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Walker Area Community Foundation

611 Eighth Avenue
Post Office Box 171
Jasper, Alabama 35501
United States

Mission

To serve as a nonprofit dedicated to the nurture and advancement of the community through forming and preserving charitable capital and using the proceeds of that capital to better the community as a whole. Grants may be made in the following areas: arts and humanities, children and youth, education, elder care, the environment, health and medicine, recreation and social welfare.

1995 Year Founded
$23,000,000 Endowment Value
$3,000,000 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Top Programmatic Priorities
Population Area Served

68,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationWalker Area Community Foundation
Address 1611 Eighth Avenue
Address 2Post Office Box 171
City / TownJasper
State / RegionAlabama
ZIP / Postal Code35501
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone205.302-0001
Emailpkennedy@wacf.org
Websitewww.wacf.org/
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Paul Kennedy, President
Primary Contact’s NamePaul Kennedy
Primary Contact’s PositionPresident
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1995
Mission StatementTo serve as a nonprofit dedicated to the nurture and advancement of the community through forming and preserving charitable capital and using the proceeds of that capital to better the community as a whole. Grants may be made in the following areas: arts and humanities, children and youth, education, elder care, the environment, health and medicine, recreation and social welfare.
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced68,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)4
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)10
Total Board Members9
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$1,500,000
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$2,866,895
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$3,500,000
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$3,000,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$23,000,000
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a slight role
Inadequate government servicesNo role
Changes in the political environmentPlayed a slight role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a slight role
Government initiative fundingPlayed a slight role
Foundation initiative fundingNo role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodVery little time
LocallyFair amount of time
RegionallyFair amount of time
NationallyNone
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationCentrally important
Board reflective of community diversityImportant but not central
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityImportant but not central
Accountability to local peopleImportant but not central
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureFair amount
EducationFair amount
EnvironmentLittle
HealthLot
Human and social servicesFair amount
Human rightsNot at all
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentLittle
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLittle
Information technologyNot at all
Strengthening local or regional governmentFair amount
HousingFair amount
ChildrenFair amount
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefLot
Advocacy with authoritiesFair amount
Job trainingLittle
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyOccasionally
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyOften
Loaned staffRarely
ResearchRarely
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentOften
InternshipsOften
Providing space for local organizationsOccasionally
Access to information technologyRarely
Publishing/knowledge sharingRarely
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeNo change
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting worse
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesNo change
Value of community assetsNo change
Quality of the environmentNo change
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityNo change
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertySome important achievements
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communitySome important achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDo not work in this sphere
Social position of marginalized groupsDo not work in this sphere
Responsiveness of authoritiesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Appropriateness of public policiesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Value of community assetsA few small achievements
Quality of the environmentWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityA few small achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsA few small achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communityA few small achievements
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLot
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesLot
SchoolsLittle
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersHelpful
Regional association of grantmakersHelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationVery helpful
Other organizationVery helpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesNo
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingImportant
Better legal or fiscal environmentImportant
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceImportant
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyNeither important nor unimportant
More responsive authoritiesNeither important nor unimportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsDid not answer
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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