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.
The Sturgis Area Community Foundation is a $30M 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.
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.
Sturgis Downtown Development Authority
Art Around Town
Art Around Town is a public art project that enhances the downtown district in Sturgis by collaborating with local artists who desire to have their work displayed in public spaces. The works are coordinated in partnership with the Open Door Gallery and judged at the end of April each year by two TV personalities from the “Home Town Living” morning show on CBS Channel 22 in South Bend, Indiana.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County
Before & After-School Care Program
Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County’s KidsCare program provides affordable before- and after-school care for Sturgis Public School students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. With support from the Community Foundation, full and partial scholarships are made available for families in need of extra support. The program is housed at Eastwood Elementary school and transportation to and from school is provided by the school district for participating students. In addition, the program provides breakfast, snacks, and after-school homework help.
College and Career Readiness Programming
Sturgis Success, a local Career and College Access program, has existed for ten years. It is designed to help every graduate from Sturgis High School to be able to realize their goals and have an action plan started and in place to do so. Through SturgisSUCCESS, students receive help with college applications, FAFSA filings, connections to military recruiters and employers, apprenticeship programs, and anything else the student needs in order to be able to achieve the career of their choice. Grant funding will assist the SturgisSUCCESS program in becoming self-sustainable through the support of the SturgisSUCCESS Endowment Fund.