About Us

In 1975, a small group of citizens established The Community Foundation of South Alabama to improve the quality of life for everyone in the community.

Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to over 450 funds and awarded over $79 million in grants and scholarships throughout the eight counties of southwest Alabama, improving the lives of many residents in our corner of the world.

We amplify the gifts from generous donors through wise investment, support others in efforts to enhance our community, and lead and collaborate on initiatives which have a broad impact.

Our Commitment

We are committed to acting with integrity with all of our partners, and to being equitable, inclusive and transparent in everything we do.  We are passionate about developing long-term relationships based on mutual respect and trust in order to create measurable impact in our communities.  We are committed to helping southwest Alabama become a more prosperous community where all of its residents enjoy a great quality of life.

Our Mission

We seek to bring together and direct philanthropic assets to make southwest Alabama a better place.


charitable donations that maximize dollars to fund work in our community today while growing resources for tomorrow


donors with other organizations and engaging the community in conversations with leaders to expand ideas



improvement efforts to strengthen our community through grants and initiatives that address issues pertinent to our region


educational opportunities through scholarships, which enable individuals to be productive members of our community

Our Vision

We envision an inclusive and economically thriving community that is healthy and safe for everyone. All of our work takes us step by step closer in this direction.

  • Helping Veterans Find Needed Services
  • Assisting Veterans Adjust to Civilian Life
  • Addressing Addiction
  • Providing Youth Team Sports Opportunities
  • Investing in Our Kids

Our Team

Our team is comprised of professionals, subject matter experts, citizens and volunteers, who all share a vision of making our communities safer and the world a better place.

Meet Our Team Members

Our team members come from diverse backgrounds and bring unique talents to the Foundation.

Rebecca Byrne

Rebecca Byrne

President / CEO


Carolyn Marston

Carolyn Marston

Director of Scholarships & Outreach


Brooke Switzer

Brooke Switzer

Director of Community Initiatives


Melissa Creighton

Melissa Creighton

Finance Specialist


Daphne Marcum

Daphne Marcum

Development Assistant


Ayla Oden

Ayla Oden

Communications Coordinator



Non-Profit Status

The Community Foundation of South Alabama is an Alabama not-for-profit corporation approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a publicly supported organization under Section 509(a)(1) and (170)(b)(1)(A)(VI). We recognize the stewardship of the assets entrusted to us as one of our most important responsibilities.

The trust of our donors is based upon our ability to invest these resources prudently and to use the income produced in accordance with our donor’s charitable wishes, today and in the future. The responsibility for managing the investment portfolios of The Community Foundation of South Alabama is vested in the Board of Directors through the Investment Committee. This Committee works closely with staff to set policy, establish performance benchmarks and continually monitor the effectiveness of The Community Foundation portfolio.