WELCOME to the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation.  The Foundation was established in 2008 by Mike & Gillian Goodrich, both lifelong residents of the Birmingham, Alabama area.  The Foundation seeks to create sustainable communities and improve the quality of life in the Birmingham metropolitan area, the Black Belt, and the State of Alabama.

Building vibrant communities requires high quality educational opportunities, a growing economy that supports living wage jobs for all, and the quality of life amenities that attract and retain potential employees and businesses. Public education, the creative arts and culture, and recreational spaces are key areas that the Foundation funds in the Birmingham area.

In the Black Belt, supporting community and economic development is equally important. Education and early literacy, workforce development, and access to health care are key areas of focus for the Foundation.

The Foundation offers several avenues of support to area nonprofits. Program grants are one-year grants of up to $30,000 to support a specific program. Operating grants provide general operating support for up to three years, with an annual review. Capital Campaign grants grants may be up to five years and are considered twice a year, in the first and third quarters. Leadership grants grants present an opportunity for the Foundation to develop a long-term relationship with a nonprofit organization whose mission and purpose closely aligns with the goals of the Foundation. In order to apply for a leadership grant, you must contact the Foundation first about your grant request. In your grant proposal, you must specify for which type of grant you are applying.

To learn more about our work, please contact Carol Butler, Executive Director, at carol@mggoodrichfoundation.org, or Gillian Puffer at gpuffer@mggoodrichfoundation.org.

Our Focus

  • Education
  • The Environment & Green Spaces
  • The Arts & Culture
  • Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Positioning Strategic Community Assets

Our Goals

  • To create sustainable and healthy communities.
  • To break the cycle of poverty through education and living wage opportunities.
  • To be a catalyst for civic transformation.

To learn more about our work, please contact Carol Butler, Executive Director at carol@mggoodrichfoundation.org or call (205) 443-7809.