Your Center for Charitable Giving

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.

Here’s a short list of some of the projects that the Midland Area Community Foundation has been involved with:

1978 – MACF awards its first scholarships: $2,460 in Interlochen scholarships, and $500 for a Northwood student.  Today MACF awards almost $500,000 in scholarships!

Esther Gerstacker at the Tridge groundbreaking ceremony

Esther Gerstacker at the Tridge groundbreaking ceremony

1980 – The “Tridge” fund drive is completed with $367,641 raised through community gifts to match $366,000 from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation.  The Tridge is completed on October 4, 1981.

1985 – First year of Riverboat on the Tittabawassee.

1987 – Santa House constructed.

1992 – Construction begins on the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail.

1994 – Fun Zone constructed at Plymouth Park.

1998 – Dedication of the Aviation Education Center at Barstow Airport.

1999 – Work completed on Trilogy Skate Park.

2000 – Gladwin County Endowment Fund established, MACF's first expansion of services to Gladwin County.

2005 – New Chippewassee Park Playground opens.

The Trilogy Skate Park was completed in 1999

The Trilogy Skate Park was completed in 1999

2011 – Received notification from the Community Foundations National Standards Board that MACF has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability.

2013 – 40th Anniversary celebration of MACF

No matter where you look in Midland, you’ll see programs and projects that have been supported by MACF.  And we couldn’t do it without you and your support!


To donate to the Midland Area Community Foundation, click here.

For a complete history of MACF, click here.