Community Building is one of the four ways in which the Southfield Community Foundation meets its mission.

The Foundation is currently focusing on the following area of community life:


The Southfield Community Foundation depends upon its many volunteers for gifts of time, treasure and talent. Without the many individuals who come together in committee to give advise, recommend policy, initiate action and manage events, the Foundation could not effectively meet its mission. Community, civic and corporate involvement are the keys to building strong communities and strong community foundations.

Nominations for board and committee positions are always welcome. Nominations should include a resume and letter of interest and be sent to the Foundation at The Mary Thompson Farm House, 25360 Evergreen Road, Southfield, Michigan 48075. Or VIA email to


Southfield's strategic strength is it diversity. The Foundation believes that an understanding of our diversity is essential in our personal, community, and professional development. The Foundation presents an annual series of events to highlight the power and potential of diversity. The committee assists in the design of those events, the development of sponsors and the sale of tickets.

Marlene Davis
Larry Givens
Donald J. Gross
Leslie Touma
John Voorhorst
Laura Walker


The SPS Education Committee seeks to strengthen the quality of education available through the Southfield Public Schools. It advises the Foundation on the disbursement of grants from the SPS Education Fund and assists the Foundation in soliciting additional gifts for the Fund.

The primary grant program of the SPS Education Committee is the Mini-Grant program. Mini-Grants are designed to offer SPS teachers an opportunity to try new curricula and/or teaching methods unable to be funded through the annual school budget. It is hoped that the Mini-Grant program will help the Southfield Schools to better identify new and more effective teaching strategies.

Mini-Grants are currently awarded in the Fall semester. For more information on the Mini-Grant program or an application for the next grant cycle, please contact the Foundation.

Paul L. Cooper, Chair
Patricia Bellinger-Chunn
Rosemary Couser
Marvin Horowitz
James Merchant
Sharon Oliver Merchant
Karen Miller

Eddie G. Powers
Herman Proby
James Ralph
Zelda Robinson
Joyce Silagy
Velma Snow


The Finance Committee develops and recommends investment, spending and budget policies for the Foundation. It also advises the board on the development of new permanent funds.

Gregory A. Coursen, CPA, Chair
Paul Bryant
Thomas Buda
Audry Harvey


The members of the SCF Golf Classic Committee organize and manage an annual golf outing benefit for the Southfield Community Foundation. Information regarding sponsorships and golf reservations can be obtained through the Foundation office at 248-351-1320.

The 2nd Annual SCF Golf Classic will be held on Monday, September 17, 2001 at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield, Michigan.

George E. Hubbell, Chair
Thomas Buda
Marlene Davis
Anita Williams Devers
Donald J. Gross
Gary Steven Jonna
John Voorhorst


The Grant Committee develops and oversees policy on the Foundation's grantmaking activities. It also reviews grant requests and recommends grants to the Board of Directors for funding.

Susan Kelly, Chair
Laura Williams
John Voorhorst


The Southfield Community Foundation is one of the states 66 certified community foundations to receive an allocation through the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) from the State of Michigan's share of the natioonal tobacco settlement.

The Foundation will be using 50% of the allocated funds to create a permanent endowed fund with the goal of attracting other sources to increase the endowments thereby making more funds available for healthy youth and healthy senior programs through the years.

The Foundation's advisory committee makes decisions on the projects supported by the funds. Included in the advisory board are representatives from the Foundation's Youth Advisory Committee, representatives of local health organizations, community leaders, and public health and community tobacco reduction coalitions.

For more information on the Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors grant program, please call 248-351-1320.

Mr. Robert F. Casalou, Chair
Providence Hospital

Ms. Kathleen Altman
Oakland County Health Department

Ms. Marcia Baum
Karmanos Cancer Institute

Dr. Donald Burwell
Southfield Community Coalition

Ms. Carolyn Glosby
American Lung Association

Ms. Elaine Horowitz
Providence Hospital

Ms. Krysten Jefferson
Youth Advisory Committee

Ms. Colleen Peters
Community Leader

Mr. Eddie G. Powers
Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Herman Proby
Southfield Youth Services

Mr. Kenneth A. Wilson
Southfield Public Schools


The Spina Committee is responsible for planning and overseeing fundraising for the Tony Spina Enrichment Fund. It also recommends candidate(s) for the Spina Scholarship to the Foundation's Board of Directors.

