The Northern Star Train Needs YOU!

To ensure a fun and full Santa House and Northern Star Train season, we are looking for YOU to help bring the magic of the season alive in Downtown Midland by pledging your time to be a volunteer on the Northern Star Train this upcoming season! Being a volunteer is fun, easy, and rewarding. Volunteers will alternate between two Conductor Assistant positions, Ticketbooth Operator, and Line Administrator. All positions will be responsible for the safe and organized operation of the Northern Star Train. To give the gift of your time, head over to midlandfoundation.org/santahouse.

Santa House Season

This year, the Midland Area Santa House will be opening on November 27, 2021, kicking off the season with a return of Santa’s arrival and the Santa House Lighting. The Midland Area Santa House, located at the corner of M-20 and Main Street, is an iconic landmark in Midland. The present house was built in 1987, with assistance from the Midland Area Community Foundation and generous donors. Annual operations are made possible by the donation of time from volunteers and by endowed funds held at Midland Area Community Foundation that support the operation of the house. For more information about this year's season, please visit https://www.midlandfoundation.org/story/2021santahouse/.

We're Hiring!

We're currently searching for a Postsecondary Education Leader. Is this the right fit for you? Head over to our jobs page to learn more!

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MLK Regional Celebration

Saginaw Valley State University has partnered with regional businesses, chambers of commerce and community foundations to work together to present a celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. This 13th annual event will be held virtually and will feature a keynote speaker with a Q&A and presentation of the MLK Scholarship Awards and the regional Drum Major Awards. The 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Celebration will be Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre. The Virtual Keynote Speaker is Dr. Condoleezza Rice, 66th Secretary of State.

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Together We're Making a

Difference

We granted$6,204,860to Midland area nonprofits in 2018.
We are home to600+active funds that benefit our community.
Since 1975, we have awarded$7,580,235in scholarships to local students.
1973

The Foundation is founded

1978

First scholarships are awarded

1981

Tridge opens

1987

Santa House constructed

1993

Pere-Marquette Rail Trail opens

1999

Trilogy Skate Park opens

2017

STEM playground opens at Central Park Elementary School

1973

The Foundation is founded

On October 2, 1973, twenty-five Midland leaders and volunteers came together to establish the Midland Area Community Foundation. Described as “by the people, for the people,” MACF grew out of the belief that everyone can positively impact their community through philanthropic giving.

illustration of The Foundation is founded
1978

First scholarships are awarded

These first scholarships included $2,460 in Interlochen scholarships and $500 for a Northwood student. Today the Midland Area Community Foundation awards almost $500,000 in scholarships each year!

illustration of First scholarships are awarded
1981

Tridge opens

The Tridge fund drive was completed with $367,641 raised through community gifts to match $366,000 from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation. The Tridge was completed on October 4, 1981.

illustration of Tridge opens
1987

Santa House constructed

Santa spends each winter at Midland's Santa House, one of the city's most notable landmarks. The house is also home to the world-renowned Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School. The Santa House is made possible by a fund held by the Midland Area Community Foundation.

illustration of Santa House constructed
1993

Pere-Marquette Rail Trail opens

The rail trail allows bikers, runners, and walkers to enjoy beautiful 30 miles of natural beauty between Midland and Clare. The project was spearheaded by a Foundation fundraising campaign.

illustration of Pere-Marquette Rail Trail opens
1999

Trilogy Skate Park opens

The Foundation led the campaign to build a skate park in Chippewassee Park. The 15,000-square-foot facility offers outdoor fun for skateboarders, in-line skaters, and BMX bikers.

illustration of Trilogy Skate Park opens
2017

STEM playground opens at Central Park Elementary School

The playground features large maps of the world, a musical section with large percussion instruments, and an outdoor planetarium.

illustration of STEM playground opens at Central Park Elementary School