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How it started

The Shelby Community Foundation (SCF) was founded in 1996 as the idea of Linda Stout, who was on the Charter Township of Shelby Board of Trustees at that time.  She realized community funds outside of the government were necessary to support Township needs.  She was granted approval by the Board of Trustees to start the Foundation and accept the first donation from the Ford Motor Company.  The first Board of Directors was assembled, By-Laws were written and the Foundation was organized as a State of Michigan non-profit corporation.  At that point, it was no longer under the Charter Township of Shelby and has stood alone for the last 20 years as the Shelby Community Foundation!

What is a community foundation?

A Community Foundation is a publicly supported philanthropic organization with the long term goal of building permanent funds and establishing funds for donors and their charitable interests.  A community foundation serves a certain defined geographic area, which in this case, is Shelby Township.  Unlike other non-profits, a Community Foundation provides support by grant making and is not limited to one interest.  The Shelby Community Foundation is concerned with the well-being of the total community. 

Serving the community since 1996

The Shelby Community Foundation was started in 1996 and is a tax exempt IRS 501(c)(3), Michigan non-profit corporation and is registered with the State Attorney General.   Since 1996 the Shelby Community Foundation has raised over $1.57 million, awarded $117,000 in Scholarships, granted over $590,000 for community programs and has established over $636,000 in endowments.

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