For the Love of Huntsville

Pioneer innovative solutions to our community's most pressing problems

2020 compass society

The Compass Society is established for "the love of Huntsville." A society for the innovators and pioneers in this community, it serves as a catalyst for Huntsville's future by implementing visionary projects that will have a significant and sustainable impact on all eight areas of our community's quality of life.

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We mobilize generosity to find innovative the solutions that guide our community to a bright future. Our future generations depend on those with a strategic vision for the future and the generosity to make a gift today.

Grantmaking

The Compass Society supports current year grantmaking, as well as serves as a permanent source of funding to pioneer innovative solutions to our community's most pressing problems. Fifty percent of all donations are deployed for current year grants, and fifty percent of all donations are added to the Compass Endowment.  An endowment is a permanent, self-sustaining source of funding designed to preserve the principal of the fund while using a portion of the investment earning for annual grantmaking to provide a lasting legacy of support for our community.

2020 Grant Funding

Compass Society grant applications were accepted October 1 - 22, 2020. Grant requests ranged from $5,000 - $50,000 for a strategic project or initiative affecting quality of life in one of the following categories and were awarded as follows:

Basic Needs

CLIENT ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

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The Client Enrichment Program will increase the number of homeless people who reach Independent Sustainable Living, by filling skills gaps, reducing the number of homeless people in Huntsville. Funds from this grant will go towards constructing the building needed to facilitate the program.

FUNDING: $25,000

basic needs

Economy

JOBS FOR LIFE (JFL) AND ECONOMIC ASSET MAPPING

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JFL is an 8-week soft skills job training course that prepares the unemployed and under-employed for the workplace.Trained facilitators and mentors are utilized to provide each student with in-depth and ongoing employment support. The relational framework helps to ensure success that is sustainable.

FUNDING: $10,000

economy

Education

RAISE YOUR HAND (RYH) – COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS

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This project will increase the number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) in classrooms. NBCT is the most respected professional certification in K12 education and proven metrics on student success. The project goal is to reach the highest concentration of NBCTs among peer cities nationwide.

FUNDING: $20,000

education

Environment

THE SINGING RIVER "GET OUTDOORS" DIGITAL TRAIL EXPERIENCE

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The Singing River Trail will develop an online/virtual platform to encourage regional outdoor and recreational use by offering environmentally-based curriculums, project-based learning ideas, "how to" videos with experts, travel itineraries, and recreational opportunities in North Alabama.

FUNDING: $11,000

environment

Health & Wellness

MOBILE HEALTH CARE SERVICES TO THE HOMELESS POPULATION

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Thrive Alabama will fund an outreach medical provider to travel with a mobile testing vehicle offering much-needed free healthcare services to the homeless population in Huntsville.

FUNDING: $10,500

health wellness

Lifestyle

JOHN HUNT PARK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL AND BIKE SKILLS PARK

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HAMR is committed to seeing the first unpaved, recreational bicycle trail and off-road bicycle skills park built for Huntsville and Madison County. The project is located at John Hunt Park and will be purpose-built to be safe, fun, and suitable for beginner to intermediate bicyclists of all ages.

FUNDING: $11,000

lifestyle

Neighborhoods & Community

MERIDIAN STREET COMMUNITY

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The Meridian Street Project is a community of strength, stability and self-reliance. The 8 acres, 31 home community is located in Northeast Huntsville off of Meridian Street. As a designed community, each house plan is assigned to specific lots to enhance visual appeal of the neighborhood.

FUNDING: $23,000

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Each project has the goal of "moving the needle" on measurable community indicators and is carefully monitored for measurable outcomes to ensure our investments are achieving a significant and sustainable impact on quality of life in our community.

Completed Compass Society Projects Include:

SAIL

Standards for Excellence

Singing River Trail

Compass Society Members

$100,000 - $1,000,000

  • CFD Research Corporation

  • Mike and Patty Lowe

  • Jan Smith

  • Torch Technologies

$50,000 - $99,999

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$25,000 - $49,999

  • Cadence Community Reinvestment Fund

  • George and Margaret Heeschen

  • Visually Handicapped Teacher Fund

$10,000 - $24,999

  • Shari Burnum

  • Bill and Beth Fleming

  • Butterfly Frog Fund

  • Sonrisa Fund

  • Bob and Cindi Ludwig

  • Triple E

$5,000 - $9,999

  • Jay and Valerie Chandler

  • Josephine and Dennis Clements

  • Greenbriar Forest Fund

  • Armin Gierow

  • Little Drummer Girl Fund  

  • Lucinda and Gary Griner, Jr. Family Fund

  • Larry and Amanda Lowe

  • Sandra and John Moon Memorial Fund

$1,000 - $4,999

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation

  • Joe and Pam Alexander

  • John and Candy Burnett

  • Sharlene and Phil Coker

  • Leta and Michael DeMaioribus

  • Mike and Theresa Durboraw

  • Jim and Dianne Reynolds

  • Bill and Brenda Roark

  • Chris Russell and Sharon Doviet

  • Ashok and Sangeeta Singhal

  • Kathryn Strickland

  • Hunter and Nancy Vaughn

  • Kevin and Lori Webber

A Vital Need

The Community Foundation takes a holistic view of quality of life and seeks ways to make our great community even better. Grant funding is guided by the evaluation of community needs in the Vital Signs project of the Community Foundation. This report provides a check-up of key community indicators (or vital signs) to take a pulse on the health of our community and vitality of each quality of life category. This snapshot of the community can be viewed in the latest Vital Signs Quality of Life Report for Madison County, Alabama.


How It Works

  • Although all gifts are appreciated, donors who contribute at least $1,000 are invited to become members of the Compass Society. Donors of all Compass Society giving levels will be recognized on the Compass Society webpage.
  • You can give cash, appreciated stocks, real estate, or other assets. Click here for instructions on how to make a donation to the Compass Society.
  • 50% of your gift will be deployed in current year grantmaking. 50% of your gift will be added to the Compass Endowment. Each year, earnings from this fund are used to make grants addressing community needs. The principal of the fund will remain intact.
  • Your gift – and all future earnings from your gift and the gifts of others – will be a permanent source of community capital, helping to do good work forever.
  • You receive the full tax benefits associated with your gift in the year your gift is made.
  • Annually, the Compass Society Grants Committee will make grants decisions for the fund.

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