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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 Community Foundation is
thrilled to announce

this year’s scholarship awards totaled $102,580.

CACF Youth Advisory Committee 2022 Needs Assessment Results- Click Here

Cadillac Area Men’s Giving Circle awarded $16,500 in grants to support men and boys needs in the Cadillac Area.

Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle awarded $21,181 in grants to support women and girls in the Cadillac Area.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE:

The 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 would be granted to a student who is from Wexford, Missaukee, or Osceola Counties.

Qualified students in the post-graduate, fourth, and third-year program.  Payment will go directly to the school attending.

The David A. Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund for Civil & Environmental Engineering student at Michigan State University.

Any currently enrolled, second year or higher, civil & environmental engineering student at Michigan State University.  Payment will go directly to the school attending.

Deadline for scholarships is July 15, 2022

2022 Youth Advisory Committee Needs Assessment ResultsClick here 

New Funds in 2021/2022
*Cadillac Area Men’s Giving Circle 
*Brian Gaylord Scholarship Fund (Lake City)
*John Budde, Sr. & John “Sean” Budde, Jr. Memorial Scholarship for
Student-Athletes  in Manton Area Public Schools (Manton)
**Trust of Clark A. Riddell Healthcare and Patient Assistance in Wexford   
     County Field of Interest Fund
*Paul McMullen Track & Field Scholarship Fund

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 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 Foundation enhances the quality of life for all people in our community through philanthropy – connecting donor gifts with the needs in our community.”

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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.

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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.

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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 the charitable gifts of our members into the Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle Fund, leveraging the power of every dollar to create real and sustainable change by funding programs and services that address issues of safety, health, and equality for women and girls in the Cadillac area.  Since August 2009, the Circle has awarded over $140,000 in grants.

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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 houses numerous Donor-Advised Funds.

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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 Community Foundation.

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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.