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One newspaper’s view of the Community Foundation

May 18, 2009

As we look back at a great week after our annual meeting on May 11, one highlight was the editorial in the May 15 edition of The Birmingham News. Their editorial board summarized much of the work and the role of the Community Foundation in a way that we would like to share.

The Viewpoint column includes a quote from Community Foundation President Kate Nielsen that still bears repeating: “When we planned our 50th anniversary, we asked what the community — donor and nonprofits — wanted from this foundation in the next 50 years. We got the same answer from everybody: Take on big projects that we need to address.”

This is happening already with Yes We Can! Birmingham, now under the direction of the Birmingham Education Foundation but originally a grassroots initiative of the Community Foundation. It’s happening with the Three Parks Initiative, as Red Mountain Park and Railroad Park are now under construction and Ruffner Mountain Nature Center gets ready to open its new education building.

What will the next “big thing” be? Share your ideas, because we’re thinking about that right now!

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