Community foundations are nonprofit
organizations established to meet the current and future
needs of our local communities. We offer you all the tax
advantages of charitable giving, the long-term benefits
of endowment funding, and the ability to establish a
legacy fund in the name of your family or a loved one.
Three distinct features
you give through your community foundation...
You receive personalized service.
Michigan community foundations provide personalized
service, helping individuals, families, businesses, and
nonprofit organizations achieve their charitable and
financial goals by offering tools and resources that
make giving easy, flexible, and effective. Our donors
can create personal legacies via named funds, teaching
future generations the value of giving back. We offer
involvement in recommending (to community foundation
board of directors) uses of a gift, while providing the
option to give anonymously.
We create giving solutions that fit every
You access local expertise. Your
community foundation is a local organization staffed by
people from your community and led by a local board of
trustees. This group of people has an in-depth knowledge
of the issues, opportunities and resources that shape
your community, enabling them to play a key role in
solving community problems, while helping donors learn
more about local needs in order to make their giving as
effective as possible.
We help donors make a difference where it is
You support community
foundations play a key role in addressing community
needs, now and in the future. We act as a community
catalyst, bringing diverse voices and groups together to
address local issues, and fostering greater giving and
volunteering in our communities. We build endowments to
ensure grants support the community forever. We are
governed by leaders with strong ties to our communities.
Our work ties closely to that of nonprofits; we foster
the development of new organizations and programs,
support high-impact opportunities, and re-direct funds
as community needs change.
Our business is building