Ways to Give – The Gift of the Acorn

Your generous gift serves as a dynamic force, constantly adapting to meet the evolving needs of our community. From nurturing arts and culture to fostering economic development, enhancing education, preserving the environment, supporting health and human services, and revitalizing neighborhoods—your contribution touches every facet of community well-being.

With the unrestricted nature of your donation, our team of program experts at the community foundation stands ready to address both present challenges and unforeseen ones that may arise in the future. Your gift provides the essential flexibility needed to ensure that we can effectively respond to the ever-changing landscape of community needs, both today and tomorrow.

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Additional Ways to Give

At Lenawee Community Foundation, we proudly oversee a diverse portfolio of more than 250 charitable funds, each dedicated to making a meaningful impact in our community. With such a wide array of options available, we’re committed to helping you find the perfect match for your philanthropic vision.

Whether you’re passionate about supporting education, empowering local artists, strengthening economic development, or addressing vital community needs, we offer numerous avenues for you to give back and make a difference. Let us guide you through the various opportunities to create a lasting legacy that aligns perfectly with your values and goals.

Donor-Advised Funds

A donor-advised fund at a Community Foundation gives you control over how your donations are used to help nonprofit organizations. You can suggest which nonprofit should receive grants based on what matters most to you. Our team can help you find charities that match your interests, and we make sure they’re doing great work in Lenawee County. Our board reviews your suggestions and sends the money to the nonprofit.

Field of Interest Funds

Field of Interest Funds let you support a specific cause that is close to your heart, like the arts, environment, youth, or elderly support. When you give, you pick the area you wish to support. Then, the Community Foundation gives grants to nonprofits working on that cause. Your donation helps make a real difference where it matters most to you.




Investing in our local youth is an investment in a better future for our entire community. You can work with us to create a scholarship that fits your vision and values. We handle everything, from managing applications to giving out the scholarships. With your support, our youth can have a bright future.


Designated Funds

A Designated Fund at a Community Foundation lets you give to a specific cause or nonprofit that means a lot to you. Whether it’s helping a senior center, preserving a museum, or supporting any nonprofit you believe in, your gift helps to provide regular support for the organization for a set number of years, or in perpetuity.

Community Project Funds

Our non-endowed funds serve as vital resources for temporary or special projects within Lenawee County, spanning from essential capital improvements to enriching youth programs and fostering artistic endeavors.

Agency Funds

Agency funds are like a bank account set up by The Community Foundation for another nonprofit. The nonprofit establishes the fund with an initial contribution, and we handle the money, invest it, and make sure it’s used according to the mission of the nonprofit. This setup helps the nonprofit focus on its work while the community foundation takes care of the financial side of things.

Establish a Fund in Your Name

To explore the specifics of establishing a particular fund, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We can provide you with detailed information regarding the required gift size and guide you through the process.

Moreover, any of the funds outlined here can bear the name of your choosing—be it your own, your family’s, your organization’s, or in honor of someone special to you. Every grant distributed from the fund you establish, both now and in the future, is allocated to charities in the name of your fund.

By creating such a fund, you’re not only making a tangible impact today but also laying the foundation for a lasting legacy of generosity and unwavering support for our community. Let us assist you in shaping this meaningful contribution.