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

CACF Grant Awarded:
Eagle Village, Inc. | Scholarship Program
Up North Arts | Pottery Wheels
Viking Baseball Association | Batting Cages for at the Wex
Wexford-Missaukee Great Start Collaborative ISD

Eagle Village, Inc. | $Scholarship Program
Viking Baseball Association | Batting Cages for the Wex
Northwest Michigan Works! | Healthy Snacks


Looking at the Road ahead….
We invite you to join our Legacy Society in giving back to the community we all love. You can support the arts, books for children, assist Veterans, enrich education, promote community development, foster a stronger community… we want you to tell us what is important to you.
Your planning today will benefit our community for generations to come! We value and appreciate all gifts.
For additional information about becoming a member of our Legacy Society, please contact the Foundation at 231-775-9911.

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 Women’s Giving Circle is building a community of philanthropists and creating a permanent legacy to address the needs of women and girls of the Greater Cadillac Area.  The group is financially committed to making a difference in the lives of community women and girls in need.

The Women’s Giving Circle is a Field of Interest Fund held with the Cadillac Area Community Foundation and has granted over 195,000 since 2009.  Grants are awarded annually to creative solutions to the critical needs of women and girls in our community.  Applications are due March 1 and can be found at cadillacareawomensgivingcircle.org.

Cadillac Area Community Foundation Scholarships:  Due April 1, 2022
When you are ready to apply, it’s important to get organized. One of the most important steps once you find an award that interests you is to read the directions, and qualifications.  Make sure you included all form required.

For additional information and application, click here.

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

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

December Blog

Caring for our Community
What the CARES Act means for your charitable giving

During 2020, the Coronavirus has affected millions of Americans and small businesses. This has resulted in significant federal aid and private donations towards the relief effort. If you have personally donated to a charity during 2020, then you may qualify for a new deduction under the CARES Act. The CARES Act outlines the following changes to charitable giving:

*A new temporary deduction in 2020  for cash donations up to $300, even for taxpayers that do not itemize deductions.  This is an “above the line” deduction.

*For taxpayers that itemize deductions, the adjusted gross income limit for charitable gifts of cash was increased from 60 percent to 100 percent for 2020 only.  This could allow taxpayers to completely wipe out their AGI and their tax liability with a charitable contribution.

If you were subject to required minimum distributions (RMD)  in 2020, the good news is that the CARES ACT suspended the RMD requirement.  But you can still contribute up to $100,000 from your IRA to a qualified charity in 2020.  The check has to be written from the trustee of the IRA directly to the charity.    This way, it doesn’t show up as taxable income and helps prevent the distribution from being taxed in Michigan.

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, CACF would be happy to help.

Happy Holiday, Doreen

The National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. The National Standards Seal also confirms our history of honoring donors’ wishes.