Mission / Values / Strategic Emphases / History

Mission:

The Ann Arbor Jaycees Foundation mission is to promote education and community involvement through charitable means.

Values:

Honesty/Integrity
The Foundation’s business is transparent to the community and the trustees run the organization according to high standards of quality.

Fiscal Responsibility
The Foundation employs policies and procedures that assure proper internal controls and careful management of Foundation funds; as well as conservative investment policies which preserve our principal while maximizing our return on investments.

Altruism
The Foundation believes in investing in our community in projects that create positive impact. Our decision making is guided by community needs.

Strategic Emphases:

  • Making grants to community organizations
  • Fundraising to support the endowment, grants and operating funds
  • Increasing public awareness of our services

History:

In 1995, the Ann Arbor Jaycees started a project to bring the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Ann Arbor.  In order to receive charitable donations, a non-profit tax-deductible organization needed to be established. Thus the Ann Arbor Jaycees Foundation was created with the official 501(c)(3) status in 1996. They were successful in bringing the Quilt to A2 in 1997. After that, the Foundation strived to achieve an endowment of $50,000 to start awarding grants to Organizations in need in Washtenaw County. In the meantime, the Foundation served as a fiscal agent for projects organized by the Ann Arbor Jaycees, such as the Annual Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July Parade, Holiday Helpers, and the Annual Spring Eggstravaganza. The Foundation achieved their goal in 2005 and since 2007 has been giving Grants to great organizations in the county like Big Brother Big Sisters of Washtenaw County, Girls on the Run and the Junior League of Ann Arbor.