The 2014 Annual report for the Foundation is available for downloading: click here for the PDF report to read/print.

Foundation Grants at work! Sturgisí historic depot building will get a facelift and new home in downtown Sturgis! Grants from the Newell A. and Grace A. Franks Fund, a fund with the Sturgis Area Community Foundation, will assist in the moving and repair of the depot building, as well as for the purchase of downtown property for the depotís new home and a new home for the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce. Check back for updates on the progress of the project!

The Youth Advisory Council of the Sturgis Area Community Foundation was recently selected by the Council of MI Foundations (1 of 5 YACís in MI to be chosen) to participate in a professionally developed video for their efforts in support of the Sturgis SUCCESS local college access network and its work to develop a college positive community in Sturgis. The Sturgis YAC received a challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation for their college positive project iGoToCollege. YAC members developed and implemented the iGoToCollege mobile website for SHS student iPads-to view the video click HERE

Foundation Competitive Grant Awards Foundation Competitive Grant Awards: over $40,000 returned to the community by way of the most recent Competitive Grant program. For details on these grants please see the Scholarships & Grants/Past Grants page. Scholarships & Grants/Past Grants page.

Youth Advisory Council Grants: Over $10,700 granted in support of youth related programs and projects. For a listing of grants please see the Scholarships & Grants/Past Grants page. Scholarships & Grants/Past Grants page.

The 2014 Foundation Scholarship Program returned over $108,000in educational and camp awards to area students this spring. Since 1999 the SACF has returned to Sturgis area students over $620,000 in educational and camp scholarship; assisting in the process some 750 students! A complete listing of the 2014 scholarship awards appears on our Scholarships & Grants page.

Constantine Area Community Foundation (CACF) grants, Constantine Youth Advisory Council grants, and Constantine School Endowment Fund awards are complete. Please see the Scholarships & Grants page for details on recent grants.

For a listing of White Pigeon Area Community Foundation (WPACF) grants please see the Scholarships & Grants page.


Sturgis Area Community Foundation Celebrating 50+ Years.

The Sturgis Area Community Foundation has been improving the quality of life and advancing philanthropy in the Sturgis Area since 1962. The Foundation provides every person, regardless of their means, the opportunity to support their community.

Higher Standards-The Sturgis Area Community Foundation meets national Standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector.

The National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Community Foundations National Standards Board that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. The National Standards Seal also confirms our history of honoring donors’ wishes—to support the arts, cultivate gardens, save endangered species, cure illness, expand literacy, feed children—and support countless other important causes.

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™ were created in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. National Standards guide community foundations in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that serve as blueprints for internal development and benchmarks for external assessment. The 41 National Standards require the Sturgis Area
Community Foundation to document its policies in donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration. To receive confirmation of National Standards compliance, the Foundation submitted its organizational and financial policies and procedures to the Community Foundations National Standards Board for a rigorous peer review. The Foundation was confirmed in compliance with National Standards in June of 2007 and reconfirmed in compliance with National Standards in June of 2012.

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