As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities across the world, we at the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation continue to look for avenues to support our greater Birmingham community and its people. We are working through the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and its Emergency Response Fund to meet immediate and emergency needs as well as meeting regularly with both CFGB and the Central Alabama United Way to review requests for funding in these areas.

We are working hard to balance immediate needs with longer term recovery for our people and our nonprofit sector. To meet that end, we will continue with our quarterly grant making with the following exception. Our next application deadline has been moved to June 1 in an effort to give our nonprofit sector some additional time to understand the impact that the COVid-19 virus is having on their organizations and how best to employ resources as we look to the recovery phase of this crisis. We have also created a more streamlined application form for the June application to make this cycle easier for those of you working from home.

Although our staff is working remotely, we are eager to talk with our nonprofit partners and welcome your input on how we can be more supportive of your work. Please feel free to call us with your information or feedback. We thank each of you – our partners – for the incredible work that you do every day in our community. We look forward to continuing as your partner in the weeks, months and years ahead.

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.

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.

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.
Partnership 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 partnership grant, you must contact the Foundation prior to applying.

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