The national historic landmark on the campus of UM-Dearborn will reach out Aug. 18 to the community and seek financial support and matching funds via an innovative program called the “Community Foundation – Arts and Culture” challenge

August 6, 2009

DEARBORN / Aug.6, 2009---On Tues., Aug. 18 at 10 a.m., the Henry Ford Estate will be one of 75 participating organizations from the Cultural Alliance for Southeastern Michigan in the “Community Foundation Challenge—Arts and Culture.”  

This program, created by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, in partnership with the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan, is an online giving challenge designed to generate $3 million in sorely needed operating funds for arts and cultural organizations in southeast Michigan.

Gifts for the Community Foundation Challenge made at www.cfsem.org will be matched 50 percent by the Community Foundation.  For every two dollars contributed online to support these arts and cultural organizations, the Community Foundation will match it with one dollar.

A national historic landmark and home to the automotive pioneer and his wife, Clara, for more than 30 years, the Henry Ford Estate is listed on www.cfsem.org under “University of Michigan,” alongside U-M’s Museum of Art and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History.

Time to contribute, however, will be of the essence.  The challenge will begin at 10 a.m. on Tues., Aug. 18 and end as soon as the $1 million dollars in matching funds is exhausted.

“This is a terrific opportunity and gesture on the part of the Community Foundation,” said Mary Lynn Heininger, director of corporate and foundation relations and special projects at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  “It’s creating a wonderful buzz--part of which is that the challenge funds will be gone very quickly.  We urge prospective participants to go online right at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18 to help us!”

Gifts can be made by credit card or e-check and can range from $25 to $10,000 per contributor, per organization.  

Founded in 1984 as a permanent community endowment, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan was built by gifts from hundreds of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan. Since its founding 25 years ago, the Foundation has distributed more than $360 million through more than 33,000 grants to nonprofit organizations in southeast Michigan's seven-county area.

For more information about making a gift during the challenge, contact Mary Lynn Heininger at 313-593-5643, or Breon Moriarty, assistant director of development at the Henry Ford Estate, at 313-593-3889.

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