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)

North Country Bank & Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Founders ($5,000 – $24,999)

Gerald and Linda Bidelman
Michael and Kimberley Burnis
Brad Canale
GTE Foundation
J.E. MacFarlane
Manistique Papers, Inc.
Mead Corp. Foundation
National Philanthropic Trust
Christopher Nord
Bob and Lila Panek
Pitts-Johnson Family
Seney Natural History Assoc. Gary Swayer

Patrons ($1,000 – $4,999)

A.J. and Roma Cayia
Clifford and Patty Cool
Council of Michigan Foundations
Richard and Lisa Demers
Edison Sault Electric
Hailey and Mary Hughes
Kelly and Victoria George
Goudreau Wakely, Inc.
George and Susan Graebar
Luane Hoffman
Michael and Margaret Hoffman
K&L Enterprises, Inc.
Christina and Billy Keener
Mia Kemppainen
John and Joanne Kleis
Lakeshore Shell
M. Vonciel LeDuc
Manistique Lions Club
Measurex Corp.
John Neu
Christopher Nordhoff
Daniel Purcell
Putvin Drug Store
Richardson Jewelers
William and Charlotte Rohring
Schoolcraft County Historical Society
Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility
Arthur Souter
Specialty Minerals
State Savings Bank
Upper Peninsula Power Company
Cheryl Weber
Dieter and Eva Wendling
Forrest and Donna Wolfe
Dean and Barbara Wood
WPS Resources Foundation, Inc.

Cornerstones ($500 – $999)

4-H Team Club
Linda Barnett
Don and Sue Bellville
Dona Sontag Bradt
Virginia Clarimont
Bill and Vallie Conboy
Jane K. Heminger
George’s True Value
Marie and Marvin Grover
Males Snyder Drug
Mark and Mary McCune
MFC First National Bank
Wesley and Nina Orr
Paul’s Plumbing & Appliance
Donald and Giannine Perigo
Thompson Veterinary Clinic
…. and many individual donors