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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CFD Research Corporation
Mike and Patty Lowe
Cadence Community Reinvestment Fund
George and Margaret Heeschen
Visually Handicapped Teacher Fund
Bill and Beth Fleming
Butterfly Frog Fund
Bob and Cindi Ludwig
Jay and Valerie Chandler
Josephine and Dennis Clements
Greenbriar Forest Fund
Little Drummer Girl Fund
Lucinda and Gary Griner, Jr. Family Fund
Larry and Amanda Lowe
Sandra and John Moon Memorial Fund
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
Hunter and Nancy Vaughn
Kevin and Lori Webber
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.