We have granted over $100,000 to non-profit organizations that need support during this uncertainty:
Oasis FRC
Healing Private Wounds
Hospice of Michigan, Cadillac
Love Inc.
Community Hope
Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital
Veterans Serving Veterans
Cadillac YMCA
YAC disturbed games, balls, etc. to kids at the CAPS Food Distribution
YAC – 1000 Viking Masks to CAPS
Feeding America
Up North Arts – Activities for kids
FaceMasks for non-profits
We distribute free food and juice to Oasis Shelter, Friends Ministry, New Hope Center, Veterans Food Pantry, and Habitat every other Wednesday from a donation from Coke.

$10,000 from the Consumers Energy Foundation and $10,000 DTE and individual donations have helped us address the needs of non-profits impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic. Thank you!
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Love Inc. HOURS OF OPERATION | M – F   9:30 am – 3:30 pm | PHONE: (231) 779-1888
Community Hope HOURS OF OPERATION  M – F 9 am – 4 pm | PHONE (231) 878-2732

Effectively addressing the COVID-19 pandemic requires minimizing contact with others.  Our offices will be closed to walk-ins, however, we are available by phone or email.  Any individuals or organizations that would like to donate to the Fund, or would like additional information about the Community Fund, or how to obtain assistance.
can call us at 231-775-9911 or 231-920-6064, or email:  d.lanc@cadillacfoundation.org

Please take good care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors.
Doreen

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.

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Upcoming Events


April 2020

Scholarship Applications are currently being accepted for many of our Scholarship Programs.  For further information, and an application, click the “Scholarships” tab on the toolbar at the top of this page.  The deadline for most of our Scholarship Programs is April 15.

The Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle is accepting new members for 2020.  For further information please contact Doreen at 231-775-9911.

Veterans Fund of Wexford and Missaukee Counties accepts applications for Emergency Needs all year long.  Guidelines and Application information can be accessed by visiting the Grant Making Tab on the toolbar at the top of this page, or by calling the Foundation offices at 231-775-9911.

Youth Grant Applications are accepted through May 2020.  Guidelines and an application can be accessed under the Grant Making Tab on this website.

 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

December Blog

What the CARES Act means for your charitable giving

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help combat the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19. The bill provides increased tax incentives for charitable giving for both individuals and corporations, signifying an intent to stimulate philanthropy throughout America.

*A new temporary deduction in 2020 up to $300 for single filers, $600 for Married-filing-jointly taxpayers.

*Even if you have not itemized your charitable giving in the past, your cash donation will now count as an “above the line” deduction on your 2020 tax return.

*For taxpayers that still itemize their deductions, the adjusted gross income limit for charitable gifts of cash was increased from 60 percent to 100 percent.

*Taxpayers can make donations via cash, check, or credit card by December 31, 2020. Recordkeeping rules still apply for charitable gift deductions, such as receipts or donation letters from the organization.

*The deductions above are limited to donations to 501(c)3 public charities.

The CARES Act did not change the rules around the QCD, which allows individuals over 70½ years old to donate up to $100,000 in IRA assets directly to charity1 annually, without taking the distribution into taxable income.

However, remember that under the CARES Act an individual can elect to deduct 100 percent of their AGI for cash charitable contributions. This effectively affords individuals over 59½ years old the benefits similar to a QCD; they can take a cash distribution from their IRA, contribute the cash to charity, and may completely offset tax attributable to the distribution by taking a charitable deduction in an amount up to 100 percent of their AGI for the tax year.

If you’re planning a large donation in 2020, this may be a smart strategy as long as you are between the ages of 59½ and 70½ and are not dependent on existing retirement funds.

If you have already donated to a public charity in 2020, make sure you received supporting documentation for the donation. If you have yet to donate or have questions, contact your financial advisory, or CACF would be happy to help.

Happy Holiday, Doreen

November/December Blog

Dear Friends and Donors,

With the support of our many generous donors in 2020, the Cadillac Area Community Foundation continues to provide support to our community in what has been an extraordinarily challenging year for both our community and our nation.

We live in a community that prides itself in supporting the less fortunate among us as we are indeed all in this together!

At the onset of COVID-19, we provided $25,000 each to Love Inc., in Wexford County, and Community Hope in Missaukee County.  These funds supported the need to provide emergency food and shelter in both communities.

Grants received from Consumer Energy Foundation, DTE Foundation, and gifts from generous donors helped us act quickly to alleviate some of our community’s pressing needs and our non-profits resulting from COVID-19.

