E-Update 2020

Happy Thanksgiving 
The Community Foundation is thankful for our donors, volunteers, and community partners.
This year we are especially thankful for our countless medical professionals, businesses, non-profit organizations, city and county staff, and residents who continue to demonstrate adaptability, unselfishness, and strength. 
 Branch County and Colon are inspiring communities, even in the face of a pandemic. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for the prosperity of our communities.

Our office will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. 
#GivingTuesday 2020

The Community Foundation is proud to kickstart our first community wide #GivingTuesday campaign! Believe in Branch County & Colon and support your local nonprofits by donating to as many as you like on #GivingTuesday, December 1. 
The Community Foundation will have an online giving page where you can donate to over 15 local organizations. The page will be live for only one day, so don't forget to visit our website,, on #GivingTuesday, December 1! 
Donations to the Branch County Community Forever Fund support our unrestricted grantmaking. To learn more about the grants that were awarded in 2020, click HERE!

Scholarship Portal Opens December 1 
We are pleased to provide an online scholarship application platform that helps applicants apply for a variety of awards with a single submission. Those graduating from or who live in our service area and are entering appropriately accredited post-secondary education institution – including trade schools, two-year degree programs, community colleges, and 4-year degree colleges and universities - are welcome to review the eligibility guidelines.
The scholarship portal can be found HERE.
Year End Giving Deadlines

For year-end giving purposes, please consider the following:

Mailed Gifts: Must be postmarked by December 31st
Online Gifts: Must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on December 31st. You are able to submit a donation online with a credit card here
Stock Gifts: Can be considered when the donation hits the Community Foundation's account*
Automatic Transfer: Can be considered when the donation hits the Community Foundation's account*
In-Person: Donations dropped at the office are considered received when they are received by our staff. With COVID-19 restrictions, our office is closed to the public. If you do wish to drop off an gift in-person, we ask that you please call ahead to the office  517.278.4517 or email to schedule a time to drop off a gift. Instead of handing it to a staff member, you can drop it in our drop box outside our office door. 

*For more information on Stock and Automatic Transfer gifts, please contact the office at 517.278.4517

Annual Report - Photos Needed!

The Community Foundation is hard at work with our FY2020 annual report, but we need your help!
With COVID-19 restrictions we aren't able to get portraits of donors and community members, but you can still send them to us!
We would use the submitted photos to highlight our donors and community members throughout our annual report. Please submit a photo to us by December 21 via email at


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