Mission: Our mission is to provide philanthropic leadership to strengthen our community by fostering collaboration and giving today and in the future.

Vision: To be the catalyst and recognized leader for community philanthropy.

Your Center for Charitable Giving

On October 2, 1973, twenty-five Midland leaders and volunteers came together to establish a community foundation. Their idea was to allow people to join together and establish a public foundation. Described as “by the people, for the people,” the stated purpose of the organization was to improve the quality of life in Midland.

What is a Community Foundation?

The essence of a community foundation is many people putting their money together to address the diverse needs where they live. Gifts enable people to dream bigger, to see the many possibilities. As money is endowed, the gifts grow forever, providing ongoing support to help the community prosper.

Community foundations reflect and support donors’ wide array of interests and help them address all aspects of community need including arts and culture, economic development, education, environment, health, human services and recreation.

What does a Community Foundation offer?

Grants – The foundation is concerned about the community as a whole and supports a wide variety of community programs.  Grant applications are accepted four times each year. The basic principle is receive gifts, grow funds and give back.  Grants total over $2million on an annual basis. 

Scholarships – Promoting education beyond high school is a priority for the community foundation. Scholarships are offered to help students continue their education. Applications are accepted annually between December 1 – March 1. Scholarships provide an investment in the community’s future and help students achieve their dreams.

Projects – The community foundation allows project funds to be established for specific purposes. Individuals, corporations, and family foundations may all be a part of a project. While often not the largest donor, the community foundation provides a vehicle for the project to take place. The Tridge epitomizes a project that brought Midland together with generous support from family foundations. 

Giving Options - The community foundation idea is simple: anyone may use it to give something back to the community. Individuals can start a fund in honor of someone they love or to celebrate a special event. Donors can direct their gifts broadly or narrowly to issues they care about or to wherever the needs are greatest. However an individual gives, the gift can change lives today and in the future.

We Know Our Community

When you choose to invest in the future of our community, you want to work with someone who knows the territory. The broad cross-section of leaders who guide our work lends valuable insight that will help your charitable giving achieve maximum results.

We Help You Achieve Superior Tax Benefits

Since the IRS considers us a public charity, contributions are eligible for the highest available tax deductions.  In most cases, these tax benefits even outweigh using your assets to establish your own private foundation.

We Share Your Interests

We are here to help you become connected to the issues you care about most. Your charitable interests and priorities are important to us because committed, caring citizens are so important to our community’s well being.

We Care About the Future

By setting up or contributing to a fund, you have the ideal opportunity to create and/or grow a legacy for you and for our area.

Go Ahead. Make a Difference.

By establishing or contributing to a fund with us, you’ll know your gifts are in good hands. Our staff can help you identify where your gifts will best benefit the community. The result is a lasting legacy that addresses the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow, establishes a tradition of philanthropy and ensures that your gift will develop community capital to improve the quality of life now and well into the future.

What Do I Do Now?

Contact our Foundation staff. You may know precisely which causes you want to support or you may not. In either case, we can help you shape or contribute to a grantmaking program that fits your needs and carries out your charitable intent forever. Let us show you just how easy, flexible and effective your charitable giving can be. And how you can make a difference by giving something back to the community that helped you get where you are today.