At a series of special and regular meetings, the Trustees of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation convened to discuss how to provide ongoing support to grantee partners through the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic and flooding. In addition to approving new grants, enhancements were made to existing grants.
Trustees amended existing 2020 matching grants to address a potential decrease in contributions due to financial pressures on donors. To make it easier for grantees to successfully achieve the full matching gift amount, match requirements for scheduled 2020 grant payments will be adjusted from the previously required $1 for $1, to The Foundation providing $3 for every $1 raised.
Beneficiaries of the enhanced support are those served by:
- Children’s Grief Center - $300,000 grant (2020 fundraising goal of $33,333 to obtain $100,000)
- Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy - $2M grant (2020 fundraising goal of $333,333 to receive $1M)
- Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan - $180,000 grant (2020 fundraising goal of $20,000 to receive $60,000)
- MidMichigan Big Brothers Big Sisters - $50,000 grant (2020 fundraising goal of $16,667 to receive $50,000)
- Reaching Our Community Kids (ROCK) - $450,000 grant (2020 fundraising goal of $25,000 to receive $75,000)
- Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy - $200,000 grant (2020 fundraising goal of $13,334 to receive $40,000)
- SpringHill Camps - $370,000 grant (2020 fundraising goal of $61,667 to receive $185,000)
- West Midland Family Center - $750,000 grant (2020 fundraising goal of $50,000 to obtain $150,000)
“It is our hope that enhancing these matching grants will provide relief during these unprecedented times, as our public charities continue serving the people of Midland and Michigan,” said Ruth Alden Doan, President of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.
Foundation grants already providing $3 for every $1 raised remain unmodified.
- Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DBA Shelterhouse) - $52,500 grant (2020 fundraising goal $17,500 to receive $52,500)
- Gladwin County Trails Recreation Authority - $300,000 grant (2020 fundraising goal of $100,000 to receive $300,000)
Further assistance for the response to coronavirus included grants to community partners:
- 2-1-1 Northeast Michigan - $59,500 to support a marketing campaign to increase awareness of services offered.
- United Way of Midland County - $500,000 to establish the “Rise Together Fund”.
Additional assistance for recovery from the flood included a grant to:
- United Way of Midland County - $500,000 to the “Rise Together Fund”.
Additional information about The Foundation can be found at www.hhgadowfdn.org.