Impact & Initiatives

AAACF enriches the quality of life in Washtenaw County. It’s that simple. We’re working hard with donors, volunteers, nonprofits, businesses, and partners to create local, positive change.

Jillian Rosen

VP for Community Investment
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Through our work, AAACF seeks innovative and effective solutions to community-wide issues. Our key initiatives include:

Community Grantmaking

Our Community Grantmaking supports “Rewarding Success” operating support grants; “Strengthening the Nonprofit Sector” capacity‐building grants; and “Encouraging Innovation” grants for “bold ideas.” Within this three‐pronged program, grantees are evaluated on leadership & governance; high‐quality, impactful programs; and financial strength.

EmpowerMENt Fund

The vision and purpose of the EmpowerMENt Fund is to empower and support young Black men and boys in Washtenaw County while promoting their educational success.

Community Scholarship Program

The AAACF Community Scholarship Program provides multi-year scholarships and holistic support systems to increase college access and graduation rates for Washtenaw County students who are Pell eligible (qualifying for financial aid), youth of color, or first generation college students.

Cultural Economic Development

Cultural Economic Development (CED) is a strategic initiative that seeks to promote economic prosperity for our region by investing in and strengthening arts & culture nonprofits in Washtenaw County.

Vital Seniors

AAACF's Vital Seniors initiative is dedicated to creating enduring outcomes for vulnerable seniors and their caregivers in Washtenaw County, supported by data and research commissioned by the Community Foundation.

Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund

The Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund enables local entrepreneurs to turn business success into positive community impact. This initiative more closely connects local entrepreneurs to community issues and positions them to catalyze local nonprofit innovation.

Youth Council

AAACF's Youth Council provides Washtenaw County high school students with a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference in our community through philanthropy, grantmaking and community service.

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