The Alabama Association of Nonprofits (AAN) is a membership-based organization formed to serve the needs of Alabama's growing nonprofit sector. Information obtained through focus groups conducted following our transition in late 2009 helped direct the Association to develop and focus on four key areas:
We support and offer high-quality educational opportunities that elevate and enhance the individual professionals and volunteer leaders within nonprofit organizations.
Culture of Accountability
We are the state leader in helping organizations maintain the highest standards of ethics and accountability. We offer and promote the Standards of Nonprofit Excellence Seal to those organizations that can demonstrate and maintain a commitment to the 6 Guiding Principles that include 54 benchmarks that embrace honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, compassion, responsibility and transparency.
We create strong, vibrant and diverse networks that offer knowledgeable, collaborative and consultative relationships that exceed expectations. These networks leverage human and cash resources to the fullest potential.
Leadership in Public Policy
We strive for success in key nonprofit and charitable sector related public policies, support and action from members on issues, effective coalitions to achieve good public policy and election of nonprofit-friendly leaders to public office.
The Alabama Association of Nonprofits (AAN) was founded in 1996 under its former name of the Nonprofit Resource Center of Alabama as a collaborative effort of Alabama Power Company, the United Way of Central Alabama and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Our mission is a simple one – to strengthen the capacity of Alabama's nonprofit sector through professional development, advocacy and management support, all resulting in better communities and a stronger Alabama.
AAN is the only Association of its kind in Alabama dedicated exclusively to serving the nonprofit sector. Thousands of organizations, nonprofit executives and community stakeholders are impacted annually through professional development courses, advocacy events, speaking engagements by Association executives and the annual Nonprofit Summit.
Alabama’s nonprofit sector generates more than $12 billion annually for our state and employs 12.5% of Alabamians. Alabama’s nonprofits are economic developers, human services providers, community builders and advocates for change. Our executives and volunteers represent the very best Alabama has to offer, and give selflessly of their time, talent, energy and resources toward one common goal – to strengthen our communities by taking care of those in need.
AAN is a proud member of the National Council of Nonprofits, a national network of America's 43 leading nonprofit associations representing more than 25,000 members.
StaffShannon Ammons, CEO
Carla Smotherman, Business Manager
Board MembersClay Vandiver, Chair - United Way of Madison County
Mark Berte - Alabama Coastal Foundation
Terry Burkle - Baldwin County Education Coalition
Marcus Carson - Growing Kings, Inc.
Leslie Ecklund - Burritt Museum
Beth Haddock - United Way of Northwest Alabama
Daniel Kasambira - Hogan Family YMCA
Carolyn Marston - Community Foundation of South Alabama
Adam Muhlendorf - Longleaf Strategies
Eleanor Reeves - Beckwith Camp & Retreat