Four County Community Foundation builds charitable funds that support community needs and opportunities. The funds, mostly permanent endowments, ensure there is support for good, forever, for the communities we serve. Gifts of any size are always welcome and appreciated!

Your community foundation provides a simple, compelling, and decidedly personal approach to giving. We offer a variety of giving tools to help individuals achieve their charitable goals. Gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other assets can be given to your community foundation. Most charitable gifts to the Foundation are eligible for federal tax deductions.

Four County Community Foundation gives each donor a unique giving experience, tailored to suit his or her situation and objectives. We will also work with your professional advisor to make your charitable goals a reality, during your lifetime or as a bequest.

For more information about making a gift, please contact our Executive Director Kathy Dickens, by email or telephone.

Privacy Policy

Four County Community Foundation maintains the highest level of privacy concerning our donors’ contact and fund information.

All contact information is used for internal purposes only and never published. Note that contact information is required by the IRS in relation to contributions but is not for public inspection.

Fund names are published in Four County Community Foundation communication material and media, unless a donor chooses for his/her fund not to be listed.

Four County Community Foundation does not sell, trade, or share its donor list with any organization.

Legacy Society

Planned and legacy gifts are a way to make estate decisions now and for the future. This type of giving allows you to address family members’ needs and make a gift to benefit your community and the causes you care about most. You may make gifts to benefit any type of fund through a full range of planned and legacy gift options at Four County Community Foundation.

Planned and legacy gifts may be used to establish or add to any type of fund offered by the Foundation. To learn more about planned and legacy gifts, and how such gift plans may enhance your financial and estate plans, please contact Kathy Dickens at the Foundation for a confidential consultation.  You may also download and complete the confidential Legacy Society Bequest Notification Form.

Those who include Four County Community Foundation in their long-term charitable planning will be welcomed as members of the Legacy Society, a special group of visionary philanthropists who have named the Foundation as a beneficiary in their will, retirement plan, trust, life income gift, or other gift arrangement. We look forward to welcoming you to this special group and ask that you notify us should you qualify for membership or simply wish to receive further information.

Legacy Society Members

  • Janet Bauer
  • Mitch & Dawn Blonde
  • Gary & Micaela Boomer
  • John & Connie Brzozowski
  • Robert & Rhea Corrion
  • Kathy Dickens
  • Marion & Robert Fischer
  • Grace Hill
  • Paul & Elsie Hinzmann
  • Ella Mae & Gertrude Murdie
  • Catherine & Dorothy Ondersma
  • Dr. James & Ann Sillers
  • Bernard Stremler, M.D.

The Legacy Society acknowledges people who have made a bequest to the Foundation and are willing to have their names included in our publications during their lifetime. This distinctive group of people is an encouragement to others to remember Four County Community Foundation in their charitable plans.

If you have included a bequest for Four County Community Foundation in your estate plan, and would like to join our Legacy Society, please let us know. We would like to thank you!  The Foundation will recognize your gift, or keep your gift anonymous, whatever you prefer.

Making a Bequest

An excellent way for you to support Four County Community Foundation’s mission is to leave us a bequest in your will, living trust, or with a codicil. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the property you will leave to charity during your life.  Another benefit is that you are able to leave a lasting legacy.

A bequest is generally a revocable gift, which means it can be changed or modified at any time.  You can choose to designate that a bequest be used for a general or specific purpose so you have the peace of mind knowing that your gift will be used as intended.  Bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes.  If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes, resulting in a larger inheritance for your heirs.

Please contact Kathy Dickens if you have any questions about how to make a bequest to Four County Community Foundation or to request any additional information that might be helpful to you and your attorney.

Types of Bequests 

Specific Bequest:  A specific bequest involves making a gift of a specific asset such as real estate, a car, other property, or a gift for a specific dollar amount.  For instance, you may wish to leave your home or a gift of $25,000 to Four County Community Foundation.  See Bequest Language 1 – Specific Bequest

Percentage Bequest: Another kind of specific bequest involves leaving a specific percentage of your overall estate to charity. For example, you may wish to leave 10% of your estate to Four County Community Foundation. See Bequest Language 2 – Percentage Bequest

Residual Bequest: A residual bequest is made from the balance of an estate after the will or trust has given away each of the specific bequests.  A common residual bequest involves leaving a percentage of the residue of the estate to charity.  For example, you may wish to leave 30% of the residue of your estate to Four County Community Foundation.  See Bequest Language 3 – Residual Bequest

Contingent Bequest: A contingent bequest is made to charity only if the purpose of the primary bequest cannot be met.  For example, you could leave specific property, such as a vacation home, to a relative, but the bequest language could provide that if the relative is not alive at the time of your death, the vacation home will go be sold to benefit Four County Community Foundation.  See Bequest Language 4 – Contingent Bequest

Restricted Bequest: If you are considering a bequest but would like to ensure that your gift will be used for a specific purpose, we will work with you and your attorney to meet your charitable objectives.  See Bequest Language 5 – Restricted Bequest

Let us know about your bequest

If you have included a bequest for Four County Community Foundation in your estate plan, please let us know. We would like to thank you!  The Foundation will recognize your gift, or keep your gift anonymous, whatever you prefer.

