Riverbend Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Riverbend Foundation supports mental health efforts in Northwest Alabama.

FUNDING AREAS: Mental health

IP TAKE: Most of Riverbend’s funds go towards projects for its own center, but this is still a good foundation to know for other local mental health nonprofits.

PROFILE: The Riverbend Foundation is a community foundation based in Florence, Alabama. This foundation is affiliated with the Riverbend Center for Mental Health and solicits donations of money, land, and equities and that are tax deductible. It was developed to raise funds and distribute both funds and information to the community about mental health. Locally, it supports mental health efforts and scholarships for mental health staff members.

The Riverbend Foundation is a mental health funder that supports counseling services, children’s programs, and a wide range of mental disorders. These include depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse, and general psychiatry. Most of its grants go towards capital expenditures for Riverbend Center projects, as well general operating support for ongoing operations, and scholarships for staff members. It also provides funding for various other local mental health activities. Riverbend works with the local judicial system and law enforcement, provides services for the local drug court, and participates in local children’s policy councils.

Grants range between about $3,000 and $30,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on organizations on the Shoals area of Alabama and the city of Florence. It also supports the Northwest Alabama communities of Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale counties. Past local grantees include the Riverbend Center for Mental Health, Day by Day, and Nami Shoals.

This foundation may accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits that are submitted via mail. Direct general questions to the staff at 256-764-3431.


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