Atmore Community Foundation
Through the Community Foundation of South Alabama’s Affiliate program, the town of Atmore creates the Atmore Community Foundation.
Small Town Decision Creates a Big Impact
In Atmore, Alabama, the common saying is “Old friendships. New Beginnings.” The citizens of Atmore saw a new beginning with the establishment of the Atmore Community Foundation in April, 2017. As an affiliate of The Community Foundation of South Alabama, it was created by a group of local leaders to focus on education and health and wellness. These leaders banded together to find a way to create a lasting impact on the place they call home.
“Atmore has not had a vehicle for residents and former Atmoreans to give back to the heart of the community,” committee member Dale Ash said. “The town has been a blessing to so many and even those who have left our little town recognize that their strong roots started here.”
Since the affiliate was established, committee members have dedicated their time and energy to fundraise for future grant-making efforts. Establishing an affiliate through CFSA is no easy feat. It required the committee to raise an initial $25,000 to create a “field of interest” fund, titled the Atmore Community Fund. Since the fundraising efforts began, the members of the committee have exceeded their expectations, raising over $70,000. Real possibilities for the citizens of Atmore can be made possible by these grants. Founded to benefit Atmore in perpetuity, the Foundation will ensure that the Atmore Community Foundation is successful in its attempt to bring new life to the small town.
About the Atmore Community Foundation
By working with The Community Foundation of South Alabama, affiliates can focus on raising funds and deciding charitable use for the income of the community fund while relying on the parent Foundation to handle the administration, investment and required daily tasks. Through a concerted grant-making effort, the effects of a community fund can be felt for generations to come. An advisory committee of Atmore residents make recommendations about how the charitable dollars are spent, and The Community Foundation of South Alabama bears the legal responsibility to ensure that the funds are then used in compliance with donor intent.
The Atmore Community Foundation was founded in 2017 by a group of Atmore citizens. As an affiliate of the Community Foundation of South Alabama, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization, we accept a wide variety of tax-deductible contributions, such as cash, appreciated stocks, real estate or other assets. The Atmore Foundation supports continued efforts to improve the lives of all in our local community,
Explore Competitive Grant Opportunities
The Atmore Community Foundation uses an online application for its competitive grant programs. Nonprofit organizations and grantees will use the grant application portal to apply for grants and submit required documents and reports. All grant efforts will directly benefit the local Atmore community. The current focus of our grant making is on education, and health and wellness.
Atmore Advisory Committee
Audrey Moon, Chair
Edie Baker, Vice-Chair
Foster Kizer, Secretary