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Giving Tuesday 2018

The biggest local day of giving is November 27

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Last year, Grant the Golden Goose was unveiled, and now goes each year to the organization that raises the most money on Giving Tuesday. In 2017, the Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) took ownership of him. But now, Grant’s residency is up for grabs! Julie Wiesen is set on keeping Grant at the Community Foundation for the WGC, but we know some others who want this goose! (Isn’t he regal?) #handsoffmygoose #givingtuesdaynemi More →

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Attention to all of our Iosco County followers! Check out these great nonprofits from Iosco County, any and each of which you can support on November 27 through Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan at! #givingtuesdaynemi AuSable Valley Audubon Fish Inc Oscoda Friends of the East Tawas Library Friends of Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park Iosco County Community Foundation Community Improvement Grant Program Iosco County Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Iosco Exploration Trail Pine River Watershed Ascension Foundation Sunrise Side Lifelong Learning Quota International of Iosco County Witz End (WE Players, Inc.) More →

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Today is National Philanthropy Day! It doesn’t take all the money in the world to be a philanthropist. It takes a caring heart, a charitable spirit, and an effort to make your community better in some way. At the Iosco County Community Foundation, we believe EVERYONE can be a philanthropist, and for that, we celebrate today! More →

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan is November 27 – just 2 weeks away! For that 24-hour period, we hope you will support the many nonprofit organizations in our communities whose staff, volunteers and donors give each and every day to make where we live, the place we love to be! 10 nonprofits from Iosco County are participating at Yay! #GivingTuesdayNEMI More →

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Save the date! Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan 2018 is right around the corner. Will you help us make November 27 the biggest day of local giving yet? #givingtuesdaynemi More →

Monday, October 29, 2018

This story embodies the spirit of philanthropy! These three men - Keith Charters, John Kulhavi and Dennis Fuerst – were members of the first Whittemore-Prescott High School football team in 1957. Now, more than sixty years later, these same three men joined forces to establish the Whittemore-Prescott Education Foundation (WPEF), pulling in W-P alumni Gary Gillings and W-P Superintendent Joe Perrera. At a recent football game, the three former football team members conducted the coin toss at the W-P/Alcona game to help raise awareness of WPEF, whose goal is to enhance the educational experience for students at Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools through its grants. It’s a venture that is already benefiting these students through classroom technology, a robotics program and a watershed testing program. Learn more about this grass-roots effort through the Whittemore-Prescott Education Foundation. More →

Monday, October 1, 2018

Congratulations to the Iosco Exploration Trail on their official groundbreaking ceremony! Community members in Iosco County have worked tirelessy to bring this dream closer to reality! More →

Monday, September 10, 2018

Heads up to our Iosco County nonprofit friends...It may only be September, but Giving Tuesday will be here in the blink of an eye! The Community Foundation is accepting applications until September 24th from nonprofits that would like to participate in Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan 2018 on November 27. To be eligible, the applying nonprofit must: -be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or a school, church, or government agency; -have an active AND current Facebook page; -serve at least one county in the CFNEM service area (Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Presque Isle). There are ten spots available to organizations serving Iosco County. Let's fill them! Organizations will be reviewed based on application, social media review, previous participation, and then by lottery. Get an application for your nonprofit here: #givingtuesdaynemi More →

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Iosco County nonprofits! This is a great opportunity for ANYONE who works to tell your organization's story, and not too far from home. Take a look! More →

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Our community is fortunate to have the new Iosco Children’s Assessment Center. Since opening, the office has interviewed over 50 children regarding concerns of child abuse and neglect. While this is alarming and heartbreaking, it is also evidence of how much a facility like this is needed in our communities to support children and families. The Iosco County Community Foundation provided funding through the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) program to purchase furnishings for the interview room. “Being able to establish a family friendly environment for children when there are allegations of child abuse and neglect is an important outcome of this project,” said Rebecca Yuncker. “When children are interviewed in this environment they are more likely to disclose abuse, allowing us to hold offenders accountable and get children the help they need to heal from their abuse.” Thank you to the Northern Michigan Children's Assessment Center and all of the community members who worked hard to bring these services to Iosco County. More →

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

This is a really cool project for Iosco County! The completion of a trappers’ cabin at Lumberman’s Monument near Oscoda, Mich. is not only providing an interactive educational experience for its visitors; it is also creating a legacy for retired Forest Service employee Robert Reames. Mr. Reames donated the cabin to Lumberman’s Monument to be used for youth educational experiences. Sadly, Mr. Reames passed away shortly after making the donation, but his legacy lives on through the help of volunteers, grants and community organizations who have all pitched in to finish the cabin and make it ready for public enjoyment. Check out these great photos! If you’re looking for a fun weekend outing, why not head to Lumberman’s Monument to check out this cabin, as well as the other exhibits and beautiful views! More →

Monday, July 9, 2018

Two full truckloads of food will help out a lot of people in need in Iosco County. Our Iosco County Youth Advisory Council supported Good News Ministries with a $2,400 grant this to purchase food for people in our communities. There is so much need. More →

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July to all! More →

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Indeed! It was a wonderful event to honor Nancy Huck! More →

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

$11,000 in new grants were decided on last week. “Through several different funds at ICCF, we were able to put funding toward some great projects that affect our communities. We had some really tough decisions to make on applications this year,” said ICCF Board President Tony Johnson. “These grants reflect education as one of our priorities, but also the importance of helping people connect with necessary human services outlets; a program that brings greater appreciation for our precious natural resources; and a program that helps young families get a solid start.” Check out the full list of grants here: More →

Friday, May 25, 2018

When it comes to showing the impact of a grant, this quote from H20 (Helping 2 Overcome) about their "Call of the Wild Child Wilderness Camp" says it all: "This past summer and summer of 2018 we offered (are offering) past H2O participants a chance to attend a "Wilderness Adventure," featuring canoeing, fishing, trail riding, camping out, cooking out, and team building activities all under the guidance of a local professional wilderness therapist and his staff. We offered 6 positions to our former H2O youth, 2 to the Department of Human Services, and 2 to the Juvenile Division of the Probate Court. To say the youth were inexperienced is an understatement. At one point in the journey, the guide looked up and saw two participants facing opposite ends of the canoe and wondering why they weren't moving anywhere! One member, when asked what was the best thing about the trip responded, "The best part about this trip was just the trip itself. I've never camped before, and the fishing was a lot of fun. It was also a really good chance to remind us that if we didn't work together, we didn't accomplish anything." According to Travis Boik, "These kids are really unique individuals each with something special to contribute. They are interested in many different things, and willing to try new things. They were also exceptional at learning to work together and help one another." The participants' take on the trip? "Make it longer," "One day was not enough," "More time to fish and swim," "I finally got a chance to really make some friends outside of school. Now we have a fun experience to look back on. I feel like I'm finally "in" a group." More →

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

If you’ve seen our posts, you’ve probably seen mention that ICCF is “an affiliate of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM)”. What does that mean? CFNEM is the administrative arm for our local community foundation, while ICCF has a board of local leaders who serve as ambassadors, grantmakers, and advocates for our communities. At over $5.5 million in assets, ICCF is able to make a real impact in our communities. With your support, that impact can only be greater! More →

Monday, May 14, 2018

May 2018 is “Leave a Legacy” month in Michigan. As a Community Foundation, we’re certainly on board with that! We help people leave a legacy through their charitable giving, both in their lifetime and for all of the lives that follow behind us. And all in the way that is most meaningful to each individual. What legacy will you create? More →

Thursday, May 10, 2018

We are so honored to name Nancy Huck as the Iosco County Community Foundation 2018 Philanthropist of the Year! From her work with the Iosco Exploration Trail, to her involvement in the Community Foundation, and the many other things she does to make a difference in our communities - Nancy gives generously of her time, talent and resources for the betterment of Iosco County and those who call it "home". Congratulations Nancy! More →

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

We want to give a heart-felt "thank you" to the sponsors of our 2017 Annual Report! These generous businesses supported this publication, which helps us to tell our story to the communities we serve, and beyond. Please support these sponsors as well! Alpena Community College - Huron Shores Campus Chemical Bank Joe Bettega/Edward Jones Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency Tri-County Agency, Inc Tawas Do It Best Hardware Kirtland Community College More →

Monday, May 7, 2018

2017 was a great year for the Iosco County Community Foundation, and we are proud to share our 2017 Annual Report with you! Check it out - a full list of grants, donors and more from the year. More →

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Time is running out to apply for Iosco County Community Improvement Grants...the deadline is tomorrow! Applications must be postmarked by May 1st or be received via email by end of day tomorrow. Has your nonprofit applied? Get applications here. There's still time! More →

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@CFNEM • Nov 19

Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan...see what it's all about!

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@CFNEM • Nov 17

Last year, we let you know how our local youth overwhelmingly reported that “stress issues” and “mental health” wer…

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@CFNEM • Nov 6

This looks like fun! Kids in our North Central Michigan region were able to experience the great outdoors and learn…

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@CFNEM • Nov 5

A year ago, we shared the “First Million Goal” by 2020 for the Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle (WGC). 365…

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@CFNEM • Nov 4

Northeastern Michiganders know that our communities have bucket-loads of hidden gems around every corner. Alcona Co…

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@CFNEM • Nov 2

This story embodies the spirit of philanthropy! These three men - Keith Charters, John Kulhavi and Dennis Fuerst –…

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@CFNEM • Oct 31

As uncomfortable as it is to think about, human trafficking is happening all around us. Kudos to the Human Traffick…

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@CFNEM • Oct 25

Take a closer look at why these Presque Isle lighthouses need our communities' support.

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@CFNEM • Oct 24

The Community Foundation was honored to accept a $15,000 donation yesterday for the establishment of the Presque Is…

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@CFNEM • Oct 19

Why is the Community Foundation supporting a nonprofit in Grand Rapids? THIS is why. Little Easton Ortiz, of Wolver…

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@CFNEM • Oct 16

This is a great blog post about the many ways teens in the Alpena area can get involved in their communities, doing…

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@CFNEM • Oct 10

We want to give heartfelt congratulations to Rob Collier, outgoing president of the Council of Michigan Foundations…

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@CFNEM • Oct 10

How lucky we are to have Northern Michigan's only professional theater in Alpena, and serving all of northeast Mich…

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@CFNEM • Oct 6

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@CFNEM • Oct 4

A really cool downtown Alpena event, minimizing the human footprint, and good chili! The Community Foundation is pr…

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@CFNEM • Oct 3

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing…

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@CFNEM • Oct 2

Being able to come up with solutions to everyday problems is a necessary skill. A new 3D printer purchased through…

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@CFNEM • Oct 2

What a great group of people working to help tell the amazing stories of our great nonprofits!

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@CFNEM • Oct 1

The Community Foundation's Northeast Michigan Women's Giving Circle (WGC) is proud to support this great event that…