Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation

For good. For ever.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Isabella County, now and for generations to come, by holding and attracting permanent endowed funds from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.

Women's Initiative Co-Chairs Janet Maar Strickler and Cheryl Gaudard

Women's Initiative Co-Chairs Janet Maar Strickler and Cheryl Gaudard

Women's Initiative Events:

The Women's Initiative hosts two annual fundraising events: Kay's Day, a social event in June, and the Look Who's Talking Speaker Series luncheon in November. More information about the most recent and upcoming events can be found below:

Important Facts about the Women's Initiative Fund:

  • The Women's Initiative Fund was founded in 2003 to provide for the needs of women and girls in Isabella County, now and for generations to come. With this endowed fund, only the interest is spent; contributions to the Fund are never touched.
  • The Women's Initiative had an initial goal to raise $50,000, but raised more than $80,000 in just four weeks. The fund now exceeds $300,000!
  • The Fund awards grants annually to community organizations that provide important services and programs to the women and girls of Isabella County.

How You Can Help Continue the Legacy:

Join the Women's Initiative by making a cash gift, pledging $100/year for five years, or remembering the Women's Initiative Fund in your will/estate.

Why We Created the Fund:

"We learned that far too many women and girls in Isabella County were in need of serious help. Also, we believed that it was time for women to be given the opportunity to become philanthropists on their own - not as spouses or daughters, but as independent donors. And that's what happened. When the women of Isabella County learned that other women needed their help, they came through in a big way, and they continue to do so today!" - Co-Founders Judy F. Smith and Kay A. Smith