Types of Funds
Four County Community Foundation offers several types of funds; examples of each are listed below. You may also view Our Funds to see a complete list of our current offerings.
- Capital & Non-Endowed
- Designated Agency
- Donor Advised
- Field of Interest
Choose the type that's right for you! Your gift continues to give: a gift to create or add to an existing endowed fund will continue to benefit the community now and for generations to come.
Capital & Non-Endowed
Romeo/Washington/Bruce Skate Park Fund
Simon Moore & Stefan Scharnhorst
This is a Capital Campaign fund to raise money to help kids have a safe place to ride. Eighth-graders Simon Moore & Stefan Scharnhorst complained at a Village Council meeting that the law prohibiting riding on streets and sidewalks left no place in town for them to ride their skateboards. Councilman Tom Keliher was contacted by Ed Risch, who suggested that Four County Community Foundation might be able to help. By providing a grant from the Youth Advisory Committee and establishing this fund, the Foundation has made it possible to manage the finances.
Roland W. Graubner Endowment Fund for the Romeo District Libraries
Roland & Kathleen Graubner
Roland and his wife, Kathleen moved to an orchard in Romeo in 1958, after the death of his aunt, who owned the property. Though he was vice-president in charge of bank investments when he retired from Comerica Bank in 1963, "I was always a frustrated farmer," he said.
A quote from his nominating letter to the Library Board in 1988 reads: "Mr. Graubner's contributions to the library are innumerable. He was instrumental in the formation of the district library at a time when funds for the Village Library were insufficient to assure its continued existence."
Mr. Graubner served the Romeo District Library for over 25 years, and was a founding trustee of Four County Community Foundation. As the culmination of a lifetime of community service, he has chosen an Agency Endowment Fund as the perfect vehicle to ensure a legacy for the Romeo Library.
Dr. Bernard J. Stremler Memorial Fund
Booster Club & family members, and the Four County Executive Director at the dedication of the Bernie Stremler Field.
Bernie, who left us on April 26, 2003, was dedicated to the Dryden community, especially area youth. The first grant from this fund provided for the final rubber surfacing and striping of the Dryden High School track. A project the Boosters Club has been working on, the track had been two years away from completion prior to the grant.
A Founding Member of our Legacy Society and Board Trustee, Bernie wanted to encourage other people to consider leaving a legacy for the projects in which they have an interest. We hope he has.
Field of Interest
Murdie Educational Fund
Gertrude and Ella Mae Murdie were sisters who were born in Imlay City and attended Imlay City schools. They spent their lives in the nursing profession and returned to the area after they retired. Ella Mae was Director of Nursing at several hospitals in the USA and Gertrude served in World War II in China, Burma & India and later several hospitals in this country. Both sisters enjoyed travel around the world including trips to India, Egypt, South Africa and Ireland. In 1997, the Murdie sisters established a trust to fund human and animal medicine scholarships for students from Almont, Dryden and Imlay City schools. Recipients of the award are eligible to re-apply for additional funding during their undergraduate college years. Their planned gift made them members of the Foundation's Legacy Society.
Russell W. Ligon Memorial Engineering Scholarship
Russell W. Ligon
Russell W. Ligon was born at the newly opened Community Hospital in 1959. Grandson of James D. Ligon, Founding Member of the Community Hospital Foundation; son of James T. Ligon, Sr., Founding Member of Four County Foundation; brother of James T. Ligon Jr., current Four County Community Foundation trustee, Russell came from a heritage of community service. He graduated as co-valedictorian in 1977 from Almont High School and was as Eastman Scholar at MSU, where he graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1981. Russell's wife, Bonnie, was also a Founding Member of Four County Foundation. Following Russell's untimely death in a tragic airplane crash in 1991, memorial funds were used to help establish the Russell W. Ligon Memorial Engineering Scholarship at Four County Community Foundation. Since its inception, the fund has been added to through special events, generous contributions from family members, and public support.
The Community Hospital
The Four County Community Fund has over $3,000,000 in endowed funds. Over the years, hundreds of people have made gifts to this fund, which addresses a broad range of local needs. The fund was established from the $2,500,000 sale of the Community Hospital. The flexibility of unrestricted funds enables Four County to respond to the community's most pressing needs today and tomorrow. An individual, family or business may establish an unrestricted endowment fund by making a donation at the minimum gift level to establish a fund. Non-profit organizations in our service area make applications for funding on a competitive basis, and the Grant Review Committee also makes pro-active recommendations to address critical needs. Contact the staff at Four County to find out what the minimum fund level is to establish a fund, or to make any size gift to the Four County Community Fund.
Moving into Almont Office
A gift to the Friends Operations Fund helps to provide income to run Four County. A donation to this Fund helps to reduce the administrative fees which the foundation charges to our funds. It is a permanent gift to assist in the accomplishment of our mission to serve our communities. Gifts may be made to the Friends Operations Fund in any amount, or you may establish an endowed fund by donating a level which meets the minimum fund establishment criteria. Contact the foundation staff for more information about making a gift to Operating Funds.