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Compass Society Awards $125,000 in Grants to Regional Nonprofit Initiatives

The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville is North Alabama’s regional community foundation and has a mission to mobilize generosity to improve quality of life across the region. Community foundations facilitate generosity to allow donors and nonprofit partners to address critical needs and build thriving communities. Created to “Map the Future,” the Compass Society of the Community Foundation implements collaborative, high-impact projects that have a significant and sustainable impact across the eight areas of our community’s quality of life. Melissa Thompson, CEO/President of Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, says, “The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville serves five counties – Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan Counties – to improve quality of life in our region.  We are proud to spotlight the investment that is being made throughout Greater Huntsville to come alongside organizations that are making a difference.”

During this grant cycle, the Compass Society awarded grants to three nonprofits serving Madison, Limestone, and Jackson Counties for initiatives that serve as a catalyst for the region’s future.  City of Scottsboro Mayor Jim McCamy adds, “The success of our region depends on the success of all of the communities that make up this area.  We are proud to partner with the Community Foundation to bring more resources to our community and continue to invest in our quality of life.” 

2023 Compass Society grants include:

  1. Habitat for Humanity of the River Valley: $50,000 | Home Repair Program provides low-income families with needed repairs related to safety, health, mobility, and sustainability issues. This expansion of their pilot project will provide support for homeowners in Madison and Limestone counties.
  2. HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology: $50,000 | Genetic Explorers is a collaboration between HudsonAlpha and community organizations that provide afterschool services. This program is designed to expose children to high-quality, hands-on science lessons and help build a pathway to STEM success for underserved and underrepresented students. The pilot project will be launched in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama at sites in Madison and Jackson Counties.
  3. The Scottsboro Boys Museum: $25,000 | Outdoor Beautification and Interpretive Plaza Project is planned by the Scottsboro Boys Museum to add an outdoor interpretive space for the enjoyment and edification of visitors. The plaza includes a signature sculpture, reading posts, benches, as well as new landscaping. Since the museum is only open a total of eighteen hours per week, this project allows visitors to engage in new ways and gives the museum more flexibility in scheduling programs.

These grants were made possible by the members of the Compass Society. As one of the Community Foundation’s Now & Later Funds, fifty percent of all Compass Society donations support current year grantmaking to make an immediate impact while the remaining fifty percent of donations are added to the Compass Endowment, now over $1 million, to serve as a 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 region as their home.