Rotary Club of Birmingham Foundation

The Rotary Club of Birmingham Foundation (“RCB Foundation”) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to serve as the charitable arm to the Rotary Club of Birmingham (RCB) in supporting and providing resources for RCB’s service role in the Birmingham community and abroad.  To fulfill its mission, the Foundation receives, manages, and distributes two types of charitable funds: current use funds and endowed funds. The Rotary Club of Birmingham and its Foundation encourage individual donors, corporate donors, and foundation donors to establish permanent funds as a part of the Foundation’s endowment to benefit and further the service mission of RCB and the charitable mission of the Foundation through long-term planning.

As proscribed in the bylaws of the Rotary Club of Birmingham Foundation, the organization is governed by a group of RCB Rotarians who serve on its Board of Directors. The Board includes the Rotary Club of Birmingham President, Treasurer, and Vice President of Community Service, who each serve one-year terms. The remaining board members serve up to two three-year terms. The current members of the RCB Foundation Board are listed below:

  • Lee Weathers, RCB Foundation Chair
  • Brenda Hackney, President, RCB
  • Jon Whetsell, RCB Treasurer
  • Danny McKinney, RCB Foundation Treasurer
  • Clark Watson, RCB VP Community Service
  • Leslie Carlisle
  • Bing Edwards
  • Betsy Holloway
  • Jim Hughey
  • Alesia Jones
  • Emmett McLean
  • Denise Moore
  • Hatton Smith
  • Tommy Smith
  • Kennon Walthall
  • Dan Stephens, RCB Foundation Secretary

Thanks to the generosity of Birmingham Rotarians and their families, the level of impact from the RCB Foundation continues to grow. The RCB Foundation is working to establish both current use funds as well as permanently endowed funds to generate revenue for key areas of RCB charitable service and outreach in order to further the Club’s service mission and activities as well as its programming aligned with the global priorities of Rotary International. This includes funds focused in five sectors, or areas of impact, within the Rotary Club of Birmingham Foundation:


Unrestricted funds to be allocated by the RCB Foundation board to the greatest, most urgent needs of the community, the nation, and the world. This may include the needs of any of the sectors below or other critical needs such as disaster relief or similar purposes identified by the Club or its Foundation Board of Directors. Unrestricted funds represent the top fundraising priority of the Rotary Club of Birmingham.   


  • Strengthening Community
  • Health and Recreation


  • Promoting Peace
  • Fighting Disease
  • Providing Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
  • Serving Mothers and Children
  • Supporting Education
  • Growing Local Economies


  • Ethical Standards in Business and Professions
  • Fostering Service in Pursuit of Vocations
  • Recognizing Worthiness in All Vocations


  • Leadership Development in Youth and Young Adults
  • Community Service Projects
  • International Service Programs
  • Exchange Programs


The activities of our RCB Foundation are inspired by the Rotary Motto “Service Above Self.” The pages of our website provide examples of the RCB Foundation at work in the Birmingham area and in our international community.

The Rotary International Foundation is based in Evanston, IL and is managed by the Rotary International Foundation Board of Trustees. The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, also strongly supported by Birmingham Rotarians, supports an array of projects that save and invigorate lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding. Its signature project, “Polio Plus,” has aimed to eradicate the threat of polio around the world. The Paul Harris Fellow program is another important element of the fundraising program of Rotary International’s Foundation.

The two foundations, The Rotary Club of Birmingham Foundation and The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, both aim to make this world a better place and are worthy of support by all Birmingham Rotarians.