Why Give

Primarily to help make Tuscola County a better place to live now and in the future.

The Tuscola County Community Foundation holds a collection of over 100 of funds.  Some funds support specific causes or interests that are vital to the well being of each organization.  Other funds support areas of interest such as children’s needs, historic building preservation, promoting healthy life choices and scholarships.

When people give, it helps our community to thrive! 

Become a Philanthropist

Everyone can be a philanthropist at the Tuscola County Community Foundation. Our team draws on an unmatched commitment to service and an understanding of community issues. When you make the Community Foundation your philanthropic partner, your money has more giving power.

Contribute to an Existing Fund

We’ll work with you to ensure that your gift benefits the charitable priorities you’re passionate about.

Start a Fund

Our goal is to help you establish the fund that will enable you to fulfill your philanthropic purpose.

Leave a Legacy

Including Tuscola County Community Foundation in your estate plan will leave a lasting legacy in our community forever.

How Your Gift Makes a Difference

Your gift strengthens one of the permanent endowment funds maintained by the Tuscola County Community Foundation and helps with its mission of making Tuscola County a better place to live, now and in the future. Click on the fund type below for more information.

What is an Endowment Fund?

A permanent endowment fund is a fund in which the principal remains intact and the earnings provide income which is used for charitable purposes.

Endowment Funds

Unrestricted Funds

Founders Fund – Tuscola County Established in 1998 to provide unrestricted grant opportunities to organizations within Tuscola County.

Tuscola County Emergency Needs Fund – Established in 2020 to provide support for emergent needs that arise for residents residing in Tuscola County.

William & Ruth Janks Fund – Caro Established in 1998 to support charitable activities in Tuscola County with preference given to activities benefiting the residents of the Caro area.

Donor Advised Funds

Bender Foundation Fund – Reese Established in 2010 to support charitable and educational needs.

Carl Fritz Cancer Transportation Fund – (Tuscola, Sanilac & Huron Counties) Established in 2009 to provide supportive transportation services to medical treatment centers to assist people of the Tuscola, Sanilac and Huron county areas battling with cancer in order for them to obtain needed treatments.

Dr. Ed & Dorothy Scollon Family Foundation Fund – Cass City (Cass City Area) Established in 2006 to support recreational, educational, cultural and health endeavors for youth and elders in Tuscola County with preference given to the greater Cass City area.

Impact Hope Foundation Fund – Tuscola County Established in 2008 by a Tuscola County family to support charitable projects of Michigan and specific worldwide human services projects.

James Plain Sports Foundation Fund – Mayville Established in 2007 to provide assistance with athletic and recreational programs for youth and/or organizations promoting youth activities emphasizing athletic and recreational programs.

Ransford Family Fund – Caro Established in 2000 to support charitable causes as yet to be determined.

William & Joanne Kaiser Fund – Millington Established in 2008 as a donor advised fund for Tuscola County.

Dale & Patricia Wingert Fund – Mayville Established in 1999 to support charitable causes as yet to be determined.

Zimmer Family Foundation Fund – Reese (Reese Area) Established in 2006 to support charitable activities within the Reese community.

Field of Interest Funds

Anne S. Laethem Fund – Caro Establised in 2007 to aid and assist with the preservation and restoration of historical buildings in Tuscola County.

Caro Rotary Community Fund – Caro Established in 2007 to support and aid projects and activities of the Caro area which will help improve the quality of life for residents within the greater Caro area.

Claude & Etta Andrews Fund – Established in 1998 to support activities benefiting children of Tuscola County.

Don List Fund for Special Needs Children – Caro Established in 2004 to provide for special needs children including, but not limited to, those with social, emotional, mental and physical disabilities.

Future Youth Involvement Fund – Tuscola County Established in 1998 to support youth oriented activities within Tuscola County as determined via locally developed needs assessment.

Healthy Youth/Healthy Seniors Fund – Tuscola County Established in 2000 to support smoking cessation programs with Tuscola County.

Jerry W. Zuercher Endowment Fund for Musical Arts – Caro Community Schools Established in 2008 to support the musical arts programs of the Caro Community Schools.

Kiwanis Club of Caro Area Fund – Caro Established in 2005 to support charitable activities in Tuscola County with preference given to activities benefiting residents of the Caro area.

Designated Funds

Bidinger Family Foundation – Established is 2016 as a designated fund for Caro & Cass City areas to support educational and charitable needs.

Caro Area District Library Fund – Caro Established in 2007 as an agency fund to support programs provided by the Caro Area District Library.

Caro Education Fund – Caro (Caro Schools) Established in 2000 as an agency fund to support programs provided by the Caro Community Schools.

Cass City Boosters Fund – Cass City Established in 1999 to support projects and programs of the Cass City Public Schools.

Cass City H.O.P.E. Fund – Cass City Established in 2008 to assist families of the Cass City community with costs associated with the care of children afflicted with cancer.

Disability Service Fund – Tuscola County Established in 2012 to support programs of the Blue Water Center for Indedpendent Living.

