Partners and Friends,
I am excited to share with you our 2019 Annual Report. This report highlights the people and organizations across the state working every day to enhance our communities and build a better Alabama. As we reflect on 30 years of the foundation, we recognize that the work we do would not be possible without our partners who activate this mission every day.
This vital work takes on added importance as we confront systemic racism and inequity while in a global pandemic. Yet, at a time when their own needs are great, nonprofits in Alabama have displayed incredible resilience and courage, all while responding to community relief efforts and ensuring the needs of the most vulnerable are met.
At its core, this response embodies the mission of the Alabama Power Foundation: to improve the quality of life for all Alabamians. Since 1989, this mission has served as the cornerstone for how we approach our commitment to support, transform and strengthen the communities we serve.
While we remain committed to our founding mission, we acknowledge that much of the work remains undone. By working alongside our partners, we will engage in meaningful, and sometimes difficult conversations to address the critical needs of our state, bridge the gaps of inequity and create a path forward where access, opportunity and justice are truly impartial.
As the philanthropic landscape continues to evolve, we are driven by the possibility for innovation that lives within it. We will continue to incorporate new strategies for giving, create opportunities for growth to expand the impact of our grant dollars and ensure a sustainable giving model for our partners.
Even in this season of uncertainty, I am confident that we will emerge from this with a deeper understanding of our profound connection – how the power of working together is our greatest strength and resource for advancement, renewal and change.
Thank you for 30 rewarding years of building a better Alabama. I look forward to working with you as we build on this success and continue this journey for good.
Myla E. Calhoun