Please join us for the April 2012
Alabama Women in Business event which will feature Kate Nielsen, President of
the Community Foundation of Great Birmingham.
Women make great leaders in non-profit and for profit business. Kate will be sharing tips for success through
the development of leadership skills.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
5:30 - 7:30
1 Robert S. Smith Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209
Cost: Members $20 & Non-members $35
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Kate Nielsen is a
native of Birmingham, Alabama.
She joined the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham as its first
Development Officer in 1995 and has been its President since 2000.
Thanks to gifts and
bequests from the community and stewardship by its board of community leaders, this
public endowment has more than $150 million in assets, including a vital
one-third in Community Funds which have supported efforts to:
Birmingham City Schools
through the grassroots initiative Yes We Can! Birmingham and the creation
of the Birmingham Education Foundation
parks and green space
through the Three Parks Initiative, including Railroad Park, Ruffner
Mountain Nature Center and Red Mountain Park
for early learning for
children through the creation of the statewide Alabama School Readiness
tobacco use and obesity in
Jefferson County as a key partner in the Health Action Partnership
Nielsen also led the
Community Foundation’s 50th anniversary campaign to raise new
Community Catalyst Funds for transformational initiatives. The successful Prize2theFuture idea contest was the
first investment from this growing resource.
Foundation is playing a key role in mobilizing support for long-term recovery
efforts in the wake of tornadoes in 2011 and 2012 through:
- Alabama Tornado Recovery
Fund for statewide
recovery, established in collaboration with Alabama community foundations
- Emergency Response Fund for local recovery efforts, to which
the Community Foundation committed $200,000.
Within the community
foundation field, Nielsen led this Community Foundation to be among the first
to be certified in compliance with national standards. She served on the
Community Foundation Leadership Team of the Council on Foundations, an
international membership association that promotes responsible and effective
In the Birmingham community, she serves as the board chair of Alabama
Giving, a regional association of grantmakers, on the board of the Cultural
Alliance of Greater Birmingham, the UAB President's Council, the board of the Eyesight
Foundation of Alabama and the Alys Stephens Center Corporate Board. A
graduate of Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama, she is president
of the Rotary Club of Birmingham.
Founded in 1959, the Community Foundation of
Greater Birmingham is the oldest and largest community foundation in the state
and ranks in the top 100 nationally for gifts received, grants made and total
assets out of 700 U.S. community foundations.
The Community Foundation is known for its work in leveraging gifts and
bequests, bringing people together to address community issues and working in
partnership with others to drive positive change, achieve measurable results
and improve the life of our region. For more information, call 205-327-3800 or
go to www.foundationbirmingham.org.