Community Foundation
for
Livingston County

Purpose

The Community Foundation for Livingston County was established to support and improve the public well-being and quality of life in Livingston County. As it kicks off its 25th year, supporters of the Foundation celebrate its dedication to improvement of Livingston County.

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Background

The Community Foundation for Livingston County is a permanent community endowment established to improve the public well-being and quality of life in Livingston County by:

  • Providing leadership in identifying and addressing community needs and opportunities
  • Attracting and managing charitable gifts and bequests primarily in the form of permanent endowments
  • Using the assets to make prudent and creative grants to address emerging community needs in a wide-range of charitable activities

Since 1991, the Community Foundation for Livingston County has awarded nearly $700,000 through more than 130 grants to support and improve the public well-being and quality of life in the areas of neighborhood and regional economic development, human services, the arts, civic affairs, education, health and the environment in Livingston County. Since its inception, the foundation has established 18 funds to recognize individuals and businesses in Livingston County, growing the foundation’s endowment and related funds to more than $1.1 million.

People

The Community Foundation for Livingston County is guided by an advisory committee of civic leaders who live or work in Livingston County and care deeply about the community. They are responsible for fund development efforts and serve as advisors for the grant applications that are submitted.

Chairs

W. Rickard Scofield, Chair
Timothy H. Corrigan, Vice Chair
Michael A. Hall, Vice Chair
Doris C. Ostrander, Past Chair

Members

Daniel E. Danosky
Denise Brennan-Nelson
Gregory D. Clum
Robert W. Herbst
Mitch Lipon
Frank J. Mancuso, Jr.
Michael J. Lay

Impact

Examples of grants from the Community Foundation for Livingston County include:

  • Reaching Higher: $10,000 in 2015 to expand a leadership program for Livingston County youth.
  • Livingston County Catholic Charities: $12,774 to support trauma-informed training and certification of six Livingston County Catholic Charities therapist.
  • Cleary University: $12,000 in 2015 for StartUp Weekend Livingston, designed to create an environment that attracts tech entrepreneurs.
  • Child Connect for Family Success: $15,000 in 2015 to enhance the visibility, online presence and community engagement of the council.
  • The Livingston Education Service Agency: $25,000 in 2015 for an initiative to boost kindergarten readiness in Livingston County.
  • Cleary University: $15,000 in 2014 for the Arthur Secunda Museum to offer an art program for youth in foster care.
  • Cleary University: $25,000 in 2014 for Leadership Livingston to support youth and adult projects aimed at increasing civic engagement
  • The VINA Community Dental Center: in 2011 and 2012, grants which totaled $35,000 to support the expansion of the dental clinic with new dental operatories in order to serve more patients
  • Livingston County Catholic Charities: $10,000 in 2011 to establish a foster care and adoption program to better meet the needs of at-risk families in the county
  • The Pinckney Community Public Library: $5,000 in 2010 to help support Livingston Reads, a countywide reading program that is supported by the six Livingston County libraries, which are located in Brighton, Fowlerville, Hamburg, Hartland, Howell and Pinckney
  • Pinckney Community Schools: $50,000 in 2010 to support the implementation of New Tech High School, a model high school curriculum

Apply

The Community Foundation for Livingston County awards grants of varying sizes that strengthen Livingston County and benefit its residents. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $25,000. Normally, grants are not made for projects or travel outside of Livingston County.

Who May Apply

The Foundation will make grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, government entities, school districts and universities that provide programs that serve Livingston County. Organizations must have an independent certified financial audit. We do not make grants to individuals, sectarian religious programs, or to cover deficits or other previously incurred obligations.

Deadlines

The Community Foundation for Livingston County has two grant cycles each year.

  • If the proposal is submitted prior to February 15, a response will be received in June.
  • If the proposal is submitted prior to August 15, a response will be received in December.

How to Apply

Steps in applying to the Community Foundation for Livingston County are as follows:

Step 1: Review the Grantmaking Guidelines

The grantmaking priorities for the Community Foundation for Livingston County are aligned with the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s grantmaking guidelines in terms of general content and supporting material for a grant application. Where there is a contradiction between the grantmaking guidelines and the information provided above (i.e. deadlines and grant award amounts), the information above takes precedence.

Review the Grantmaking Guidelines

After reviewing these guidelines, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Community Foundation to discuss a proposed project before submitting a proposal. Organizations can call 810.229.2550 and ask to speak to Kamilah Henderson, who is the program officer for the Community Foundation for Livingston County. She is available to discuss ideas and answer questions about the grantmaking process.

Whether or not you decide to proceed with an application, we welcome the opportunity to learn more from you about the issues and opportunities in Livingston County as you see them.

Step 2: Start an Application

Once you’ve reviewed the grantmaking guidelines and spoken with Kamilah, it’s time to start your grant application.

Start an Application

Step 3: Finish Your Application

You can return to your application at any time via the link below.

Return to Your Draft Application

Give

The Community Foundation for Livingston County provides a unique way for individuals to perpetuate their charitable interests and strengthen the Livingston County community.

Together, the Community Foundation for Livingston County and its donors are creating community capital — a permanent and growing charitable endowment that, through a wide variety of grants and programs, helps the region deal with today’s needs and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges.

Join with others in the community by making your gift today support the work of organizations serving the Livingston County community.

Where to Give

Donors may direct their gifts to the Community Foundation for Livingston County Fund, which is overseen by the Livingston Advisory Committee. Your gift will help strengthen the endowment that provides a permanent source of annual support to fund the most pressing needs of the community today and into the future.

In addition to the Community Foundation for Livingston County Fund, several named funds have been established by individuals, families and businesses in Livingston County, to benefit the community. These include:

The Bell-Borek Library Fund supports libraries that serve the residents of Livingston County.