Gift of Life Insurance

Life insurance provides a simple way for you to give a significant gift to charity, with tax benefits that you can enjoy during your lifetime.


Giving life insurance through Four County Community Foundation is one of the simplest ways to make a significant contribution to your community and establish your legacy of giving. You can make a gift when life insurance is no longer needed for personal financial wealth replacement. You may receive a number of tax benefits, including reduced income taxes and estate taxes. And, if you choose to continue paying premiums through the Foundation, you will be entitled to a charitable contribution deduction of up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income.

You can replace the dollar value of an asset transferred to the Foundation with a life insurance policy. Or you can use regular payments from a Charitable Gift Annuity or Charitable Remainder Trust to establish an irrevocable life insurance trust. The trust can purchase insurance on your life to benefit your heirs. This way, you can make a gift to Four County Community Foundation and replace the value of this gift within your estate with life insurance proceeds. To learn more about gifts of life insurance, please contact Kathy Dickens.

Gift of Appreciated Stock

Everybody wins when you make a gift of appreciated stock to your community foundation. Your gains are put to good use. Your gift of stock is reinvested in your community, and it qualifies for an immediate tax deduction based on the full fair market value.


Giving appreciated stock through a community foundation is popular among a range of givers — individual investors, families, entrepreneurs, and even groups of friends who have formed investment clubs.

By giving stock through Four County Community Foundation, you can avoid capital gains taxes that would be due as a result of its sale and establish a charitable fund that benefits the local causes and organizations you care about most. With gifts of appreciated stock, your stock market earnings translate into community impact, so you get a more rewarding return on your portfolio. You may choose to set up a scholarship, support special programs for at-risk youth, senior citizens, or other people in need, address environmental concerns, or support the arts. To learn more about gifts of appreciated stock, please contact Kathy Dickens.

Our Funds

Four County Community Foundation offers a wide range of funds. View our current list below.

Unrestricted Funds
Community Funds
  • Almont Education & Community
  • Armada “Al Verlinde” Community
  • Capac Community
  • Dryden/Metamora Community
  • Imlay City Community
  • Romeo Community Action
Donor Advised Funds
Scholarship Funds
Field of Interest Funds
  • 21st Century Education
  • 21st Century Education – Almont Area
  • 21st Century Education – Armada Area
  • 21st Century Education – Capac Area
  • 21st Century Education – Dryden Area
  • 21st Century Education – Imlay City
  • 21st Century Education – Romeo Area
  • 4CCF Feeding Families Forever
  • Armada Education Foundation
  • John A. Brown Memorial
  • Capac Athletic Boosters Scholarship Endowment
  • Capac Educational Endowment
  • Columbus Bust
  • C.O.P.P.E.R. Fund
  • Darin Conrad Education
  • Dennis Family
  • Linda M. Felton Memorial
  • Four County Community Foundation Home
  • Four County Environmental
  • Four County Imagination Library
  • Friends of Foster Kids
  • Healthy Futures Endowment
  • Healthy Seniors / Healthy Youth
  • Imlay City Educational Endowment
  • W. K. Kellogg Youth
  • Kids at Play
  • Lapeer Regional Hospital Endowment
  • Charles B. McLaughlin Memorial
  • April Millsap Memorial
  • Harry Moore Scholarship
  • James A. Neely Scholarship
  • Rhonda Nugent Memorial
  • Richmond Athletic Club Endowment
  • Richmond Rotary Foundation – Robert “Tiger” Fruin Memorial
  • Ronald J. Rybar Family Memorial
  • Shelby Community Endowment
  • Shelby – Macomb Daybreakers Kiwanis
  • Leon & Patricia Stopczynski Community
  • Lloyd Veitch
  • Loral Watson Memorial Endowment
  • The Women’s Fund
Agency and Designated Funds
  • Almont Community Historical Society Endowment & Project
  • Amazing Grace – Imlay City United Methodist Church
  • Be Thou My Vision – Imlay City United Methodist Church
  • Family Literacy Center of Lapeer County
  • Gestalt Pastoral Care
  • Roland W. Graubner Endowment Fund for the Romeo Library
  • Imlay City Historical Commission
  • Love, INC. North Oakland County
  • Oxford Public Library Endowment
  • Romeo Community Archives
  • Symphonia Chorale Endowment
Administrative Funds
  • Friends of the Foundation
Non-Endowed Funds
  • Romeo Community Schools Athletic Enhancement



This form is for fund representatives with donor-advised funds, field of interest funds, and agency funds only.  Contact the office if you have questions.  Download and complete the Request Form to submit grant requests.