As I begin my fourth week as The ELM Foundation's new Program Director for the True Charity Community Initiative and the CharityTracker program, our Executive Director, Missy Hanks, asked me to introduce myself and share with you a little about me. Prior to joining the ELM Foundation, I served as the Membership Coordinator at South Huntsville Main Business Association and as the Management Academy Program Director for Leadership Greater Huntsville. I am currently a sustaining member of the Junior League of Huntsville, after serving as its Executive Vice President in 2018-2019, and I serve on the Board of Directors of the North Alabama Soccer Coalition. I am a graduate of Leadership Greater Huntsville's Management Academy Class 8 and Focus Class 37 and am a recipient of the Junior League of Huntsville's Karen Spearing Active of the Year Award. Originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, I am a graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law (J.D., 2002) and a magna cum laude graduate of The University of Alabama (B.A., 1997). I have a loving and supportive husband, Andrew, and we are blessed with three very active sons. We are members of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in South Huntsville, and our sons attend St. John Paul II Catholic High School and Holy Spirit Regional School.

Those who know me know very well that I am passionate about serving in our growing community, and most of the time when I am not with my family, I am working on or volunteering for projects to benefit and give back to this wonderful place I have been blessed to call home for the past 20 years. I am especially grateful to have now been given another opportunity to make a positive impact: the opportunity to be a local champion and voice for more effective charity. Last week, I attended my first True Charity Workshop in Foley, Alabama, and I am eager to share with our nonprofits and churches, community leaders, generous donors, and others many ideas on how we can work together to do charity more effectively. If I have learned anything about Huntsville since moving here in 2002, it is this: we are always searching for better, smarter, and more innovative ways to solve problems and make our community the shining star of our state. I know there are challenges ahead, especially with the fast-paced growth Huntsville is experiencing, but I also know that we have the collective resolve to face these challenges head-on and to work together to solve them in the smartest, most logical ways.If you have any questions about True Charity or CharityTracker, please reach out to me via email - or via phone - 256.424.1907. I look forward to working together to move the needle toward more effective charity!

by Beth Zinn

True Charity Community Initiative, Program Director

"Compassion is a powerful force, a stamp of the Divine nature within our spirits." -Robert D. Lupton