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Brooke Coleman named inaugural recipient of the Cameron Vowell Changemaker Award by The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham
The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham presented the inaugural Cameron Vowell Changemaker Award to Brooke Coleman, Birmingham philanthropist and long-time volunteer leader for The Women’s Fund.
Announced at The Women’s Fund’s annual meeting on December 5, Coleman accepted the award in front of more than 100 guests, including current and former board members, volunteers, grantee partners, and staff.
“There is no way to put into words just how much Brooke means to The Women’s Fund, but we feel she embodies the passion and commitment we’re seeking to honor with the Cameron Vowell Changemaker Award,” said Tracey Morant Adams, Board Chair for The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham. “Brooke’s creative and experienced leadership across Birmingham is not only inspiring and important to The Women’s Fund, but impactful for the central Alabama region as well. She has a gracious and generous spirit and is very deserving of this honor.”
Coleman has provided volunteer leadership to a wide variety of nonprofits in Birmingham, her hometown, and Connecticut, building broad experience in governance, fundraising, and strategic planning. She has also served as the Director of Gift Planning at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, where she strengthened her client’s crucial role in philanthropy and helped families achieve their charitable goals to leave a legacy of impact. In addition to The Women’s Fund, Coleman is a volunteer leader with the Creative Montessori School and the Alabama Symphony. She is a member of the 2015 class of Leadership Birmingham and currently serves on the boards of the Alabama Association of Charitable Gift Planners, Birmingham Education Foundation, and Holy Family Cristo Rey School.
Coleman graduated from Smith College and received an MA in History from the University of Chicago and an MBA with a focus in nonprofit management from Yale University School of Management. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Daniel, who serves as president of Birmingham-Southern College.
“The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham’s mission of accelerating economic opportunities for women through philanthropy, research and advocacy is critical for our community. As a longtime volunteer with the organization, I’m continually inspired by their much-needed efforts to be a voice for Alabama women and build a region where all women and their families thrive,” said Coleman.
“It is an exceptional privilege to receive an award that honors the significant contributions Cameron Vowell has made in helping to build institutions of lasting impact like The Women’s Fund. I am proud to share my time and resources to support their mission and excited to see the organization continue to grow.”
The Cameron Vowell Changemaker Award will be given annually to a critical supporter of The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham who challenges the status quo and demonstrates exemplary commitment to advancing gender equity through their giving and actions.
Dr. Cameron Vowell, the award’s namesake, has been transformational for the Birmingham region and state through her leadership and philanthropy. She has been at the helm of some of our community’s foremost changes and been active in public affairs for more than 40 years. A pioneer for championing causes that uniquely impact the environment and women, Dr. Vowell is a notable founder of the Alabama Women’s Initiative, the Alabama Solution, and The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham.
“As a founder of The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, Cam has been a catalyst for community change. Her servant leadership to causes that advance women and the community has impacted the lives of many,” explained Melanie R. Bridgeforth, President & CEO of The Women’s Fund.
“She has been an integral part of the success that The Women’s Fund enjoys today as a thriving, growing, changing-making philanthropy raising critical funds, conducting much-needed research, and advocating for women across the state of Alabama. Brooke Coleman is the perfect first recipient of this award named in Cam’s honor. They are both changemakers not only for The Women’s Fund, but for all of Alabama.”