For the good of us all.

At the Community Foundation for Mason County (CFMC), we collaborate with donors, grantees, advisors and individuals to identify issues that are important to our communities. By bringing people together around a common mission and creating links between resources and your vision for the future, we help to ensure that our communities remain vital and strong.

Every year, we award grants and scholarships that benefit students, youth, education, the arts, community development, the environment, health and human services, and emerging community needs. Projects we’ve supported, such as the City of Ludington Pickleball Courts, Lakeshore Resource Network, Rotary Park, Sandcastles Children’s Museum and so many more, continue to enhance life throughout Mason County.

The Community Foundation for Mason County operates as an affiliate of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

We’re Part of the Community We Serve
As residents of the broader Mason County community, our Board members and staff have knowledge, understanding, and insight into our community and its concerns. Highly engaged as residents and volunteers, they guide the work of the Foundation and serve in leadership roles in community organizations.

The Generosity of Our Donors
Our work is only possible because of generous donors who share our love for this community. Whether it’s an unexpected bequest or a small, year-end donation, every gift makes a difference. By carefully investing these gifts for growth, we’re able to continue making grants that provide a lasting, positive impact on our community.

Our Mission
To build community endowment, effect positive change through grantmaking and provide leadership on key community issues, all to serve donors’ desires to enhance the quality of life for the people of our region, now and for generations to come.

Our Vision
The Community Foundation for Mason County will continue to be a leading community foundation in the U.S., recognized by our community for excellence in:

  • Cultivation of community philanthropy and service to individual philanthropists
  • Being a regional catalyst for connecting philanthropists to noble projects
  • Grantmaking that reflects the needs and diversity of our community
  • Providing leadership for systemic and enduring community improvements

Operating Principles
In meeting community needs, the Community Foundation for Mason County adheres to the following operating principles:

  • To respect the stated charitable intent of all donors
  • To emphasize and promote a long-term perspective toward community betterment and a flexibility to meet immediate needs with an emphasis on the nonprofit sector
  • To reflect in Foundation activities and in Board membership the diversity of community issues
  • To maintain independence, integrity, and objectivity in Foundation pursuits
  • To emphasize a proactive posture and to focus on the prevention of problems, as well as on their cure
  • To assume the operation of Foundation-funded programs when no other qualified institution exists to do so

Quick Facts
2015 Community Foundation for Mason County highlights include:

  • $994,651 in gifts and grants received including $73,603 in bequest gifts
  • 212 grants awarded totaling $625,504
  • 43 scholarships awarded totaling $56,300 including renewal commitments over 4 years
  • 313 new donors, for a total of $98,009 in new donor gifts
  • 22 people honored or memorialized with gifts to the Foundation
  • 12 new Named Funds for a total of 138 funds
  • 9 grants awarded by Mason County Youth Advisory Council totaling $13,902
  • $13,145,606 total assets

2015 Annual Update
Investment Policy Statement

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