Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a certain amount of money in order to donate to the Lapeer County Community Foundation?

No, the Lapeer County Community Foundation accepts any monetary amount for a donation. In fact we not only accept cash and checks, we accept Public Traded Securities & Mutual Funds, Closely Held Stock, Real Estate, Tangible Personal Property, Life Insurance Policies, Pledges, and Planned/Deferred Gifts.

Are there tax advantages to donating to a foundation?

By giving to a community foundation, donors can deduct their contributions from their Federal income taxes.

Can I use my credit card to donate?

Yes. Credit card donations are now being accepted using PayPal on our Donations Page.

How can I start a fund in memory of someone in my family?

Any named fund can be started with a gift of $2,500 and the pledge to meet $10,000 in 5 years. This fund can be either unrestricted in which the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation decides on the grantmaking for the fund or donor advised allowing the donor to suggest specific grants to be made from the fund.

How can I get a grant from the Community Foundation?

The Foundation welcomes grant requests from organizations in and/or serving Lapeer County having recognition under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, educational institutions and governmental entities.
On the grant portion of this website the grant application is available in Adobe format. You can also call the Foundation office at 810-664-0691 to receive a copy of the grant application and grantmaking policies.

The Foundation funds charitable organizations that are able to demonstrate projects planned with respect to the community’s opportunities and needs.

The Foundation gives priority to programs that:
• Provide incentive for generating other funds and community resources
• Reach as many people as possible in Lapeer County
• Increase individual access to community resources
• Examine and address the underlying causes of local problems
• Promote personal independence and achievement
• Seek challenge or matching grants
• Attract volunteer resources and support
• Strengthen the private, non-profit sector
• Encourage and facilitate collaboration with other organizations
• Build the capacity of the applying organization.

The Foundation cannot grant monies to:
• Religious or sectarian purposes
• Individuals
• Legislative or political purposes
• Re-granting purposes
• Routine maintenance.
• Administrative costs for maintaining the operation of an organization