This year marks the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s 25th year serving the seven counties of southeast Michigan. For a quarter of a century, the Foundation has been committed to improving the quality of life throughout the region. What started with a vision, an exemplary Board of Trustees, and a borrowed office is now one of the largest and arguably most successful community foundations in the country.
As we reflect on two and a half decades of accomplishments, we celebrate the passion, generosity and commitment of hundreds of individuals and organizations that have collaborated with us through the years. Our partnerships with many local, national and regional foundations and corporations have played a large part in making a positive impact in the southeast Michigan. Since our founding in 1984, the Community Foundation has granted more than $360 million to charitable causes throughout the seven counties of southeast Michigan and beyond. The combined total of grants we have made and assets we hold exceeds $1 billion — a remarkable benchmark for our first 25 years.
We would like to thank the staff and the many volunteers of the Community Foundation for their support and dedication. We are especially grateful to those Trustees who have, throughout the past 25 years, provided the Foundation with visionary leadership. We express our sincere thanks to The Hon. Dennis W. Archer, Norma C. Barfield and William K. Howenstein, who completed their service in 2008. We are deeply saddened by the loss in 2008 of Thomas V. Angott Sr., who was a founding Trustee of the Community Foundation and served the Foundation with tremendous dedication for nearly 25 years. We are pleased to welcome as new Trustees Thomas C. Buhl, Ahmad Chebbani, Matthew P. Cullen, James D. Farley, Chacona W. Johnson, George G. Johnson, Eric B. Larson, Glenda D. Price and Dale L. Watchowski.
The timeline and the video found on this site highlights our impact throughout the region throughout the years. We look forward to the next 25 years with hope and excitement for what the future will bring. Our vision is that all residents will enjoy the benefits of a strong, vibrant community. With the ongoing support of our donors, Trustees and staff, we will continue working to improve the quality of life in southeast Michigan. We look forward to serving the residents of southeast Michigan — for generations to come.