The Compass Society brings our community's spirit of innovation to generosity to serve as a catalyst for Greater Huntsville's future. Through the power of generosity, the Compass Society implements visionary projects that have a significant and sustainable impact on all eight areas of our community's quality of life.
As a "Now & Later" fund, fifty percent of all Compass Society donations support current year grantmaking to make an immediate impact. The remaining fifty percent of donations are added to the Compass Endowment to serve as an permanent source of funding to address community needs. This innovative approach to charitable giving serves as an investment into our community's future, and a commitment to the future generations that will inherit this place we all call "home."
The recent census confirmed what we already know... that Greater Huntsville is growing quickly as more and more people come to recognize all of the great things happening in our area. With this growth comes opportunity. The Community Foundation must be poised to meet the needs of our growing community in a strategic way. The Compass Society allows us to meet the current needs of our community, as well as provide for future needs that we may not yet know.
Help us reach our 2022 goal to have 100 Compass Society members with a donation at the link below, or make an interfund transfer from your donor advised fund.
Compass Society grant objectives include grant applications that are high-impact, collaborative, visionary, and span the Community Foundation’s Quality of Life Framework.
The 2022 grants will range from $50,000 - $100,000 to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Huntsville area (Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan County). Exact allocations will be determined based on funding and projects.
Grant opens June 7, 2022, and closes at 5:00 pm CST on August 31, 2022 with decisions announced to applicants in October and to the public at the Community Foundation’s Giving Tuesday event on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.
The Compass Society selected two focus areas for the 2021 grant cycle: Arts & Culture and Basic Needs. The Grants Committee thoroughly examined over thirty grant applications and selected the two projects detailed below which address critical aspects of our region's quality of life in the selected categories.
Donors who wish to support the Compass Society may make a donation by interfund transfer from their donor advised fund, by check, or by an online donation. To co-invest in either of the two selected grants, donors must simply include the project name in the "Note" section of the donation form.
The Greater Huntsville area is home to a vibrant arts scene, but investment is needed to support diverse artists of all backgrounds. Arts LEAD Huntsville (Learning, Equity & Artist Development) will provide institutional learning within Arts Huntsville to provide more equitable resources and support for artists.
Alabama Gleaning Network brings people together to harvest and share healthy food, reduces waste, and builds caring communities by offering nourishment to hungry neighbors. They seek good, but unmarketable, produce from local farms, mobilize volunteers to glean crops, and distribute it to nonprofits serving folks in need.
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.
Mike and Patty Lowe
Cadence Community Reinvestment Fund
George and Peg Heeschen
Betty G. (Jean) Lee
Visually Handicapped Teacher Fund
Larry and Amanda Lowe
Butterfly Frog Fund
Mike and Theresa Durboraw
Cindi and Bob Ludwig
Randy and Jan Reynolds Family Fund
Tenth Leper Fund
Triple E Fund
Joe and Pam Alexander
Jay and Valerie Chandler
Dennis and Josephine Clements
Chad and Natalie Donald Foundation
Leah and Paul Gradl
Lucinda K. and Gary Griner, Jr. Family Fund
Tim and Sharon Holcombe
Linscomb & Williams Honoring Clients
Little Drummer Girl Fund
Michael and Jana Moody
Sandra and John Moon Memorial Fund
Chris Russell and Sharon Doviet
Thomas and Elizabeth Abel
Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation
Alabama A&M University
Peter and Erika Alvarez
Carol and Leon Bell
Matt and Deanna Bender
Blue Summit Supplies
John and Candy Burnett
BG(Ret) and Mrs. Phil Coker
Michael and Leta Hornbuckle DeMaioribus
Jason and Kelly Gallaspy
James and Violet Gilbert
John and Patti Gipson
Helen and Vincent Harrand
Marc and Vicki Highsmith
Hinson & Hinson - In Honor of Jean Lee
Greg and Kathy Hopper
Cindy and Tim Howard
Dr. Jeanette Jones
Wes and Sundown Kelley
Todd and Zara Lowry
Brian and Valarie Magerkurth
Rick Myers and Wendy Yang
Lisa and Kapil Pant
Beth B. Richardson
Kem and Nancy Robertson
Jeff and Cecilia Showalter
Sameer and Ruchi Singhal
Smalligan Giving Fund
Rick and Sherry Smith
Melissa and Tom Thompson
Vaughn Defense Services
Hunter and Nancy Washington Vaughn
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 found in our Vital Signs Report which provides a check-up using key community indicators (or vital signs) to take a pulse of the health and vitality of each quality of life category. This snapshot of our community can be viewed in our Vital Signs Digital Dashboard which gathers data from the five counties of the Greater Huntsville area.