Our Mission

“To energize the spirit and potential of our local community through charitable investments that will have significant, measurable impact on our health, education and quality of life.”

  • Recent Project

    In February 2017, Wiregrass Foundation Board of Directors voted unanimous support for our largest project to-date: an investment of over $20 million dollars in the construction of the Dothan Regional Public Safety Training Center. Along with our partners—the City of Dothan, Houston County, and several key private companies–the Center will fulfill a comprehensive mission: To be the model of excellence in public safety preparation and response, through integration of training, development, communication, collaboration, and community engagement. The Center is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2019.

 Zones of Interest

Wiregrass Foundation’s goals enable us to focus on making a difference in three zones of interest — health, education, and quality of life — in Houston, Henry, Dale and Geneva counties in southeast Alabama, which make up the Wiregrass Area.

  • Health

    Fostering economic growth and development to improve the health and well-being of Wiregrass individuals, families, and the community as a whole.

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  • Education

    To increase school readiness, K-12 achievement and post-secondary attainment.

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  • Quality of Life

    To produce a rising standard of living, including increased income, assets and economic security and to build civic engagement and promote effective leadership and organizations.

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Grantee Highlights

  • Wiregrass United Way

    Wiregrass United Way (WUW) supports 44 partnering agencies in six counties in southeast Alabama. The purpose of WUW’s Annual Campaign is to raise funds to help support the operating budgets of these 44 agencies. By raising a bulk of their funds during the Campaign, WUW enables the agencies to spend less time fund raising and […]

  • Impact Alabama – FocusFirst

    Poor vision has a direct, negative effect on a child’s ability to learn, and many children suffer from vision problems each year. Therefore, vision screenings are very important during a child’s preschool years when early identification and treatment of many conditions can prevent irreversible vision damage or loss. Many child care centers use traditional eye […]

  • Bright Key

    Bright Key is a partnership between Wiregrass Foundation and Dothan City Schools to pilot an innovative, grassroots community school initiative in two area schools:  Highlands Elementary and Selma Street Elementary. Bright Key involves school-community stakeholders (teachers, parents, students, and neighborhood residents) in the identification and implementation of programs and services to maximize the academic potential […]


CapConnect-Logo-01What is capacity building and why is it important to nonprofit organizations? Capacity Building is about the nonprofit’s ability to deliver its mission and increase their effectiveness and substance to their programs thereby increasing their sustainability. Building capacity is vitally important to the nonprofit organization because it is about the organization continually improving, and taking themselves to the next level of operations, programs, finances, or maturity and efficiently advancing the mission of their organization.

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