Our Mission

Finding needs. Funding change.

Alabama has the 3rd highest rate of women in poverty in the United States. As the state’s only philanthropic foundation solely addressing issues impacting women and girls, we’re working to change that.

Since our founding in 1996, The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham has invested over $5 million in initiatives, research, and policy to strengthen our community by removing barriers to women’s opportunity. Driven by research, we identify and fund innovative solutions to address critical needs and disrupt cycles of poverty. We utilize the power of transformational philanthropy to build a world where all women thrive. By accelerating opportunities for all women, we also strengthen entire families and communities today and for generations to come.

Mission

The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham accelerates economic opportunity for women and their families through philanthropy, research, and advocacy.

Vision

We envision a society where power and possibility are not limited by gender.

Values

Equity
Inclusion
Impact
Innovation
Collaboration

Our Region

The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham invests in programs and policies that impact women living in Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker Counties. Over 31% of women-headed households in this region live in poverty. For a single working woman and two kids, that means an income of $21,330 or less.

Philanthropy

Our grants support high-impact interventions proven to interrupt the cycle of poverty and advance women’s econ security. We leverage community investments to support nonprofit organizations that prioritize programs, policy, and initiatives that increase opportunities for women through education, job training, child care support, and housing.

Research

Action without insight is meaningless. Our rigorous research guides all areas of our work and serves as a resource for statewide nonprofits, policy makers, and leaders making their case to secure needed funding and to implement innovative solutions to elevate women.

Advocacy

It is not enough for us to invest solely in programmatic solutions to combat economic insecurity for women. Without meaningful policy change, women and their families will never have a complete pathway to success. This is why we advocate for nonpartisan policies that accelerate economic opportunity.

Our Team

Melanie R. Bridgeforth President & CEO

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Wright Wiggins Rouse Communications Director

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Jacob L. Smith Grants and Research Director

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Leslie R. Smith Executive Assistant

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Ashley Thompson Senior Director, Development

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Board of Directors

Leslie H. Carlisle Chair

Carlisle & Associates: Philanthropy Consulting, LLC Owner

Tracey Morant Adams Chair-Elect

Renasant Bank Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer

Lindsey Allison

Allison, May & Kimbrough, LLC Attorney

Lajuana Tucker Bradford

Regions Senior Vice President, Regional Community Development & Partnerships Manager

Emily Branum

Command Alkon, Inc. General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Rosanne Crocker

Community Volunteer

Dr. Nancy E. Dunlap

Lister Hill Center for Health Policy Professor Emerita and Scholar

Brantley Fry

Office of U.S. Senator Doug Jones State Director

Maye Head

Ram Tool Chairman

Wendy M. Hoomes

Alabama Power Company Assistant Comptroller

Tonya Jones

Tonya Jones SalonSpa Owner

Kathy N. Phillips

Better Basics, Inc. Program Coordinator

Quentin Riggins

Alabama Power Company Senior Vice President, Governmental and Corporate Affairs

Guin Robinson

Jefferson State Community College Associate Dean of Economic Development

Dr. Pia Sen

UAB Professor

Dawn Helms Sharff

Bradley Partner; Birmingham Office Managing Partner

Mary Ann Smith-Janas

Marketry, Inc. President

Cindi Vice

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Nancy Watts

Community Volunteer

Stephanie Woods

UAB Medicine Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Recent News

Save the Date: Clearing the Path 2019

Join The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham for Clearing the Path, a community conversation highlighting creative ideas and public policy solutions to make Alabama’s workforce development system work better for women. Clearing…

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