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New 2017-18 Youth Council Members

New 2017-18 Youth Council Members

We are pleased to introduce the new Youth Council members who are joining the committee this academic year! They represent a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives on our community.

Renovations Embraced By Community!

Many thanks to everyone who stopped by for our Community Open House on October 10th! In addition to the busy Open House, we hosted two dedications and two preview events, resulting in 350+ people seeing our enhanced space to serve Washtenaw County.

Give (Yet) This Year!

Give (Yet) This Year!

Whether you just procrastinated or are now worried about possible tax changes, we're in the office to help until 5:30pm on Friday, December 29, 2018.

Glacier Hills and Trinity Health Senior Communities Donate $18M to Transform Support for Vulnerable Seniors in Washtenaw County

Through the generosity of Ann Arbor’s Glacier Hills Senior Living Community and Trinity Health Senior Communities of Livonia, MI, an $18.25 million fund has been created to benefit senior adults in Washtenaw County—especially those at-risk and with low incomes—in perpetuity, managed by AAACF.

Three New Partnerships to Help Ypsilanti Youth Announced at Gathering of Community Leaders

Three New Partnerships to Help Ypsilanti Youth Announced at Gathering of Community Leaders

A packed gathering of private, public, and nonprofit leaders at Eagle Crest Golf Club in Ypsilanti heard announcements of three new collaborations to incentivize educational success for Ypsilanti Community School (YCS) students.

Request For Proposals (RFP): Bach Fund & Youth Council Grants

AAACF is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications! Available grant programs include the Bach Fund for Seniors Grant Program and the Youth Council Grant Program.

Video: Community Scholarship Program Experiences

Savannah Ellington, a 2016 Community Scholar, and Shawntae Harris, College Success Coach, shared their experiences with the Community Scholarship Program at the 2016 Founders Society Luncheon.

The Shaffers Are Helping Students— Yesterday, Today, and Forever!

The Shaffers Are Helping Students— Yesterday, Today, and Forever!

Talk about a continued commitment to encouraging young people to go to college! Even after careers as educators, Marie Shaffer thought there was something more to be done by her and her late husband Earl W. Shaffer to incentivize college graduation. Thanks to the ongoing Level the Playing Field Fund dollar-per-dollar match—and the benefit of the IRA charitable rollover (see below)—the Earl & Marie Shaffer Scholarship Fund will do just that through the Community Scholarship Program.

Washtenaw Coordinated Funders Receive HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

Washtenaw Coordinated Funders Receive HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) has been awarded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, accepted on behalf of the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders (AAACF, the United Way of Washtenaw County, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, RNR Foundation, Washtenaw County, the City of Ann Arbor, and the Washtenaw Urban County).

2017 Annual Community Meeting Recap

2017 Annual Community Meeting Recap

Many thanks to the 400+ attendees at our Annual Community Meeting on May 8, 2017 at Washtenaw Community College! It was a great evening, full of community connections, learning, and big announcements.

AAACF Youth Council 2017 Graduating Seniors

AAACF Youth Council 2017 Graduating Seniors

Youth Council consists of ~25 diverse students from Ann Arbor public, private, and independent high schools who work together to better the lives of youth in Washtenaw County. At the 2017 Youth Council Year-End Reception, we celebrated the graduations of six of our Youth Council members.

Celebration of Scholarships Luncheon

Celebration of Scholarships Luncheon

On June 6th, AAACF held an inaugural event, a Celebration of Scholarships Luncheon, to honor our scholarship donors, committee volunteers, and recipients.

New Impact Investing/Nonprofit Loan Program Announced

New Impact Investing/Nonprofit Loan Program Announced

With the creation of a new $500,000 loan fund, Washtenaw County nonprofits will soon have access to a new source of capital. During its 2017 Annual Community Meeting, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) announced an enhanced “impact investing” effort made possible by a social-impact strategist and donor.

Bold Ideas for Community Investment

Bold Ideas for Community Investment

In the fall of 2016, AAACF piloted a new type of community investment, called Bold Ideas, to invest in innovative ideas and projects that generate a significant leap in how our community addresses a long-term or emerging need.

Crowd-Granting 2016 Report

Crowd-Granting 2016 Report

At our Annual Community Meeting this past May, we asked the community to take part in a new activity that put them in the driver’s seat as grantmakers, while also giving them a chance to let us know how they thought our resources should be divided up between our priorities. This "Crowd-Granting" activity asked each participant to take an imaginary $100 and divide it up between AAACF’s four strategic priorities: Cultural Economic Development, our new Community Scholarship Program, Coordinated Funding, and Rewarding Success.

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