Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

50 Years, 50 Stories

2013 marked the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation's 50th Anniversary. Since 1963, AAACF has awarded nearly $40 million in grants and scholarships that have changed thousands of lives.

To celebrate we shared 50 stories that shine a light on all the good work AAACF has supported over the last half century - including the many nonprofits and donors who have made it all possible.

Unfortunately, we could not share every story there is to tell. But we do hope the selection proves to be a fair representation of all that we do - from safeguarding health & human services to helping donors make a meaningful and lasting difference in our local community.

 

In the early 1960’s, the Board of the United Fund (now the United Way of Washtenaw County) appointed a committee of community leaders to explore the possibility of establishing...
  Rebuilding a Valued Community Resource: Since 1971, Ypsilanti’s Rutherford Pool has provided a community gathering spot for people of all ages and backgrounds. In recent years...
  Supporting Health Care in Ypsilanti A local news reporter once described Dr. George Hull as “a sympathetic physician, a big-hearted friend, and a true philanthropist.” Dr....
A Permanent Endowment for Supportive Housing Helping to Ensure Everyone in Washtenaw County has a Safe Place to Call Home Research has shown that the most cost-effective ...
  Enriching the Quality of Life In Plymouth Every year on the first weekend after Labor Day, downtown Plymouth comes alive with the annual Plymouth Fall Festival. From Friday...
  Building a Community Free of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:   “It Happens Here”, a message shared in a recent county-wide marketing campaign, reminds us that domestic...
A Lasting Legacy of Community Support:   A native of Ann Arbor, Bob Dunlap loved his hometown and supported many organizations that make our community a special place. When he...
Inspiring a Lifetime Ethic of Service:   Research shows that young people who participate in community service experience greater academic success, have higher self-esteem, and...
 Helping Hundreds of Local Students Attend College: Those who knew him remember Morse “Bunny” Barker as a generous man who believed in helping youngpeople. When Morse died in...
  A Walking Tour of the City’s History:   Walking through downtown Ann Arbor, you may notice large three dimensional glass panels, pedestal images and other artifacts that...