Current Funds

The following funds have been created to support the various philanthropic needs of the community. All of these funds are permanently endowed.


These funds represent gifts from many different donors who wish to address a broad range of local needs in our community.

Community Fund


Gifts to these unrestricted funds are pooled with the Community Fund to help address a broad range of local needs.

Judge William Peterson Memorial Fund
Arthur DePugh Memorial Fund
Anne and Chester Van Dellen Memorial Fund
Ivan N. Bernson Memorial Fund
Rachel and Emil Meyer Memorial Endowment Fund
William & June Winn Fund


These funds are targeted to address particular needs in an important area of community life.  They are:

Youth Fund – Grants that benefit area youth, ages 0-18 years old.

Missaukee Area Community Foundation Youth Fund – Grants that benefit Missaukee County youth, ages 0-18 years old.

Wexford-Missaukee Veterans Endowment Fund – Awards emergency needs funds to veterans and/or their dependents in times of financial hardship. The program is also available to families of active service-persons. The program is limited to Wexford and Missaukee County residents.

Homeless Prevention Fund – Supports a life skills training program for the homeless population, and those at risk of becoming homeless, within the Cadillac area.

Lakin/Weeks Fund for the Humanities – Grant awards benefit culture and the arts in our community.

Health & Education Fund for Youth and Seniors – Grant awards for projects and programs that contribute to healthy seniors and youth.

Dr. Carl and Linnea Munson Fund for Education – Created to advance, improve, and encourage education within the Cadillac area, both to individual students and to educational institutions.

James & Michele Bernier Energy and the Environment Fund – This fund was created to encourage energy conservation and efficiency, promote recycling, and support education for these and other natural resource conservation efforts in the community.

Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle Field of Interest for Women and Girl’s Endowment Fund – Established in 2009 to support programs and/or projects that benefit the women and girls of the greater Cadillac area.

Anna Van Houten Memorial Fund – Grants to support the specific areas of mental and physical health for children, teens, adults, and the elderly.

LeBaron Family Fund – Established in 2004, when fully funded this Fund will award scholarships for advanced medical education.

Heazlit Football Fund – The Fund shall be used to support the Cadillac Area Public Schools Football Program with requests for equipment, uniforms, scholarships, a year-end trip to a Michigan State University Football Game at East Lansing, Michigan, and other items to be deemed in the best interest of the Cadillac Area Public Schools football program.

Cadillac Men’s Giving Circle Fund – Established in 2021 to support the unmet needs of men and boys of the greater Cadillac area.


Gifts to these funds are an investment in the future of our youth. Scholarships are awarded from these funds. They are:

The Dr. Frederick Mannion Scholarship Fund for top graduating CAPS seniors.

CAPS Alumni Scholarship Fund, established in 2012 by the Cadillac High School Class of 1963, as a perpetual, endowed, scholarship fund to provide college scholarships to deserving Cadillac High School graduates.

The David A. Cook Scholarship provides a scholarship for the purposes of education at Michigan State University School of Civil and Environmental Engineering to students in their second year or higher.

The Sue Westhauser Memorial Scholarship Fund, awards scholarships to CAPS students who are majoring in the field of education in college.

The Kelly Ann Garcia Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Performing Arts assists seniors planning to major in vocal music in college and provides financial assistance to vocal music students who are entering their junior and senior years in attending music camps, academies, or musical tours.

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 may be granted to a student who is from or demonstrates an interest in practicing in the Northern Lower Michigan counties of Wexford, Missaukee, or Osceola. Priority will be given to students in a post-graduate program.

The Helen and Harvey Pell Fund for Education provide scholarships to Eligible Students and educational grants to qualified educational facilities and programs.

The Trent Winn Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Eligible Students for the purposes of education with a certificate or degree in a Skilled Trade School.

The Carol Moote Memorial Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to graduating Lake City, Michigan students.

Michael Filkins Instrumental Music Scholarship Fund provides a scholarship to graduating Cadillac Area Public School students.

KORN First Generation Scholarship Fund provides a scholarship for a graduating student in the ISD School District that participates in the first-generation college program.

Paul McMullen Track & Field Memorial Scholarship Fund –  two graduating students (one male and one female) from Wexford Missaukee Area School District, Criteria includes, grade point average, financial need, character, community service, and leadership will be taken into consideration.

CAPS –  Brodeur Scholarship –  for graduating CAPS seniors interested in studying business or business-related program.  Criteria, Graduate minimum GPA of 2.7 or better for 6 consecutive semesters, 3 reference letters from a teacher, an employer, and a personal acquaintance, and interest in small business and/or business-related programs.  It shall be paid directly to the university, college, and/or institution of higher education.


The Missaukee Area Community Foundation awards grants to benefit Missaukee County residents.


These funds are set up by the agency to support their programming.  The decision and the use of these awarded funds are at the discretion of the agency.

Cadillac Area Land Conservancy Agency Fund
Cadillac Area Land Conservancy Endowment Fund
adillac Area Public Schools Legacy Endowment Fund
Cadillac Area YMCA Fund
Cadillac Area YMCA Teen Center
Friendship Family Home
ISD Finnerty Fund
Lucas Rehoboth Church Endowment Fund
Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital Fund
Northern Michigan Christian School Fund
St. Ann School Fund
Wexford County Historical Society Fund
Healing Private Wounds


These funds are set up by the donor, and grants made from these funds are at the discretion of the donor, with the approval of the Board of Trustees of the Cadillac Area Community Foundation.

Beatrice Ardis Leonard Community Fund
Dr. Charles and Virginia Ardis Restricted Endowment Fund
Dr. Charles R. Ardis Memorial Fund for Continuing Education for Dental Health Professionals
Duane Elenbaas Donor Advised Fund
Huckle Family Fund
James and Mariette Potvin Family Fund
LeBaron Family Fund
Manton Area Rotary Club Fund
Margaret Louise Hollingsworth Restricted Endowment Fund
Next Generation Endowment Fund
Jeremy and JanelleWinkle Family Non-Endowed Donor-Advised Fund
Peter B. & Heidi W. Eliot Family Non-endowed Donor-Advised Fund
Eric & Susan Baker Family Non-endowed Donor-Advised Fund


The primary purpose of a pass-through fund is to receive gifts and donations on behalf of a nonprofit organization to support a specific project or program. The Foundation serves as the fiduciary for these funds and the donations are not endowed.

Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle Pass-Through Fund
Cadillac Area Men’s Giving Circle Pass – Through Fund
CAPS Challenge Day Fund
City of Cadillac
Wexford Civic Center Recreation and Facilities Pass-Through Fund
Wexford-Missaukee Early Childhood Fund – Imagination Library
“Friends of the Wex” Wexford Civic Center Recreation & Facilities Pass-Through Fund
Veterans Serving Veterans SPECIAL Projects Pass-Through Fund
Veterans Memorial Stadium Fund 

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.