Alabama businessman Ricky Brooks has been elected President of the National Christian Foundation/Alabama, replacing Tom Bradford, who is retiring for health reasons.

The move will be effective January 1, 2022.

NCF/Alabama is an affiliate of the National Christian Foundation, the 6th largest foundation in the United States that serves to guide and offer creative solutions to maximize charitable giving to achieve a maximum impact. Since 1982, NCF has assisted more than 30,000 families to mobilized more than $13 billion for 71,000 charities through a giving platform that includes Giving Funds (donor-advised funds), expert strategies for non-cash giving, highly personalized service, and unique community building opportunities.

Bradford opened the Alabama affiliate in 2008 with 12 families who had donor-advised funds, and under his leadership has grown to over 940 families and is ranked by the Birmingham Business Journal as the largest Charitable Trust in Birmingham. Over the years, these families have granted over $280 million to their favorite charities.

He described the purpose of NCF as helping to simplify charitable giving.

“One main portal of changing lives is giving - establishing a network to encourage each other to be generous givers,” Bradford said in 2018 at the 10th anniversary of the Alabama chapter.

And now, with the decision to step down, Bradford said, “I’ve been privileged to lead NCF/Alabama all these years and am blessed by the growth we have seen and the impact generated through the giving of these funds. I could not think of a better leader than Ricky Brooks to guide our office. His experience, servant’s heart and passion for NCF/Alabama will continue these incredible results.”

Brooks is the former Chairman and CEO of Express Oil Change and Tire Engineers. Under his leadership the business grew from 48 stores with $30 million in revenue to over 800 stores with $1.4 billion in annual revenue. He is currently serving as President of the Vestry at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, and is also Chairman of the Board of Campus Outreach Serve, an international ministry which resources Campus Outreach ministries serving 125 campuses on six continents.

Brooks has been affiliated with NCF/Alabama from its beginning as a ‘founding family’ and was instrumental in bringing NCF to Birmingham. He has also served on the Board of Directors.

“I’m humbled and excited by this opportunity,’’ Brooks said. “I am looking forward to starting this new role. I’m grateful for Tom’s leadership and will be building on this foundation as we take NCF/Alabama into the future.”

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