The primary mission of the Cadillac Area Community Foundation is to develop a community-wide vehicle for permanent endowments to enhance the quality of life in the area and to establish and manage worthwhile endowed funds for the benefit of our community.
Executive Director's Blog
Thinking Forward - Impacting Your Community Forever
What kind of Legacy will you leave? Will it be buildings, money, land; or will it focus on health, education, environment, or community arts?
When someone decides to leave a charitable gift to their local Community Foundation, their gift can be used to support innovative solutions, and enhance the quality of life, for their community. Our Donors are content in knowing they were a good steward of their gift.
As a Donor, knowing your core values is important when making charitable gift decisions:
*What do I believe in?
*What really matters to me?
*What values help manage how I live my life?
*What values do I want to pass on?
Once these core values are identified, the type of Legacy you wish to leave becomes much clearer. This is the time to review existing funds at your local Community Foundation, and see which Fund/s resonate with your core values.
The easiest way to create your Legacy gift is through a charitable bequest in your Will. You can specify a dollar amount or percentage of your residual estate This may include specifically naming your Community Foundation as a full or partial beneficiary of a life insurance policy, bank account, or retirement account. A bequest of a permanently endowed gift allows you to continue to support the organizations and causes that you value the most through the earnings from your gift, which becomes a permanent source of community capital and continues to work for the community betterment in perpetuity. When you include your charitable gift in your Will as a bequest, our staff can work with you or your attorney with recommended language.
If our currently existing funds do not meet your philanthropic needs, perhaps it is time to consider opening a new fund that will address your core values. Our professional staff can work with you, or your attorney, to design a fund that meets your core values.
If you are interested in creating a Legacy of Giving, please feel free to contact me.
Over the last two weeks, portions of the United States have been ravaged by natural disasters. And our citizens have been responding with an outpouring of compassion and assistance. Even here, in Northern Michigan, our office has fielded inquiries from local citizens who want to support those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Hurricane Harvey has killed at least 69 people, and that number is still rising as search and rescue crews are able to travel into the most heavily damaged areas. Over 48,000 homes were affected, and displaced tens of thousands. Winds topped 130 mph and downpours reached up to four inches per hour. A rain gauge near Cedar Bayou, Texas, measured 51.88 inches of rainfall. Damage extended through Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama.
Today, September 11th, Hurricane Irma is still lashing Florida with torrential rains, flooding, and top wind gusts in excess of 140 mph. This hurricane is so large that it covered the entire state of Florida. Storm surges continue to fill the streets, and the destruction continues with the loss of property, homes, and life. Because this is an ongoing storm, it is still too soon to tell what the total devastation will be.
Citizens, celebrities, politicians, and sports figures from all over the United States have pledged donations to support Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas, and Hurricane Irma victims in Florida. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) launched the CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund, and the CDP Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund, in response to focus on long-term needs of those affected.
Our colleague in philanthropy the Greater Houston Community Foundation, is managing Mayor Turner's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. This Fund will accept tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims affected by the recent floods. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
In addition to many national disaster aid charities that are currently on the ground in Florida; the Community Foundation of Collier County, the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Marlin Counties, the Community Foundation of Sarasota, and the Miami Foundation all house funds to support relief and recovery efforts from the destruction of Hurricane Irma.
These catastrophic hurricanes illustrate the capacity for compassion and assistance that the American people possess; and this compassion with action is an example of true philanthropy.
I would like to talk about the importance of engaging Wellness and Quality of Life for all ages. As the Executive Director of the Foundation, I am a member of many local committees. The Cadillac Area Health Coalition is one of the organizations that I served prior to coming to the Foundation, and I remain committed to this organization and their mission.
The Health Coalition focuses on the existing community resources of health education, promotion and disease prevention. The meetings are designed to build awareness of health care programs and services; to encourage healthier lifestyle choices.
One of the priorities was encouraging employers to have worksite wellness programs. The cost of employee wellness programs is an investment that pays off when employees create new, healthy, lifestyle habits. Planning a worksite wellness program can be rewarding for company leaders and employees. The Health Coalition has been able to assist local businesses in developing their own comprehensive worksite health promotion programs.
Education is an important aspect of the Health Coalition. This year, on Tuesday September 26th, the Health Coalition is hosting a full day of wellness & quality of life programming and presentations for the Cadillac area.
The Community Wellness Day will kick off with a morning Community Leaders Conference to be held at the Resurrection Life Church. The conference will include breakfast and speaker Robby Wagner, a world-class health & wellness humorist.
To engage the youth in the community, CAPS students in grades 11 & 12 through a presentation from Robby Wagner, specializing in Wellness, grades 7 through 10, Johnnie Tuitel, Personal Roles & Responsibilities and grades 5 & 6, David Scherer, Quality of Life.
CAPS 4th grader students will be participating in the “Healthy Choices, Healthy Me!” presented by a Dietician from Munson Healthcare Cadillac. Students K – 3rd will participate in art and writing contests themed “What does it mean to be healthy”.
The Foundation is proud to be one of the sponsors of this wonderful event. You can watch our Facebook page, or the local media, for more information. Tickets for the Community Leaders Conference kick-off may be purchased by contacting the Cadillac Area YMCA at 775-3369. We look forward to seeing everyone at this community day of wellness!!
The National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. The National Standards Seal also confirms our history of honoring donors' wishes.