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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 2022-2023

Click here for the Grant Application Form.


Grant Recipients

Listed below are the 2021-2022 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. The first three recipients were awarded a total of $25,000 in April 2022. 

June Shea Awards


Alliance for a Safer Greater Detroit
Variety the Children's Charity

Jean Hackett Award


Ladies of Charity
New Hope Center for Grief Support

Marion and Robert Wyatt Award


Catholic Community Response Team
Detroit Creativity Project
Troy Nature Center

Grant Recipients


Accent Pontiac
Art Experience
Assistance League of SE Michigan
Beyond Basics
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
Bound Together
Camp Casey
CARE House of Oakland County
Child Safe Michigan
Community Assistance Program
Community Sharing Outreach
Connect Us
Crossroads of Michigan
Detroit Children's Choir
Detroit Horse Power
Epiphany Education Center
FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts
Friends of the Children-Detroit
Furniture Resource Center
Gigi's Playhouse
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church/Beacon of Hope Food Pantry
Living Arts
Living and Learning Enrichment
National Council of Jewish Women
Oakland Literacy Council
On My Own of Michigan
Open Hands Food Pantry
Pewabic Society
The Pink Fund
Rackham Choir
Racquet Up Detroit
Rebuilding Together Oakland County
St. Anne's Mead
St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center
Sanctum House
Siena Literacy Center
Team Guts
The Theatre Ensemble/Meadow Brook Theatre
Troy Community Coalition

The Village Club Foundation Board of Trustees

President Susan Sweeney
Email: [email protected]
Vice President Deborah-Lee Gollnitz
Secretary Kathy Schwartz
Treasurer Michelle Vanderheyden
Contributions Gay Garcia
Grants Deborah Kitson
Email: [email protected]
Public Relations Anne Miller
TVC Board Liaison Julia Turner Baumhart


Advisor Ann Manix
Archivist Helene Predhomme
Audit Wendy Beck
Basic Needs Collection Kathy Hutson
Strategic Planning Joan Primo