Entries by Kevin Mist

March 2019

March is Reading Month Literacy is one of the most fundamental skills necessary for a successful future. Reading plays a critical role in a child’s cognitive growth and development. Data has shown that learning to read at a young age can increase a student’s ability to remember facts, comprehend information and be successful in both […]

February 2019

Foundation Grants and their Return on Investment. Return on investment (ROI) is a traditional financial metric used to analyze the efficiency of an investment. ROI = profit from an investment/investment cost and is usually expressed as a percentage. For instance, if you invest $1,000 in creating a website and it increases your sales by $1,500, […]

January 2019

Putting our Strategic Plan to Work In the fall of 2017, the Foundation Board of Trustees, myself, and Lyn Jenks, Consultant from the Council of Michigan Foundations began to outline our strategic direction for the Foundation.  Our first task was to look at our mission statement, which we revised to read: “The Cadillac Area Community […]

December 2018

Conveying Family Legacies and Values. Time and time again, we hear the next generation express how their grandparent’s stories have strengthened their sense of identity.  For generations, conveying family legacies and values helped build a culture for the future.

November 2018

Giving Thanks. As human beings, it’s in our nature to help. The Cadillac Area Community Foundation has been a community-based, philanthropic organization for over 30 years;  The Foundation has defined six areas that our grantmaking is focused on.  They are: Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Education, Youth, Recreation & Environment, and Health & Human Services.

October 2018

Join Us to Create Change through the Women’s Giving Circle The Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle is a network of women with a shared passion— they make a difference, they give back, and they want to create real change in issues that affect the quality of life for women and girls. The Giving Circle pools […]

September 2018

Donor Advised Fund vs Private Foundation As giving has increased, so has the popularity of Donor-Advised Funds.  A Donor-Advised Fund is a separately identified fund or account that is maintained and operated by a section 501(c) (3) organization, which is called a “sponsoring organization.”  The Cadillac Area Community Foundation is a qualified sponsoring organization, and […]

August 2018

You’re invited…..to make the gift of a lifetime. You are invited to join the most generous and forward-thinking members of our community, by joining the Legacy Society of the Cadillac Area Community Foundation.  Our Members all have made the commitment to support the future of our community through an estate gift to the Cadillac Area […]

July 2018

Volunteers are the Cornerstone of our Community Foundation. A community foundation is a nonprofit organization that operates in a fiscally responsible manner so that resources can be most fully utilized to support their mission.  For the Cadillac Area Community Foundation, this means utilizing the talents of volunteers to help power the organization. Our Volunteer Board […]

June 2018

Scholarship Season! The Cadillac Area Community Foundation received over 65 Scholarship applications this past spring, and awarded over $37,000 in scholarships with the help of our Scholarship Committees. Those applications were from students interested in studying in all areas; and they applied for Scholarship Programs which specialized in General Education, Graduate Studies, Elementary Education, Civil […]