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The Dow Corning Foundation Donor Advised Funds

About the Donor Advised Funds

Great Lakes Bay Region, Michigan

In 2010, the Dow Corning Foundation Board of Trustees established Donor Advised Funds to focus our investment in regional and community projects within the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan. Through these funds, the Dow Corning Foundation makes annual contributions to three local community foundations: the Bay Area Community Foundation, the Midland Area Community Foundation and the Saginaw Community Foundation.

The community foundations use these contributions to distribute grants to local causes that align with the Dow Corning Foundation’s mission.

The Dow Corning Foundation Donor Advisory Committee

The Donor Advisory Committee is a group of employees representing Dow Corning Corporation and Hemlock Semiconductor Group sites, cities and job areas within the Great Lakes Bay Region. The committee meets quarterly to review grant requests and direct the local foundations on how the Donor Advised Funds should be awarded.

Grant amounts

The Dow Corning Donor Advisory Committee considers grant requests from nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. Maximum grants are $8,000 for a single county or $24,000 for requests that benefit all three counties.

Grant criteria – grant eligibility

As with the Dow Corning Foundation, grant requests for the Donor Advised Funds must meet the following criteria:

  • Projects must benefit Great Lakes Bay Region communities in which our employees live and work.
  • Projects must align with one or more of the Dow Corning Foundation’s three mission areas: science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; community vitality/quality of life; and innovative technologies designed to make our world more sustainable. See examples.
  • The impact, measurability and sustainability of the project are considered during the evaluation process; however, innovative pilot projects may be funded as well.
What the Donor Advised Funds do not fund
  • Conferences, group travel costs or dinners
  • Fundraising events
  • Projects normally funded by government taxation
  • Scholarship support
  • Research grants
  • International grants
  • Multi-year grants
  • For-profit businesses
  • Personal needs
  • Athletic leagues
  • Projects outside of the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan
  • Veterans’ or political groups
  • Religious groups for sectarian purposes
  • Groups or organizations that do not meet or comply with our Business Code of Ethics

How to apply

If your project meets the above criteria and you would like to be considered for funding through the Dow Corning Foundation Donor Advised Funds, contact your local community foundation for more information:

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Explore projects and programs funded by Dow Corning Corporation and the Dow Corning Foundation.

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