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Fremont Area Community Foundation

Post Office Box B
Fremont, Michigan 49412
United States

Mission

To improve the quality of life in Newaygo County, Michigan

Most Meaningful Change

The foundation adopted Goal 2025 to increase postsecondary achievement to 60% by the year 2025. We secured planning funds and launched a local access network in collaboration with the Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency. This network is cross-sectoral, and engages the local districts around improvements in educational achievement and preparation for college or work. To date our efforts have focused on local high school juniors and seniors, specifically to assist them in understanding the importance of postsecondary achievement and helping them to navigate their educational plans. Efforts are now under way to plan for adult educational attainment, specifically for those with some college but no degree, and to focus on training that meets regional workforce needs now and into the future.

1951 Year Founded
$203,100,000 Endowment Value
$9,500,000 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Top Programmatic Priorities
Population Area Served

48,500

Identifying Information
OrganizationFremont Area Community Foundation
Address 1Post Office Box B
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownFremont
State / RegionMichigan
ZIP / Postal Code49412
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)4424 West 48th Street
Map City / Town (If Different)Fremont
Map State / Region (If Different)MI
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)49412
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone231 924-5350
Emailcroberts@facommunityfoundation.org
Websitewww.facommunityfoundation.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Carla Roberts, President & CEO
Primary Contact’s NameCarla Roberts
Primary Contact’s PositionPresident & CEO
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1951
Mission StatementTo improve the quality of life in Newaygo County, Michigan
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced48,500
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)16
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members15
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$2,046,359
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$2,720,759
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$1,067,981
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$9,500,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$203,100,000
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsA little improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipDid not answer
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismDid not answer
Inadequate government servicesDid not answer
Changes in the political environmentDid not answer
Changes in the economic environmentDid not answer
Government initiative fundingDid not answer
Foundation initiative fundingDid not answer
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingDid not answer
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed an important role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodLots of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyFair amount of time
NationallyFair amount of time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsImportant but not central
Having a gender balance in the organizationCentrally important
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communitySlightly important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallySlightly important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureFair amount
EducationLot
EnvironmentFair amount
HealthFair amount
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsLittle
International relationsNot at all
ReligionLittle
Economic developmentFair amount
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityFair amount
Information technologyLittle
Strengthening local or regional governmentLittle
HousingLittle
ChildrenFair amount
WaterLittle
Alternative energyLittle
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesLittle
Job trainingFair amount
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOccasionally
Promote understanding of public policyRarely
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyRarely
Loaned staffOccasionally
ResearchOccasionally
Community needs assessmentOccasionally
Leadership developmentOften
InternshipsOften
Providing space for local organizationsOften
Access to information technologyOccasionally
Publishing/knowledge sharingOften
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeNo change
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting better
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesNo change
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentNo change
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting much better
Gender equityGetting better
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyA few small achievements
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityA few small achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Social position of marginalized groupsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Responsiveness of authoritiesDo not work in this sphere
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsA few small achievements
Quality of the environmentWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communitySome important achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsSome important achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Charitable giving through the community foundationA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingA few small achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLot
National governmentLittle
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLot
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersHelpful
Regional association of grantmakersHelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationNeither helpful or unhelpful
Other organizationHelpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentImportant
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceImportant
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyVery important
More responsive authoritiesNeither important nor unimportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsThe foundation adopted Goal 2025 to increase postsecondary achievement to 60% by the year 2025. We secured planning funds and launched a local access network in collaboration with the Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency. This network is cross-sectoral, and engages the local districts around improvements in educational achievement and preparation for college or work. To date our efforts have focused on local high school juniors and seniors, specifically to assist them in understanding the importance of postsecondary achievement and helping them to navigate their educational plans. Efforts are now under way to plan for adult educational attainment, specifically for those with some college but no degree, and to focus on training that meets regional workforce needs now and into the future.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

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