The History of the Lenawee Community Foundation began in the 1950’s as the Tecumseh Community Fund Foundation. In the earlier days, this foundation operated as an annual fundraiser, distributing the funds raised each year.
In 1997 the Foundation changed its focus to become a true foundation, utilizing the permanent endowment concept. Because of a commitment to serve the entire county, the name was legally changed to Lenawee Community Foundation in 2005.
The Lenawee Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, approved by the Internal Revenue Service for federal deductions for gifts.
The Lenawee Community Foundation is unique when compared to the other nonprofits in Lenawee County:
1. We work for the future of our community. Although we provide funds to address current community needs, most of our funds are permanently invested with a portion of the earnings utilized for charitable causes. Thus, you can think of us as a community “savings account” with our major focus on Lenawee’s anticipated needs.
2. We are broad-based. We work to improve the quality of life for all Lenawee residents, rather than a specific group of people. No other nonprofit in Lenawee works in the five areas we do – Health, Civic, Culture, Education, and Human Services.
What once was a small-town organization has turned into one of the most recognizable foundations. Our history proves that with dedication and a caring heart not only can we succeed in promoting a better Lenawee County, but that we will continue to help throughout the years. The history of the LCF shows how important it is to continue to build within our very own communities!