Decades of donors have generously supported our work in Washtenaw County, and we are honored to continue their legacies and share their stories of impact.

Read their stories below:


The Shaffers Are Helping Students—Yesterday, Today, and Forever!

Talk about a continued commitment to encouraging young people to go to college! Even after careers as educators, Marie Shaffer thought there was something more to be done by her and her late husband Earl W. Shaffer to incentivize college graduation. The Earl & Marie Shaffer Scholarship Fund will do just that through the Community Scholarship Program.

Helmut Stern: A Legacy of Love for Community

Helmut Stern was a true Renaissance figure. Fellow community leaders who knew him describe him in inimitable ways: One of the best human beings I ever met. Incredibly generous across this community including many anonymous gifts. He had a profound influence on my work and on my life.

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