03

Jul

A FORCE for a livelier community

The FORCE Youth Advisory Committee comprises youth between 14 and 21 who grant funds to enrich the lives of other youth in Saginaw County and to improve the overall community.   In 2012, FORCE granted funds to programs that affected various Saginaw County children and teens. FORCE was established in 1992 as a result of

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03

Jul

Community initiatives: Friends making a difference at Hoyt Park

The Friends of Hoyt Park formed in 2008 with the idea of bringing youth summer baseball back to the historic Saginaw park. Focusing on the park’s preservation and the return of athletic events, the group grooms and maintains the ball fields. Then they added more to their plate.   “We wanted to bring the ice

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03

Jul

Community initiatives: SCF helps K9 units raise funds

The Saginaw Valley Police Canine Association (SVPCA) provides financial support to law enforcement K9 units in Saginaw County. That includes purchasing the police service dogs, which can run up to $12,000, as well as regular visits to the vet, dog food, equipment and continued training and support for the teams.   Founded in December 2012,

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03

Jul

Community initiatives: Loading nutrition into a backpack

We work hard at the foundation to bring community initiatives across Saginaw County to life every day. Here is another great story:   Since 2004, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has helped children who are at-risk for hunger by packing a lot of nutrition into backpacks on Fridays.   Why Fridays? “These children typically

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03

Jul

Community initiatives: Hall of Fame sprinting toward Castle Museum

  In 2012, the Saginaw Community Foundation supported many initiatives across the county. Here is a glimpse at one.   The Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame is making the play of a lifetime by creating a new home inside the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History in downtown Saginaw.   “Our goal is to

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28

Jun

A Prescription for Philanthropy

Dr. Louis Constan and his wife Karen were big-city kids who moved to Saginaw in 1972. And they were immediately struck by what the Saginaw area had to offer.   “Lou is from Chicago and I grew up in Washington, D.C.,” says Karen. “We didn’t have a lot of resources, but there were always amazing

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10

Apr

Passing the Leadership Baton

The Council of Michigan Foundations is hosting an event called “Passing the Baton: Effective Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership Transitions through Diversity and Inclusion.” This event will be held May 13, 2013 from 8:00AM to 5:00PM at Saginaw Valley State University.   Within philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, there exists the need and opportunity to help

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05

Apr

Junior League of Saginaw Valley Awarding Funds

The Junior League of Saginaw Valley (JLSV) is currently accepting enabling fund applications for projects focused on Children’s Health & Wellness. Applications are accepted in an ongoing process throughout the year.   The JLSV distributes enabling funds annually within the Great Lakes Bay Region to programs that provide a service within the community that are

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28

Feb

Music scholarship to help junior and high school students attend summer music programs in Michigan

  Applications for the William & Helen Kempf Music Scholarship, established in 2009 to honor two strong advocates of music education, are due Friday, March 15. The scholarship will help a Saginaw County student participate in a Michigan music camp or study.   The scholarship will provide up to $500 to help a student. Applicants

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13

Feb

Saginaw Community Foundation grants more than $45,000 to community programs and projects

The Saginaw Community Foundation granted $45,609.80 last quarter to support 12 programs and projects in Saginaw County.   “It is our goal to improve the quality of life in Saginaw County,” said Reneé Johnston, president and CEO of the foundation. “Each year, we infuse thousands of dollars back into the community. The grants from the

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