Donor Stories

Journeys in giving can start anywhere. We love to share stories from donors who partnered with the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville to develop their path for charitable giving. Our job is to guide you on the path to philanthropy. We help donors find direction to smart, approachable paths towards strategic giving.

Three Ways that Environmental Stewardship Parallels Endowment Funding


In 2004, my family moved to Alabama from Arizona.  While we lived in Arizona, we enjoyed traveling all around the state to enjoy some of our...

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Compass Society: Amanda and Larry Lowe

"My earliest memories of giving are from the pink offering envelopes that were ready to go every Sunday morning that I went to church with my...

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Corporate Generosity: Avion Solutions

Avion Solutions - which was founded by Gary Donald and his partners over 30 years ago - has always had a corporate culture of generosity.  Gary...

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Racial Equity Fund: Dianne Reynolds

Hope does not stand on its own. Hope needs hands, hearts, minds, and funds. Hope needs all of that to grow legs in order to come...

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A Thousand Little Things

“The love affair between people and their places is one of the strongest bonds that can exist,” writes Peter Kageyama, in his book For the Love...

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Three Ways to Give on Purpose

Nearly two hundred years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville recognized that one key distinctive of the United States of America was the willingness of its citizens to...

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Six Ways that the Community Foundation Has Mobilized Generosity

At the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, we believe that generosity has the power to change lives, change our community, and even change the future.  That’s...

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Five Reasons Why Corporate Giving Is a Smart Investment

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Our community is full of people and companies who enjoy giving back to the community we love. In the same way that we work with donors...

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Five Smart Strategies for Your Year-End Giving


Five Smart Strategies for Your Year-End Giving This year has been fraught with inflation worries and a volatile stock market that has heightened investor concerns.  However,...

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Legacy Spotlight: The Harpers

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Your will has more power than you can imagine, and utilizing it for chartiable giving is often easier than you may think. Daiven, Ginger, and Annin...

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Legacy Spotlight: Sharon Doviet and Chris Russell

Legacy Spotlight Sharon Doviet and Chris Russell

Your will has more power than you can imagine, and utilizing it for charitable giving is often easier than you may think. Sharon Doviet and Chris...

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Twelve Questions to Understand Your Generosity Personality


At the Community Foundation, we help donors be generous, however that looks for them.  As you begin your own generosity journey, it is important to reflect...

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The Eplings: WPS Education Grant Story of Impact


“Looking back on it, the clues were always there we just didn't realize it. The twins hated doing homework, hated reading out loud to us, and when...

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Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail


Guest Blog by Anya Harden, Philanthropy Intern As a Gen Z college student it often feels like I have all the time in the world. Classes,...

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Seven Myths about Planned Giving


You have to be rich to make a planned gift. The reality is that anyone – no matter their income level – can make a planned...

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Astronomical Impact of Generosity


GUEST BLOG BY ANYA HARDEN, PHILANTHROPY INTERN As a child, my family made an annual pilgrimage from southern Mississippi to Huntsville, Alabama to attend camp meetings...

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3 Reasons Why a Connected Community Produces Impact


At the Community Foundation, we believe that our community is strongest when we work together to solve our most pressing problems. Here are three ways why...

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We help donors be generous, however that looks to them

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Donors don’t come in just one shape or size, and so it’s no surprise that there isn’t one cookie-cutter generosity plan that works for all donors....

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Now and Later Generosity: The Perfect Charitable Gift

Now and Later Generosity

Remember that candy you may have loved as a child, those Now and Later taffies?  My favorite flavor was green apple.  The yellow banana flavored taffy...

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Ten Reasons Why an Investment in Local Nonprofit Organizations is an Investment in Our Community’s Quality of Life


Our community’s nonprofit organizations are on the front lines serving our community each and every day. The work of over 1,500 nonprofit organizations in the Greater Huntsville...

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Seven Reasons Collective Giving Is Good for Our Community


When like-minded people come together to invest in their community, great things can happen.  Here are seven reasons why collective giving increases generosity in a community....

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More than Money


When people think of legacy planning, often they initially think in terms of money and other assets that they will pass along to their children and...

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AAMU Carnegie Library: A History of Philanthropy

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Guest blog by Asia Thurmon, Philanthropy Intern Part of building equity and tearing down divides is to share history that elevates the attitudes of the majority...

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Generosity is an investment in the future

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At the Community Foundation, we believe that generosity is simply an investment in the future you want to see.  When you make a charitable donation, you...

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Three Reasons that Common Good is Common Ground


At our core, I believe that most of us want the same things. We all want to be able to provide for ourselves and our families. ...

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Five Ways to Use Data to Maximize Your Charitable Giving


Huntsville is a data-driven town . . . always has been and always will be.  Therefore, it’s no surprise that donors in our area are interested...

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Why Donor Advised Funds Are Good for the Nonprofit Sector

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There is a lot of conversation about donor advised funds and whether they are “good” for society in general and the nonprofit sector more specifically.  Here...

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Three Ways to Turbo-Charge Your Year-End Giving


Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means the season of giving is upon us.  As you make plans for your 2021 charitable donations, here are...

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The Gift That Keeps Giving

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I have the privilege of working with donors who want to be generous and who want to leave a lasting legacy for our community.  One of...

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3 Reasons a Stock Gift May Be the Smartest Donation You Can Make Right Now


Although it’s had its ups and downs, the stock market is trading at record highs.  That means many donors may have significant appreciated assets in their...

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Five Lessons I Learned from Peter Kageyama’s For the Love of Cities

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Five Lessons I Learned from Peter Kageyama’s For the Love of Cities by Melissa Thompson, CEO/President of Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville   The love affair...

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Legacy Spotlight: Lowe Grandchildren Generosity

Writing Letter Each Grandchild Writes Letter to Nonprofit to Detail Their Choice

A legacy of sharing is one of our multi-generational family goals. One way we live out our legacy of sharing is an annual family experience when...

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Live Every Day as a Hero


By Wayne Olson What would it be like to live every day knowing you are a hero? Not just one day or a day every once...

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Improve Your Impact Through Planned Giving


Improve Your Impact Through Planned Giving By Wayne Olson When people think about fundraising, they often turn to events such as balls, galas, walks or runs....

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The Path To Personal Stewardship

My inspiration for ‘giving back’ to the community comes from the many needs I see every day in and around the Greater Huntsville area.  Seeing these...

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A Legacy Of Sharing

A legacy of sharing is one of our multi-generational family goals.  It began with Patty’s mother, a pioneer in public school financial management education. It’s rooted...

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Creating Smart Solutions

The Huntsville area provides a great quality of life, particularly for those dedicated to the arts and education. My husband John and I wanted to provide...

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Making A Lasting Impact

Our community is fortunate to have many great organizations that  improve quality of life for today and for future generations. Before we created our donor advised...

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Streamlining Our Philanthropy

It is our moral and social responsibility to be active participants and supporters of our community. The Huntsville community has been great to my family and...

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Impact Through Connections

Supporting organizations that impact and enrich Huntsville and Madison County gives donors a better sense of community. The Community Foundation helps each of us reach our...

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Leading Change Through Giving

There is a great sense of fulfillment that comes with knowing that when I had a chance to make a difference, I took that step. My...

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Funding Our Passion

My siblings and I are proof of what education can do to propel a family forward. My learning experience shaped me and made education my lifelong...

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