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What is a Community Foundaton?

There's so much more to what we're doing here than just money. 

It's about showing your love for your community. We are so blessed to live in, or vacation in, this beautiful and caring community. Your gift to a fund at the Community Foundation for Mason County will ensure that it stays that way forever. No matter your motivation, charitable giving creates valuable connections between people. Strong connections build amazing communities!

We help donors, grantees, and advisors identify what is needed in the community. By bringing people together around a common mission, and creating links between our resources and your vision for the future, we’re helping to ensure that our communities remain vital and strong. You can trust that your community foundation has the expertise needed to help your investment make the greatest impact.

A community foundation is not about money. It’s about loving where you live. 

 

 

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Memorials & Bequests

Memorials are funds that honor the memory of loved ones, while bequests let you give lasting support for what’s important to your well after you’re gone. We’d love to talk more with you about starting a Memorial or Bequest.

Art and Paula Janousek saw education as their special way of making a difference in the lives and future of children. To make this happen, they gave a generous gift to the Oriole Foundation Fund, totaling $383,358. Their dream lives on each day as students learn and grow at Ludington Area Schools.

 

Jeanne Oakes,
Executive Director
or call 231-845-0326
 
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Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds

Rick and Mary Ann Randall have long been strong community volunteers and supporters. In 2000 they established a fund to support projects for senior citizens and have since established a second Rick and Mary Ann Randall Donor Advised Fund, where they can direct their philanthropy to any number of qualified nonprofits of their choice.

From our Sculpture Park and Sandcastles, to Love Ludington, the Center for the Arts, and the Keith Wilson Children’s Library, as you look around our community you can see so many examples of donor advised funds making a difference. 

A Donor Advised Fund lets you choose where you want to give and what projects you want to support. 

Donors give to where their passion lies. Let us help your passion become positive change in our community. Take some time to think about how you’d like to show your love, and give us a call to set up your fund today.

 

 

Jeanne Oakes,
Executive Director
or call 231-845-0326
 
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Committees Doing Good

Committees Doing Good

In 1987, Ellery and Sue Sabin started what is now a 25 year old tradition in Mason County. Thanks to the Sabin Petunia Parade Endowment Fund, hundreds of Ludington area residents and visitors come together to plant over 30,000 petunias along Ludington Avenue each Spring. 

Other Committee Advised Funds include the: Epworth Fund, Ludington Rotary Fund, Ludington Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund, MCE Athletic Boosters Fund, Mason County Veterans Endowment Fund, Sabin Petunia Parade Endowment Fund and the Triad Endowment Fund.

A Committee Advised Fund is much like a Donor Advised Fund.  It differs only in that it uses a committee that is made up of interested community members to support any cause of your choice. Talk to us about how one of our many committee advised funds can help you make a difference in what matters to you most.

 

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Unrestricted Funds

Unrestricted Funds

Mrs. Smedley, a retired Ludington business women and entrepreneur was a community leader and organizer.  She also left the Community Foundation for Mason County a very significant bequest and with that bequest the Legacy Society for Mason County was formed.  She was elected Mason County Citizen of the Year in 1992, she served as president of the Zonta Club, was on the board of the Mason County Historical Society and West Shore Community College, she was also a member of the Ludington Chamber of Commerce. In her will she designated a distribution from her estate to the Foundation to establish an unrestricted fund to meet the emerging needs of Mason County.  Her dreams for a better community live on forever.

Donors who create an unrestricted fund leave the legwork to us. They trust our team to carefully consider how to make the most of their gift. We constantly talk to non-profit organizations and look for areas of need in our community. Then, we have the flexibility to match our unrestricted dollars to fill in the gaps.

Let’s work together to make sure you’re making the most of your donations.  We can show you how easy it is to start an Unrestricted Fund.

 

Jeanne Oakes,
Executive Director
or call 231-845-0326
 
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Education

Education

Mason Country has twenty-one Scholarship Funds. These three represent some of our work.

Frank Peterson
The family of Merry Peterson established a fund in her memory which helps support a student pursuing a future career in nursing each year. 

Lee Shipman
Lee Shipman’s love of engineering will continue forever in the form of scholarships for students pursuing that field of study. He gives two scholarships to students attending West Shore Community College each year as well as a $5,000 scholarship to a junior or senior already in an engineering program at a 4 year college.

Joe Lancour
The Joe Lancour Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 in honor of his memory. Joe was killed on November 10, 2007 while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Joe graduated from Ludington High School in 2004. Each year a student goes off to college thanks to Joe’s scholarship carrying his hopes and dreams for the future.Gifts to scholarship funds touch the future.  Education is the foundation of all advancement in society. 



Investment opportunities in education range from early childhood education programs to postsecondary institutions. Financial aid makes higher education accessible for students from different economic backgrounds because of your support.  

Sometimes scholarships do more than pay tuition.  They let you become a part of someone’s life story.  Let us help you begin a scholarship fund.

 

Jeanne Oakes,
Executive Director
or call 231-845-0326
 
 
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Community

Community

In 2008 Ted Arens and Budde Reed established the Mason County Veteran’s Endowment Fund. The fund supports unmet needs of veterans that reside in Mason County. 

The 2014 Lake Jump helped increase the fund by $26,000 and the committee is actively working to coordinate activities surrounding the traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall that is coming to Ludington from August 27 to the 31st. The traveling wall is a scaled down copy of the permanent structure in Washington D.C. It is 8-10 feet tall, 362 feet long, and has the names of American soldiers who died during the Vietnam War engraved on it.

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Grants

Only one year ago a discussion began about putting new playground equipment in Summit Park. Two women with a wonderful vision, Susan Cornelius and Nancy Hager, worked to bring that discussion to life. 

Today with the help of donations, grants, and some great volunteers, children are enjoying the beautiful playground every day. 

Sue and her husband generously started the Friends of Summit Park fund. The fund is running strong with many other ideas in tow to keep the park updated and make it a family favorite destination.

 

 

 

Jeanne Oakes,
Executive Director
or call 231-845-0326
 
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