Serving Berrien County Since 1952
Celebrating 60 Years (link to latest community report)
We post our most current news and activities on this web site
Year End Giving
Part of the Foundationís mission of enhancing the quality of life in Berrien County is through its efforts on behalf of nonprofit/exempt organizations. We are here to assist these organizations to enhance their ability to sustain their good works over time. We accomplish this mainly through promoting nonprofit endowment funds placed at the Foundation.
As you anticipate your year end giving, please consider a gift to
one or more of the Berrien Community Foundationís endowment fund(s).
The list of endowment funds for nonprofit/exempt organizations is available below
Feeding America-West Michigan Food Bank
BCF, United Way of SW MI, and the Frederick S. Upton Foundation
Mobile Food Pantries (July 1-December 31, 2013)
2014 Schedule Coming Soon
For specific questions on the mobile food pantries, please call
Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank at 269-926-2646
Next BCF Grant Application Deadline is
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Click on BCF Grant Programs
to obtain contact information and details on how to start this application process
Philanthropy is Joyful Giving!
The word philanthropy literally means love of humankind.
All of us are capable of being philanthropists.
Giving through the Berrien Community Foundation provides donors with the joy of being philanthropists and paying it forward.
That joy giving is the essence of the Berrien Community Foundation.
Anyone can be a philanthropist through the Foundation.
Please contact us so that we may assist you with your philanthropic wishes.
The Berrien Community Foundation, Frederick S. Upton Foundation, and the United Way
are jointly sponsoring mobile food pantries from July 1-December 31, 2013 for Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank
Click on In the News for detailed information about this collaboration
The mission of the Berrien Community Foundation is to promote philanthropy,
to build a spirit of community, and to enhance the quality of life in Berrien County
through our stewardship of permanently endowed and other funds.
We shall accomplish our mission by:
* Building permanent endowments and other funds and providing a
broad range of flexible and cost-effective donor services
* Investing and managing funds prudently and professionally
* Making grants to support a broad range of projects and programs that address community needs,
with a focus on building a spirit of community/arts & culture, nurturing our children, and youth development and leadership
* Serving as a facilitative leader, catalyst, and resource for our communities
Confirmed in Compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations
We have earned the Guidestar Exchange Seal, demonstrating our commitment to transparency
Leaving a Legacy at BCF: Estate Plan Suggested Language
For information on how to include the Berrien
Community Foundation in your estate plan,
click Leaving a Legacy at BCF: Estate Plan Suggested Language to download
the pdf file. Contact 269-983-3486 or
for additional information
For information on how to include the Berrien Community Foundation in your estate plan,
click Leaving a Legacy at BCF: Estate Plan Suggested Language to download the pdf file.
Contact 269-983-3486 or bcf@BerrienCommunity.org for additional information
about establishing a legacy fund with the Foundation.
Lakeland Community Room
A Joint Gift from the Berrien Community Foundation & United Way of SW Michigan
Legacy and donor advised funds made this partnership possible
This two page summary report provides helpful and "fun" facts about the Berrien Community Foundation and how to contact us.
Click on BCF FACT SHEET to download the pdf file
This three page summary report presents the Foundation's 2012 year via various graphs and charts.
Click on the 2012 Year End Summary to download the pdf file
Berrien Community Foundation