3 BIG ways our city benefits from this company’s $230 million commitment

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Our city is getting stronger every day. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

It’s hard to scroll through your feed without seeing an abundance of bad news, especially regarding the pandemic. However, we found some info that takes a 180 turn on the doom and gloom. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL) has paid, contributed and made available over $230 million to its members, doctors and hospitals, and the community in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.  Discover how it’s positively affecting our city’s residents.

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10 Birmingham animal organizations awarded $55,000 by Remy Fund

Never too many hugs for our furry friends. Photo via Shelby Humane on Facebook

In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services is awarding $55,000 in grants to 10 local animal organizations. Keep reading for more details including how to support these nonprofits doing amazing work in Birmingham.

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Birmingham Business Relief Fund helps small storefronts damaged on Sunday night

A busted out door in downtown Birmingham. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Many small businesses in downtown Birmingham are still recovering from the damage done to their storefronts on Sunday night, May 31. In response, the community has set up the Birmingham Business Relief Fund to help these businesses back on their feet. Learn more.

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Over $513K awarded to 23 organizations in 2 weeks by the Community Foundation.

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Before the COVID-19 crisis, the East Lake Initiative, in collaboration with partner organizations Thrive Together and Serving You served 800 emergency food bags to low-income individuals and families. Since the  impact of the pandemic hit a little less than a month ago, the need to feed the community has tripled.

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Birmingham, Jeffco declare COVID-19 state of emergencies, prescription re-fill info and ways to help

Jefferson County Health Officer Mark Wilson announced the closure of private schools, preschools, child care centers and senior centers. He also closed dining areas and bars at county restaurants. Photo courtesy of Samuetta Nesbitt with United Way

In response to the nationwide coronavirus crisis that has swept Birmingham and the nation, Bham Now is working to help all of us get through this together.

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Not just for the Rockefellers—learn how you can start your own local charitable fund

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In 2019, the Community Foundation celebrated their 60th Anniversary. Photo courtesy of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

It never fails. Whenever I watch a Ken Burns documentary, I see credits at the beginning of each program that either say the Ford Foundation or Rockefeller Foundation supported one of his iconic films.

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Searching for solutions: How do we overcome persistent poverty?

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Laura Moore, Deputy Policy Director at Opportunity Insights, talking to an attendee at the Community Foundation’s “Woven Together” Learning Series

Overcoming persistent poverty is one of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s top priorities for the next 10 years. Laura Moore, Deputy Policy Director at Opportunity Insights, concluded the Community Foundation’s “Woven Together” Learning Series.

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Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has 3 alternatives to talking politics with family this Thanksgiving

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In June, the Community Foundation’s Instruments of Hope Unity Fund held a productive and ground-breaking discussion about race and religion at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church. Photo credit: D. Jerome Smedley

Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving dinner? The food, family, friends and football—which in Alabama, of course, includes a little rivalry talk about the Iron Bowl.

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Here’s what you need to know about Birmingham’s new $1.50 corner-to-corner microtransit ride service in a Mercedes van.

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Need a ride? No problem. On Tuesday, December 3rd, the Magic City will offer its first on-demand ride-share service! This corner-to-corner service will cost users only $1.50 each way. Transportation will be provided in a Mercedes van.

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From Harlem to Yale to Hip Hop Culture. Hear Dr. Tricia Rose, a leading national voice on equity and inclusion on October 17

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Dr. Tricia Rose, Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. Photo courtesy of Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Get ready for a rare opportunity to hear an internationally renowned scholar of post Civil Rights Era Black culture, pop music and social issues.

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Want to build a better Birmingham? Attend the Thriving Communities event on August 15th featuring local and national thought leaders. FREE but limited seats!

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Nurturing thriving communities (Photo courtesy of AG Gaston Boys & Girls Club)

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The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has been serving the region for sixty years as a catalyst for transformational change.  On Thursday, August 15, from 4:00 – 6:30, The Community Foundation will be holding ‘Thriving Communities’: a free event open to the public.  Keep reading for the topics and speakers. (Limited seats – Free but you must register here)

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What you need to know about Birmingham Lights, Railroad Park, Innovate Birmingham and other seismic local projects

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Railroad Park in Birmingham, AL (Photo via Railroad Park)

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You’ve seen the stunning multi-colored light tunnel connecting the northside of Birmingham with the southside.  You’ve enjoyed throwing frisbees at Railroad Park. You’ve attended a leading edge tech talk by Innovate Birmingham.  But, do you know how they projects came to life? Bham Now had a look behind the scenes. Here’s what we learned and how you can get involved.

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For the 8th year, Remy Fund continues to positively benefit the lives of animals and humans they touch

Ken Jackson with Remy. Photo by Beth Franklin of Hand in Paw.

Last week, the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services announced it is distributing $50,000 in grants to 11 companion animal (dogs, cats and horses) nonprofits serving Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount and Walker counties.

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