Tri-City Community Foundation

Through the Community Foundation of South Alabama’s affiliate program, together, local leaders from Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach established the Tri-City Community Foundation.

Promoting Resiliency in the Community


The Tri-City area of Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach has a unique history that has molded each community into what is represents today. Individually, these communities have distinct attributes for which they are, and should be, proud. Collectively, these communities have time and time again demonstrated the strength, resilience and commitment to persevere through any adversity – from hurricanes to oil spills.

In August 2018, local leaders from Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach who recognized the value of joining resources and talents to make south Baldwin County a strong, vibrant community established the Tri-City Community Foundation as an affiliate of The Community Foundation of South Alabama to serve as a vehicle to receive donations and bequests to benefit the community.

Serving as an advisory committee, the group established an endowed fund and is dedicated to supporting initiatives that inspire and promote resiliency within their communities. “We have always worked together. But we want to maintain that focus to showcase the strength and commitment of these three cities,” said advisory committee chair, Michelle Hodges. “We believe our success is largely reflective of our innate ability to come together and work in unison for the overall well-being and progression of our tri-city area. I am proud to be a member of our tri-city community, and proud to be a part of this local Foundation paving the way for future funding that will serve our home for generations to come.”

About the Tri-City Community Foundation

By working with The Community Foundation of South Alabama, the Tri-City Community Foundation can focus on raising funds and deciding charitable use for the income of the community fund while relying on the Foundation to handle the administration, investment and required daily tasks. Through a concerted grantmaking effort, the effects of the Tri-City Community Fund will be felt for generations to come. An advisory committee of Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach residents makes recommendations about how the charitable dollars are spent, and the Foundation bears the legal responsibility to ensure that the funds are then used in compliance with donor intent. The Tri-City Community Foundation supports the continued efforts to improve the lives of all in our local community.

The Tri-City Community Foundation was founded in 2018 by a group of Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach 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.

Explore Competitive Grant Opportunities

The Tri-City 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 Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach community. For more details, view the 2019-2020 Tri-City Community Foundation Grant Guidelines.

Tri-City Advisory Committee

Michelle Hodges, Chair

Donna Watts, Vice-Chair

Ed Douglas, Secretary

Gary Ellis

Bob Higgins

David Lee

Tommy Lee

Herb Malone

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