Taking a pulse on our community's quality of life.

Vital Signs is a report produced by the Community Foundation that takes a pulse on our community's quality of life across eight key areas. With a holistic view of quality of life, we can identify areas where we can and should be doing a better job.

Vital Signs data informs future grantmaking efforts of the Community Foundation and our fundholders to tackle challenging issues with measurable outcomes that "move the needle" on these metrics to improve quality of life in a meaningful way.

Please note that specific service populations such as animals, children, low/moderate-income individuals, racial or ethnic minorities, veterans, and women are not depicted in the quality of life framework as these groups receive quality of life services across many categories.

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All data is sourced from published, publicly available sources, including the United States Census Bureau.

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Quality of Life Framework

Explore the nonprofit organizations located in Greater Huntsville that serve in the categories of the Quality of Life Framework.

Note: The linked nonprofits are sourced from the Nonprofit Directory and do not constitute an endorsement by the Community Foundation of the organizations contained herein.

Basic Needs

Provides food, clothing, and shelter

Economic Opportunity

Equips individuals and organizations through training, creating employment opportunities, and promoting growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem


Invests in early childhood development, K-12 students, college and career readiness, post-secondary education, and lifelong learning


Engages in experiences that refresh the mind, body, and spirit


Stewards our community’s natural resources

Health & Wellness

Addresses physical and mental health and wellness

Arts & Culture

Enriches the community through arts, culture, and lifestyle experiences

Neighborhoods & Community

Strengthens entire neighborhoods or communities through a holistic approach

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