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Posted on: September 25, 2018

Local Citizens of Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach establish Tri-City Community Foundation

Tri-City Community Foundation Group

An Affiliate Fund through The Community Foundation of South Alabama allows local leaders to join together and make a lasting impact on their community. With access to the Foundation’s financial and administrative services, these funds have the potential to make a long lasting impact on a town’s local economy, health and well being.


The Tri-City Community Foundation Fund was founded on August 2, 2018 to serve as a vehicle to receive donations and bequests to benefit the community. Through concerted grant-making, the fund was created to give the local leaders in Foley, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach an opportunity to make a difference in the communities they call home. These leaders also have the chance to make recommendations about how the charitable dollars are spent and bear the legal responsibility to ensure the funds are then used in compliance with donor intent.


“The Tri-City Area of Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach each have a unique history that has molded each community into what is represents today. Individually, these communities have distinct attributes that each are, and should be, proud of. Collectively, these communities have time and time again demonstrated the strength, resilience, and commitment to persevere through any adversity – from hurricanes to oil spills.” said Michelle Hodges, Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Tri-City Community Foundation. “While undoubtedly there are differences, 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.”


The committee overseeing the Foundation consists of eight members. Michelle Hodges, the chair of the committee, Donna Watts, the vice-chair, and Ed Douglas, secretary, work closely with members Gary Ellis, Bob Higgins, David Lee, Tommy Lee, and Herb Malone.  In addition, the cities of Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach will each have an ex-officio member who will serve on the committee.  Together, they will determine what areas to focus on within the Tri-City community.


As an affiliate, the Tri-City Community Foundation is in partnership with The Community Foundation of South Alabama, a nonprofit charitable organization. The Foundation’s service area includes eight southwest counties in Alabama: Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington County. By creating affiliate funds, the Community Foundation can give support to communities like Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and give each town its own legacy.


Rebecca Byrne, President/CEO of the Community Foundation, said, “The Tri-City community is a dynamic and generous community. The establishment of this community foundation is another example of the commitment of these communities to come together to help the people around them.”


Individuals that are interested in investing in the Tri-City community can mail a donation by check to P.O. Box 990 Mobile, AL, 36601 or visit the Foundation’s webpage at www.communityfoundationsa.org. For more information, contact the Community Foundation at 251-438-5591.


About the Tri-City Community Foundation


With the creation of the Tri-City Clear Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of South Alabama, local community leaders have found the perfect way to make a lasting impact on the citizens of the local communities Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The Tri-City Community Fund serves as a vehicle to receive donations and bequests to benefit the community in perpetuity.


By working with The Community Foundation of South Alabama, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization, the Tri-City Community Foundation can focus on raising funds and deciding the charitable use for the fund, while relying on the Foundation to handle the administration, investment and required daily tasks. Through a concerted grant-making 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.  We accept a wide variety of tax-deductible contributions, such as cash, appreciated stocks, real estate or other assets. The Tri-City Community Foundation supports the continued efforts to improve the lives of all in our local community.


About The Community Foundation of South Alabama


The Community Foundation of South Alabama is a nonprofit charitable organization that plays a key role in meeting the needs of an eight-county region through leadership and grants. The Foundation serves as a vessel for donors, volunteers and the community to share ideas, identify issues and build financial resources necessary to make improvements and positively impact the community.


The Foundation administers a collection of charitable funds established by members of the community. Since its founding in 1976, the Foundation has awarded more than $79 million in grants to nonprofit organizations to support programs that make life better in the community. The Community Foundation builds lasting endowments to ensure grants are available to support the community forever.


For more information, contact Rebecca Byrne at 251-438-5591 or rbyrne@communityfoundationsa.org.

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