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Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
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$2.5M Vital Seniors Competition for Innovation Launched by AAACF

$2.5M Vital Seniors Competition for Innovation Launched by AAACF

The largest competition dedicated to seniors in North America is launching at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF). Vital Seniors: A Community Innovation Competition, a $2.5M initiative sponsored by the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund at AAACF, will support innovative projects designed to serve and protect our most vulnerable seniors and their caregivers.
AAACF Youth Council 2017 Graduating Seniors

AAACF Youth Council 2017 Graduating Seniors

Youth Council consists of ~25 diverse students from Ann Arbor public, private, and independent high schools who work together to better the lives of youth in Washtenaw County. At the 2017 Youth Council Year-End Reception, we celebrated the graduations of six of our Youth Council members.
Celebration of Scholarships Luncheon

Celebration of Scholarships Luncheon

On June 6th, AAACF held an inaugural event, a Celebration of Scholarships Luncheon, to honor our scholarship donors, committee volunteers, and recipients.
New Impact Investing/Nonprofit Loan Program Announced

New Impact Investing/Nonprofit Loan Program Announced

With the creation of a new $500,000 loan fund, Washtenaw County nonprofits will soon have access to a new source of capital. During its 2017 Annual Community Meeting, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) announced an enhanced “impact investing” effort made possible by a social-impact strategist and donor.
2017 Annual Community Meeting Recap

2017 Annual Community Meeting Recap

Many thanks to the 400+ attendees at our Annual Community Meeting on May 8, 2017 at Washtenaw Community College! It was a great evening, full of community connections, learning, and big announcements.
Bold Ideas for Community Investment

Bold Ideas for Community Investment

In the fall of 2016, AAACF piloted a new type of community investment, called Bold Ideas, to invest in innovative ideas and projects that generate a significant leap in how our community addresses a long-term or emerging need.

Video: Community Scholarship Program Experiences

Savannah Ellington, a 2016 Community Scholar, and Shawntae Harris, College Success Coach, shared their experiences with the Community Scholarship Program at the 2016 Founders Society Luncheon.
Crowd-Granting 2016 Report

Crowd-Granting 2016 Report

At our Annual Community Meeting this past May, we asked the community to take part in a new activity that put them in the driver’s seat as grantmakers, while also giving them a chance to let us know how they thought our resources should be divided up between our priorities. This "Crowd-Granting" activity asked each participant to take an imaginary $100 and divide it up between AAACF’s four strategic priorities: Cultural Economic Development, our new Community Scholarship Program, Coordinated Funding, and Rewarding Success.

Impact Investing at AAACF

“Impact investing actually represents a much wider spectrum of possibilities than traditional grantmaking,” says Neel Hajra, president and CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. This three-minute video tells the story behind the renovations at a local fine arts organization and how it became a reality due to a low interest loan from AAACF.
The Shaffers Are Helping Students— Yesterday, Today, and Forever!

The Shaffers Are Helping Students— Yesterday, Today, and Forever!

Talk about a continued commitment to encouraging young people to go to college! Even after careers as educators, Marie Shaffer thought there was something more to be done by her and her late husband Earl W. Shaffer to incentivize college graduation. Thanks to the ongoing Level the Playing Field Fund dollar-per-dollar match—and the benefit of the IRA charitable rollover (see below)—the Earl & Marie Shaffer Scholarship Fund will do just that through the Community Scholarship Program.

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