About Us

The Lenawee Community Foundation is unique among Lenawee County nonprofits in. We focus on enhancing the health, happiness and hope of our citizens through permanent endowments that address current and anticipated community needs and raising, managing, and distributing the funds for those purposes.

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.

The Causes We Support are Diverse

We’re the only nonprofit in Lenawee that works in five areas – health, civic, culture, education, and human services. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, approved by the Internal Revenue Service for federal deductions for gifts.

We Perform a Variety of Functions

While our main focus is to manage investor assets and distribute funds in the community, we also provide a variety of other programs.

  • Lenawee Cares Campaign – An annual fundraising campaign that distributes grants to local nonprofits each spring.
  • Nonprofits Workshops – Training and educational opportunities for nonprofits and board of directors.
  • Imagination Library – Distribution of books to youth in the community through partnerships with local libraries.

Our Team

Joseph R. Williams, President & CEO

Paula Trentman, Vice President & Director of Grants & Programs

Janie Colton, Director of Operations & Lenawee Cares Coordinator

Cynthia Heady, Director of Development & External Engagement

Jim Southard, Director of Finance & Technology

Board of Directors

Dave Hickman, Chair
Kris Schmidt, Vice Chair
Jim Kapnick, Secretary
Scott Hill, Treasurer
Bob Vogel, Past Chair

Merri Jo Bales
Frank Dick
Julie Goll
Doug Gray
Chuck Gross
Rick Gurdjian
Dave Herriman

Paula Holtz
Ben Negron
Dave Pray
Ilisia Shakarova
Gabrielle Stringer
Nicole Underwood