The Beta Sigma Phi Iota Chapter Fund, established in 1993, provides scholarships to graduating seniors of Howell High School who are entering medical-related programs at accredited educational institutions. The awards are known as the Anna C. Guttrich Scholarships.

The Citizens Insurance Company of America Fund, established in 1993 with a $10,000 initial contribution from Citizens Insurance Company of America, was created to perpetuate the company’s commitment to the long-term well-being of Livingston County.

The John and Anne Colone Fund, established by the Colone family in 1992, provides continuing assistance for charitable organizations and activities that serve Livingston County.

The Elizabeth and John Colone Endowment Fund for the Pinckney Community Public Library, established in 2002 from the Elizabeth M. Colone Trust, supports the general charitable purposes of the Pinckney Community Public Library.

The Detroit Edison Foundation Fund for Livingston County was established in 1992 with a $15,000 contribution from the Detroit Edison Foundation.

The E.D. Ewing Family Fund was established by family members of E.D. Ewing in 1992 to support broad charitable activities that serve the residents of Livingston County.

The First National Bank Fund, established in 2016 by First National Bank in Howell, supports educational, scientific, literary, cultural and charitable purposes primarily in and for residents of Livingston County in recognition of the Bank’s long and proud history of community support.

The Francu/Ostrander Fund, established in 2000, supports educational, scientific, literary, cultural and charitable purposes primarily in and for residents of Livingston County.

The Bernie Gibbons Memorial Scholarship Fund, created in 1998 by William and Jane Gibbons, provides scholarships to graduating seniors of Howell High School who are pursuing postsecondary education. The awards are known as the Bernie Gibbons Humanitarian Scholarship Award and the Paul Bennett/Bernie Gibbons Athletic Award.

The Robert W. and Elizabeth “Betsy” Herbst Fund for Livingston County, established by Bob and Betsy Herbst, provides permanent support for educational, scientific, literary, cultural and charitable activities that enhance the quality of life for residents of Livingston County.

The Imelda “Mel” and Ralph LeMar Scholarhsip Fund, established in 2000, provides scholarships to students graduating from Fowlerville High School who plan to study chemistry, physics, mathematics, or electrical or mechanical engineering.

The Harry Malynowsky Fund, created in 1993 by Mr. Malynowsky, supports nonprofit educational programs that serve the residents of Livingston County.

The Parke Family Fund, founded in 1993 by John Parke Jr., provides support in perpetuity for charitable activities that improve the well-being of the Livingston County community.

The John P. and Janet V. Rex Family Fund for Livingston County, established in 1997, supports charitable organizations and activities throughout Livingston County.

The Patricia Joann Riley Memorial Fund, established in 2002 by Clyde Riley in memory of his wife, supports and promotes educational, scientific, literary, cultural and charitable purposes, primarily in and for the residents of Livingston County.

The H.W. Sr. and Pearl S. Scofield Fund was established by generations of the Scofield family in 1991 in honor of their parents and grandparents, H.W. Sr. and Pearl S. Scofield. The fund supports and promotes a broad range of charitable activities that directly benefit the residents of the city of Howell and the surrounding townships of Howell, Genoa, Marion and Oceola.

The Dr. Roscoe V. and Barbara D. Stuber Fund, created by Dr. and Mrs. Roscoe V. Stuber in 1996, supports charitable organizations and activities throughout Livingston County.

The Westran Scholarship Endowment Fund, named in honor of Roy A. Westran, retired president of Citizens Insurance Company of America, was established in 1993 to provide scholarships for students planning to pursue careers in the insurance industry.

Ways to Give

The Community Foundation can accept gifts of almost any kind, including:

  • Cash, by check or online donation
  • Securities traded on major exchanges
  • Closely held business interests
  • Interests in limited liability companies
  • Patent interests and other qualified intellectual properties
  • Mutual fund shares
  • Fully paid life insurance policies
  • Retirement plan assets
  • Real estate

How to Give

You can give online using our online giving platform.

Give Online

Don’t want to give online? Give by check, cash, securities or wire transfer.

Please make your check payable to the “Community Foundation for Livingston County” and mail it to:

Community Foundation for Livingston County
P.O. Box 200
Brighton, MI 48116-0200

If the check is to be credited to a particular named fund at the Community Foundation, please write the name of the fund on the memo line of the check or, as an alternative, attach the check to a letter indicating into which fund it should be deposited.

Checks for memorial gifts should indicate the name of the person being remembered on the memo line of the check and, if known, the name of the particular fund in which the memorial gift should be deposited.

For assistance with how to give gifts of cash, marketable securities or wire transfer, please review our Procedures for Making a Gift of Cash or Stock document.

Procedures for Making a Gift of Cash or Stock

Name a Fund, Leave a Legacy

Donors who wish to create a legacy and provide ongoing support for the Livingston County community may elect to establish a permanent endowment fund that will provide a source of financial support to benefit charitable organizations for generations to come.

Donors may also set up a fund to support local Livingston County organizations or fields-of-interest. A minimum contribution of $10,000 is required to name a fund.

Donors may also support the Livingston County community for generations to come by making a commitment to support the Community Foundation for Livingston County through a bequest or a deferred-gift arrangement.

Your gift will help to ensure the long-term growth of needed resources to support future needs of the local community. The Community Foundation offers a variety of investment opportunities for donors interested in planned gifts, and has the expertise to help individuals and their professional advisors with even the most complex charitable estate-planning questions.

Contact

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Kamilah Henderson

Senior Program Officer

313.961.6675, ext. 124

khenderson@cfsem.org

Contact Kamilah if you have grant-related questions.

Randy Ross

Associate Director,
Donor Engagement

313.961.6675, ext. 118

rross@cfsem.org

Contact Randy if you have donor-related questions.