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.