About

Mission

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.

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What is a Community Foundation?

Most of us don’t have the ability to donate millions of dollars toward our favorite cause. However, when a lot of people pool their resources together to work toward a common goal, amazing things are possible. That is the essence of a community foundation. We reflect and support our donors’ wide array of interests including arts and culture, economic development, education, environment, health, human services and recreation.

As money is endowed to MACF, the gifts grow forever, providing ongoing support to help the community prosper.

We fund several types of philanthropy, including:

  • Grants – The Midland Area Community Foundation provides over $2 million every year to support a wide variety of community programs. Grant applications are accepted four times a year.
  • Scholarships – We’re dedicated to providing students the opportunity to continue their education beyond high school. Scholarships provide an investment in the community’s future and help students achieve their dreams.
  • Projects – Project funds allow our members to donate for specific purposes. Individuals, corporations, and family foundations may all be a part of a project. The Tridge is perhaps the best example of a project that MACF helped bring to life, with generous support from several family foundations.

You can donate to an existing fund – like the Community Investment fund to make improvements to Midland, or the Open Door fund to combat homelessness – or you can start your own fund. Either way, you can direct your gifts broadly or narrowly to whatever issues you care about the most. However you choose to give, your gift will change lives today and in the future. All gifts are tax-deductible, and in most cases the tax benefits of donating to MACF outweigh the benefits of establishing your own private foundation.

Donate to one of our funds

Learn more about establishing your own fund with MACF

Our History

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.

Over the past four decades, many dreams have become realities. Area treasures like the Tridge, the Fun Zone, the Rail Trail, and the Santa House are all indebted to MACF investment and promotion. Celebrations like RiverDays and the courthouse lighting have brought people together. Over a hundred nonprofit organizations have been able to continue their missions, and thousands of students have received the financial help they needed to further their educations. Putting their money together, donors have given the community greater vibrancy as their gifts have enriched and improved quality of life.

Financials

Find more historical financial data on the Financial Information page.

Affiliates

The Midland Area Community Foundation also handles the funds for two affiliate foundations, covering Gladwin and Clare counties.

Additionally, The Career & College Access Network and Youth Action Council are projects of the Midland Area Community Foundation.

Midland Area Community Foundation

Staff

Sharon Mortensen

President & CEO

Kyle Fahrner

Chief Financial Officer

Emily Schafer

Director of Development

Alysia Christy

Director of Community Impact

Heather Crowl

Scholarship Coordinator & Impact Assistant

Laura Dittenber

Administrative & Development Assistant

Emily Hockemeyer

Post-Secondary Education Leader

Kevin LaDuke

Communications Officer

Luiz Quellis

Finance Manager

Nicole Morreale

Executive Assistant

Sara JacobsCarter

Youth Impact Coordinator

Midland Area Community Foundation

Trustees

Jeff Hert

Board Chair

Katie Horning

Vice Chair

Michael Rogers

Secretary

Lou Mencia

Treasurer

Dave Marsh

Past Board Chair

William Garchow

Trustee

Ann Holmon

Trustee

Jon Lynch

Trustee

Carol Miller

Trustee

Dick Peterson

Trustee

Geraldine Reado

Trustee

Debbie Stephens

Trustee

Kay Wagner

Trustee

Mike Weideman

Trustee

Jennifer Wendt

Trustee