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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  A tragic loss for a Berrien County family is being turned into a gift to the community in the form of the David A. Hicks Scholarship for the Arts at the Berrien Community Foundation.   When David Hicks was just 13 years old, his life was forever changed when he was diagnosed with a rare and difficult form of cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. His right leg was amputated below the knee. He fought hard and beat the cancer and lived the life of a normal teenager at River Valley High School. David loved wrestling, video games, friends, family, and...
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
At the Berrien Community Foundation, 2017 offers two new scholarship programs for students returning to college along with many opportunities for high school seniors. All applications are available for download at www.berriencommunity.org/scholar. The newest scholarship is the Felland Scholarship, established by Judy Felland to serve women in transition. Realizing the difficulties some women face as they try to return to school while working and raising a family, Felland created the scholarship to encourage them to keep trying to improve their...
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  “I’m shocked. I just can’t believe it...I feel so rich!” Those were Olga’s words when she unwrapped the beautifully wrapped care package BCF volunteers assembled for distribution to some of our community’s most vulnerable senior citizens.    In November, 40 BCF volunteers helped assemble the 300 care packages that would be distributed by the Area Agency on Aging to low-income seniors who are fighting to remain in their own homes. The packages were filled with items such as winter gloves, lotion, soaps and shampoo, and a little candy. Each...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Grant applications are again available for “The Heart of Cook” Foundation Fund. “The Heart of Cook” is a grant program funded by Indiana Michigan Power’s Cook Nuclear Plant and administered by the Berrien Community Foundation to assist nonprofit programs in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana (La Porte, St. Joseph, and Elkhart Counties).  “Every year we look forward to providing this funding opportunity to the non-profits in our community,” said Joel Gebbie, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. “The Heart of Cook Foundation is...
Monday, September 26, 2016
Thanks to a generous endowment gift to the Berrien Community Foundation from Steve and Elizabeth Upton, Berrien County non-profit organizations will have the opportunity to receive a grant of at least $50,000 each year to support needs in the community.  The Stephen E. Upton Love Your Community Endowment was announced at the Berrien Community Foundation’s 64th Annual Meeting & Celebration Wednesday evening at the Heritage Museum & Cultural Center. The endowment gift will be part of Steve Upton’s legacy of giving.  “Steve not only loves...
Monday, August 15, 2016
The tragic events of July 11 that ended in the deaths of two Berrien County Sheriff’s bailiffs and one officer being wounded left the community stunned and wanting to do something – anything – to make it better.  “We want to protect our officers and make sure an incident like this doesn’t happen ever again,” Sheriff Bailey said. To that end, The Berrien Community Foundation has established the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Equipment Fund and is issuing a $5,000 challenge match to the community to kick off the fundraising effort. For...
Friday, August 5, 2016
“Always be humble and kind.” These are the words of wisdom shared by Faith Keathley at the Berrien Community Foundation 16th Annual Scholarship Celebration where students from all over Berrien County were recognized for their academic and personal success last Thursday at Lake Michigan College. Keathley, the 2001 Oehlhaffen Youth in Philanthropy Scholarship recipient spoke about how the lessons she learned while participating in philanthropy were just as valuable as the scholarship that helped her earn a degree at Ferris State University....
Friday, April 29, 2016
  “Bake sale!” said TEAM member Natalie Smiy as she and a group of 15 teens from around Berrien County grappled with which classroom mini-grants to approve. “They can fund that one with a bake sale.”   The discussion had teenagers considering sustainability, project scope, student learning versus entertainment, and learning from each other about the disparity between school districts. TEAM (Teens Exhibiting Able Minds) is the Youth Advisory Committee for the Berrien Community Foundation. Each year high school students from districts throughout...
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The next grant deadline for the Frederick S. Upton Foundation is March 15, 2016. All grant materials submitted must be postmarked or delivered in person by this date to the Berrien Community Foundation at 2900 South State Street Suite 2E, St. Joseph, MI t be considered during this grant cycle.    The Frederick S. Upton Foundation considers grant requests from a wide variety of non-profit organization but focuses its efforts in Berrien County, MI. Agencies are eligible to receive one grant per calendar year.    For additional information or to...
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
It has been 20 years since the Berrien Community Foundation opened its first scholarship program through the generosity and ingenuity of John & Dede Howard with Howard Instrumental Music Scholarship. The idea to help students caught on and the Foundation now awards more than $100,000 each year in scholarships to deserving students from all over Berrien County. From engineering, to teaching, to music, the Foundation has scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors and adults returning to school.   “We have provided over $2.2...

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