Purpose and History
The Village Club Foundation takes pride in promoting philanthropy in the form of grants that further educational, cultural, and human services in the Oakland, Wayne and Macomb tri-county area of Michigan. Grants to area organizations have totaled over one million dollars since the foundation was established in 1983.
The Village Club Foundation is the philanthropic arm of The Village Club, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The foundation's purpose is to further educational, cultural and civic activities; to promote philanthropic projects; and to operate for the good of the community. We work to enrich other nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations and communities.
The mission of The Village Club Foundation is to offer financial support, in the form of grants, to qualified nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Our grants focus on the interrelated aspects of community life, basic human needs and services, educational enhancement, and cultural enrichment. The Village Club Foundation files IRS Form 990 yearly; it is available upon request.
1956- The Village Woman's Club was formed on May 2 exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, by sponsoring and initiating appropriate programs, encouraging participation by women of Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Pontiac and adjoining communities and through direct contributions of money.
1961- The clubhouse was purchased with tax deductible dollars. Classes were very popular, the bar and food services expanded, and The Village Woman's Club became a social club as well as one involved in social service work.
1968- The Village Club was formed in June for recreational and social purposes, allowing The Village Woman's Club to retain its charitable function. The "social" club rented the clubhouse from the"charity".
1976- The Village Club initiated a stock membership program, and the monies were used to purchase the present facilities from the charitable organization. At that time a land contract was entered into between the Clubs and the final payment was made in April 1982.
1983- The Articles of Incorporation of The Village Woman's Club were restated and the name was changed to The Village Woman's Club Foundation. The monies from the sale of the clubhouse became the nucleus for the fund of the foundation. The purpose of the organization remains very much like the original: to operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary or educational puposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, and to give funds and property to eligible organizations. The foundation received a 501(c)(3) charitable designation under the rules of the IRS.
2010- The name was officially changed to The Village Club Foundation.
The members of The Village Club Foundation are all the members who are active, silver life, nonresident or emeritus members of The Village Club, and any surviving spouse of a deceased Village Club member who may enjoy the social privileges of the club.
TVCF GRANT RECIPIENTS 2016-2017
Alternatives for Girls
The Art Experience
Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
Cantata Academy Chorale
CARE House of Oakland County
Catholic Community Response Team – Pontiac Area Vicariate
Community Assistance Program
Connect Us Michigan
Cornerstone Schools Association
Cranbrook Music Guild
Crossroads of Michigan
Detroit Children’s Choir
The Detroit Creativity Project
The Empowerment Plan
First Presbyterian Church Birmingham
Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – Food Pantry
Ladies of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul – Oakland
Lutheran Adoption Services
Midnight Golf Program
National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section
Oakland Literacy Council
Oakland Mediation Center
On My Own of Michigan
Organization for Bat Conservation
The Pewabic Society
Pink Ribbon Trailblazers
Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation
Racquet Up Detroit
Rebuilding Together Oakland County
St. Patrick Senior Center
St. Vincent & Sarah Fisher Center
Troy Community Coalition
Troy Nature Society
Variety, The Children’s Charity