The Ypsilanti area is full of a strong sense of community pride. Ypsi is where we live, work, and raise our families, and that is why we are committed to making it a better place for everyone.
Since its founding, YACF has awarded more than $1.4 million to support local students, community projects, and nonprofits. YACF awards more than $35,000 in competitive grants each year.
As a geographic affiliate fund of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, YACF benefits from AAACF's professional program staff, fund management and investment expertise. YACF holds a permanent endowment and proceeds from these investments are distributed as grants and scholarships that benefit the Ypsilanti community. Our growing permanent endowment means that we are here to meet the current and emerging needs of Ypsilanti—forever.
YACF Grantmaking Priorities:
YACF is committed to increasing the impact of our endowment, especially to meet the changing needs of Ypsilanti residents. As a result, YACF launched a new grantmaking focus to support collaborations with significant, renewable funding, based on outcomes. We believe every gift to YACF can help realize our new defined vision for impact:
Every family in the Ypsilanti area will thrive by gaining access to programs and services through collaborative partnerships across sectors that measurably increase health outcomes and educational attainment leading to economic well-being.
Based on this vision, YACF is excited to be announcing two multi-year grants to support Community Action Network (CAN), in partnership with the Lincoln Consolidated School District and Brick Elementary School, and Family Learning Institute (FLI), in partnership with Mentor to Youth and Washtenaw Community College at Parkridge Community Center.
Beyond funding partnerships, YACF also celebrated partnerships at two packed gatherings in 2017. Read on about our partnerships and the exciting opportunities they present for the Ypsilanti area!