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Why a Community Foundation?

Community foundations help build and strengthen community, bringing together people and organizations that want to make a difference. As a tax-exempt public charity, we support philanthropy and are dedicated to improving the quality of life in the area we serve.

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Patrick Naswell
Philanthropy Leader
734-663-0401 x126
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Karen Shellie
Philanthropy Leader
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Since 1963, AAACF donors have helped to build our permanent endowment—a source of community capital that will continue to grow and be available to invest in our community's well-being, today and for future generations.

Community foundations help you make a meaningful impact on issues and nonprofits that you are passionate about. And then we are able to continue that impact and honor your legacy forever.

Five Reasons to Partner With AAACF

Donors like you give many reasons to partner with us—but here’s the top five:

1. Local Expertise

With deep roots in our local community, we have a broad understanding of local needs and where there are opportunities to invest in innovative solutions that create lasting change. We are nimble enough to support those solutions—and able to advise you and your family on your philanthropy.

2. Trust & Accountability

We provide wise stewardship of the gifts entrusted to us, through professional investment management, and in the strategic grants we make for Washtenaw County. AAACF is accountable to our donors, our Board, and our community, and constantly strives to create real, measurable impact and thoughtful leadership.

3. Highly personalized and flexible service

We are available to help donors fulfill their philanthropic goals – via email, phone or in-person. We accept a wide variety of assets, even the most complex forms. You can also accomplish multiple philanthropic goals with just one gift to AAACF. In helping donors fulfill their charitable goals, we also have the ability to connect donors to opportunities and education that strengthen your philanthropy and impact.

4. Magnifying your impact

AAACF has the ability to leverage your gifts with other public and private resources to magnify the impact of our grant awards. We also bring community leaders together and work closely with other funders, nonprofits, public officials, and businesses to maximize community impact. By giving together, we can do more for Washtenaw County.

5. Power of endowment

Professional investment management ensures that our charitable funds will continue to grow and be available to invest in new ideas that respond to our community's needs—no matter what the future may bring.

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