How Megan Montgomery Foundation Grants Work

Megan’s Foundation is a grantmaking tax exempt charitable nonprofit. We do not teach content or provide programs. We distribute our funds to 501c (3) nonprofits who will provide age-appropriate healthy relationship programming for the students they serve.

The biggest barrier for schools to implement age-appropriate healthy relationship education is lack of time and staff. Megan's foundation grants help them to eliminate that barrier.

Megans Foundation is an advocate and catalyst for change by initiating and collaborating with leaders at educational institutions and nonprofits to impact the lives of the youth they serve. The primary audience for this programming is the 16 to 24 age group because that is the age group who is at the highest risk for relationship violence.

According to researchers and health and social science experts:
Primary prevention aims to prevent disease or injury before it occurs. This happens by educating and altering unsafe or unhealthy behaviors.
Secondary prevention (what all DV agencies do) aims to reduce the impact of disease or injury AFTER it has already occurred.

We focus on PRIMARY prevention rather than response because we must reduce the life changing negative impacts of relationship violence-- the trauma, anxiety, depression, and negative impact on academics, work performance, health issues and heartache. When a student is suffering from the effects of relationship violence, whether from a peer or parent, they cannot achieve excellence in the classroom.

Our grant making impacts the holistic needs of the child and is not limited to the academic child.

There are many evidence- based primary prevention programs currently available most are free, but they all require a staff person to deliver dedicated to learning and implementing the program. Megan's foundation grant gives schools the financial resources to engage appropriate staff. We suggest they review the following programs or conduct their own research: One Love Foundation, CDC Dating Matters@Toolkit, Alteristic Green Dot, Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage, No More, MCSR, AMEND Together Program for boys and young men. There are others as well.

In return for our grant, we ask each grantee organization to conduct a short pre and post survey on the level of knowledge that students have about healthy relationships, such as setting boundaries, consent, respect, controlling emotions, communication skills, empathy, conflict resolution skills and others.

Healthy relationship education is different than character education. Character education emphasizes management of self, being morally responsible, in terms of how we treat others. Healthy relationship education emphasizes not only that, but also how we respond in relationships with others whose values do not reflect our own. When evidence-based curricula is used, the students are interactive, involved and love being a part of it. It is what they face every day of their lives and is important to their mental health.

Not all disrespect results in violence but all violence starts with disrespect.

We have distributed $104,000 so far to schools and colleges to provide healthy relationship education!

Homewood Rotary Club

AMEND Kickoff event at Homewood Library

Alabama State University Man to Manpower Event

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UAB: “Programs focusing on interpersonal violence prevention can never do “too much”. The support we received from the Megan Montgomery Foundation will significantly help us increase visibility and the number of students we can reach, so we can have these critical conversations early in their adult life.”
– Mica Harrell, M.A., CHES® | Director Wellness Promotion, Division of Student Affairs.

2022- 2024 GRANT RECIPIENTS

$134,000 Cumulative Grants Awarded from the Megan Montgomery Foundation, Inc.

(formerly Megan’s Domestic Violence Prevention Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham)

  1. Restoration Academy $1,200: Christian school in Fairfield, Al.  They created a new “Healthy U” Program for 8th graders to learn conflict resolution without violence.  Target audience: Middle School students.
  2. Crisis Center of Central Alabama $2,000: Bystander Intervention Programs- For anyone to know how to intervene safely in risky situations to prevent drug facilitated sexual violence.  Target audience: bartenders and wait staff.
  3. YWCA Central Al. $5,000:  We initiated and funded the AMEND Together kick-off event: a “good guy “primary prevention program to engage men and boys to be a part of the solution of violence against women and girls. In-school clubs for boys and mentorships by good men offered.  Target audience: Boys and young men in middle, high schools.
  4. Samford University, Homewood, Al. $4,500 yr 1, & $7,500 yr 2:  We initiated a collaboration with their Wellness/Counseling Dept, & Title IX office, for Megan’s funding to create an MSW Graduate Assistantship position to prioritize interpersonal violence prevention campus-wide with healthy and safe relationship education to begin Spring ’23 Target audience: All students, undergraduate and graduate.
  5. University of West Alabama: $10,000 & $10,000 yr 2:We initiated a collaboration to provide campus-wide primary prevention education. They are contracting with outside experts to present sexual assault prevention (RAINN), dating violence & healthy relationships, bystander intervention, consent & Alabama state laws, and crisis intervention.  Target audience: All students
  6. Girl Spring: $200 – Mom & daughters’ breakfast. How to recognize unhealthy relationships and access help.  Target audience: Girls age 12-15 They reach approximately 13,000 girls a month through its digital platform.
  7. Girls Scouts of North Central Alabama:  $4,300We initiated this effort, for age-appropriate healthy relationship education patch program. Target audience: All Cadette and Sr Girls programs in North Central Alabama.
  8. One Place Family Justice Center: $300. We initiated & led the effort and funded the creation of help posters to be displayed in women’s restrooms in organizations, churches, etc. with tear-off coupons with DV hotline phone numbers. Collaborated with YWCA, Crisis Center, and then HICA to create Hispanic version of our poster. Now partnering with Positive Maturity RSVP volunteers to scale the distribution up.
  9. Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL. $5,000 Men and Boys program to prevent violence against young women and hold each other accountable. Target audience: men and boys campus wide and high school boys.
  10. University of Alabama at Birmingham Student Wellness $10,000 – For two major campus-wide Interpersonal Violence Prevention educational campaigns. To enable students to recognize relationship violence before it escalates and hold each other accountable for harmful behaviors. Target audience: young men and women campus wide.  
  11. Wallace State Community College $5,000- Campus wide interactive healthy relationship programs using the national One Love Foundation curriculum. Our funding provides staff stipend to develop and implement it. 
  12. Johns Hopkins School of Nursing $39,000. We initiated this to conduct the gold standard DV Danger Assessment Training at UAB and St. Vincent’s to underwrite the certification of 130 healthcare workers, nurses, social workers, etc. First time ever. No hospital in our area was utilizing this assessment, other than VA. It measures the homicide risk of DV victims when they are patients. If Megan had been assessed, it would have been proof for the judge to believe the danger she was in and issue a Protection order, as she requested, to save her life. It was denied to her.
  13. Gadsden State Community College $3,140- We initiated webinar for healthy relationship programming campus-wide. 
  14. HICA (Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama) $5,000- Funds supporting age-appropriate healthy relationship education and domestic violence awareness/prevention for Alabama Latino/Hispanic.
  15. Queens University in Charlotte, NC $10,000- Campus wide V.I.P. (Violence Intervention Program) to educate students, through peers, how to prevent interpersonal violence, recognize the warning signs and bystander prevention.
  16. Marion Military Institute $10,500- Enhance healthy relationship education/awareness in support of Title IX education and training within the MMI corps of cadets.

Schools and Organizations that received grants from MMF