History & Mission

Brief History

The Branch County Community Foundation (BCCF) is a non-profit (501(c)(3)) dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities of Branch County and Colon, Michigan. The Community Foundation was established in 1991 by a group of individuals that connected from local Rotary clubs who saw the need for a community foundation supported by donors from all walks of life. The Community Foundation offers professional services and the place to begin for people who want to work together to create strong, prosperous communities. Our endowment funds are preserved, invested, and managed to assure a steady stream of income for grants to organizations that serve our community. Donors can contribute to one of over 90 funds or establish a new charitable fund at the foundation. Our mission at the Branch County Community Foundation is to promote community philanthropy, build endowments and other charitable funds, and connect community resources. The Community Foundation has grown to its present size because of gifts and bequests from hundreds of individuals, families, organizations, and corporations. Today the Community Foundation has total permanent assets of over $6 million!

Values Statement

We believe

  • in working together to build strong communities
  • in openly sharing who we are and how we operate
  • in honoring donor intent
  • in creating beneficial outcomes for all of our constituents
  • in creating mission-based financial sustainability so that we can continue serve in perpetuity

Mission Statement

We promote community philanthropy, build endowments and other charitable funds, and connect community resources.

Impact Statement

The Community Foundation creates positive social change by providing funding, promoting education on important issues, and leveraging community resources.

Business Model Statement

The Branch County Community Foundation promotes community philanthropy, builds endowments and other charitable funds, and connects community resources through allocations from unrestricted endowments, fees for services, sponsorships, and unrestricted gifts.

 

  • BCCF Board Chairs

    John Dygert, Coldwater (1991-1992)
    Mark Putnam, Coldwater (1993-1994)
    Barry Case, Coldwater (1995-1996)
    Sue Morton, Union City (1997-1998)
    Bob Mayer, Bronson (1999-2000)
    Bruce Young, Coldwater 2001-2002)
    Ray Bregger, Quincy (2003-2004)
    Joe Ganger, Colon (2005-2006)
    Bruce Bloom, Coldwater (2007-2008)
    Hillary Eley, Bronson (2009-2010)
    Mary Jo Kranz, Quincy (2011 - 2012)
    Dave Wright, Coldwater (2013-2014)
    Roberta Gagnon (2015-2016)
    Connie Winbigler (2017 - )