Our mission
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Our mission

The mission of the Black Belt Community Foundation’s is to forge a collective stream of giving that transforms our 12-county region and connects those interested in having an impact in this region with nonprofits that are making a difference today. Founded in 2004 with the idea that those living and working in the Black Belt best knew the area’s challenges and opportunities, the Black Belt Community Foundation actively puts needed resources into the region that make a lasting impact. The foundation operates in three main areas:


BBCF awards community program and arts grants to over 100 nonprofits in the region each year.


BBCF actively works to raise the profile of philanthropy in the region, encouraging gifts from individuals of all sizes from across the state and around the world.


BBCF offers leadership training, organizational capacity building, and community collaboration to grow the skills needed to transform our communities.

Through these three areas, our focus is to consolidate many region-wide improvement efforts into a common effort with a simple mission: “taking what we have to make what we need.” These three areas also move the region forward in attaining a vision of a transformed Black Belt where all residents contribute to healthy communities and reap the benefits of shared gifts and a productive regional economy.