Who We Are
The Sturgis Area Community Foundation (SACF) is a 22+ million dollar community foundation dedicated to serving, supporting and meeting the charitable needs of the Sturgis area. Since inception in 1962 with an initial contribution of $500.00 from the Rotary Club of Sturgis, the Foundation has been improving the quality of life and advancing philanthropy in the community.
Though growing in strength and familiarity, the SACF can easily be considered one of those "Best Kept Secrets" in our region. We offer a uniquely flexible and innovative philanthropic service, which appeals to a broad cross section of charitable and community minded individuals and businesses. People of both wealth and modest means find the Foundation provides them a means to support their community through charitable giving.
It is important to know that we are here for good and forever. We look to build permanent endowment funds to ensure that the future charitable needs of the Sturgis area are met in the years ahead.
Partnering through the SACF as geographic affiliate funds are the Constantine Area Community Foundation (CACF) and the White Pigeon Area Community Foundation (WPACF). Both funds have their own advisory boards made up of local community members that address issues of importance to their respective local areas. The SACF provides operational support and guidance to both.
One of the best parts of the SACF is the Youth Advisory Council. Operating as a permanently endowed fund within the Foundation, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) identifies and helps meet youth related issues in the Sturgis area. Established in 1996 with the help of a challenge grant for the W.K.Kellogg Foundation the YAC fund has assets over $870,000. In recent years the YAC has returned in excess of $160,000.00 in support of projects and programs relating to area youth.
The Constantine Area Community Foundation also has an active YAC supporting youth issues and activities in Constantine.