Change happens when bold leadership meets opportunity. Our Community Foundation is dedicated to addressing our communities’ most challenging issues and providing hope for the future. By bringing together the dedication of community members and the generosity of philanthropic partners, we work to be a center for progress and a catalyst for change.

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Sturgis Area

Community Foundation

Community Impact

Individually, we drive our community forward. Collectively, we have the power to change it forever. Reaching our full potential starts with ensuring every individual has the opportunity to succeed. We partner with nonprofits, stakeholders and donors to cultivate thriving and collaborative communities, celebrate diverse perspectives and create clear paths to economic security and well-being for all.


The Sturgis Area Community Foundation is a $25M foundation committed to serving the charitable needs of our community and enriching the quality of life for all people in the Sturgis area.

Igniting passion for transformational change


Our grantmaking framework is the vehicle that provides funding to nonprofits creating impact, empowering the people and organizations that best understand how to serve their communities with the resources they need. These investments are powered by the generosity of donors who have entrusted the Foundation to meet our community’s needs.

How Community Foundation Grants are Changing the Story for St. Joseph County Foster Children

While necessary for child safety, many do not realize that transitioning to foster care is traumatic. In an instant, children are removed from their homes, their parents, their schools, their friends, and often, they are separated from their siblings. In many cases, they are alone, surrounded by strangers, and feel like they have lost everything.

Investing for Good: Impact Investments with SNP Make Dreams of Homeownership a Reality

If you have tried to buy a home in St. Joseph County this year, Laura’s story might feel familiar. Like the rest of Southwest Michigan, the housing inventory here is low, driving up prices and compelling homebuyers to act fast. While this environment brings positive news for home sellers, housing shortages can make it difficult for first-time homebuyers...

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Recent Grants

Children's Trauma Assessment Group

Resilience for Youth Program

This grant will provide funding for the second annual "Resilience for Youth" summer program which features five full days of learning, connecting, practicing and applying concepts aimed at reducing patterns of negative behavior and providing at-risk students with the knowledge and practice needed to increase motivation and personal resilience. 

Recent Grant

Domestic And Sexual Abuse Services

Sexual Assault Awareness Community Forum

Funding for a community forum, including keynote speaker and discussion, focusing on sexual abuse and children, youth prevention, understanding sexual assault dynamics and local services available to victims. 

Recent Grant

Sturgis Historical Society

Sturgis Historical Museum Educational Booklets

This grant will fund interactive, educational booklets for Sturgis youth who visit the Museum at the Depot as part of an effort to make the museum more attractive to local educators. Booklets were designed in partnership with local educators who contributed to the content, design and layout. 

Recent Grant

Doyle Community Center

Summer Adventure Club

Funding will provide program support for the Doyle Community Center's Summer Adventure Program. Summer Adventure provides area youth with eight full weeks of summer recreational activities at little to no cost. This grant will be used to expand summer field trips and provide supplemental supplies for activities. 

Recent Grant

Sturgis Helping Hands

After School Backpack Program

This award will provide program support for the Sturgis Helping Hands backpack program to provide bags of food on weekends to Sturgis Public School students in need throughout the year. Approximately 2/3 of SPS students qualified for the program last school year.

Recent Grant

CASA Southwest Michigan

CASA Program Start-Up for St. Joseph County

St. Joseph County currently has nearly 200 children and youth placed in foster care due to extreme abuse and neglect, a rate that is double the state average. This grant will provide seed money for the start of a CASA program in St. Joseph County. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will train local volunteers to serve area children in foster care due to abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers work with one child or sibling group to make sure that their best interests are served and that they find a loving, safe home (or are reunited safely with family) as soon as possible.

Recent Grant

Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County

(in partnership with Sturgis Public Schools)

Before & After-School Programming for Sturgis Public Schools

This grant will fund the launch a partnership between Sturgis Public Schools and Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County to provide before- and after-school programming for Sturgis students in grades K-5. Feedback from SPS leadership and survey results from local families demonstrate a high need for affordable before- and after-school care options in Sturgis, especially among low-income and working families. Through this partnership, children and families will have access to Boys & Girls Clubs' KidsCare programming (, housed at Eastwood School, in the mornings starting at 5:00AM and after school until 6:00PM. SPS will provide transportation to school for morning participants and from school to the program for afternoon participants.

Recent Grant

St. Joseph County United Way

Suicide Prevention Program for St. Joseph County Schools

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Michigan residents ages 15-34. In response to this epidemic, the Community Suicide Prevention Network of St. Joseph County is organizing programing in our county's public schools for suicide awareness and prevention programs. The total cost is $51,050. County superintendents have selected two programs to offer the schools based on their input and need. In addition to providing curriculum to area schools, this grant will also fund a county-wide series of school assemblies with an expert guest speaker and forum for parents.

Recent Grant

Sturgis Area Community Foundation

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The Sturgis Area Community Foundation is a501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible.

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October 15th - November 6th.