August 2017 – Alabama Family Trust CFO Doug Marshall is known for his servant heart and was recognized for his role in helping others last month when he was named one of Positive Maturity Inc.’s Top 50 Over 50 award winners for 2017 during a ceremony at The Club on July 27.
Marshall was honored for his 28-year experience in corporate finance, including Energen, Alagasco and Ernst & Young, and for his successful switch to the nonprofit sector, where he uses his business acumen to work for the elderly as CFO of Alabama Family Trust. At Alabama Family Trust, Marshall is part of a team, who helps families afford long-term senior living costs through a special needs trust.
Marshall is keenly aware of the financial and emotional challenges of caring for aging loved ones. He and his wife have been primary caregivers for her parents who have both suffered from Alzheimer’s and dementia for many years. Her father passed away in January, and her mother is currently in a nursing home.
As a CPA and financial expert, Marshall well understands how special needs trusts can protect the assets of the elderly in nursing homes and avoid a “spend down” while making funds available to pay for items and services not covered by Medicaid, improving their overall quality of life. You can download the Alabama Family Trust Elderly Brochure here.
For Marshall, the switch to nonprofits is allowing him to fulfill his “servant’s heart” every day. As CFO and Director of Community Relations at Alabama Family Trust, Marshall works alongside nonprofit organizations, health care facilities and government agencies serving the elderly and individuals with disabilities. He played a pivotal leadership role as CFO of United Ability, which was formerly UCP of Greater Birmingham and is a career coach with Grace Ministries in his after-hours. Marshall is also on the Advisory Board for Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area and is Treasurer-Elect and on the Board of the Alabama Gerontological Society. Over his career, he has also served in several volunteer leadership capacities with United Way of Central Alabama. Now, with the Top 50 induction, he gets to be a part of seven highly respected nonprofits: Alabama Family Trust, United Ability, Grace Ministries, Easter Seals, Alabama Gerontological Society, United Way of Central Alabama, and Positive Maturity.
Positive Maturity is a 47-year-old Birmingham-based organization with a mission to keep the aging population actively engaged in their community. Positive Maturity started the Top 50 Over 50 award in 2014 to recognize members of the community who continue to make significant contributions and demonstrate how age is just a number. That makes Marshall an inductee of only the fourth class of Top 50 honorees.