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By Jillian Rosen / July 25, 2019
I offer to you just a few of the titles that have been eye-opening, challenging, or just plain fun! If you find yourself reading one or more of these and want a partner to dive into the material – please give me a call: 734-663-0401!

By Tony Gillum / July 12, 2019
This summer, I had the good fortune of working at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) as a Rackham Public Engagement fellow. The Rackham Public Engagement Fellowship exists to connect graduate students at the University of Michigan to “opportunities for impact” outside of the classroom. This exciting initiative allows Rackham students to explore diverse career paths, improving their professional adaptability for a range of positions and roles.

By Katie Van Dusen / November 16, 2018
From November 2017 to January 2018, AAACF engaged in a pilot community voice initiative focused on arts & culture experiences in Washtenaw County. Called “In the Neighborhood,” the goal of the initiative was to capture the pulse and shared understandings of the art and cultural landscape of Washtenaw through a process combining art creation with community dialogue.

By Dr. Shelley Strickland / November 12, 2018
The “Season of Giving” is upon us and while some things have changed since late last year, there are still several ways to support your favorite nonprofits in a tax-advantageous* way.

By AAACF / July 12, 2018
As we both transition from one chapter of our lives into another filled with unknowns, we find it hard to separate who we are from who we have become as a result of the Youth Council.

By Neel Hajra / May 11, 2018
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 enacted numerous changes relating to charitable giving. If the initial public outcry was to be believed, most of these changes will reduce giving. However, we believe the reality will be much more nuanced, and that a decline is not inevitable.

By Neel Hajra / February 26, 2018
We live in a great community full of caring people and organizations. Still, we face a demographic shift over the next few decades that will challenge us. Instead of just hoping we will be fine, AAACF has taken additional action to get ahead of projections.

By Neel Hajra / February 10, 2018
Welcome to AAACF’s new blog – Forever Washtenaw! I’m also pleased to welcome you to our new aaacf.org website. I hope that our revamped digital platform will make it easier for you to learn our work, connect with our staff, and partner with us on making an impact in Washtenaw County.

By Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation / September 25, 2017
We are fortunate to be living in an age of data and information, surrounding us on all sides. Putting together the pieces, connecting the dots, and interpreting, well that’s a different story altogether. As your Community Foundation, we strive to be the resource for you that takes all of that data and turns it into actionable knowledge that will inform your community philanthropy.

By Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation / September 22, 2017
Legacy: We use that word a lot in the nonprofit sector and especially here at AAACF as an organization committed to building endowment, or permanent community capital.

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