You cannot build excellence on an unstable foundation. 

The Lenawee Community Foundation serves all of Lenawee County.  We are a public charity that is dedicated to improving the lives of the citizens of Lenawee.  We bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support effective nonprofits in our community.  We make grants and sponsor programs to increase the health, happiness, and hope of Lenawee County. I am honored to introduce those programs to you.

Grants and Scholarships

Originally as the Tecumseh Community Fund Foundation, and later becoming the Lenawee Community Foundation in 2000, we provide funding to local nonprofits in the areas of health, human services, basic needs, civic projects, education, and culture.  Over the last 10 years, we have awarded $25.2 million in scholarships and grants. 

Lenawee Cares

Founded in 2016, Lenawee Cares is a program of the Lenawee Community Foundation.  A community-based annual fund and corporate campaign focused on addressing basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, and related programs through funding to local non-profit organizations. Pledges are made each fall and funds are collected and disbursed the following year. More than $3 million has been raised and distributed. 

Youth Programs

Lenawee Community Foundation values and invests in our young people through three programs.

  • We sponsor the Imagination Library for any Lenawee child from birth to age five, who is registered.  We funded over 1,300 children last year delivering over 12,000 books.  Since its’ beginning in Lenawee County more than 230,500 books have been delivered to our youngest citizens.  The cost is $26 a year per child.
  • Lenawee YOUTH Council encourages volunteering, teaches teens about philanthropy, and provides an opportunity for teens to award grants to youth programs.  They volunteer, learn leadership skills, visit colleges, explore careers, and serve on nonprofit boards.  Two teens serve on the Lenawee Community Foundation board and the Lenawee County Education Foundation board.
  • Lenawee Youth Leadership is a summer day-camp that teaches leadership skills, community engagement, and youth empowerment.

Volunteer Lenawee!

Lenawee Community Foundation runs our county’s volunteer center, where we promote involvement in national Days of Service.  We provide individuals, families, and groups with opportunities to volunteer and assist local nonprofits, which are seeking volunteers. In addition, we publish the Resource Guide, a place where Lenawee residents can find help.  It is also on our website. 

Hunter Helping Lenawee

Hunters wishing to donate a deer can take it to a designated processor, where the Lenawee Community Foundation will pay for the processing.  The venison is donated to local food pantries and meal programs to help people in need.

Your support of time, talent, and treasure create a strong, stable foundation for our community.

Do you want to get involved or learn more?  Contact the Lenawee Community Foundation at  517.263.4696 or


Paula Trentman serves as Vice President & Director of Grants and Programs of the Lenawee Community Foundation.  Your Community Foundation assists individuals, corporations, and organizations in fulfilling their charitable goals for our community.  For information about how your business, any group, your family, or you can volunteer to build a better community, call 517.263.4696 or contact  We would be delighted to be of service as you invest time, talent, and treasure now and forever.