The Community Fund
The Community Fund is an endowment fund that enables the Walker Area Community Foundation to respond strategically to community issues as they arise. Based on our knowledge and research, the Community Fund supports a wide variety of subject areas and organizations through a competitive grants process and other special initiatives.
This is not a new concept for us. Since 1995, we have worked toward: gathering people, funds and organizations together; growing through prudent management and collaborations with other agencies; and awarding grants to respond to the most pressing needs of the community.
The coming years are times of even greater promise and the Community Fund will be the catalyst for real community change. If you have a desire to be part of the future of Walker County, please call 302-0001 or come by the Foundation’s office at 611 8th Avenue.
Donors who want to endow their passion and provide endless support to charitable causes may choose to establish a component fund.
Component funds allow an advisory committee to focus on the charitable needs of our community and leave the administrative tasks to the Foundation. These funds are a permanent source of community capital which will help the Foundation to continue its work today and far into the future.
Behind each fund is an abundance of success stories, so many that we cannot possibly fit them on one page. You can see, however, that there are family funds and organizational funds. Each one holds its own purpose and history, but gains strength from being managed together. Donations can be made to any fund at any time.
Anonymous Fund supports general philanthropy in Walker County.
Bankhead Fund was started by Walter Will Bankhead and has a long history of providing general philanthropic dollars for our nonprofits.
Barbara Drummond Thorne Fund, given by her estate, offers financial aid to the organizations that were closest to her heart.
Disaster Relief Fund focuses on meeting the emergency unmet needs of Walker County residents who have suffered damage due to natural disasters.
Drummond Company, Inc. (DCI) Fund provided aid to present and retired employees of Drummond Company who suffered damage because of the April 27, 2011 tornados and continues to provide safe shelter for our community during storms.
Drummond Thorne Stukes Fund works to improve quality of life around Alabama while also addressing immediate needs of the City of Cordova.
Engel and Mitnick Family Fund recognizes the importance of the social services being delivered every day to those with mental illness in Walker county and will award grants to support their efforts.
Excellence in Education Fund supports the Jasper City School system and its teachers with expenses not included in the general budget.
Faye and Lewis Manderson Fund seeks to affect positive change and growth in Cordova through advancing and improving structures as well as providing programs that will benefit residents.
Friends of Camp O’Rear Fund supports the physical plant and surrounding environs of Camp O’Rear.
Health Action Partnership is a working group of Walker County health-related organizations striving to improve the health and lifestyles of our citizens.
Jackson Family Fund was founded with the belief that orphans and foster children should be afforded the privilege of attending programs like Camp McDowell. It will also provide educational enrichment experiences for children without parents and will support the ministry of the Episcopal Church for the same.
Jasper Main Street Fund supports the operations of Jasper Main Street and the ongoing revitalization of Jasper’s downtown district.
Jasper Recreational Fund supports the expansion of recreational opportunities and programs, making Jasper’s recreational offerings exceptional for Alabama.
Larry Drummond Family Fund supports general philanthropy in Walker County.
Matthew Crump Fund supports the efforts of those engaged in emergency response and provides material support to special needs citizens of Walker County.
Reed Family Fund supports general philanthropy while keeping in mind the importance of serving the basic needs of Walker County families.
Rotary Club of Jasper Fund is an endowment fund of the Rotary Club of Jasper. This fund strives to improve the quality of life for families and individuals in our community.
Samuel Lee Smith Advised Fund helps children and youth live their lives to the fullest by making grants to encourage strong health, athletics, scouting, religion and the arts, especially to those who need financial assistance.
Sherer Family Foundation Fund supports the aesthetics of our community and the fine arts of the Walker Area, its facilities, grounds, and environs.
Steve Byars Fund is created in the memory of Steve Byars who saw his role in Jasper as that of a steward and gave selflessly to his community. This fund will continue his legacy and support general philanthropy in Walker County.
Victims of Violent Crime Fund was organized to create awareness of victims of violent crime in Walker County, Alabama.