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“The Women’s Philanthropy Circle is great for women who have a philanthropic heart but not a lot of time. When we combine our resources, we can make a bigger impact. It’s instant gratification. You know you’re helping someone immediately that could use your lift. It’s amazing to see all we have accomplished so far.”- Barb Engelhardt, WPC member since the group's beginning

BACF has giving circles for both men and women

We know that some passionate people don’t want to simply give their money, but they want to be a part of the process to help decide which organizations it is awarded to. Four times a year, the Women’s Philanthropy Circle and Men’s Philanthropy Group gather for food, fun, and friendship—with a side of philanthropy.

Each member contributes $1,000 a year. Half of this gift is granted out that year to local organizations, and half of it is placed in an endowment fund. This endowment fund grows the impact potential for many years to come.

Recently, the groups have granted to provide clothing for women and children in need, holiday food baskets, furniture for the local women’s shelter, support for the Youth Leadership Academy, and coats for kids, among other projects. Each member brings their own ideas for needs in the community, and the group votes on which projects to help fund.

“It's a great way to get involved for someone who is community-minded and wants to go about giving in a slightly different way.”- Lee Miller, MPG member

Both groups are always accepting new members. Contact us at 989-893-4438 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn how to get involved.

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