giving in our community. Undertaking a consistent approach toward planned giving offers the opportunity to greatly enhance efforts aimed at financial sustainability.

Planned charitable giving is a top priority for WACF. Our professional staff and advisors, comprised of estate planning, financial and investment professionals, assists WACF and its partners with our focus on planned charitable giving. The Foundation also provides leadership in promoting future charitable gifts to have a direct, positive impact on the quality of life in Walker County.

Contact us at (205) 302-0001 with questions about planned giving or to develop a strategy to achieve your objectives.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Plastic Bags - Add up

The WAY Council challenged the elementary students throughout Walker County to recycle as many bags in one week as they could. The winner was to receive a $50 Wal-Mart gift card and a pizza party. Well the numbers are in and we are stunned. 13 schools participated and together they collected 21,849 shopping bags - IN ONE WEEK!. The winner is....... Sumiton Elementary with a count of nearly 5,100.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Alabama Tourism Awards nomination form now on-line

Alabama Tourism Awards nomination form now on-line
The 2008 Alabama Tourism Awards nomination form is now on-line on the Alabama Tourism Department website. Twelve different categories comprise the Alabama Tourism Awards. These awards, first presented in 1998, annually honor outstanding achievements in Alabama’s tourism industry. http://www.800alabama.com/about-alabama/news/press/awardsform.cfm

Running a nonprofit on $5 / day

I see a lot of grant proposals at the Foundation and have spent years on the other side of the fence as a grant proposer. A few of the secrets of running a nonprofit as well as possible is to first have a good plan, work the plan, AND find ways to get by on what you can lay your hands on. "Use it up, wear it out, make do" Two quick suggestions:

Tech Soup has great software and some hardware for a nominal shipping fee. You must be a 501.c to qualify they are a tremendous resource and have kept me in tune for a fraction of the retail price. TechSoup.org - The Technology Place for Nonprofits (www.techsoup.org/).

Another place I have found some great ways to meet the needs of my projects at a nominal cost is State and Federal Surplus Property. In Alabama - ADECA runs a good program. The items range from office supply to vehicles and office furniture. The inventory is constantly changing. For more info go to : http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/Surplus%20Property/default.aspx

Where to find us

If you are looking for all of the story on the Walker Area Community Foundation - just go to our website at www.wacf.org

What is the WACF?

What defines the Walker Area Community Foundation in Jasper Alabama?

Inspiring greatness, compassion, charity and community throughout the Walker County Area.

The mission of the Walker Area Community Foundation is to grow and preserve charitable gifts, using the earnings to educate, inspire and advance the community for the greatest common good.

Nurturing a sense of community
Teamwork and collaboration
Facilitating dialogue
Gathering people
Advocating for action and change
Setting the example
Inspiring greatness
Promoting Family, Neighborhood, Community, County, Area, State
Charity at Home
Good stewardship
Encouraging / Empowering
Human, financial, and technical investment from all segments of the community

Programs: To create sustainable projects where the citizens experience a high quality of life, where the youth are prepared for the future, and our seniors are respected, loved and secure.

Establish all forms of giving:
Planned Giving
Goods and Services

Receiving: Secure funds from Federal, State, and Private sources to match, leverage and compound investments from the foundation
Giving: Provide seed funding for the initiation of new and innovative projects, while responding to missing services to make our community healthy, whole, and vibrant.

Collaboration: Foster relationships with local, regional and state associations to build technical, human and financial assistance teams to be catalysts for initiating change and sustaining growth leading to community ownership.