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Learn of & Celebrate the Lasting Legacy of Helmut Stern

Learn of & Celebrate the Lasting Legacy of Helmut Stern

Where was an 18-inch diameter ball, perfectly spherical within 50 millionths of an inch for use in the Satellite Motion Simulator, used to acquaint astronauts with spacecraft control, produced? The gold standard for the tiny spherical ball used by Papermate was created and produced in the millions annually where? What corporation was ahead of the curve regarding reclamation and associated environmental concerns? What Ann Arbor company was among those that helped create Bell Telephone Systems' Telstar Satellite, which launched in 1962—and among other things transported the first television images through space?

Career Opportunity: Office Manager & Assistant to the CEO

AAACF is hiring! Join our team as the Office Manager & Assistant to the CEO, to ensure that the foundation’s internal operations are effective, efficient, and responsive. Learn more: https://www.aaacf.org/About/Career-Opportunities

Glacier Hills Legacy Fund "Golden Opportunities"

AAACF is pleased to announce a new grant program focusing on senior needs in our community! On behalf of the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund, AAACF is seeking opportunities to invest funds in new, creative, and pilot projects serving older adults. We are seeking ideas and interventions will meet an emerging need in the community and/or address capacity issues at the agency, collaborative, or sector levels. We are particularly interested in ideas and interventions that make the case for why now is the time for this project, is strategically designed to serve a key population of vulnerable seniors, and articulates a feasible budget of resources and timeline for implementation.

AAACF 2019 Summer E-News

AAACF 2019 Summer E-News

In this issue see our new Trustees, read about the Community Scholarship Program Luncheon and Annual Trustee Leadership Dinner, get updated on Youth Council's Year-End Reception, and learn about the Sister Yvonne Gellise Fund Match Opportunity!

Community Scholarship Program Luncheon Update

Community Scholarship Program Luncheon Update

At a luncheon sponsored by Dykema on June 12, AAACF gathered scholars, donors, supporters, volunteers, and partners who make the Community Scholarship Program a true “community” initiative. A unique model among community foundations, the program concept borne here is attracting attention for potential replication across Michigan and beyond.

Dedicated Grant Program 2019

This grant program is comprised of numerous Field of Interest Funds with an array of funding priorities, each Fund having its own dedicated purpose. We will distribute over $34,000 in competitive grants to local nonprofits delivering program and services in Washtenaw County aligned with each Fund's purpose.

2019 Annual Community Meeting Recap

Many thanks to the hundreds who joined us for the 2019 Annual Community Meeting on May 6th! We're grateful for the many new & returning friends join us for networking and a program of performances, announcements, and community data. Read on to see this information & more, and check out photos on Facebook to see (and tag!) yourself & friends. Missed the event? Watch the video below or check out the slides to hear the news!

2018 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

AAACF connects people—advisors & their clients, individuals & families, groups and organizations—to accomplish their charitable goals, especially through the power of endowment. We're pleased to share this 2018 Annual Report with you to honor our community's continued generosity and the impact generated for Washtenaw County.

E-News: 2019 March Madness

E-News: 2019 March Madness

March Madness is the time for analysis and projection, of assessing performance to date and forecasting the future. We’re proud of the performance of “our team”—of the hundreds of individuals and organizations across Washtenaw County that partner together for impact!

Tamara Real Fund for the Arts

Tamara Real Fund for the Arts

Given her lifelong philosophy, it is fitting that as part of her estate, Tamara provided a generous gift to the AAACF Arts Endowment. In recognition of her generosity, AAACF has established the Tamara Real Fund for the Arts within the general arts endowment.

E-News: AAACF 2019 Education

E-News: AAACF 2019 Education

AAACF's 2019 Education E-News has been sent out! See updates to the Community Scholarship Program, 2018 classroom grants, 2019 scholarships that are open, and more. Didn't receive it? Sign up today or read the full article online.

E-News: AAACF 2018 Year-End Update

E-News: AAACF 2018 Year-End Update

AAACF's 2018 Year-End E-News was released! Check out the results of the Vital Seniors competition, some helpful information about year-end giving, and Youth Council new members and updates. Didn't receive it? Sign up today or read the full article online.

AAACF Announces Winners in $2.5M Vital Seniors Competition!

AAACF Announces Winners in $2.5M Vital Seniors Competition!

Winners of the $2.5 million prizes for the Vital Seniors: A Community Innovation Competition were just announced by the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund (GHLF) of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF). The initiative, the largest of its kind in North America, was designed to catalyze high-impact innovation and create enduring outcomes for vulnerable seniors and their caregivers in Washtenaw County.

CED In Our Neighborhood Grants 2018

CED In Our Neighborhood Grants 2018

There are countless groups and connections between individuals that together make up our community in Washtenaw County. These “neighborhoods” that we live in are both literal (defined by geography) and figurative – some of us might be members of “neighborhoods” that are based on our vocation or social identity. “Arts and Culture” form the connective tissue that makes these neighborhoods thrive, allowing us to access our individual creative spirit, meaningfully connect with others, support economic activity, and give voice to our many and diverse experiences.

New 2018-19 Youth Council Members

New 2018-19 Youth Council Members

We are pleased to introduce the new Youth Council members who are joining the committee this academic year! They represent a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives on our community, which are critical to the thoughtful decisions of the Youth Council. These Ann Arbor high school students oversee annual grants of $80,000+ and volunteer in the community.

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