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How we make the difficult choices about grants

June 8, 2009

73 grants to nonprofit organizations and $734,200. That’s what donors past and present made possible just a few weeks ago when we awarded the most recent round of grants from our Community Funds.

84 requests and just under $1.75 million. That’s what we received in requests from nonprofit organizations in Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, Walker and St. Clair counties on the March 15, 2009, deadline for the first competitive grant cycle of the year.

How we did we get to the final numbers? The journey includes site visits, review of submitted information, from budget to board lists, and an evaluation based on a variety of specific criteria.

This work also involves lots of people on our staff, from grants specialists Patti Whitt, Duke Terrell and Rachel Estes to senior program officer James McCrary and grants administrator JohnQueta Bailey. We also have a hard-working Grant Review and Evaluation Committee, including board members Gillian Goodrich (chair of the group), Neal Berte, Eddie Friend, Ronne Hess, Eddie Miller, Ruffner Page and Cameron Vowell, as well as community representatives Walter Body, Jeff Cohn, Tammy Connor, Scotty McCallum and Odessa Woolfolk who were selected to introduce strategically perspectives to grantmaking deliberations.

Our full Board of Directors also reviews grant recommendations submitted through the staff and committee. Headed by chair Eddie Friend, board members are Neal Berte, Dixon Brooke, Ralph Cook, Corbin Day, Gillian W. Goodrich, Miller Gorrie, Ronne Hess, Robert Holmes Jr., John Johns, Don Logan, Eddie Miller, Ruffner Page, Margaret Porter, Bill Smith and Cameron Vowell.

It’s hard to know today exactly what results will come from the most recent round of grants. We do know what we hope for — needs meet and opportunities seized by our nonprofit partners, as we work together to build a brighter future. Click here for a full list of grants or contact James McCrary to find out more.

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