Downtown Dexter

Dexter Community Fund

Established in 2014, the Dexter Community Fund (DCF) is a permanent endowment dedicated to addressing community needs and enriching the quality of life within the Dexter community.

Since we could not gather in person for our annual Fall Donor Appreciation Event, we decided to reach out virtually with a music video that celebrates the Dexter community. Drawing from local talent, the video features vocals by Chuck Colby of Three Men and a Tenor, videography by Michele Anliker Photography, and studio recording by Chris Goosman of Baseline Audio. Past and present Advisory Committee members and their families, along with some past grant recipients, add spirited back-up vocals! We are very excited to share with you our original production of "Sweet Town of Mine."

 

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The Dexter Community Fund (DCF) is a source of community capital that is available to invest in a wide range of initiatives, projects and organizations that enrich the quality of life in Dexter. This fund supports projects and nonprofit organizations across a number of areas: arts and culture, education, the environment, youth, senior services, health and wellness, human services, and/or community improvement.

DCF Grant Priorities

In 2018, the Dexter Community Fund conducted a Community Needs Assessment with more than 30 community leaders participating representing the city, townships, local churches, school district, sheriff’s department, and local nonprofits. The highest priority needs identified became the grantmaking priorities of the Dexter Community Fund. These priorities are:

  • Services/programs for seniors
  • Mental health services for youth and adults
  • Improved outdoor recreational opportunities
  • Services/programs for teens
  • Services/programs for the homebound
  • Programs to enhance arts & culture

Professional Management. Local Commitment.

As a geographic field of interest fund of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, DCF benefits from AAACF’s professional program staff, fund management, and investment expertise. The Dexter Community Fund is advised by a dedicated Advisory Committee of local community members who work with donors to build the endowment fund, promote the Fund in the Dexter community, and review grant applications.

Why Give to the Dexter Community Fund?

The Dexter Community Fund offers an opportunity to support the community we love and leave a legacy for future generations. It supports projects to address high priority community needs and enrich the quality of life in the community. View a list of reasons to give to the Dexter Community Fund. For Good. For Ever. For Dexter.

Past Grants Awarded

In 2017, the Dexter Community Fund awarded its first grants. As DCF’s endowment grows, the Fund will address the changing needs of the community and it will have an even greater impact touching the lives of every resident in the Dexter community.

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Quotes from past grantees:

  • The Dexter Senior Center – “The Dexter Senior Center is incredibly grateful for this generous gift from the Dexter Community Fund. Now more than ever our fitness and nutrition programs are vital to our seniors and this gift makes it possible for everyone to be a part of these activities. This will help us grow even more in the coming year. Thank you!”  Wendy Smith, Director, Dexter Senior Center
  • The Dexter Area Historical Society – “The Dexter Area Historical Society is very pleased to be the recipient of a $500 grant from the Dexter Community Fund to support the renovation of Gordon Hall.”  Beverly Hill, President, Dexter Area Historical Society
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow – “We are very grateful for the grant from the Dexter Community Fund. The funds will help us to continue to provide high-quality care to our residents and assist us in maintaining and making improvements to our home in Dexter.”  Kathleen Boyes, Executive Director, His Eye is on the Sparrow
  • Faith in Action – “As we approach the new school year, Faith in Action will work to guarantee that all students in the Dexter Community can begin their year with the tools needed for their success.”  Nancy Paul, Director, Faith in Action


 

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