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Baraga County Community Foundation

Post Office Box 197
L’Anse, Michigan 49946
United States

Mission

To enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Baraga County, Michigan. The foundation shall serve as a resource developer, building permanent endowments and providing services to donors, nonprofit organizations and the community at large. It shall serve as a steward, receiving, managing and distributing community services and resources to donors, nonprofit organizations and the community at large. It shall serve as a grant maker, providing direct financial support to targeted programs that address immediate or emerging community needs. It shall serve as a community resource, developing coalitions and mobilizing community leaders and constituencies. Finally, the foundation shall serve as a catalyst promoting and supporting youth leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy.

Most Meaningful Change

Our most meaningful change in the past three years has been the engagement of youth in active leadership programs that assess and address community needs, while training and equipping them with the tools, strengths, resources and navigation skills to effect targeted changes. Most significantly, youth have been educated on how to identify serious needs, such as societal lapses that engender bullying environments, how to research solutions to the problem and select appropriate community applications, how to access bureaucratic institutions and present responsive programs, and how to implement those programs effectively.

1994 Year Founded
$968,415 Endowment Value
$8,450 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.19.14

Population Area Served

8,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationBaraga County Community Foundation
Address 1Post Office Box 197
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownL’Anse
State / RegionMichigan
ZIP / Postal Code49946
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)100 Hemlock Street
Map City / Town (If Different)Baraga
Map State / Region (If Different)Michigan
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)49908
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone906-353-7898
Emailbaragacf@up.net
WebsiteDid not answer
Organization Leader (Name, Title)John Preston, Board President
Primary Contact’s NameGordette Leutz
Primary Contact’s PositionExecutive Director
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1994
Mission StatementTo enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Baraga County, Michigan. The foundation shall serve as a resource developer, building permanent endowments and providing services to donors, nonprofit organizations and the community at large. It shall serve as a steward, receiving, managing and distributing community services and resources to donors, nonprofit organizations and the community at large. It shall serve as a grant maker, providing direct financial support to targeted programs that address immediate or emerging community needs. It shall serve as a community resource, developing coalitions and mobilizing community leaders and constituencies. Finally, the foundation shall serve as a catalyst promoting and supporting youth leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy.
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced8,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)1
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members10
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$148,109
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$42,347
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$60,414
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$8,450
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$968,415
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a slight role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentPlayed a slight role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed an important role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed an important role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodLots of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyVery little time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
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 communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally 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
EnvironmentNot at all
HealthNot at all
Human and social servicesNot at all
Human rightsLittle
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentLittle
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLot
Information technologyLittle
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingNot at all
ChildrenLot
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesNot at all
Job trainingFair amount
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyRarely
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOccasionally
AdvocacyNever
Loaned staffOccasionally
ResearchOccasionally
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentOften
InternshipsRarely
Providing space for local organizationsNever
Access to information technologyRarely
Publishing/knowledge sharingOften
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyNo change
CrimeNo change
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting better
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting better
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting better
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting better
Value of community assetsNo change
Quality of the environmentGetting better
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 communityNo change
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationNo change
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingNo change
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyDo not work in this sphere
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityA few small achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDo not work in this sphere
Social position of marginalized groupsSome important achievements
Responsiveness of authoritiesSome important achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesSome important achievements
Value of community assetsSome important achievements
Quality of the environmentSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityMuch achievement
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsSome important achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLittle
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLot
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersHelpful
Regional association of grantmakersVery helpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsNeither helpful or unhelpful
Particular foundationNeither helpful or unhelpful
Other organizationNeither helpful or unhelpful
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 environmentNeither important nor unimportant
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceNeither important nor unimportant
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyNeither important nor unimportant
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 YearsOur most meaningful change in the past three years has been the engagement of youth in active leadership programs that assess and address community needs, while training and equipping them with the tools, strengths, resources and navigation skills to effect targeted changes. Most significantly, youth have been educated on how to identify serious needs, such as societal lapses that engender bullying environments, how to research solutions to the problem and select appropriate community applications, how to access bureaucratic institutions and present responsive programs, and how to implement those programs effectively.
 

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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

Most Meaningful Change

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