Since 1945, the Leelanau Township Community Foundation has given over $3.5 million in grants to the community in ways that significantly change lives.


Our Mission

The mission of the Leelanau Township Community Foundation is to support vital civic initiatives until our community becomes all that we've envisioned it can be.

We pledge to achieve our mission by:

  • Helping to meet the needs of the residents of Leelanau Township;
  • Building diverse permanent endowment funds from a wide range of donors;
  • Seeking local volunteers to help in community ventures via their involvement in proactively determining local needs then aiding in the development of programs of fulfillment;
  • Involving the youth by teaching them their role in making a positive difference in the community and empowering them in the process of grant making and leadership.

Our History

The Leelanau Township Community Foundation is the third oldest community foundation in Michigan. Established in 1945, it started with a gift of $35,000 (over $250,000 in today's dollars) from Francis H. Haserot in memory of his long-time friend and business associate, Gilman Marsten Dame.

Now in our 73rd year, we see many examples of the benefit of Mr. Haserot's foresight in establishing an endowment fund. Subsequent donations from many individuals have helped grow that initial investment and today the Foundation has over $4 million in assets and has given away $3.5 million/ Our annual grants have benefited many local nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities, and have helped many students pay for their education.

Each year the Foundation's General Endowment Fund provides grants that make a significant difference in the health and well-being of people who live in Leelanau Township. We are dedicated the continuing this commitment.

Designing and Achieving Our Full Potential: 2012

In 2012, for the first time in Leelanau/Northport history, two local units of government and a nonprofit community corporation came together to help realize their full potential. Out of this came a full report that represents the combined wisdom and talent in the Village of Northport, Leelanau Township, and the Leelanau Township Community Foundation, fully aligned and dedicated to strengthening their common good. To read and/download this report, please click the link below:

Full Report - Designing and Achieving Our Full Potential, 2012