Why the GMACF Matters

GMACF – or, Greater Milan Area Community Foundation – was established in 2005 as a means to
help enhance the community of Milan. How, you ask? That’s a great question…

Through income earned on invested donations, GMACF has awarded more than $685,000 through college scholarships and community grants. Grants have been given to programs such as meal delivery services for seniors, breakfast for underprivileged youngsters struggling with math, funding for the high school robotics program, and a project to clear local waterways for canoeing, as well as many others. The best part? Every cent of scholarship and grant money stays in the Milan community.

GMACF provides a tax-exempt foundation for donations and serves as a respected steward for its assets. Those wishing to donate have many options of doing so, including setting up a named fund with their gift.

Donations can be directed to support the full range of local programs and can be any amount. How rewarding is it to donate toward enhancing the community in which you live?

Besides charitable contributions, a donation in the form of volunteer time is always welcome at GMACF. Helping with the Third Thursday booth, or joining one of the many committees is a great way to invest in the community. The Greater Milan Area Community Foundation has been serving our area for over 15 years and looks forward to many more – with your help. For more information, contact us at info@gmacf.org.

2020 GMACF Impact on the Community – A Record Year

The Greater Milan Area Community Foundation awarded nearly $80,000 in grants and scholarships in 2020 – a record year! This included over $58,000 awarded to nonprofit organizations and programs, and nearly $20,000 more in scholarships to Milan students.

2020 grants funded nearly 80% of the requests that poured in during the annual grant application this past summer, benefiting cultural, environmental, economic, and educational initiatives. Virtual music program supplies, social justice learning materials, new audiobooks at the Milan Library, and renovation efforts in the heart of downtown Milan are just some of the ways GMACF grant money will make an impact this year.

A special thank you to three community impact funds within the GMACF portfolio: The Fayne & Joanne McGovern Milan Youth Fund, the Armitage/Brainard Milan Beautification Endowment Fund, and the Donald E. Harkness Community Enrichment Endowment Fund. Together these funds extended the Foundation’s impact with additional grant funding benefiting school supply needs, historical asset maintenance, and community gardens.

Todd Schultz – Foundation VP and Grant Chairman – explained, “Since 2006 when the first grants were given, GMACF has taken its role of supporting these organizations and programs very seriously and will continue to do so for many years to come.”

For more information on GMACF grant and scholarship programs, or to donate, create a fund of your own, or volunteer, contact us at info@gmacf.org.

Best of Luck to our 2019 Scholarship Recipients!

And they’re off! Who, you ask? The 15 Milan High School graduates that earned, and were awarded, Greater Milan Area Foundation (GMACF) scholarships this past spring. Back to school season means off to college and vocational school for these young adults, and the GMACF couldn’t be more proud to support them. 

The GMACF awarded over $29,000 in scholarships to Milan High School seniors in 2019. These students completed the requirements outlined for each scholarship, and the monies awarded helps to ease the financial burden for those desiring further education. 

There are currently 11 different types of scholarships available, each one with a specific application and criteria. Some awards target graduates pursuing specific careers while others are general. There are scholarships intended for university and those that can be used for community college or a vocational school.

Each scholarship is privately funded and then managed by the GMACF. Scholarship funds originate from interest earned on an invested amount, making each scholarship available annually. The GMACF would love to see more scholarships available for Milan area graduates. Residents interested in setting up a tax-deductible endowment for scholarship purposes can contact the GMACF at info@gmacf.org for further information.

Investing in Milan area students can have a lasting impact. Financially supporting their education journey is not only practical, it also conveys trust and confidence in the student. Students that return to place roots in the community that supported them can invest in the area in a personal way. The potential for a cyclical benefit is genuine and exciting.

From Northern Michigan University to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, majoring in everything from nursing to neuroscience to culinary arts… we wish our 2019 scholarship recipients the very best of luck! 

Aid in Milan

Every year the Greater Milan Area Community Foundation helps to fund a local charity that gives back to the community of Milan, Michigan. This year they helped support Aid in Milan, a not for profit that for the last 40+ years has helped serve and provide support in many ways to the greater Milan area.

This piece serves as just a small glimpse in the many amazing things Aid in Milan has offered back to the people of Milan. Stories like this are such an experience and show that neighbors are always looking out for each other, even if it’s just something as small as offering an ear to listen.

To find out more about Aid in Milan, check out their website

GMACF Fall Grants Awarded

The Milan Eagle

The Greater Milan Area Community Foundation (GMACF) manages a multi-million dollar financial portfolio of endowed funds that will serve our local community into perpetuity. Themission of the GMACF is to improve the cultural, economic, educational, and environmental quality of life in the greater Milan area. This is accomplished by awarding funds from investment earnings to people, programs, and organizations that align with its mission.

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GMACF Dinner

The Milan Eagle

By Milan Eagle media

Greater Milan Area Community Foundation (GMACF) held their 12th Annual Gala Fundraiser on March 3 at the Marriott at Eagle Crest. This years’ theme for the Dinner Auction was Saluto Milano. Tables were decorated with flowers and wine to be shared and Italian cheesecake, tiramisu and cannoli for tasty desserts.

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Clara’s Closet

The Greater Milan Area Community Foundation reached out to me asking if I would want to share a story. A story of endurance, love, and real compassion. I was given the opportunity to sit down and talk to Melissa Buie. She is the creator of Clara’s Closet located in Milan Michigan. Melissa has a heart for children unlike any I’ve seen in a long time. She goes above and beyond to help children out who need it the most, through giving of her time, resources, and her heart. What an amazing story that I hope you’ll enjoy.

Clara’s Closet is located in Milan Michigan. If you would like to donate and or help out please contact Melissa at buiem@milanareaschools.org