BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - The roles of non-profits are paramount; helping those who don't quite have everything they need.
In the wake of the indictment of Gayle Cunningham, former Executive Director of the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity, for theft of nearly half a million dollars, some may wonder where are the checks and balances?
"No amount of controls can stop leakage from any given organization," says Billy Baxter.
Baxter is the CEO of the Alabama Association of NonProfits, membership based organization formed to serve the needs of Alabama's growing nonprofit sector.
He says there are best practices when it comes to managing contributions from donors.
"Staff certainly play a part, the board plays a part, the audit is very important."
And most importantly maintaining the confidence from those who support them, he adds.
"Anytime that something happens in an organization that affects the confidence in that organization it's an issue."
You can research organizations you support on sites like Guidestar, While no system is full proof, any additional amount of knowledge about where you're money is going will bring confidence.
The memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday is poised to be one of the largest such gatherings in generations with tens of thousands of local mourners and dozens of foreign leaders expected.
The Birmingham Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened early Sunday morning on the 2000 block of Pearson Avenue Southwest.
In death, Nelson Mandela unified South Africans of all races and backgrounds Sunday on a day of prayer for the global statesman — from a vaulted cathedral with hymns and incense to a rural, hilltop church with goat-skin drums and barefoot dancing.
Auburn wins the SEC Championship beating Missouri 59-42. Here's the full post-game press conference with Head Coach Gus Malzahn and MVP running back Tre Mason.
Stores like Academy Sports in Hoover have unleashed their 2013 Auburn Tigers SEC Champions gear.
The Auburn mascot couldn't help but show off some of his moves after Auburn's big victory!
Melissa Kim catches up with both Auburn and Missouri fans as they make their way into the SEC Championship.
Auburn amasses close to 700 total yards of offense on their way to winning the 2013 SEC Championship.