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The Cadillac Area Community Foundation enhances the quality of life for all members of our community through philanthropy – connecting donor gifts with the needs of our community.

Important News & Application Forms


2022 Updates

The Cadillac Area Community Foundation is
thrilled to announce

this year’s scholarship awards totaled $102,580.

CACF Youth Advisory Committee 2022 Needs Assessment Results- Click Here

Cadillac Area Men’s Giving Circle awarded $16,500 in grants to support men and boys needs in the Cadillac Area.

Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle awarded $21,181 in grants to support women and girls in the Cadillac Area.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE:

The Ardis/Lueder Northern Lower Michigan Endowed Scholarship Fund, supports a student in a recognized dental program at the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan or the University of Detroit.  Preference would be granted to a student who is from Wexford, Missaukee, or Osceola Counties.

Qualified students in the post-graduate, fourth, and third-year program.  Payment will go directly to the school attending.

The David A. Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund for Civil & Environmental Engineering student at Michigan State University.

Any currently enrolled, second year or higher, civil & environmental engineering student at Michigan State University.  Payment will go directly to the school attending.

Deadline for scholarships is July 15, 2022

2022 Youth Advisory Committee Needs Assessment ResultsClick here 

New Funds in 2021/2022
*Cadillac Area Men’s Giving Circle 
*Brian Gaylord Scholarship Fund (Lake City)
*John Budde, Sr. & John “Sean” Budde, Jr. Memorial Scholarship for
Student-Athletes  in Manton Area Public Schools (Manton)
**Trust of Clark A. Riddell Healthcare and Patient Assistance in Wexford   
     County Field of Interest Fund
*Paul McMullen Track & Field Scholarship Fund

Veterans Fund of Wexford and Missaukee Counties accepts applications for Emergency Needs all year long.  Click  Guidelines and application information or by calling the Foundation offices at 231-775-9911.

Youth Grant Applications are accepted from September through May.  Click Guidelines and an application. 

CACF Trustee Grant Applications cycle deadlines:  February 28, June 30, & October 31.  Click Guidelines and application. 

 You can view all of our Grant Making and Scholarship Deadlines by clicking on the “Deadlines” Tab at the top of this page.



Executive Director’s Blog

April 2022 Blog

April 2022 Blog | New Funds!

 Cadillac Area Men’s Giving Circle   

The Men’s Giving Circle is a group of forward-thinking men who care deeply about improving the quality of life for men and boys in our community.  These passionate people don’t want to simply give their money, but they want to be a part of the process to help decide which organizations it is awarded to.

A local doctor was asked after retiring, “What are you doing to make a difference in the community?”  His answer was “Not Much”. This bothered him. After sleeping on it for a while, he thought starting a Men’s   Giving Circle could help with some unmet needs for men and boys in our community.

Established in December 2021 with the Cadillac Area Community Foundation a fund called the “Cadillac Area Men’s Giving Circle” was created.  Participation requires a donation of $500 annually and today, 39 men have contributed to the fund.  April 2022 will be their first grant     season. (10% of annual contributions will be allocated to a second fund “Cadillac Area Men’s Giving Circle Field of Interest Endowment Fund). This endowment fund will be a perpetual Gift for Men and Boys unmet needs in our area.

Paul McMullen Track and Field Memorial Scholarship

Paul McMullen (February 19, 1972 – March 4, 2021) was an American middle-distance runner who specialized in the 1500 meters. Paul was known by some as “the pride of Cadillac” after qualifying and competing in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Paul McMullen attended Eastern Michigan University and graduated in accounting. After graduation, he ran three seasons for Asics Shoes and four seasons Saucony Shoes before enlisting in the United States Coast Guard at age 29 and served four years as a surface swimmer and Federal Boarding Officer on the Great Lakes. McMullen still holds the Coast Guard’s Cape May New Jersey Training Center 1.5-mile run record of 7:09 , which he ran on week 6 of basic training in December 2002. McMullen last broke the four-minute mile at the Premontane Classic in Eugene, Oregon at the age of 32 then later retired from running after failing to make the 2004 Olympic Team while representing the US Coast Guard.

