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Autauga Area

Elmore County

Southeast Alabama

About CACF

Central Alabama Community Foundation was established in 1987 by a group of local civic leaders. Their vision was to create a permanent charitable foundation to support various opportunities and needs in the Montgomery area.

CACF was founded 30 years ago and has grown to hold over $65 million in charitable assets while distributing over $55 million to organizations that serve the community. CACF serves several counties including Autauga, Coffee, Cullman, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery and Pike.

Through its 230+ funds, CACF addresses a wide variety of concerns, supporting projects and programs in education, health, human services, cultural arts, recreation, historic preservation and other civic concerns. Each year, the Foundation distributes over $3 million through hundreds of grants and scholarships.

Board Members

Chairman Shannon G. Speir

Vice-Chairman David Allred

President Burton U. Crenshaw

Chalankis R. Brown

B. David Chandler

Saba Coleman

Suzanne Davidson

Barrie Harmon

Mark Hope

James “Jamie” Loeb, Jr.

W. Joseph McCorkle, Jr.

Cassandra Crosby McCullough

Quincy Minor

Stacia Robinson

April Wise

Staff Members

Burton U. Crenshaw

Burton U. Crenshaw, President

burton.ward@cacfinfo.org
Phone: (334) 264-6223
Fax: (334) 263-6225
Jackie Johnson

Jackie Johnson, Vice President, Community Services

jackie.johnson@cacfinfo.org
Phone: (334) 264-6223
Fax: (334) 263-6225
Whitney Griswold Califf

Whitney Griswold Califf, Development Officer

whitney.griswold@cacfinfo.org
Phone: (334) 264-6223
Fax: (334) 263-6225
Dana Hess

Dana Hess, Financial Officer

dana.hess@cacfinfo.org
Phone: (334) 264-6223
Fax: (334) 263-6225
Eleanor Lucas

Eleanor Lucas, Donor Services Manager

eleanor.lucas@cacfinfo.org
Phone: (334) 264-6223
Fax: (334) 263-6225

Our Stories

CACF Co-Founder Fred Richard

CACF Co-Founder Fred Richard

In 1987 long-time Montgomery citizen Fred A. Richard, Jr. and a group of civic leaders had a vision that would provide lasting support for their community. They started the Montgomery Area Community Foundation (MACF) and in its first year $106,565 in grants were distributed to area charitable organizations. At the end of that inaugural year the MACF held $616,000 in assets.

Richard had a history of philanthropic giving and interest in civic affairs, beginning with his service in WWII as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army. His dedication to the community continued during his years as an accountant and founding member of Richard, Harris, Ingram, and Bozeman, P.C., and was evidenced through his involvement on the boards of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Montgomery Ballet, as well as in his active memberships in both the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery and the Capitol City Club.

In 1997 in celebration of its 10th anniversary, MACF changed its name to the Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) to reflect its regional growth.

Richard died in 2002, leaving CACF a bequest of over $5,000,000 to provide grants made from the Richard Estate Fund. This unrestricted fund has been used to support dozens of nonprofits over the years such as Impact Alabama, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Bridge Builders Alabama, Renascence, Inc., Montgomery Area Food Bank and Hospice of Montgomery.

As a tribute to his passion and contributions to the Foundation, he was named “Chairman Emeriti” of the CACF Board of Directors.

City of Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange

City of Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange

Years ago, City of Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange sold his successful car dealership and wanted to put aside some of the proceeds for charitable purposes.

“I knew the benefit of a tax deduction that year would be helpful, but I wanted to be able to support several different charities over a period of years.  A donor advised fund allowed me the option of making a donation when I wanted to while remaining active with the fund by suggesting recipients,” said Mayor Strange.

Why create a Donor Advised Fund for your family?

It provides a convenient and flexible tool for families who want to be personally involved in suggesting grant awards made possible by their fund. Families with a range of community interests find that it’s an ideal vehicle for fulfilling their charitable wishes. Donor Advised Funds are typically less costly and easier to administer than other forms of philanthropic giving (such as private foundations).

Philanthropist Sarah Cabot Pierce

Philanthropist Sarah Cabot Pierce

Sarah Cabot Pierce was born and raised in Wetumpka, Alabama. After graduating from the University of Alabama and the Pulitzer School of Journalism at Columbia University in 1933, she worked for various newspapers and taught journalism at the University of Alabama. She later married and moved to Montgomery where she spent most of her adult life. Mrs. Pierce was active in many organizations, especially the State League of Women Voters which she helped form.

