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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.

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Chris Lemon

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

Impact Investing

We believe that philanthropic capital can further the betterment of Washtenaw County through grants as well as investments. Impact Investing unlocks additional capital and thus, in turn, more opportunity to pursue and achieve lasting positive change on critical issues—such as affordable housing, access to healthy food, transportation, high-quality education—and it can aid in growing and strengthening our local small business community.

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 economically disadvantaged, youth of color, or first generation college students.

Healthy and Fulfilling Aging

AAACF's Healthy and Fulfilling Aging 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.

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.

Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture is a strategic initiative that seeks to promote economic prosperity for our region by investing in and strengthening arts & culture nonprofits in Washtenaw County.

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.

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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Impact At A Glance

AAACF’s competitive grant programs invest in nonprofits serving specific communities, as well as those serving across the entirety of Washtenaw County.

Click on each of these examples from our recent grants to learn more about our impact and the power of permanent community capital.

Ann Arbor
Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan
Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan

Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan

$22,000 in grants from the COVID Relief and Recovery Fund and the Anna Botsford Bach Fund for Seniors have been awarded to support the Jumpstart program at the Women’s Center of Southeast Michigan. Jumpstart provides 90-minute therapy sessions to those in need of accessible mental health services, regardless of their ability to pay.

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St. Louis Center for Exceptional Children and Adults
St. Louis Center for Exceptional Children and Adults

St. Louis Center for Exceptional Children and Adults

Through a $6,000 Youth Council grant, the St. Louis Center for Exceptional Children and Adults are helping to provide universal access playground equipment for children with disabilities. Tactile toys and equipment are critical to helping them learn and develop cognitive and emotional skills. Playground equipment, in particular, provides multi-sensory experiences that aid brain development by building eye-hand coordination, balance, agility and fine motor skills.

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Dexter
Dexter Senior Center
Dexter Senior Center

Dexter Senior Center

The Dedicated Grant Program awarded the Dexter Senior Center with $2,500 to enhance their Senior Nutrition Program, providing home-based and congregate meals to older adults. The Dedicated Grant Program provides competitive grants to local nonprofits delivering a wide array of different programs and services in Washtenaw County.

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Manchester
Manchester Community Resource Center
Manchester Community Resource Center

Manchester Community Resource Center

The “Benefits Beyond COVID" program offers intentional conversation between the Manchester Community Resource Center and households to access their needs in the coming year with respect to impact from the pandemic. $3,200 has been granted in support of this program from the COVID Relief and Recovery Fund.

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Milan
Milan Seniors for Healthy Living
Milan Seniors for Healthy Living

Milan Seniors for Healthy Living

The Anna Botsford Bach Fund for Seniors granted $9,000 to Milan Seniors for Healthy Living (MSHL) to assist in new or exacerbated needs of seniors due to COVID-19. Using a community-based supports and services model, MSHL is working to develop an interdisciplinary approach to nutritional security, access to vaccinations/medical care, transportation barriers, technology hurdles, and mental/emotional health.

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Saline
Saline Area Social Services
Saline Area Social Services

Saline Area Social Services

To provide at-risk students equal opportunities in mental health aid, the Saline Area Social Services (SASS) was provided with $5,000 in support from the Youth Council Grant Program. Mental health issues have life-long effects, especially for students from families with financial insecurity who lack funds for mental health care. By providing weekly, one-on-one professional sessions, this program helps students overcome mental health challenges.

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Ypsilanti
Youth Arts Alliance & A Brighter Way
Youth Arts Alliance & A Brighter Way

YACF: Youth Arts Alliance & A Brighter Way

Established in 2001, YACF is dedicated to building permanent endowment to enrich the quality of life in the Ypsilanti area. This year, support from YACF includes $10,000 grants to:

Youth Arts Alliance: Serving youth under intensive probation supervision through healing-centered arts workshops and through community-based education and experiences.

A Brighter Way: Expansion of their mentorship program for reducing recidivism rates in Washtenaw County.

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Community Family Life Centers
Community Family Life Centers

Community Family Life Centers

Through the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund, $15,000 went to support the Afterschool Enrichment program at Community Family Life Centers. This program takes a comprehensive approach to health and wellness of youth and focuses on the areas disproportionately affected by COVID-19: zip codes 48197 and 48198.

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