Kim Cochran named Vice President, External Affairs
The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham is proud to invest in and partner with 14 regional and statewide nonprofits in 2020 to accelerate economic opportunities for women. These organizations, our 2020 Community Grantee Partners, have boots on the ground and are implementing innovative solutions that remove barriers to women and their family’s success.
Since our founding in 1996, philanthropy and impact grants have been the bedrock of The Women’s Fund. With only 1.6% of overall philanthropic giving in the U.S. going to organizations dedicated to women and girls, our gender-lens investment strategy is more critical than ever.
Our 2020 Community Impact Grants continue to support programs and initiatives that strengthen families by integrating services for women and their children simultaneously, as well as public policy advocacy that builds opportunities through systems change.
This year’s investments continue to address some of the biggest obstacles to women’s ability to enter and stay in the workforce, such as child care and post-secondary education. The full list of 2020 Community Impact Grant recipients includes the following regional and statewide nonprofits:
Alabama Partnership for Children
Child Care Works
Supports public policy advocacy around child care as a work support, including research, town halls, focus groups, and formal partnership with VOICES for Alabama’s Children.
Alabama STEM Education
Early Childhood and Family Development Program: Expanding STEM Potential and Family Strength through Computer Science
Provides after-school STEM training, including tutoring and hands-on activities for children and their families.
Bevill State Community College
Scholarships for Women in Career Technical Education
Provides success coaching and scholarships for women participating in Career Technical Education leading to in-demand jobs.
Support of Thrive Together Network
Provides resources to Thrive Together Network to assist in accessing child care for children of mothers advancing in the workforce.
Girls Inc. of Central Alabama
Young Women’s Advisory Council
Provides training for young women of color ages 14-24 to strengthen their leadership and advocacy skills.
Jefferson State Community College
Creating Opportunities in Healthcare for Single Mothers
Provides Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) training for single mothers of children served by St. Clair County Head Start.
Lawson State Community College
Lawson State Pharmacy Tech Training Program for Low-income Women
Provides Ready to Work and pharmacy technician training for single mothers participating in DHR and JCCEO programs.
St. Vincent’s Foundation of Alabama, Inc.
Jeremiah’s Hope Academy
Provides health care training and child care stipends for low-income women.
Thrive Together Jefferson County
A collaboration between Hope Inspired Ministries, East Lake Initiative, Serving You Ministries
Supports seamless wraparound services for women and their families in Jefferson Co., including quality child care, education and career training, family coaches and support services to disrupt the cycle generational poverty and create a clear path to success.
Thrive Together Shelby County
A Collaboration between City of Montevallo, City of Vincent, Shelby Co. Community Services, Jefferson State Community College, University of Montevallo
Supports seamless wraparound services to women and their families in Shelby Co., including education and career training, family coaches and support services to disrupt the cycle generational poverty and create a clear path to success.
Thrive Together Walker County
A collaboration between Walker Co. Board of Education, University of Montevallo, Bevill State Community College, Jasper Area Family Services Center
Supports seamless wraparound services to women and their families in Walker Co., including education and career training, family coaches and support services to disrupt the cycle generational poverty and create a clear path to success.
Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham
Legal Help for Women and Children
Provides community outreach to connect families to wraparound and legal services.
Wallace State Community College
Blount County Mothers STEAMing Towards the Future
Provides scholarships for women participating in credential training for STEAM fields.
Woodlawn WORx Child Development Associate Program
Supports the Child Development Associate (CDA) program for women in the Woodlawn Community in partnership with the James Rushton Early Learning and Family Success Center.
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