Hall of Fame inductions: He was inducted into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame in 2000 and Eastern Michigan’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.

Before his death, he worked as a Life Safety Consultant for EPS Security and competed in masters road cycling events during the summer. He was the founder and Coach of Chariots of Fire running club.

Today, the foundation holds the Paul McMullen Track and Field Memorial Scholarship for students in the Wexford Missaukee ISD School District.  The annual scholarship will awarded  to one girl and one boy in the Track & Field program.

The funds come from the Annual Paul McMullen Memorial 5k Run/Walk event held in August.


Korn First Generation Scholarship Fund

The Fund shall be used for support of the charitable purposes of the Scholarship Fund.  It is understood that the primary purpose is to build a permanent endowment for the Scholarship Fund.  The goal of the Korn Scholarship is to make college education possible for more students by working to remove social, financial, and academic barriers to success.

 

John Budde, Sr. & John “Sean” Budde, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund for Student-Athletes (Manton Scholarship)

The annual amount available for distribution from the Fund shall be made for the purposes of scholarship for student athletes graduating from Manton Consolidated School and attending a four-year college or university. 

Brian Gaylord Scholarship Fund (Lake City Scholarship)

The annual amount available for distribution from the Fund shall be made for the purposes of a Scholarship for a graduating student(s) from Lake City Public Schools.

 

Clark A. Riddell Healthcare and Patient Assistance in Wexford County Fund

The Fund is to provide a vehicle to support Healthcare and Patient Assistance in Wexford County.

January Blog

January 2022 Blog
Our community has shown strength, courage, and generosity through these challenging times.
Over the past year, the Foundation has taken an active approach listening and learning about the challenges and opportunities within our community. In addition to working with non-profit organizations to provide critical needs and services, we have become the hub for connecting people to local resources to assist them with vital needs such as food, housing, and clothing.
In 2020/2021, the Foundation provided countless volunteer hours and upwards of $500,000 in financial assistance in support of a wide variety of needs and opportunities to improve our community. One of our most gratifying times is awarding scholarships, in 2021; $97,150 in scholarships went to local graduates.
We would not be able to do this without our generous donors; their gifts to the Cadillac Area Community Foundation enable us to address our community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities, both now and for generations to come.
We are looking forward to 2022, telling our story beyond the numbers of people helped, the impacts achieved, and the resources share; we will share the stories of generosity and what philanthropy represents for our Community!

Making a difference Today, Tomorrow, Forever.
The Cadillac Area Community Foundation Board & staff wishes you and your family a safe & happy holiday!

November 2021 Blog

unfinished work. . .

In the United States:

*More than 12 million American children are unsure of when they will have their next meal.

*552,830 people experience homelessness on any given night.

*On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner.

*Five children die every day from child abuse.

*Average of 16.8 Veterans died by suicide each day.

*One study says 800 small businesses are closing a day.

The numbers are shocking!

Community foundations play a crucial role in identifying and solving community problems. In 2020, they gave an estimated $88.55 billion to various nonprofit activities in fields that included the arts and education, health and human services, the environment, and disaster relief.

Community Foundations around the United States are putting grants to work to make a difference in their community.

In our community, we have unfinished work to do, and we cannot do this without generous donors, collaboration, listening, and learning the needs of our community. Therefore, we promote charitable giving and strive to create community impact through our … Grants.

Think the imaginable, no homeless, affordable housing, our children having three meals a day, the women’s shelter close, and our Veterans getting the help they need; it is a lot to imagine.  Is it possible?

Last year, the Cadillac Area Community Foundation provided countless volunteer hours and over $500,000 in financial assistance to support a wide variety of needs and opportunities to improve our community.

We invest in leaders of nonprofit organizations through our Leadership Learning Lab to become the best in their field. For example, we partnered with Venture North to assist small businesses with $5,000 grants to not close their doors. In addition, we supported a Facebook peer-to-peer group called Spark in the Dark to address emergency needs quickly.

We are at the table with the city, social services, chamber, economic development, and others to solve community issues.

