AAACF’s Ongoing Commitment to Human Services & the Social Safety Net
Providing funds for basic needs has always been a central focus for AAACF. This commitment has grown substantially in magnitude in recent years. For example, our decades of commitment to vulnerable seniors increased dramatically in 2017 through the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund, which provides $650,000 in annual support for the aging population in Washtenaw County. Our Community Grantmaking Program provides meaningful, multi-year grants for general operating support which have tripled in size since the inception of this program five years ago. We continue to grow and add new dedicated nonprofits endowments that produce a steady annual income for local human service organizations.
These are just some examples of AAACF’s ever-expanding and ever-evolving support for human services since the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders (COFU) partnership was launched Fall 2010. CEO Neel Hajra and VP for Community Investment Jillian Rosen are the two longest-running staffers in the partnership (Neel for 10 years and Jillian for 9). Their experience informed a thoughtful, multi-year process among AAACF Board and staff that led to the decision to not renew our participation in COFU after June 30, 2021. You can learn more about AAACF’s future departure from the partnership on this FAQs page. AAACF’s decades of commitment to funding local human services, as well as to local partnerships, is as strong as ever and will remain that way.