Stories from the Midland Area Community Foundation

Service Club Alliance

March 27th, 2023

The Midland Area Community Foundation is proud to announce the formation of the Service Club Alliance, a partnership between Midland area service clubs. One of the objectives of the Alliance is to simplify the grant application process for those seeking funding from service clubs providing essential support to Midland County residents. This collaborative effort brings together eleven service clubs, including Kiwassee Kiwanis Club, Kiwassee Kiwanis Foundation, Midland Civitan Club, Kiwanis Club of Midland, Midland Kiwanis Foundation, Midland Lions Club, Rotary Club of Midland Morning, Midland Noon Rotary Club, Midland Rotary Foundation, Noon Exchange Club, and Zonta Club of Midland to work toward a common goal of efficiently serving the community.

“At the Midland Area Community Foundation, we look for ways to support philanthropy in our community,” said Sharon Mortensen, President & CEO of the Midland Area Community Foundation. “It has been a pleasure to work alongside and assist these service clubs to amplify their impact in the community.”

The Service Club Alliance meets quarterly to share information, learn about unmet community needs, and to consider collaboration on community projects. By sharing resources, expertise, and knowledge, the alliance aims to maximize the impact of funding for local programs that support the community in various ways.

“The Service Club Alliance is about working together to further our impact in the community,” said Rachelle Ferman on behalf of the Zonta Club of Midland. “Collaborating with other service organizations best serves the needs of our community by increasing the ease of applying for various grants and pooling resources to fulfill the need together. Great things can happen with great teamwork.”

Bruce Rayce from the Kiwassee Kiwanis Foundation added, “To me, the Service Club Alliance has two key attributes 1) the ability to view the community and its needs from the collective perspective of many eyes; and 2) the prospect of collaborating on issues or projects that are of common interest, but that are too large or costly for a single club or organization to handle. I believe the ultimate beneficiary of the alliance will be the community at large.”

The clubs participating in the Service Club Alliance have their own unique grant application deadlines. The Midland Area Community Foundation is the convener of this alliance, but the participating service clubs will complete all grantmaking.

For more information about the Service Club Alliance, visit the Midland Area Community Foundation’s website at If you have any inquiries about getting involved with one of the participating service clubs, please contact Raquel Brown, Director of Development for the Midland Area Community Foundation at or 989-839-9661.