Serving Jackson, Michigan since 1948

  Celebrating the Centennial of Community Foundations in America, 1914-2014


Jackson Community Foundation will match up to $10,000 of new gifts to the Cascades Renovation Project received in November!

November marks the 100th Anniversary of Community Foundations! We would like to celebrate by supporting a historic landmark in Jackson County, the Cascades. The Falls were built in the early spring of the 1930s. Its first display to the public was on May 10, 1932. The Cascades is the result of a man's dream to do something for the people of Jackson and to build an attraction that would provide visitors with a positive impression of the city. That man was William Sparks. Sparks moved to Jackson from Burrington, England in 1882 at the age of nine. His civic dedication was evident by the fact that he was elected to three terms as Jackson's mayor, served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, the Boy Scouts, and was actively involved in numerous civic and service groups.  A new initiative led by a champion committee and Capt. Sparks' grandson, Sparry Sparks, is working to renovate this historic landmark.  In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Community Foundations, during the month of November, the Foundation will match up to $10,000 in new gifts to the renovation project!

* for a full list of fun ways we celebrated this historic anniversary, click here!


Jackson Community Foundation's Annual Fall Gala


Once again we enjoyed beautiful weather and outstanding company as we celebrated the Foundation's accomplishments in 2014.  If you would like a copy of your photo, please email lmcdaniel@jacksoncf.org.


Congratulations Parnall Elementary Kindergarten Program on receiving a $500 grant!

Watch for our next $500 Grant Contest on December 10th which focuses on Healthy People


We are featuring one of our Community Investment Priority (CIP) areas bi-monthly.  On that day, you have 24 hours to email jcf@jacksoncf.org with the name of your favorite nonprofit, school or governmental entity that does work in that CIP area and the name of the program.  A winner will be chosen by random drawing, one entry per organization!  For the Grant Contest today, PROJECTs submitted will only get ONE ENTRY in to the drawing!!!! Please do not have your organization enter the same project more than once. Thank you!!!

  • August 13th Strong Individuals & Families:  Promoting Stability & Independence - Winner Personal Care Ministry
  • October 23rd Education:  Promoting Educational Readiness & Success - Parnall Elementary Kindergarten Program
  • December 10th Healthy People:  Partnering to Improve Community & Personal Responsibility in Our Health
  • February 11th Environmental Quality:  Preserving & Enhancing Our Natural Resources for the Benefit of All
  • April 8th Economic Prosperity:  Developing Resources that Allow Our Community to Thrive
  • June 10th Art, Culture & Recreation:  Building a Spirit of Community
  • Click Here to learn more about our Community Investment Priorities     

Pssst....What's your STORY???


We want to hear from our donors, the heart of the Jackson Community Foundation!  Without you, there is no us! Please consider sharing why you gave. Email your story to jcf@jacksoncf.org


Help us inspire others to give to the Jackson Community Foundation so we can continue our mission to "strengthen and build Jackson" county!


  • Join me for "Foundation Fundamentals"
  • Coffee & Donuts with the CEO  -  January's topic: Demystifying the Grant Process

Our next quarterly meeting will be Thursday, January 22nd from 8 am - 9 am.  This meeting will be especially helpful for nonprofits interested in better understanding the grant application process.  Reserve your seat today by calling (517) 787-1321.

Hope to see you there!
Monica Moser
President & CEO



  Please enjoy our  

2013 - 2014 Annual Report to the Community!

  This years format is a Calendar.  If you did not receive a copy but would like one, please email your name and address to jcf@jacksoncf.org.






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Jackson Community Foundation
One Jackson Square, Suite 308
Jackson MI, 49201
Tel. (517) 787-1321  Fax (517) 787-4333
Email for More Info: jcf@jacksoncf.org

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