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

CADILLAC YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE Grants Approved:
Eagle Village, Inc. | $Scholarship Program
Viking Baseball Association | Batting Cages for the Wex
Northwest Michigan Works! | Healthy Snacks

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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

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

June 2020 Blog

Acts of kindness during COVID 19 Crisis

It is evident that during a crisis people and businesses step up.  Schools close, jobs lost, working from home becomes the new normal, and shelter in place is in effect.  So much for the normal life, we once knew, we are now living through a public-health crisis, an economic one.   But there is good in our country, charity is off the charts, that makes us busier than ever.  Philanthropy comes in all sizes, billionaires, celebrities, community donors are reaching in their pockets to support our country during this time of uncertainty.

Here the short list of good things being done locally and globally:

The local restaurant donated dinners have been donated to our frontline workers.

Free Meals at McDonald’s for frontline workers.

U-Haul has announced 30 days of free self-storage to all college students who have been impacted by schedule changes at their universities.

Distrilieries are making hand santizer.

Cadillac Casting Donates Medical Supplies to Munson Healthcare

TrainingMask Donates Face Masks to Essential Workers.

Comcast, Charter, Verizon, Google, T-Mobile, and Sprint have signed a pledge to keep Americans internet-connected for the next 60 days, even if people cannot afford to pay.

Amazon hired 100,000 more workers and giving raises to current staff to deal with coronavirus demands.

Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores purchased and had 100,000 PPE masks delivered for use by the City of Detroit. The surgical-grade masks will be provided to Detroit police officers, firefighters, bus drivers, and other city workers serving the public.

Famous musicians like John Legend, Keith Urban, and Pink play free concerts for people isolated at home.

Consumers Energy donated $1.8 million to small businesses.

Restaurants are offering curbside service.

DTE Energy Foundation donations went to Michigan Community Action (MCA), Michigan Foundations, and the Michigan Association of United Ways (MAUW) to help communities through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

MEDC donated to 2,700 small businesses around Michigan, they were awarded a total of $10 million in grants.

$2.65 million funds will enable foodbanks to secure the resources they need to serve the most vulnerable members of the community during this difficult time.

Kellogg Donates Over $10 Million to COVID-19 Hunger Relief.

BASF donated $25,000 to Gleaners Southeastern Michigan Food Bank.

Dow is donating $500,000 from the Dow Company Foundation to support the work of community foundations and economic development corporations in Midland, Bay, Isabella, and Saginaw counties.

DuPont donated a total of 120 gallons of hand sanitizer to MidMichigan Health and Midland County EMS.

Coca-Cola Company in partnership with MakersRespond, a nonprofit created to rally makers, manufacturers, and markets to address pandemic-related domestic shortages of PPE, donated 65,000 plastic face shields to the state of Michigan to help protect front line workers.

Ann Arbor T-shirt Company has partnered with Saline’s Sisu Mouthguards to produce and donate 25,000 plastic face shields for light-duty use. The priority will go to healthcare professionals at under-supplied medical facilities.

Cadillac Area Community Foundation has assisted non-profits, by giving out 2000 face masks, and granting $50,000 for emergency needs in Wexford and Missaukee Counties, $30,000 to Oasis FRC, $500 to Veterans Serving Veterans Food Bank, $1000 YMCA printing project, $5000 in for youth activities, $2000 to homelessness needs, $3000 Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital Patient Needs Fund, and $3000 Community Hope, Good Neighbor Food Pantry.

Missaukee Area Community Foundation has assisted by granting $3000 Community Hope, Good Neighbor Food Pantry, $500 to Missaukee County Cooperative Ministry for a Healthy Home Project, and $1000 Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital Patient Needs Fund.

The good news: There’s no shortage of opportunities for each of us to help in substantial ways.

A few things you can do today:  donated blood, purchase dog food for shelters, check in on our neighbors, friends, and family, volunteer at food distribution, shop for senior citizens, read to a child over ZOOM, congratulate a high school senior, support your local restaurants, and/or support with a donation at your foundation, where they are working with our non-profits daily.

We are in this together, and we will rise above this together!

Stay Safe, Doreen

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