Laura Heintzelman
President & CEO
(231) 723-7269

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Who? Me? A Philanthropist?

In simple terms, philanthropists are caring people who dedicate funds to causes that are important to them.

The Manistee County Community Foundation makes it easy for you to be a philanthropist. With your support, the Manistee County Community Foundation builds community capital to help make a positive and permanent impact on the issues in Manistee County that you care about most. By donating to any of our 100+ existing funds, or by creating a new fund, your gift meets the needs of today and the unknown needs of the future.  View our List of Funds.

Why Give Through the Community Foundation?

  • You care what happens to future generations
  • You appreciate maximum tax deductibility
  • You're careful with your assets
  • You want to make sure your gifts work as hard as you have
  • You expect public accountability
  • You value the importance of leadership in the community   


What is an Endowment? 

An endowment is an investment in the future of Manistee County.  When you use your charitable gift to establish an endowment, the gift is invested with two goals in mind: to provide spendable income for whatever specific purpose you have designated and to make the principal grow faster than inflation. The original principal (or gift) is never spent, and any investment return is channeled back into the fund to keep it healthy and growing.

What Makes Endowed Giving Different From Annual Giving?

Simply put – annual giving helps support continual operations, while endowed giving creates building blocks for long-term growth. Many donors who create endowments also participate in annual giving. Both types of giving are critical to our County’s success, but an endowment is distinct and unique in its impact on our County’s future quality of life.