Mrs. Pierce used the community foundation to support programs that were important to her. Over the years, she established several funds. First, was the Lucy Brook Lull Library Fund to provide books and other materials for the library at Wetumpka High School. During an era of dwindling school budgets, the $25,000 that has been distributed to the library since its first grant in 1998 has provided new books and other tools of learning. Mrs. Pierce also funded the Charles Horatio McMorris Fund to provide similar grants to the libraries of Wetumpka Elementary and Intermediate Schools.

Mrs. Pierce’s interest in preserving Wetumpka’s small town beauty led her to start the Clara Lull Robison Beautification Fund. Grants from this fund have provided Wetumpka’s Welcome signs, restored the gates to the city cemetery, and provided new lights for Wetumpka’s signature bridge. Mrs. Pierce also established the Clara Robson Caskie Community Trust Fund which provides grant funds each year to a wide variety of programs serving Elmore County.

Lastly, the Sarah Cabot Pierce Fund was established to provide annual support to the Meals on Wheels program in Montgomery. The program, which is run by the Montgomery Area Council on Aging, was dear to her heart, and her daughter Judy is a volunteer for the program. Sarah Cabot Pierce’s legacy will live on in the places and programs that she loved.

Todd Webb

Todd Webb

In August 2015, WSFA News Video Editor Todd Webb passed away unexpectedly at the age of 26. His parents, Rhonda and Jeff Webb, established the Todd Webb Scholarship Fund housed within CACF which will annually award $2,000 to a high school senior in Alabama.

Todd was a Montgomery native and graduate of LAMP High School and the University of Alabama. He loved talking about the Crimson Tide. He went to work with Raycom Media’s WSFA Channel 12 in September 2011, as a Video Editor and Photojournalist.

His family and friends recently commemorated the anniversary of his passing by hosting a giving campaign raising thousands toward his scholarship fund on social media and with the help of his former employer WSFA.

FAQs

A community foundation is a collection of individual funds and resources given by local citizens to enhance and support the quality of life in their community. It is a tax-exempt public charity that allows many individuals, through gifts and bequests, to establish permanent endowment funds under the umbrella of one large foundation. Money generated by these funds is distributed to the local community in the form of grants to other nonprofit organizations and agencies to address needs and opportunities.

CACF was founded in 1987 to provide simple, flexible, and effective ways for permanent endowment funds to be established and managed. The foundation works with donors to help achieve their personal, financial and philanthropic goals and to establish endowments for a variety of purposes. CACF is completely autonomous and all decisions are made locally.

CACF is one of the over 650 community foundations nationwide. CACF is a member of the Council on Foundations, an association that represents all types of charitable giving programs. Community Foundations are the fastest growing vehicle for giving in the United States.

The foundation’s funds come from individuals who recognize the need for a permanent base of charitable capital to support nonprofit activities. Endowments are built by pooling contributions from many individuals.

Community foundations offer a variety of options for making donations. By combining your resources with those of others who share your interests, you can maximize the impact of modest contributions with minimal costs. The Foundation also welcomes honorariums and memorial gifts.

Yes. CACF is recognized as a 501(c)3 organization by the Internal Revenue Service.

A diversified investment portfolio is managed by the trust departments of Edward Jones as well as Jackson Thornton Asset Management, Merrill Lynch Private Wealth Managment, Vulcan Value Partners and Welch, Hornsby & Welch. Investment guidelines emphasize the protection of the corpus with the generation of income. The investment committee seeks total return with minimum risk over the long term. Trustees review investment performance semi-annually and the foundation’s staff oversees the distribution of income to more than 200 nonprofit entities located predominantly in central Alabama.

To date, more than $50 million has been given to nonprofit organizations and individuals. In addition, the Foundation administers scholarship funds that benefit students in Autauga, Coffee, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes, Montgomery and Pike Counties.

The foundation uses an application portal, which can be accessed through the Grants section of our website.

Both are important resources to the community. Both are necessary and compatible. Some have described the differences by suggesting the United Way is more like a community checkbook (raising and distributing money annually), while a community foundation is more like a savings account (distributing interest from long-term funds in perpetuity). An additional difference is the foundation’s broad scope of funding (including arts, religion and scholarships; not just health and human services) and its greater base of grantees.