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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 a philanthropic 501(c)(3) legal entity affiliated with The Village Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The Village Club 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 accomplish these goals through our support of nonprofit organizations that make a difference.


The mission of The Village Club Foundation is to offer support, in the form of grants, to qualified nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Our grants focus on basic human needs and services, educational enhancement, and cultural enrichment.


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 2024-2025

Click here for the 2024-2025 Grant Application Form.


Grant Recipients

Listed below are the 2023-2024 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


Accent Pontiac, Inc
Camp Casey

Jean Hackett Award's


Gigi's Playhouse Detroit
On My Own of Michigan

Marion and Robert Wyatt Award


FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts

Grant Recipients


Accent Pontiac, Inc.
The Art Experience
Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan
Baldwin Center
Brilliant Detroit
Building Beds 4 Kids
Camp Casey
Central United Methodist Church of Detroit Community Development Corp. Child Safe Michigan
Community Assistance Program
Crossroads of Michigan
Detroit Creativity Project
Detroit Horse Power
Epiphany Education Center
FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts
Friends of the Children - Detroit
Gigi’s Playhouse Detroit
Girls Matter
Guiding Harbor
Hope Against Trafficking
Life BUILDERS Detroit
Living and Learning Enrichment Center
Metropolitan United Methodist Church
National Council of Jewish Women
New Day Foundation for Families Fighting Cancer
New Hope Center for Grief Support
Oakland Literacy Council
On My Own of Michigan
Pink Fund
Rackham Symphony Choir
Racquet Up Detroit
Read to a Child
Redford Brightmoor Initiative
St. Anne’s Mead
St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center
Siena Literacy Center
Take Root Inc.
Troy Community Coalition for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Troy Nature Society
Variety – The Children’s Charity
The Village of Bethany Manor

The Village Club Foundation Board of Trustees

President Deborah Kitson
Email: [email protected] 
Vice President Julia Baumhart
Secretary Cynthia Turchetti
Treasurer Meg Lentz
Contributions Trustee Karen Pridmore
Grants  Carolyn Masserang
Email: [email protected]
Public Relations Rebecca McLennan
Special Events Cathleen Clancy
TVC Board Liaison 
Pamela Bingham


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