Our Mission

Finding needs. Funding change.

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 building equitable opportunities for women.

Driven by research, we identify and fund innovative solutions to address critical needs and remove barriers to create deep, long-lasting change for our region and state.

As Alabama’s first and only philanthropic foundation solely addressing the unique needs of women and girls, we leverage the resources of generous individuals, nonprofits, corporate partners, and community leaders 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.


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


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



Our Region

The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham invests in programs and public policy advocacy that accelerates women’s economic opportunity in Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker Counties.

Over 31% of women-headed households in this region experience poverty. For a single working woman and two kids, that means an annual income of $21,330 or less.


Our grants support high-impact interventions proven to accelerate women’s economic opportunity and disrupt the cycle of generational poverty. We leverage community investments to support organizations that prioritize programs and public policy advocacy to remove barriers for women and their families through education, job training, child care support, housing, and more.


What gets measured gets changed. 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.


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

Our Team

Melanie R. Bridgeforth President & CEO


Wright Wiggins Rouse Communications Director


Jacob L. Smith Grants and Research Director


Leslie R. Smith Executive Assistant


Ashley Thompson Senior Director, Development


Board of Directors

Leslie H. Carlisle

Carlisle & Associates: Philanthropy Consulting, LLC Owner

Tracey Morant Adams Chair

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, UAB School of Public Health 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

University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health 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

Our response to COVID-19

A Note from President & CEO Melanie R. Bridgeforth As an organization with a core mission of social change and improving the lives of others, our hearts are heavy given the already…

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Announcing the 2020 Agenda for Women

Our 2020 Agenda for Women includes bold policy priorities for inclusion of women in the workforce and highlights women as key drivers of the state’s economy. The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham…

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