Katheryn Spina Giles
Terrence Ray Giles
Sharon Gioia
Theodore W. Kilar, MD
David Lawrence, Jr.
David Robinson

Neal Shine
Mrs. Tony Spina
Costan Anthony Spina
Julia Spina-Kilar
Linda Ward Spina


The Southfield Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a group of young volunteers organized in 1998 and dedicated to community leadership through effective grantmaking, fund development and philanthropy. The YAC is empowered through a permanent fund at the Foundation established as a result of a challenge grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and dedicated to funding youth programs, services and development.

YAC membership teaches young people to meet challenges, advocate for their beliefs, raise funds for good works, be responsible leaders and stewards–and to be generous. Southfield Community Foundation YAC grants have supported the development of plans for a teen center, Safe Night Parties, parenting programs, school curriculum development mini-grants, aids awareness programs, volunteer action days, and Community Coalition anti-tobacco and alcohol programs.

The Southfield YAC hosts the annual Youth Symposium on Diversity as an opportunity for youth leaders throughout the state to gain both a personal understanding of the strengths of diversity and a framework for bringing the message back to their local communities. For information on joining the Southfield YAC, please contact the Southfield Community Foundation at 248-351-1320.

Abhi Pandit, Chair
Whitney Harris, Vice Chair
Pooja Gupta, Recording Secretary
Kristine Macuja, Corresponding Secretary
Phillip C. Vails, Treasurer

Billy Renard Anthony, Jr.
Trina Barron
Alex Calder
Erica Gaston
Krysten Jefferson
Akilah Jones
Marcus Parker
Laura Sullivan
Kelli Thomas

   Paul L. Cooper
   Marlene Davis
   Susan Ellis Goodell
   Sharon Oliver Merchant
   Herman Proby


The Memorial Scholarship Review Committee reviews the Memorial Scholarship applications and choses the award winners. The Committee is selected each year from members of the SPS Education Committee, friends and family of those in whose name the scholarships are given, and community leaders.

Committee Members for the 2001 Awards

Patricia Bellinger-Chunn
Eric Coleman
Paul Condino
Paul Cooper
Donna Fracassi
Mary C. Frommeyer
Helen Pasakarnis
Herman Proby
Velma Snow

Charitable Giving
An investment in our community's future

You've worked hard to achieve your goals and to support the causes and institutions you believe in. Charitable giving is an important part of your life. As someone who knows the value of giving, you want to be assured that your gifts will meet vital needs and improve our community.

You want to know your gifts will achieve positive results and, of course, maximize your tax deductions. You may want to involve your family in your giving. You want a tasteful level of recognition -- or perhaps you want anonymity.

But most of all, you want an easy and flixible way to accomplish your objectives.

There is a simple way for you to make a difference and leave a lasting legacy in our community. You can make a difference for good, a difference forever -- and that's by establishing a fund with us.

Philanthropic Advantages

There are many advantages to partnering with the Southfield Community Foundation to realize your philanthropic goals. By investing in the Foundation's permanent funds your create a legacy of caring that will provide permanence, local control for greatest charitable impact, flexibility, economies of scale, convenience, tax benefits and public accountability.

Permanence. Dollars given to the Southfield Community Foundation will last forever. Your gift is placed in a permanent fund so that your charitable interests will be carried out in perpetuity and have a lasting impact.

Local Control for Greatest Charitable Impact. Our staff, committees and Board of Directors live and/or work in our community. We understand how local and regional issues affect the community as a whole. Our broad perspective ensures that the grants we distribute are targeted where they will do the most good.

Flexibility. The Foundation offers a variety of ways to give. Donations can be cash, appreciated property, stock, life insurance policies, and charitable bequests in wills or trusts. Gifts can be designated for special interests or left unrestricted. Gifts can be made in memory or in honor of others.

Economies of Scale. By pooling contributions, we are able to achieve better investment performances. Management and administrative costs are kept to a minimum so your contribution supports programs rather than overhead.

Convenience. We can establish most funds in one brief meeting. Plus, we keep complicated paperwork and charitable giving terms as simple as possible.

Tax Benefits. The Southfield Community Foundation is a public charity and all donations qualify for the maximum available deduction for charitable contributions. In addition to federal deductions, your gift qualifies for the Michigan Tax Credit.

Public Accountability. The Foundation undergoes an annual audit and copies of the financial statement are available upon request.

For further information on specific philanthropic interests, please contact:
Warren E. Goodell at 248-351-1320

The Southfield Community Foundation is committed to enhancing the lives of those who work and live in Southfield and Lathrup Village. It accomplishes this through the support of initiatives and programs not traditionally funded by government. The Foundation accepts and administers gifts from many sources to help meet the changing needs of the community.

