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The Village Club Foundation

The Village Club Foundation

Purpose About and History

Purpose, About 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 $3.7 million 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 purposes, 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.


Grant Information and Applications

The Village Club Foundation
190 East Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304-2325

Click here for information for Grant Applicants for 2023-2024

The 2023-2024 application process has closed. Please check back again in the spring for the Grant Application Form for 2024-2025. 


Grant Recipients

Listed below are the 2022-2023 recipients of grants awarded by The Village Club Foundation. Each agency that received a grant was interviewed by Grants Committee members to evaluate the agency’s programs, services, and finances.

Three special awards are made each year. They are:

  • The June Shea Award is made possible by the generosity of the Celia June K. Shea Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust, a fund within the foundation, established in 2003.
  • The Jeanne Hackett Award is made possible by her generous bequest, established in 2016, to The Village Club Foundation.
  • In 2020, the Marion and Robert Wyatt Foundation endowed a Named Award by making a $515,000 bequest to The Village Club Foundation.  

June Shea Awards


Epiphany Education Center

Jean Hackett Award


Crossroads of Michigan

Marion and Robert Wyatt Award


New Hope Center for Grief Support
Raquet Up Detroit

Grant Recipients


Accent Pontiac
The Arc Grosse Pointe Harper Woods
The Art Experience
Assistance League of SE Michigan
Bethany Presbyterian Manor
Bound Together
Catholic Community Response Team
Child Safe Michigan
Christ Child House 
Community Assistance Program
Connect Us
Detroit Horse Power
Faith Works Michigan
FAR Conservatory
Friends of the Children - Detroit
Gigi's Playhouse
Guiding Harbor
Ladies of Charity
Living Arts
Metropolitan United Methodist Church-Good Samaritan Food Pantry
Mercy Education Project
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit
Motor City Brass Band
Oakland Literacy Council
Open Hands Food Pantry
Pewabic Society, Inc.
The Pink Fund
Rochester Symphony Orchestra Society Inc.
St. Anne's Mead
Siena Literacy Center
Troy Community Coalition
Variety the Children's Charity

The Village Club Foundation Board of Trustees

President Deborah Kitson
Email: [email protected] 
Vice President Deborah-Lee Gollnitz
Secretary Liz DuMouchelle
Treasurer Meg Lentz
Contributions Trustee Gay Garcia
Grants  Carolyn Masserang
Email: [email protected]
Public Relations Anne Miller
Special Events Cathleen Clancy
TVC Board Liaison 
Joan Primo


Advisor Susan Sweeney
Archivist Karen Pridmore
Audit Helene Predhomme
Basic Needs Collection Kay White Meyer
Strategic Planning Lassie Lewis