2020 has brought unprecedented challenges across every aspect of life and work worldwide. Incredible people have risen to the challenge—pivoting, reinventing, reimagining and working harder than ever before. Birmingham’s non-profit leaders transformed annual galas into virtual gatherings, transitioned runs into races for runners to complete on their own time, and innovated new ways to raise funds and provide services to those in need throughout the Magic City. We asked our nonprofit partners to nominate the volunteers who helped them get through this year. We are proud to spotlight some of the individuals who played integral roles as Birmingham’s 2020 Trailblazers.

Name: Tripp Alexander

Work: Colliers International

Charity: Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama

Motivation: I learned of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Alabama through another club it's supported by, The Phoenix Club of Birmingham, Which served as my training wheels for becoming involved and eventually a board member. I was attracted to the opportunity to work with an organization that has such a direct impact on the Birmingham metro area.

What I Gained from 2020: We had our annual fundraising event in February! I was the chair, and have thought many times of this blessing. Moving forward I have been so impressed with the Club's leadership this year. Their 'windshield approach' is essential in navigating these times. I am confident in their abilities.

Check out all of our 2020 Trailblazers here!