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We Are Your Local Philanthropy Experts

Since 1984, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has helped thousands of people make permanent, positive change in the region. With an ever-expanding knowledge of local organizations, community needs, and the relationships needed to make that change happen, the Community Foundation is the perfect “one-stop-shop” for your clients’ charitable goals.

Throughout our history, we have collaborated with professional advisors in Michigan by connecting their clients with the causes they care about most through the appropriate gift vehicles, enhancing their clients’ estate and legacy planning, and improving the quality of life for our region and our residents.

Why Partner With Us?

Whether you prefer to have a silent partner who provides behind-the-scenes consultation or an active philanthropic advisor who has a one-on-one meeting to discuss charitable giving with you and your client, we will tailor our support to meet your clients’ needs and to strengthen your relationship with your clients.

We will work with your clients to accept the gift, maintain and administer the appropriate charitable vehicle, and distribute grants for the charitable causes or the nonprofit organizations your clients wish to support.

We can work with you and your colleagues to raise awareness of the importance of charitable giving, provide technical assistance with planned gifts, analyze gift transactions, and share our extensive knowledge of our region and the people we serve.

Why Give To The Community Foundation?

The Community Foundation allows your clients to support causes that are most important to them. They can support one of the 200+ organizations who have an endowment with us or a specific field of interest like arts and culture, children and youth, education, environment, etc. They may also choose to support the Community Foundation’s Southeast Michigan Forever Fund, which allows the Foundation flexibility to address the emerging needs and unforeseen opportunities that arise over time. Your client’s gift, combined with those from other caring individuals, can multiply the positive effect on our region for generations to come

Creating a Fund

Your clients have a number of options to support current charitable giving and long-term charitable legacy planning.

Fund Types Include:

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Facilitating A Unique Gift

The A. Paul and Carol C. Schaap Fund

In the 1980s, a discovery made by Wayne State University chemistry professor A. Paul Schaap helped revolutionize medical diagnostics and launch a very successful business. The professor developed a light-emitting molecule —  similar to the luminescence found in a firefly’s tail — which can be used to detect AIDS, cancer, hepatitis and other diseases. The company Schaap founded, Lumigen, is now the world’s largest supplier of chemical luminents to the diagnostic market.

Dr. Schaap and his wife, Carol, established a fund at the Community Foundation using the proceeds of the patent for this discovery. This fund has helped them support the university and its chemistry program in multiple ways, including through contributions to the newly christened A. Paul Schaap Chemistry Building and Lecture Hall. The state-of-the-art facility has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating for energy and environmental performance.

Paul and Carol C. Schaap have made a lasting impact on students and faculty with their gifts to the chemistry department at Wayne State University. The Community Foundation supports their philanthropic giving with expertise and services that are designed to maximize both their tax advantages and the philanthropic impact of their gift.

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We Can Help Your Clients Fulfill Their Charitable Goals

For a consultation, please contact our Philanthropic Services department at 313.961.6675 or use the form below: