Welcome to the Alger Regional
The Alger Regional Community Foundation is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to improving the quality of life in Alger County.
ARCF is a unique institution. It is a permanent, yet flexible, collection of endowment funds contributed by people from all walks of life who want to give something back and to make a difference in their community.
The principal of these funds remain intact forever. The earnings generated from these endowment funds are invested back into Alger County in the form of grants. These grants tackle today’s needs and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges.
A donor is able to give to an endowment fund already established or establish their own endowment fund.
Alger Regional Community Foundation
Holding 2016 Year-End Giving Campaign
The Community Foundation is having a Year-End Giving Campaign with its goal set at $10,000.00. The Year-End Giving Campaign Donation will enable the Community Foundation to operate. The Alger Regional Community Foundation operates on a low daily budget – under $15 per day. All work is done on a volunteer basis. The Community Foundation is asking the Community to buy a day for the Community Foundation’s future.
In 2016, the Alger Regional Community Foundation gave over $150,000 in grants to Alger County toward: (1) Alger Co. Food Pantry To purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local stores to be given out to families in need. (2) Alger Parks and Recreation Dept. To fund an outside octagonal pit and accessories for Gaga (a form of dodge ball- played with a soft foam ball). All ages can play – fun for entire family. (3) Bay Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America To purchase a boat motor to provide access to the 53-acre Bunting Camp at Lake Hiawatha by enhancing opportunities for merit badges in: Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management and Nature. (4) Grand Marias Gets Looped Program To make the Grand Marais Frank W. Mead Community Center & the Library accessible to the hard of hearing population by providing a looped system. (5) MSU Community Tool Library Provision of tools and training for on-farm workshops and classroom visits. (6) Munising Baptist Computer Lab To purchase new computer towers – expanding students’ knowledge of typing, media relations & technology. (7) Munising Bay Trail Networks – Trail Kids Program Purchase safety gear and youth mountain bikes to enable the MBTN volunteers to offer a free six-week instruction program for Alger County Youth.(8) Munising Public Schools Baby Think It Over Program To provide students of MHS the opportunity to experience being the sole provider for an infant simulator. (9) Watershed Partnership To provide funds to deploy, retrieve and maintain 3 observation buoys in Lake Superior on an annual basis. (10) Mather Chrome in Classroom To purchase chrome book computers for the third grade (two/each classroom). (11) Women’s Center To provide support to Alger Co. victims of domestic violence. (12) City of Munising – City Beautification Project. (13) Munising Public Schools Band Program – To Purchase Percussion Instruments. (14) Is It the Right Time to Write Program (Burt Township) Celebrating local writers & to provide opportunities for creative writing in the community. (15) Alger County Youth In Need Programs: AuTrain Onota Schools, Burt Township Schools, Munising Public Schools, Superior Central Schools, Munising Baptist Schools, Alger Parks & Rec., and MSU Extension. (16) Excellence in Education Program, Technical Assistance Program and Great Lakes Center for Youth Development Programs.
The Foundation encourages the community to join in the pride of helping and granting to our Alger County non-profit organizations and programs that so many community members and their families have enjoyed and participated in.
The Alger Regional Community Foundation meets rigorous Community Foundation National Standards. Donations can be given to the Alger Regional Community Foundation at P.O. Box 39, Munising, Michigan 49862, or a PayPal donation can be paid through the Alger Regional Community Foundation web site: www.algercf.com
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2016 SPRING SUMMER GRANTS GIVEN
Pictured left to right: Front Row: Honoree, Richard Wm. Nebel, Leah McFarland and Ashley McFarland, MSU; Michele Curtis of the Boy Scouts; Danny Graves, Munising Baptist School; and Rhonda Lassila, MBTN. Back Row: Karen Thorrington, ARCF Treas.; Cathy Weymouth, Alger Comm. Food Pantry; Laura Travis, Women’s Center; Jolene Hetherington, ARCF President/Mather Elementary; April Winkler, ARCF Trustee; Kristin Madigan, ARCF Trustee; Sue Maxon, Alger Parks & Rec; Charles Nebel, Honoree; and Barb Trombley, Superior Watershed Partnership.
- Alger Co. Food Pantry To purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local stores to be given out to clients of the Alger Community Food Pantry for families in need;
- Alger Parks and Recreation Department – Gaga (Form of Dodge Ball Played with a Soft Foam Ball) Outside Fun, Octagonal Pit. A fun and easy game all ages can play.
- Bay Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America – Purchase of Boat Motor to provide access to the 53-acre Bunting Camp at Lake Hiawatha enhancing opportunities for merit badges in: Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management and Nature
- Grand Marias Gets Looped Program – To make the Grand Marais Frank W. Mead Community Center & the Library accessible to the hard of hearing population by providing a looped system.
