What We Do
Community Foundations are public endowments that administer a number of endowed funds contributed by a variety of donors primarily for local purposes, to solve community or regional problems, and improve the lives of people in a geographic area.
Community Foundations also make strategic grants to assist nonproﬁt organizations in handling their programs and other special needs in the community.
History of the Foundation
In 2001, the Envision Opelika Foundation, Inc. embarked on a planning and action project to improve the quality of life for the residents of their community. In addition to its many accomplishments, the Envision Opelika effort began to envision a broader strategy to improve the quality of life for the larger region of East Alabama. It became evident that with the many challenges and opportunities facing Auburn, Opelika and the east Alabama region, the best approach was to start a community foundation. The Community Foundation of East Alabama was incorporated in 2007.
Board of Directors
All community foundations are overseen by a volunteer board of citizens representative of the community and managed by professionals with expertise in ﬁnancial planning and advice.
2014 Board of Directors
Keith Pridgen, Vice Chair – Wilson Investment Group
Don Chastain – Machen, McChesney & Chastain, LLP
LaFaye Dellinger – Mayor, City of Smiths Station
Gene Dulaney – Auburn Bank
Tommy Eden – Cappell and Howard
Hal Huguley – Himmelwright Huguley & Boles
Dora James – Civic Volunteer
Nathan Kastner – Smith Kastner Wealth Management
Shirley Lazenby – Physician
Todd Lethander – Leonard Peterson Company, Inc.
Rex Maynor – Publisher, Opelika/Auburn News
Rusty Melnick – J. Smith Lanier & Co.
Katherine Porter – Civic Volunteer
David Scott – Scott Land Company
Rusty Sheehan – State Farm Insurance
Eddie Smith – Auburn Bank
Joyce Thomas-Vinson – Auburn University
Tom Tippett – Educator, Civic Volunteer
Anne Whittelsey – Civic Volunteer
Tom Worden – Auburn City Council
Barbara Patton, Secretary/Treasurer