About AAN

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:

  • Educate

    Meaningful Learning

    We support and offer high-quality educational opportunities that elevate and enhance the individual professionals and volunteer leaders within nonprofit organizations.

  • Elevate

    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.

  • Connect

    Strategic Collaborations

    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.

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.

Our Mission

The mission of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits (AAN) is to strengthen and support Alabama nonprofit organizations in serving their communities.

Our Vision

For Alabama to have a healthy, responsive nonprofit sector that improves the quality of life for all citizens.


Carla Smotherman, Business Manager

Board Members

Clay 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