Foundation grants are directed by the Board of Directors with the assistance of community volunteers and staff. The Foundation currently awards approximately $50,000 annually in grants and scholarship awards. Grants range in size from approximately $500 to $5,000. Grants are ordinarily made for a period of one year.

In the distribution of its funds, the Southfield Community Foundation does not discriminate based on age, sex, color, religious affiliation, national origin, individuals with disabilities or the programs to be benefited.


The Foundation's priority is to fund grants and programs that have the potential for positive impact on the lives of people who work and live in Southfield and Lathrup Village. It focuses on projects not adequately served by existing community resources and in six particular areas of interest: Community Building, Youth Development, Senior Adults, Public Education, Arts & Culture and the Celebration of our Diversity.

Proposals which identify a problem, propose a well-defined solution to that problem and appropriately measure the effect of that solution are strongly encouraged. The Foundation believes that cooperative and collaborative efforts play an important role in community building. The Foundation also encourages those organizations submitting proposals to develop multiple sources of project support.

Community Building. A strong, thriving community is the product of many diverse activities. The Foundation seeks projects and programs that successfully encourage volunteerism, philanthropy, community pride and identity, civic responsibility, community appearance, and the development of environmental and recreational assets.

Youth Development. Our children are our future and are in need of positive role models, peer influences and energies channeled to appropriate activities to become productive adults. The Foundation supports providing constructive life choices through youth-directed educational, recreational and problem-solving activities and alternative choices that provide assistance for youth development.

Senior Adults. Southfield is blessed with a large senior adult community. The Foundation seeks projects and programs that address quality of life issues for seniors, especially emergency and crisis management programs through Southfield's Human Services Department.

Public Education. Educational opportunities and academic excellence are critical to the future of our youth. The Foundation funds proposals which promote special creative efforts, innovative academic programming and instructional excellence.

Arts & Culture. Cultural enrichment is one of life's fundamental cornerstones. To enhance quality of life, youth development, senior recreation and reflection, and business retention, the Foundation encourages efforts in dance, theater, concerts, symphonies, orchestras, music, lecture series, travel and hands-on classes that stimulate educational creativity and enjoyment of the performing and visual arts.

Celebration of Diversity. Perhaps Southfield's greatest strategic strength is that of the diversity of its human resources. The opportunity for personal and professional growth through exposure to multiple cultures, religions and generations is limited only by our willingness to explore. Southfield is a cosmopolitan center and an international city. The Foundation seeks projects and programs that celebrate our diversity and encourage human and corporate growth through the active exploration of our differences.


The Foundation does not generally fund grants for:

  • Operational, maintenance, or ongoing expenses
  • Programs or projects that duplicate existing services and/or programs
  • Sectarian or religious organizations, programs or activities
  • Individuals
  • Testimonial dinners, fund-raising events or advertising
  • Payments of loans, interest, taxes or debt retirement


Grant seekers are encouraged to call the Southfield Community Foundation (248-351-1320) to review the scope and appropriateness of their proposals before submitting a formal application. Grant requests to the Southfield Community Foundation must be submitted in writing. A one to two page letter is generally sufficient and should contain a brief overview of your organization and its mission, a description of the problem you are seeking to solve, the methods you will employ, and how you will know whether or not you succeeded. The following attachments must be included for your proposal to be considered:

  • A complete, detailed budget of the project for which the funds are
  • An audited copy of your last annual financial statement
  • A list of your current board of directors and/or governing board
  • Proof of tax-exempt status (usually your IRS tax exemption recognition

Grant requests and other correspondence should be sent to the address below.


Careful consideration is given to each grant request as it is received. Proposals are reviewed by the Foundation's Executive Director in terms of general eligibility and conformity to Foundation guidelines and fund availability. Proposals are then reviewed, as appropriate, by one of the Foundation's standing committees (Grant, SPS Education, Youth Advisory, or Executive Committee). Proposals that receive committee endorsement are then forwarded to the Foundation Board of Directors for final determination. The Foundation's Board of Directors meets approximately six times a year.

Grant seekers will be notified in writing of the final status of their request. If a grant has been approved, the recipient organization/group will enter into a Grant Agreement with the Foundation. This agreement fully explains the rights and responsibilities of the grantee, including, but not limited to the submission of a final report either verbally, in writing, or both, to the Foundation Board of Directors.




The Southfield Community Foundation
25630 Evergreen Road
Southfield, MI 48075

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