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 attracting and holding permanent endowed funds from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.

Isabella Bank Director Memorial Fund

Isabella Bank has a long history and tradition of giving in our community. Founded in 1903 as Isabella County State Bank, the organization has grown to thirty branches in seven counties. And, our philosophy of service extends beyond the bank’s needs as we strive to address the needs of those in the broader community.

“Our philosophy has been to invest locally by giving back to our community,” said President Jerome Schwind. “We consider ourselves active members --providing financial support and volunteering to serve those who need us,” added Community Relations Mary Olivieri. “But, we can’t do it alone.”

In 2000, the Isabella Bank Board of Directors looked to the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation for expertise in how to support community organizations over time. The Isabella Bank Director Memorial Fund was established to support the ever-changing needs of the community. “We trust the Community Foundation and the committees that make grant decisions to determine the best use of the earnings of this fund,” said Schwind. “As our community evolves, the assets of a community impact fund, like ours, are available to respond.”

To date, the Isabella Bank Director Memorial Fund has provided funds for a fitness and walking trail at the Isabella County Commission on Aging, The Care Store at the Bill and Jan Strickler Building, Community Mental Health for Central Michigan, Isabella Citizens for Health, Mt. Pleasant Public Safety, and the Women’s Aid Service.

"This fund allows us to honor our directors and employees, and to have a greater impact on those living in our community," said Olivieri. "It ensures continuity from generation to generation, keeping our values constant for the bank and for the community."