Community Cares Campaign Kicks Off

Buy a Gift Card – Thank Frontline Healthcare Workers – Support Local Businesses

Amidst the current COVID-19 outbreak in our community, the Chippewa County Community Foundation is teaming up with the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Development Authority, the Chamber of Commerce and War Memorial Hospital to support local businesses and show appreciation for frontline healthcare workers. The inspiration for the effort started with Debbie Jones, Executive Director of the Chippewa County Community Foundation, “There are heroes in disguise on the front line, and we need to support and be thankful for our heroes who can’t stay home.”

Jones was moved to coordinate an effort to help connect members of the community who want to help support essential healthcare personnel and give a boost to local businesses, many of whom have struggled through closures, reduced capacity and other challenges this year. The Community Foundation, Downtown Development Authority and the Sault Ste. Marie are teaming up to encourage individuals to purchase a $15 gift card (recommended minimum) to support our retailers, restaurants and bars show of support for local essential workers.” 

The goal of the campaign is to acquire one thousand $15 gifts. There are three ways to participate in the effort. Jones is encouraging individuals to stop by their favorite local business and purchase a gift card, purchase Chamber Bucks from the Chamber of Commerce, or visit the DDA office to purchase Downtown Dollars. Donations can then be dropped off at any one of the three partner locations:

  • CCCF at 511 Ashmun, Ste. #202 Second Floor attached to Huntington Bank
  • DDA at 511 Ashmun St. Ste. #103 First floor attached to Huntington Bank
  • Chamber at 2581 I-75 Business Spur

There will be dropboxes at each location to minimize contact. There will also be thank you notes donors can sign.

Our Mission


Our mission is to inspire a philanthropic culture with our community to promote a thriving place to live, work and play.


The role of a Community Foundation is to provide for the FUTURE needs of the community by accepting donations to establish permanently endowed funds, and using the interest from these invested funds to benefit the community through grants for projects.

The Community Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees and has a youth component, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC).

Support our Community

Help us Reach our Goals This Giving Season!


of 1,500

Community Cares
Buy – Thank – Support


of $100,000

Community Impact Fund


of $25,000

David Leask First Responders Memorial Fund

Our Community Foundation at a Glance
Established in 1994, the Chippewa County Community Foundation is one of more than 700 community foundations in the United States today. We serve Chippewa County, offering people a variety of ways to touch our community through philanthropic giving.

Board of Trustees

Debbie Jones, Executive Director
Kelly Freeman – Chair
Joshua MacDonald – Vice Chair
Erica Newland – Secretary
Alex Prater – Treasurer
Doug Laprade
Joshua Billington
Carl McCready
Wilda Hopper
Krystle Gerzetich
Dan Dasho
Isaac McKechnie

Financial Statements

The Chippewa County Community Foundation annually appoints an independent auditor to conduct an audit of the combined financial statements of the Foundation.

Our latest Audit Reports.

2017 Audit Report

2018 Audit Report

Also available, our yearly
990 IRS Tax Returns:
View at GuideStar


Investment Policy

The purpose of this Investment Policy Statement is to establish a clear understanding of the philosophy and the investment objectives for the Chippewa County Community Foundation (hereinafter, “CCCF”). This document will further describe the standards that will be utilized by the Finance Committee in monitoring investment performance, as well as, serve as a guideline for any financial manager retained.

Spending Policy

This Spending Policy Formula is applied against the net asset value of all endowed funds at the calendar year end of each year. Net asset value is after the investment and administrative fees have been paid.

Helping donors do good work…forever.

The Chippewa County Community Foundation is a nonprofit, community corporation created by and for the people of Chippewa County. We are here to help our donors make a positive impact on their community.

Three special features of Community Foundations

  1. Personalized Service. We make giving easy and effective, accepting a wide variety of gifts and providing donors a number of charitable options. You can contribute cash, stocks, property, and bequests. You may also establish a fund in your name or in the name of a loved one. In most cases, your gift qualifies for maximum tax advantage under federal law.
  2. Local Expertise. Our professional staff has an in-depth understanding of the issues, opportunities, and resources that shape our community. They monitor all areas of community need- including human services, education, the environment, healthcare, the arts, and economic development. We can help you learn more about local organizations and programs that make a difference in areas you care about most.
  3. Community Leadership. We invest in the long term and bring people and organizations together, convening diverse voices to address local issues and opportunities. Our business is building community.