Greater Millington Area Fund (Millington Area) – Millington Established in 2002 to provide support for the betterment of the Millington area as delineated by the area of the Millington School District.

Great Start Tuscola’s Imagination Library Fund – Tuscola County Established in 2011 to provide reading books to pre-school children throughout Tuscola County to promote literacy.

Hills & Dales Healthcare Corp. Fund – Cass City Established in 1999 as an agency fund to support the role and mission of Hills & Dales General Hospital.

Homelessness Prevention Fund – Tuscola County Established in 2003 to support projects associated to helping the homeless in Tuscola County.

Ken Moore Memorial Fund – Established in 2018 to provide scholarships to Millington, Vassar, or Mayville High School students and designated charitable causes.

List Family Fund – Primarily support Greater Caro area, and secondarily Tuscola County Established in 2019 to primarily support charitable activities that focus on Human Services, the Environment and the Arts.  

Love for Lexie – Paying it Forward (Unendowed) – Cass City area Established in 2015 to assist families of the Cass City community with costs associated with the care of children afflicted with cancer.

Mayville Community Public Schools Fund – Mayville Established in 2002 to provide support to the K-12 educational programs or projects (with the exception of band and sports) of the Mayville Community Public Schools.

Millington Community Center Endowment Fund – Millington Established in 2007 as an agency fund to support programs and projects of the Millington Community Center.

Millington Scout Building Endowment Fund – Millington Established in 2006 to support the Millington Scout Building and to carry out its role and mission as desired by its governing documents.

Reese Public Schools Because We Care Outreach Foundation Fund – Established in 2018 to support Reese student educational and charitable needs

The Fowler Center Fund – Mayville Established in 2007 as an agency fund to support programs of The Fowler Center.

The Patriot Pride Club Fund (Unendowed) USA Schools – Established in 2011 to support Unionville-Sebewaing Area School’s athletic programs and associated facilities and fields.

Think Straight A’s – Think USA Endowment Fund (Unionville-Sebewaing Schools) – Established in 2011 to support any related future administrative costs for the Patriot Pride Club Unendowed Fund and future unendowed funds. Additionally, to support USA School’s athletic programs and associated facilities and fields.

Tuscola Behavioral Health Systems Fund –Tuscola County (Unendowed) Established in 2009 as an agency fund to assist with agency programs.

Tuscola County Imagination Library Fund – Tuscola County Established in 2008 to improve literacy rates by distributing books monthly to Preschool children within Tuscola County.

Tuscola Medical Care Fund (Unendowed) – Established in 2014 to support the mission of the organization and its operational activities.

United Way of Tuscola County Fund – Tuscola County Established in 2007 as an agency fund to provide support for the United Way of Tuscola County for funding of operating expenses and agency allocations. 

Scholarship Funds

 ALL TUSCOLA COUNTY (TISD DISTRICT) SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

Donald D. & Sara J. Dost Memorial Scholarship – Established in 2009 to provide scholarships to Tuscola County students who will be attending Michigan State University and planning a career in the College of Agriculture.

Kenna Lynne Peet Memorial Scholarship  Established in 2008 to provide scholarships to Tuscola County students who are or have attended the Tuscola Technology Center’s Child Services program and plans to pursue a career in teaching special education.

Olaf A. Goodell Scholarship  Established in 2004 to provide scholarships to Tuscola County students who will be entering a medical field.

Tuscola County Community Agricultural Scholarship  Established in 2010 to provide scholarships to Tuscola County students who will be attending Michigan State University and planning a career in the Department of Agriculture.

Fullmer Family Scholarship  Established in 2017 to provide scholarships to Tuscola County students who will be attending Michigan State University and planning a career in the field of Agri-science or Veterinary Medicine.

Ralph & Marceline Bublitz Scholarship for Registered Nurses  Established in 2014 to provide scholarships to Tuscola County students pursuing a career as a Registered Nurse.

Houghtaling Family Scholarship – Established in 2014 to provide scholarships to Reese High School students.

Tuscola County Republican Party Scholarship  Established in 2009 to provide scholarships to Tuscola County students.

Kiwanis Club of the Caro Area Fund – Established in 2005 to support charitable activities in Tuscola County with preference given to activities benefiting residents of the Caro area.

Bruce J. Dunn Memorial Scholarship  Established in 2000 to provide scholarships to Tuscola County students.

INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIPS

Akron-Fairgrove Schools (Vikings)

  • Scears Foundation of Akron Michigan Scholarship  Established in 2012 to provide scholarships to Akron-Fairgrove & Caro High Schools students.
  • Justin Reder Memorial Scholarship – Established in 2015 to provide scholarships to Akron-Fairgrove High School students.
  • Joy McCreedy Scholarship  Established in 2014 to provide scholarships to Akron-Fairgrove High School students. (Unendowed) 

Caro Community Schools (Tigers)

  • Scears Foundation of Akron Michigan Scholarship  Established in 2012 to provide scholarships to Akron-Fairgrove & Caro High Schools students.
  • Bob Moore Memorial Scholarship  Established in 2015 to provide scholarships to Caro High School students.
  • Anthony Scott Walker Memorial Scholarship – Established in 2019 to provide scholarships to Caro High School students who are pusuing post-secondary education in the area of Business.
  • Caro Rotary Scholarship  Established in 2004 to provide scholarships to Caro High School students.
  • Clare McDurman Scholarship  Established in 2007 to provide scholarships to Caro High School students.
  • Donald Carr Scholarship   Established in 2008 to provide scholarships to Caro High School students.
  • Earl and Mary Branding Scholarship – Established in 2007 to provide scholarships to Caro High School students.
  • Dorothy Van Allen Scholarship – Established in 2008 to provide scholarships to Caro High School students who are planning a career in the field of Education.
  • Frank Walden Memorial Scholarship  Established in 2011 to provide scholarships to Caro High School students. First preference given to members of the First Presbyterian Church of Caro.
  • Francis S. Freville Memorial Scholarship – Established in 2014 to provide scholarships to Caro High School students.
  • Harold Gates Guy Way Scholarship – Established in 2014 to provide scholarship to Caro High School students.
  • Harry J. Bastone Memorial Scholarship  Established in 2008 to provide scholarships to Caro High School students.
  • Rolka Scholarship Foundation  Established in 2009 to provide scholarships to Caro High School students.
  • Stamats Scholarship Fund  Established in 2008 to provide scholarships to Caro High School students.

Cass City Public Schools (Red Hawks)

  • Patricia Krol Memorial Scholarship for Cass City High School  Established in 2011 to provide scholarships to Cass City High School female students.
  • Robert & Marjorie Zander Memorial Scholarship  Established in 2014 to provide scholarships to Cass City High School students.
  • Alison Emmert Memorial Scholarship  Established in 2005 for Cass City High School students.
  • Cass City Rotary Scholarship – Established in 2006 to provide scholarships to Cass City H.S. students.
  • Cory Merz Endowment Fund  Established in 2005 to provide scholarships to Cass City High School students or for the benefit of other students to pursue educational opportunities.
  • Kally Maharg Scholarship – Established in 2005 to provide scholarships to Cass City High School students and/or provide support to 8th grade students attending the summer Washington D.C. field trip.
  • Robert and Barbara Tuckey Education Scholarship  Established in 2017 to provide scholarships to Cass City High School students.
  • Judy and Bonnie Weippert Scholarship – Established in 2014 to provide scholarships to Cass City High School students.
  • Wallace and Helen Zinnecker Scholarship – Established in 2005 to provide scholarships to Cass City High School students.

Kingston Community Schools (Cardinals)

  • Kingston VFW Post 5317 Veteran’s Family Scholarship - Established in 2018 to provide scholarships for Kingston High School students who are a descendant of a member of/or Honorably Discharged Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
  • Kingston High School Scholarship - Established in 2012 to provide scholarships for Kingston High School students.
  • Marjorie and Allison Green Memorial Scholarship - Established in 2012 to provide scholarships to Kingston High School students.

Mayville Community Schools (Wildcats)

  • Ed-Mar Tree Farm Scholarship - Established in 2012 to provide scholarships to Mayville High School students who are planning to advance their education beyond high school.
  • Edward J. and Alice M. Maier Foundation - Established in 2010 to provide scholarships to Mayville High School students.
  • Loyd and Lula White Memorial Scholarship - Established in 2000 to provide scholarships to Mayville High School students.

Millington Community Schools (Cardinals)

  • Millington High School Class of 1966 Scholarship - Established in 2017 to provide scholarship awards to students graduating from Millington High School who are pursuing trade or vocational school beyond high school.

Reese Public Schools (Rockets)

  • Bender Family Fund – Turn Around Student Scholarship - Established in 2010 to support charitable and educational needs.
  • Tucker Schumacher Miracle Scholarship - Established in 2007 to provide scholarships to Reese High School students.

Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools (Patriots)

  • Carson Memorial Scholarship - Established in 2004 to provide scholarships to Unionville-Sebewaing High School students.
  • Esther Collon Good Samaritan Scholarship - Established in 2019 to provide scholarships to graduating senior students pursuing post-secondary education in a health related field.

Vassar Public Schools (Vulcans)

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    Anyone Can Make a Difference

    The Community Foundation strives to ensure that all people in our community are able to give to others. You may choose to give during your lifetime or plan for a future gift through your estate planning. Any size gift is accepted and funds are pooled together so that all gifts truly make a difference. 

    We offer a wide range of gifting options and ways that you can make a difference.

    Create Your Own Fund

    Just as no two people are the same, no two Foundation funds are the same. Each has its own unique personality and unique purpose. Because each fund is named by its donor, funds can provide a perfect memorial or honoring opportunity. Tuscola County Community Foundation recognizes that each donor has special needs, financial considerations, and charitable wishes. We also know that the right gift method can make the difference in your ability to accomplish your goals, so we strive to be highly flexible in the types of funds that can be used. Cash, appreciated assets such as stock, life insurance and bequests are just a few of the ways funds have been established.

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