Along with our financial support to food pantries, we granted emergency funds to Oasis FRC, Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital Patients Needs Fund, and Hospice of Michigan.  Additionally, we provided masks to CAPS students, facemasks, and hand sanitizer to the extraordinary volunteers working at food distribution centers in Wexford and       Missaukee Counties.

We continue to work with our non-profit organizations to find relief efforts and grants to assist them during this uncertain time.

In addition to our contributions to lessen the impact of COVID-19, we continue with our many other community support programs. For our youngest community members, we provide financial support to the Imagination Library that encourages the joy of reading at an early age. For the youth in our community, we provide financial and mentoring support to CACF Youth Advisory Committee. For our future community leaders, we helped support another successful year with the  Leadership Learning Lab.  We provided emergency support for our veterans as needs arise, and we continue to support our non-profit organization’s services and programs.

Nobody knows what the “new normal” will look like; we can hope 2021 will be a fresh start.

The Cadillac Area Community Foundation gives a special thanks to our generous donors and community partners, together, as we continue to impact lives.

Gratefully, Doreen Lanc

October 2020 Blog \ October is Health Literacy Month

Help us make the change.

Literacy is the foundation of community and economic development.  If you can’t read, how do you follow instructions, manage finances, take orders, understand medical instruction, apply for jobs, get promotions, read to your children and help them with their homework?

Our state has a lot of work to do to improve literacy rates among elementary students. The 2015 M-STEP data examines the number of third-graders who are considered proficient readers. Nearly 50 percent of third-graders in Michigan are considered partially proficient or not proficient readers.  Students who fall below the standards in third grade are more likely to struggle for the rest of their education.

Research shows that reading to young children (ages 6 months to 5 years) not only provides healthy together time for parents, families, and children, it also offers many lifelong benefits.

Increased vocabulary, curiosity, and memory;
Positive associations with books and reading;
Opportunities to build listening skills; and
A foundation for scholastic success.

This is why the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program is so important to communities.  Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that gifts free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities.

The Wexford-Missaukee Imagination Library program, which started in June of 2013, provides a book in the mail each month to children birth to 5 years, who choose to sign up. The only eligibility requirement is that the family live within the service area of the Wexford Missaukee Intermediate School District. (Cadillac, Manton, Mesick, McBain, Pine River, Marion, and Lake City).

The cost of the age-appropriate, monthly book, with postage, is $2.25. The program is funded 100% locally through grants, businesses, and individual donors.  The cost of the program is over $40,000 a year and currently has 1,854 children registered.

This month we have a match opportunity…… up to $10,000, from October 1 –until the 31st, every $1 will be matched 100%.

We need your help to keep books in the hands of children by donating.

$25 will sponsor 1 child to receive a monthly age-appropriate book for 1 year (12 books)
$125 will sponsor 1 child to receive a monthly age-appropriate book for 5 years (60 books)
$250 will sponsor 2 children to receive a monthly age-appropriate book for 5 years (120 books)

Send you checks to          Cadillac Area Community Foundation
201 North Mitchell Street, Ste. 101
Cadillac, MI 49601

Or donate online at www.cadillacfoundation.org  click on DONATE
Please add in the memo:  Book Match

You can help us make a change.  Doreen

September 2020 Blog

I wanted to share a story with you today, a story of passion from one person sharing his talent to hospice patients.

Ain’t no Mountain High Enough

Our beloved musician volunteer, Sam Hazlewood, may not be singing Diana Ross and the Supremes, but he is demonstrating the theme, “Nothing can keep me from you.”

Sam’s performances include favorite sing-alongs and anecdotes, and he has shared his gift with HOM since 2012. Before the pandemic restrictions, he was seeing over 25 patients at one time, keeping all on track with a notebook and a “gig” schedule so each patient had 1-2 music sessions per month.

Since August of 2018, Sam had been taking his guitar and beautiful smile to a patient in the north and playing for sometimes over two hours. So when the pandemic hit, it hit Sam pretty hard.

“This is my purpose,” Sam will tell you. And there is no doubt it is. There had to be a way to let the music play.

With the collaboration of the nurse, social worker, VPC, and activities director at the facility, “Video Musician Visits” emerged. Sam had his first performance on April 21 with his patient along with two others he had previously played for and one new patient.

Coordination and help from the facility activity director drive the success of these visits, besides Sam’s charm of course. A time is set that is best for the patient and Sam gets tuned and ready. The facility calls into Sam’s tablet from their tablet and sets it up in the patient’s room. The performance usually lasts 20-40 minutes, then facility staff will “pick Sam up in the tablet” and take him to the next patient.

“One patient was singing right along,” Sam said, “and when she got to the point where she seemed tired I told her it was ok, she could just rest and let me sing.

“Sometimes I’m not sure they are all that awake but then when I’m done, they’ll say ‘thank you,’ so I know they are hearing me.”

On May 19, Sam had his gig scheduled, but the patient he had been seeing since 2018 took a turn and was now in the “active phase” of passing. The VPC called Sam to let him know he may not be playing for her today. But when he connected via video to the facility they said, “Yes, we still want you to play for her.” So Sam was able to share his purpose one more time with his patient in a very special way.

Sam is a special human, as are all of you. There are countless stories such as this, and we thank all of you who have found the way to continue phone or video contact with your patients since the onset of this pandemic.

There is definitely no mountain high enough for our volunteers. You are truly remarkable and so loved!

The Cadillac Area Community Foundation has granted Michigan Hospice funds to purchase 9 tablets, to improve quality during treatments, medications, services, grief support, and spiritual care of patients and families in need.

Happy September, Doreen

August 2020 Blog

A Busy Summer for YAC!

The Cadillac Area Community Foundation Youth Committee has been working all summer on projects to help students stay busy during this time of uncertainty.  Students have been earning hours (10 required) of community service, by volunteering, checking on grandmas and grandpas, and neighbors.

As monthly meetings turn to conference calls and zoom meetings, students are stilling looking for ways they can make a difference during the COVID 19 crisis.

In May during a CAPS food distribution, YAC students gave out over $1500 in items, (basketballs, footballs, color books, word searches, games, puzzles, etc.) bought locally to help kids stay busy and get exercise.  Many of the families had a pleasant surprise, as students gave out FREE items, COVID 19 Capsule flier, and how to stay safe fliers.  Families were very appreciative of the kindness of the students.

From a $3000 grant the Students awarded to the Up North Arts organization, they volunteered to help pack up art supplies of construction paper, watercolors paints set, fine tip markers, and instructions (just another way to keep students busy) and then dispersed over 200 bags full of art supplies to families on a sunny Saturday morning.

In June the students approved a grant to Feeding America West Michigan for $1000 for Mobile Food Pantry Cadillac Area.  Due to COVID 19, the food pantries have seen more than normal activity.  They also approved $2500 to Sleep in Heavenly Peace for kid’s beds (which they hope to join them on a build day) and approved New Hope Center $1000 for new mattresses and protective cases.  Unfortunately, the shelter has been at capacity all summer.

In July, students assisted setting up CAPS Kids Closet at Central Office, a $1000 grant in December 2019 was awarded to help get the closet up and running.  As part of the grant, they wanted to be a part of organizing the closet.  Taking all of the safety precautions, students spent an afternoon arranging items by size, putting up shelving, and consolidating items.

This month (August), students met over Zoom to discuss “Masks”!  They voted to support CAPS with a 1000 masks.  The masks will have the Cadillac Viking and the YAC logo.  Their mission is to give every student a mask on the first day of school.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit young people hard, disrupting education, putting their summer jobs at risk, and making their futures uncertain, but they are always looking for amazing initiatives like art projects, food, shelter, clothing, and even masks to change lives.

If you have a student going into the 8th grade and would like additional information about the YAC program, please feel free to contact me at the Foundation, 231-775-9911.

Happy August!
Doreen

July Blog

REASONS TO GIVE
Donating to the causes you care about not only benefits the charities themselves, but it can also be deeply rewarding for you too. Millions of people give to charity regularly to support causes they believe in, as well as for the positive effect it has on their own lives.
So, we reached out and ask, why do you donate, and hear is what they had to say:
It makes me feel good
I am happier when I know I helped someone
I enjoy supporting my charities I am passionate about
I felt we had a moral duty
Tax benefits
Teaching my children about generosity
Giving back to our community is the right thing to do
It is rewarding
I care about people
Sense of obligation of giving back
I want to make a positive impact on our community
Personal connection with a cause
To be a part of something good

And the #1 reason why donors stop giving…they don’t know how their gift is being used.
In the news in May, our Youth Advisory Committee granted $5000 to buy basketballs, footballs, coloring books, jump ropes, puzzles, etc. for students to stay busy at home. They passed out these items at the CAPS food distribution and the YMCA dinner pick-up. In June, we put a list of our scholarship recipients in the newspaper, over $100,000 to scholarship went to our 2020 Graduating Class through-out the ISD School District. In July a postcard was sent to our donors letting them know the Foundation has contributed over $100,000 to our community specifically for COVID-19 relief through the support of donor-advised funds, unrestricted funds, and donations.
Keeping our donors in the loop of how their gifts are being used is important to us too.
Thank you for your continued support! Doreen

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