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Creating a Lasting Legacy

November 15th, 2015 Back to Browse Stories

If you have a particular area of charitable interest, you might consider starting an endowed field-of-interest fund at the Community Foundation. That’s what Nancy Davidson of Grosse Pointe Woods did, establishing a bequest in her will for an endowed fund to support the needs of older people and the underprivileged in southeast Michigan.

Miss Davidson lived a long and productive life and passed away at the age of 83. Though born in Detroit, she was raised and educated in Scotland. During World War II she served on the civilian Coal Board and Food Office in Scotland and later with the British Army. In 1951 she returned to Detroit and spent her career at equipment manufacturer Massey-Ferguson.  Proud of her Scottish heritage and an avid bagpipe player, Miss Davidson enjoyed an active retirement surrounded by friends and her family.

In keeping with Miss Davidson’s charitable intentions, we carefully research programs and make grants to nonprofits that are doing just the sort of life-enhancing programming that Miss Davidson would have appreciated.

Whether you are interested in supporting your community as a whole, or a specified area, such as children, the arts or the environment, a field-of-interest fund will allow you to build a legacy of support that is consistent with your vision.

Turn your interest into action — it is easy to get started. Contact us at 313.961.6675 or visit for more information.