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Katie Celebrates 15 Years with CFA

March 30, 2020

Katie Alford, President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Abilene (CFA), celebrates 15 years of service at CFA!

Katie began working at CFA as the finance director March 28, 2005. She became President/CEO in 2009, succeeding Nancy Jones, who had served as CEO since CFA's founding in 1985.

During Katie's time as leader, the foundation's total assets have grown from less than $70 million to as high as $140 million. In its fiscal year 2019, CFA awarded a record $8 million in grants.

Other foundation accomplishments under Katie's leadership:

  • Established a fund and lead fundraising efforts for local volunteer fire departments battling wildfires in 2011 and 2014
  • Launched Abilene Gives, a 24-hour day of giving to support local nonprofits, in 2017
  • Acquired, renovated and expanded a downtown building, and moved into the new CFA home in 2018
  • Established the Abilene Relief Fund and partnered with the United Way of Abilene for tornado relief efforts in 2019
  • Established the Support Abilene Fund to provide funding to nonprofits affected by COVID-19 in 2020

Katie has served on a number of civic and nonprofit boards over the years, including the First Financial Bank, Chamber of Commerce (Chair in 2013), Serenity Foundation, Hendrick Home for Children, the Chamber's Military Affairs Committee, the Abilene Industrial Foundation and others.

She has been named an AAUW Woman of Outstanding Achievement, and CFA was a co-recipient of the Chamber's inaugural Nonprofit of the Year Award in 2019.

She grew up in Seminole, Texas and moved to Abilene in 1995 to study at Abilene Christian University, where she received a degree in finance. Before coming to the Community Foundation in 2005, she worked in accounting for Hendrick Health Systems and, before that, doing investment work for Financial Advisor Paul Schnitman.

Fun fact about Katie: She's an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Congratulations on 15 years of incredible work, Katie!

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