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Community Foundation 101

Philanthropy (noun): Active effort to promote human welfare; an act or gift done or made for humanitarian purposes.

The word “philanthropy” means “love of humanity.” At the Roscommon County Community Foundation, a tax-exempt charitable organization, we love our community. Our goal is to encourage positive change for generations to come – for good, for everyone, forever.

RCCF is a vehicle for contributors to promote healthy and vibrant communities through donations of resources, money, and time. Not only does RCCF seek donations, but we also provide grants to other non-profit organizations and scholarships to students. We support ranges from the arts and education, health and human services, to the environment, animal welfare, and disaster relief.

Last year, RCCF distributed over $350,000 in grants and scholarships for Roscommon County. How can we do that? It’s called the power of endowment. Endowment is a fancy word meaning your gift will last forever. The original gift is invested, while a portion of the fund is distributed annually via grants or scholarships to support a variety of causes.

As defined above, philanthropy is not only about seeking monetary donations to provide grants and scholarships. RCCF greatly values donating time. This is evidenced in part by our Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The YAC is a group of high school-aged students from schools in Roscommon County who make grant recommendations and give their time to serve and support our community. The youth of today are tomorrow’s leaders, and through YAC, RCCF works to empower them to effect local change and grow as young philanthropists.

Roscommon County Community Foundation exists to serve you and the community you love. Anchoring, investing, and collaborating to improve the quality of life for all in Roscommon County. We are ready to help you choose the most effective and efficient way to make a difference right here in your community.

Feel free to contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment to discuss your options. We can be reached by phone at 989-275-3112 or by email at info@myrccf.org. With your support, we can truly make Roscommon County a better place to live, learn, work, and play, for everyone!

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