Field of Interest Funds
These fund provide permanent support for a specific field of interest where funds are not committed to a particular organization. You may choose to support a specific area such as the arts, education, health, human services, or other. A volunteer committee then makes grants to the most appropriate programs and organizations serving this area.
Ann J. Kellogg School/Lincoln School Graduates Life Enhancement Education Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide support to students who are seeking to enhance their lives - either after high school or later in adulthood whether or not they have a traditional high school diploma or a G.E.D. from Battle Creek Public Schools. The donor stated, "You may be a parent or grandparent who has chosen to place your children in BCPS, a graduating senior, a graduate or even someone who dropped out of BCPS, whatever the scenario, you choose to stick with BCPS and stay associated with the district in some way instead of transferring to another district, that speaks volumes to me. This is the primary reason I established the BCPS Life Enhancement Education Fund, I want to support those who support the district and this fund helps me do that."
Anna Theodore and Mary Theodore Memorial Fund
ANY bodies Playground Improvement Fund
In 2005, for WKKF's 75th Anniversary, a challenge went out to Michigan communities to design and build inclusive playgrounds, places where all children of all abilities are welcome. Fond memories of a Battle Creek community that took up that challenge with commitment, enthusiasm and broad support inspired the establishment of the ANY bodies Playground Improvement Fund in 2015, a fund aimed at keeping the playground vibrant and up-to-date. Its establishment, by retired WKKF program Vice President, Gail McClure, honors two visionary community leaders and tireless advocates for children and youth, the late Norman A. Brown, former President and CEO of WKKF and David P. Lucas, attorney and project lead for ANY bodies Playground 2005. Gail shared, "My wish is that the city will continue to serve its children and youth well and strive always to make Battle Creek one of the best places in Michigan for a child to grow up."
Battle Creek Community Foundation Adult Education Scholarship Fund
Battle Creek Community Foundation Children's Fund
Battle Creek Community Foundation Education Fund
Battle Creek Community Foundation Fund for Battle Creek
Battle Creek Community Foundation Health Fund
Blady Sports Foundation
The Blady Fundacion Deportiva (Blady Sports Foundation), established in 2016 by his parents, was created to honor the memory of Bladimir "Blady" Patino, a Battle Creek Central high school student fatally injured in a summer 2016 traffic accident. Blady was a natural leader, with unending optimism, passion, positive energy and compassion, always wanting the best for others. This fund will keep his memory alive.
Buhler Children's Fund
Charles E. and Mary H. Richmond Memorial Fund
Dale G. Griffin Ride for Life Fund
Dirty Funk Artistic Expression Get Money Scholarship Fund
Donald R. & Barbara H. Wilson Community Fund
The Donald R. & Barbara H. Wilson Community Fund was established in memory of Don and Bobbie Wilson to fund programs or projects that support or expand the arts, the preservation and/or educational value of nature, and programs of local churches.
Doris Klaussen Special Education Fund
Douglas R. Ewing Memorial Fund for TTP Awareness
Dr. Velma Laws Clay - Sojourner Truth Institute Fund
Evelyn Leiderman Memorial Fund
Families Against Murder/For Equal Justice (F.A.M.E.) Fund
Fort Custer Honor Guard Council Endowment Fund to Honor Military Veterans
This fund is dedicated to honoring and providing assistance to the Veterans of our nation.
George, Roberta, and Shari Adams Fund for Special Education Teachers
Helen Montgomery Musician Fund
Heritage Center Foundation Fund
Hunter Ty Lesiow Memorial Fund
Jimmie Carpentier-Taylor Memorial Fund
Joseph J. and Marion L. Hempel Fund
Kimmy Newberry Memorial Fund
Legacy Scholars Program Fund
Lena Maddalena Wood Tuition Support Program Fund for the Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools
Leonard L. White Educational Fund
Linda Holderbaum Art Center of Battle Creek Internship Fund
Luella M. Sovern Endowment Fund
Manley and Mabel Loomis Capron Fund
Margaret and Virginia Hensley Fund
Melvin H., Doris A., and Fovette E. Dush Education Fund
Melvin H., Doris A., and Fovette E. Dush Health Fund
Michael Labadie Music Fund
Michigan Society for Mental Health, Calhoun County Chapter Fund
Norman Frazier Memorial Fund
Ora and Norman Broad Fund
Oscar H. and Hazel Frey Flanders Fund
Peter J. Christ Leadership Fund
Ralph P. and Isabel H. Olmstead Endowment Fund
The Ralph P. and Isabel H. Olmstead Endowment Fund continues the enthusiastic support of the arts in Battle Creek expressed by the Olmsteads during their residence in the city from 1937 until their deaths in 1984. Isabel rekindled her interest in painting through the Battle Creek Civic Art Center as soon as her family nest was empty, and served as president of the center's board of directors in the late 1960s. A talented piano and organ player, Ralph was also a member of the Art Center and chaired fund drives for the United Arts Council and United Way. Active in leadership and fund-raising for numerous civic groups and causes, Isabel and Ralph would be pleased to know their legacy could help the visual and performing arts flourish in Battle Creek.
Randall E. Brock Recognition Fund
Richard S. (Clair) Poole Fund
Robert and Nadine Gifford Educational Fund
Robert B. Miller Sr. Leadership Fund
Ronald Earl Shedd Memorial Fund
Ronald Earl Shedd lived in Battle Creek, MI his entire life and played the game of golf well into his late 80's until he could no longer play, he loved the game. An avid golfer, golf was a part of his life on many levels including the Post Cereal Golf League, Riverside Country Club golf chairman for many years and a former member of the Battle Creek Area Senior Golf Association. His other employers and interests included Air Force pilot, a 33 year retiree of the Post Cereals Division of General Foods Corp., the Post 25 Year Club, and the BC/KZ Chapter of the National Association of Accountants. This fund was established in 2017 as a memorial tribute by Ronald's nephew as a way to honor his uncle's love for golf in hopes that youth, with a little exposure, would be inspired and grow to love it too.