When it comes to small town charm, Dexter is a highlight in our county. Programs like the Dexter Community Fund keep the community vibrant by supporting local businesses, recreation, natural resources, arts, culture, and people.
Those of us who are fortunate to call the Dexter area home are deeply committed to our community. Local businesses and families have deep roots here. But it is also an appealing destination for anyone in Washtenaw County who has an appreciation for arts, culture, and nature.
With the Huron River meandering through town, many local parks, and the Border-to-Border Trail, provide many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Specialty shops, special events, art spaces and the welcoming environment make this a special space, and we share the community’s commitment to ensuring it continues to be for many generations to come.
Established in 2014 as part of the AAACF, the Dexter Community Fund (DCF) is a permanent endowment dedicated to addressing the unique needs of a small town, and enriching the quality of life for all who live there. The DCF is a source of community capital, available to invest in projects and nonprofit organizations across a number of areas, such as arts and culture, education, the environment, youth, senior services, health and wellness, human services, and/or community improvement – in perpetuity
We take a data-driven approach in determining areas of the greatest areas of need and in 2018, AAACF and the Dexter Community Fund Advisory Committee conducted a Community Needs Assessment. With participation from more than 30 leaders representing the city, townships, local churches, school district, sheriff’s department, and local nonprofits, the community’s top priorities were identified.
These are the key areas for grantmaking from the Dexter Community Fund:
When you give to the Dexter Community Fund, you are contributing to efforts dedicated to serving these areas, while providing means to invest in future opportunities to make Dexter even stronger and more vibrant.
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.
See more details about the impact being made in Dexter through our Grant Directory.
Read about all of the funds dedicated to the Dexter community in our fund directory.