What is a Community Foundation?

A Community Foundation is a not-for-profit organization recognized under the federal tax code section 501(c)(3).  The Foundation permanently endows all of its funds to create a source of funding for local causes.  Grants are made from the interest accrued by the endowment funds to support these local worthy projects or activities.  This arrangement ensures contributors that their charitable contribution will continue to benefit their community forever.

Contributors can designate or focus their gifts by specifying a field of interest or particular charitable cause to which they wish their endowment to be directed.  A board of trustees, volunteers from the local community, oversee the activities of the foundation to assure contributor wishes and the needs of the community are being met.

The Schoolcraft County Community Foundation has been in existence since 1994.  The Foundation has begun to realize enough earnings from the endowment funds to sponsor grants to local organizations and individuals.  To date over $120,000 has been granted in Schoolcraft County.

The Schoolcraft County Community Foundation continues to solicit contributors and pursue activities which will increase the amount of endowed funds which serve as the principal for grant-making.  If you are interested in making your charitable contribution work for you and your community now and into the future, consider making Schoolcraft County Community Foundation your choice.

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Tax Wise Giving

Taking Advantage of Tax Saving Opportunities

Donors to the Schoolcraft County Community Foundation have diverse backgrounds but share a common commitment to their community’s present and future well being.

These donors, representing individuals, families, organizations and corporations are interested in providing financial support to charitable agencies and programs serving residents of Schoolcraft county.

The motives for giving may be diverse, nevertheless, wise donors take advantage of tax saving opportunities which exist.

Benefactors ($25,000 – $249,999)

Roy and Vivian Nelson Trust
North Country Bank & Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Founders ($5,000 – $24,999)

Mr. Gary Swayer
Council of Michigan Foundations
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Bidelman
Seney Natural History Assoc.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Burnis
Peter J. Hood and Christine Worley
Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Johnson
National Philanthropic Trust
Mr. Brad Canale, TTEE
GTE Foundation
Mr. John E. MacFarlane III
Manistique Papers, Inc.
Mead Corp. Foundation
Mr. Christopher Nord
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Panek
Pitts-Johnson Family

Patrons ($1,000 – $4,999)

Mr. and Mrs. Kelly George
Davidson Family Fund
Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility
Mr. and Mrs. William Rohring
Goudreau Wakely, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. John Kleis
Mr. Arthur G. Souter
Manistique Lions Club, Club # 4390
Hailey and Mary Hughes
Dr. and Mrs. Dieter Wendling
Mr. Christopher Nordhoff
K & L Enterprises, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. George Graeber
Mr. John Neu
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Cool
Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Hoffman
Mrs. Mia Kemppainen
Schoolcraft County Historical Society
Mr. Alfred Cayia
Gulliver Mud Drags
Ms. Mary L. Hughes
Richardson Jewelers
Mr. Theodore L. Brown
WPS Resources Foundation
Upper Peninsula Power Company
Ms. Luane Hoffman
Mr. and Mrs. James L. Hughes
Forrest and Donna Wolfe
Dean and Barbara Wood
Ms. Cynthia Hoholik
Richard and Lisa Demers
Edison Sault Electric Company
Christina and Billy Keener
Lakeshore Shell
M. Vonciel LeDuc
Daniel and Cheryl Purcell
Putvin Drug Store
Specialty Minerals
State Savings Bank
Ms. Cheryl Weber
Mr. and Mrs. Mark McCune
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Markus
Mr. and Mrs. Angus Wright
Measurex Corporation
Chris Gonyea

Cornerstones ($500 – $999)

Drs. Peter and Gail (Hoholik) Jacobs​
Mr. Robert Gunderson
Thompson Veterinary Clinic
Ms. Virginia L. Clairmont
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Perigo
Ms. Mary Ellen Anderson
Mr. Gene R. Newman
Mr. and Mrs. Carl R. Furmanek
Ms. Dona Sontag Bradt
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hughes
Mr. and Mrs. George Lyon Jr.
4-H Team Club
Ms. Linda Barnett
Don and Sue Belleville
Mr. and Mrs. John Arnold
Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. McConnell
Bill and Vallie Conboy
Ms. Jane K. Heminger
George’s True Value
Marie and Marvin Grover
Males Snyder Drug
MFC First National Bank
Wesley and Nina Orr
Paul’s Plumbing and Appliance
Mr. and Mrs. Alan J. Barr
Cloverland Electric Cooperative
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beldin

…and many individual donors