Southside Foundation, formed in 2021, is a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization serving its community and preserving its historic facilities for use in a new community-focused, whole person service model. The foundation is part of a movement called "Sacred Spaced, Innovative Places: Reimagining Church Property and Facilities as Assets". Southside Foundation started from Southside Baptist Church, situated prominently in the heart of the Five Points South neighborhood.
The church has been a presence in downtown Birmingham for over 100 years. When the demographics of downtown Birmingham changed in the 1970s, some churches relocated to the suburbs, but Southside remained committed to its neighborhood. As church membership dwindled over the years, the campus has gradually become home to nonprofit service provision groups, hosting community nonprofits, a school for critically at-risk youth and adults, feeding ministries, and other organizations providing direct services to the community.
Today, the Southside Nonprofit Center is home to seven Birmingham-area nonprofit organizations, including Collaborative Solutions and its two subsidiary nonprofits, Bridge Ministries, Family Promise, and Alabama Possible. While the Nonprofit Center has been around in some form for almost 20 years, this project is a new phase of advancement as a community asset. The mission of Southside Foundation is to serve the Southside Birmingham community through the Nonprofit Center, which provides affordable space and support for Birmingham nonprofit organizations with a special focus on direct service providers for the Southside community.