- MSU Community Tool Library – Provision of tools and training for on-farm workshops and classroom visits.
- Munising Baptist Computer Lab – To purchase new computer towers – expanding students’ knowledge of typing, media relations and evolving computer technology.
- MBTN Trail Kids Program – To purchase safety gear and youth mountain bikes to enable the MBTN volunteers to offer a free six-week instruction program for Alger County Youth
- Munising Public Schools Baby Think It Over Program – To provide students of MHS the opportunity to experience being the sole provider for an infant simulator.
- Watershed Partnership– To provide funds to deploy, retrieve and maintain 3 observation buoys in Lake Superior on an annual basis.
- Mather Chrome in Classroom– To purchase chrome book computers for the third grade (two for each classroom).
- Women’s Center– To provide support to Alger Co. victims of domestic violence
- City of Munising – City Beautification Project
14th Annual Alger Regional Community Foundation
Youth Memorial Golf Tournament
The ARCF Thanks All Donors, Golfers, Major and Hole Sponsors, and Volunteers for making this year’s Golf Tournament a Big Success In Helping Alger County Youth!
2015 FALL & WINTER GRANTS
Pictured Above Are (Left to Right): Jolene Hetherington, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee, Lisa Cromell, Munising Hockey Association, Elise Bunce, LMAS District Health Department; Karen Thorrington, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee/Treasurer; and Kristin Madigan, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee/Secretary.
The Alger Regional Community Foundation has two grant cycles each year. In 2015, the Foundation granted approximately $150,000.
The following grants were given during the 2015 Fall Granting Cycle: Munising Hockey Association, supporting the Pay for Ice Time to City Program; LMAS District Health Department, funding to purchase books for distribution through the Alger County Baby (ABC) Closet Program; Friends of the Munising Public Library, to aid in supporting the Reach Out and Read Program; and Alger County Youth, Leadership Training Program.
The Fall Grant Cycle which ended on October 1st is designated for youth programs. There are Grant and Scholarship Applications available online.
The Foundation also accepts donations made through PayPal on its website. If you would like more information on making a donation to the Alger Regional Community Foundation, in a fund already established or to create your own fund, please call our office at 906-387-3900 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
2015 Spring/Summer Grants
Pictured Above Are: Front Row Left to Right: Suzette Carberry and Vicki Ballas, Munising Public Schools Hoop House Project; Claudia VanLandschoot, City of Munising Beautification Project; Morgan and Rachel Flynn, Munising Public Schools Peer-to-Peer Program. Back Row Left to Right: Karen Thorrington, Alger Regional Community Foundation Treasurer; April Winkler, Alger Regional Community Foundation; Kristin Madigan, Alger Regional Community Foundation Secretary; Hillary Pine, Curator, Alger County Historical Society, Environmental Monitoring and Collection Management Program; Deidra Cook, Munising Public Schools Peer-to-Peer Program.
The Alger Regional Community Foundation has two grant cycles each year. Last year the Foundation granted $130,000 to Alger County.
The following grants were given during the 2015 Spring/Summer Granting Cycle: (1) Burt Twp. Schools, Gr. Marias Community Chorus – Project High Rise – To promote and present music in and by Burt Township Community and Burt Township Schools; (2) Alger Co. Hist. Society, Collection Management Improvement: Inventory, Environmental Monitoring and Youth Volunteer Engagement Program; (3) Alger Parks & Recreation Department, To Keep the FUN & Fitness Going in Central Community Center Program; (4) Bay-Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America, To enhance High Adventure Mountain Bike Programs – Adding 5 New Mountain Bikes and Helmets for Alger County Scouts; (5) Munising Middle/High School, Peer-to-Peer Program – Incentive Events for Youth; (6) City of Munising, City Beautification Project; (7) Munising Public School, Hoop House Project to Purchase Tools and a watering system; (8) International Lions Club Program To Provide An Opportunity for Alger Co. Youth & Community members To Work Together for the Improvement of the Community Building.
2014 Summer Grants
In 2014, your Community Foundation gave out over $130,00.00 in Grants, while operating under a low daily budget of approximately $20.00 per day, to the following programs in Alger County:
Alger Parks & Rec, Superior Central Schools, Grand Marais Music in the Air Program, Munising Bay Quilt Guild, D.A.R.E., Frank Mead Community Center Project in Grand Marais, Life of Lake Superior Program, Camp New Day for Youth, Munising Bay Trail Network, Superior Central Drama Organization, Cougar/Mustang Softball & Baseball Program, Munising Public Schools, Above the Influence Program for Youth, First Lutheran Church of Gr. Marais.
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