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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.

Impact Investing at AAACF

“Impact investing actually represents a much wider spectrum of possibilities than traditional grantmaking,” says Neel Hajra, president and CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. This three-minute video tells the story behind the renovations at a local fine arts organization and how it became a reality due to a low interest loan from AAACF.

$4.5 Million in Human Services Funding Awarded to Non-Profits Providing Safety Net Services by Coordinated Funders

Washtenaw Coordinated Funders, a consortium of public and private funders, awarded $4.586 million for Human Services Program/Operations to meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable for the next two years. Funding was awarded in four priority areas: Aging, Housing & Homelessness, Safety-Net Health & Nutrition, and Cradle to Career–Early Childhood & School-Age Youth for both Program Operations and Capacity Building.
Anonymous Donor Gives $1 Million for Local Low-Income Student Scholarships and Challenges Community with a $250K Match

Anonymous Donor Gives $1 Million for Local Low-Income Student Scholarships and Challenges Community with a $250K Match

The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) just announced a new $1 million-dollar endowed scholarship fund, the Level the Playing Field Fund, created by an anonymous donor new to AAACF. As its name implies, the Level the Playing Field Fund is intended to create a more equitable means for students to succeed. The Fund will be administered under AAACF’s Community Scholarship Program.
Wilson Foundation $250,000 Grant for Sustainability

Wilson Foundation $250,000 Grant for Sustainability

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Announces $250,000 Grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
Coordinated Funding: St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Commits $250,000 Annually to Washtenaw Coordinated Funders Collaboration

Coordinated Funding: St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Commits $250,000 Annually to Washtenaw Coordinated Funders Collaboration

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has pledged $250,000 annually to the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders collaboration to support health and human service agencies that serve Washtenaw County.

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