One of the goals of The
Southfield Community Foundation is to develop a
series of permanent funds to support ongoing grants
back to the community.
Permanent Funds provide donors with a flexible
tool for supporting their charitable interests through
perpetual grants to the community. Gifts to the Southfield
Community Foundation permanent funds qualify for the
Michigan State Tax Credit.
Individuals may qualify for a 50% MI tax credit on gifts
of up to $200 per year. Married individuals, filing
jointly, qualify for gifts up to $400. Corporations
qualify for a 50% MI tax credit on the SBT for gifts
up to $10,000.
The following is a description of permanent funds that
have been established within the Southfield Community
Foundation. For information on adding to these funds,
or creating additional funds (see Types
of Funds), please call Warren Goodell at 248-351-1320.
ARTS & CULTURE FUND
This fund, established
in 2001, is designed to provide support for organizations
providing arts and cultural experiences in our communities.
The Diversity Fund, established
in 2002, provides support for programs and projects
that promote the potential that our diversity has to
enhance the quality of our personal and professional
In our ever changing and shrinking world, understanding
our diversity is our strategic advantage.
DONOR ADVISED FUNDS
Donor Advised Funds are
created as a service to individuals who wish to manage
their charitable giving through the Community Foundation.
Family advised funds and corporate advised funds can
also be created to develop family and corporate cultures
EMERGENCY SERVICES FUND
This critical fund provides
funds primarily to support the Southfield Human Services
Department Emergency Loan Program, a collaborative
which helps individuals at substantial risk cope with
GENE TAYLOR MEMORIAL FUND
This fund was established
in 2001 to honor the memory of Gene Taylor, a member
of the Foundation's Board of Directors and active
The Helping Educate Surviving
Students is a scholarship fund dedicated to supporting
the victims (or dependents of victims) of drunk driving
MARY THOMPSON FUND
Originating as a bequest
to the City of Southfield, this fund helps to maintain
the Mary Thompson Farm as a historical and recreational
center for senior citizens.
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Gifts given in memory
of friends and family support a scholarship for students
who have overcome significant hardship to meet their
educational goals. The fund was established through
gifts from family and friends of: Thomas Frommeyer,
Vicki Goldbaum and Vivian Hurite.
Additional gifts have been received in memory of:
Donald M. Fracassi, Shambline Quarles, Ada Moiseev,
Donald Powers, Sandra Terrell and Sigmund A.
This unrestricted permanent
fund supports grants for a wide variety of purposes
giving the Foundation the ultimate flexibility to
meet changing community needs.
SOUTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS EDUCATION FUND
This popular fund supports
the Foundation's Mini-Grant program which makes it
possible for teachers to try new curricula and/or
methods of teaching.
TONY SPINA ENRICHMENT FUND
The Tony Spina Enrichment Fund was created
in 2002 to support the field of photojournalism
in celebration of the life and work of Tony Spina
As Chief Photographer for the
Detroit Free Press, Spina's talents were
recognized with more than 450 national and international
honors and awards, including the Sprague Memorial
Award, the highest honor of the National Press
Knighted by Pope Paul VI into the order of
St. Gregory the Great, Sir Anthony became the only photojournalist
in history to ever receive this distinction. Credited
with 80+ one-person exhibitions, six published books
and a nationally syndicated column, Spina shared his
talents broadly. The Tony Spina Collection is housed
at the Walter Reuther Library in Detroit.
The initial purpose of the Fund is to give scholarship
awards in the name of Tony Spina for talented, dedicated,
financially needy students who have declared a college
major in photojournalism.
For information on contributing to the Fund or applying
for a Spina Scholarship, contact the Southfield Community
Foundation at 248-351-1320.
THE TONY SPINA ENRICHMENT FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Terrence Ray Giles
Theodore W. Kilar, MD
David Lawrence, Jr.
Heath J. Meriwether
Mrs. Tony Spina
Costan Anthony Spina
Linda Ward Spina
VOLUNTEER IMPACT AGENCY FUND
Gifts to this important
fund provide operating support for Volunteer
Impact, a regional nonprofit organization that
promotes and facilitates community volunteerism.
LOUISE WARD SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Ward Fund supports a
scholarship(s) presented annually to a student at Southfield
Lathrup High School for continued studies in vocal music.
It is offered in grateful memory of Louise Ward–teacher,
mentor, role model, and friend.
THE LOUISE WARD SCHOLARSHIP FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE
A. Jeffrey Bean
Marsha G. Kamin
YOUTH ACTIVITIES FUND
Developing Youth Leadership
is a prime objective of the Foundation. This fund
supports the YAC (Youth Advisory Council) and the
grants they think will make a difference in the lives
of our community's youth.