We are not just investing dollars; we are investing time to make a difference.

Warmest Regards, Doreen

Executive Directors Quarterly Blog – July 2021

We will Continue to Support our Community

Millions of people who worked from home over the past 16 months learned there was no playbook of how to shelter in place.

As for the Community Foundation, we never stopped working; we continued to monitor the community’s needs every day throughout the pandemic. As a result, we faced challenges and found solutions to many critical needs.

We awarded grants to agencies that supported the homeless, domestic violence, food programs, crime prevention, veterans emergency needs, education, and sports. In addition, we worked with Venture North to provide small business grants that continue to struggle.

We filled local Blessing Boxes with food from generous donations, delivered 20 cases of hand sanitizer to non-profit organizations because of a generous donation from Walmart, and we had weekly zoom meetings to find ways to support non-profit organizations during this pandemic.

As summer arrived, our Youth Advisory Committee rented space at the YMCA Community Garden, where fresh vegetables are now growing to donate to senior citizens and veterans.

Scholarships of nearly $100,000 were awarded to graduates and continuing education students.

The Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle approve $20,781 in grants to support projects and programs for women and girls in the Greater Cadillac Area.

Over the past 16 months, we addressed many challenges, thanks to our partnerships and generous donors.

The Cadillac Area Community Foundation will continue to provide community support; during this path of our new kind of normal.

Happy summer! Doreen

Directors Quarterly Blog April 2021

A year later

Families lost loved ones, virtual learning for students, and our kitchen tables became our workspace.

A year later, after the World Health Organization officially declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic, the world is still struggling to recover and operate in what we have come to accept as the “new normal.”

As we move forward with the rollout of vaccines, we still see the struggles of individuals, families, non-profits, and businesses.

When the pandemic hit, the Cadillac Area Community Foundation did not hesitate to support our community’s emergency needs.  We put philanthropy in action, using grant dollars to support food banks, shelters, masks, personal protective supplies, etc.

A year later, we continue to fund non-profits, our most recent grants to WexExpress and Veterans Fund of Wexford and Missaukee Counties.

The WexExpress funds are to provide transportation to individuals in Wexford and Missaukee County.  The grant is for anyone age 54 and under without transportation or has disabilities to and from COVID clinics for their vaccine. With a matching grant, we have provided 3000 miles.

Due to Veterans’ overwhelming requests, the Fund fell below $2000 in 5 months.  An additional grant from the Foundation of $5000 was obtained to provides emergency needs for Veterans in Wexford and Missaukee County.

Foundations across the country have continued their charitable mission, delivering services to non-profits during this crisis.

We are all monitoring the pandemic finding ways to respond to the ever-changing needs, and praying for the thousands of people affected by the virus.

Our lives feel different now, but we are all in this together and gaining the strength we will need for tomorrow….

Happy Spring, Doreen

January Blog – Entering into 2021

As we enter into 2021, there are plenty of things to look forward to.  In-person meetings, returning to work, our children back in school, family get-togethers, weddings, birthday parties, vacations, all the things we have put aside to be safe with slowly return.

It’s easy to think about enjoying something lost in recent months or what life would be like if the pandemic were over. Will we continue to work remotely, or will the virtual school be the new way of learning?  What will the new normal look like?

Our goal is to serve charitable needs & enhance the people’s quality of life in our community.

The Cadillac Area Community Foundation will continue to reach out and be visible to our community’s needs.  We will continue to work with our nonprofits to find relief efforts and grants to assist them.   We are continually checking in with our food pantries and assisting our veterans with emergency requests.  As we go into spring, we will be reaching out to our senior students about scholarships available.

According to Newsweek:

Vaccines become available to the general population; Dr. Fauci has said that most people will be able to “walk into a CVS or a Walgreens and get vaccinated” by April. Other experts say it may take until June.

I am looking forward to seeing family and friends more often, having my granddaughter spend the weekend, and visiting our two new babies in the family.

These are the simple things in life that make us happy. We need to get back to those times. The New Year cannot come soon enough for me.

Wishing all a Healthy & Happy New Year, Doreen Lanc

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