Making a Difference in the Community Through Patronicity

Help us to Build The Soo Splash Pad!

Sault Ste. Marie is going to get a splash pad! The Soo Splash Pad Committee was launched in 2019 by a group of motivated moms in Sault Ste. Marie who have been working tirelessly to bring our community a splash pad. The Soo Splash Pad committee has teamed up with the Chippewa County Community Foundation to bring the Soo Splash Pad to life

The Soo Splash Pad Committee has also been working closely with the City of Sault Ste. Marie to ensure appropriate site planning is followed, water and sewer installations are handled correctly, and that long term maintenance needs and water costs are covered. Simultaneously, the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is working with the City to construct public restrooms next to the splash pad, to support the entire Project Playground complex. This is a true community effort and collaboration!

 This campaign will allow us to raise funds needed to fully complete the space with amazing above and below ground spray features, with a goal to open it for public use in summer 2022! The splash pad will activate an underused portion of Project Playground in Sault St. Marie making it a space for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy!

Newest Funds Making a Difference in Our Community

 Aaron Lasecki

December 11, 1995 – August 20, 2021

Aaron Connor Lasecki, 25, Sault Ste. Marie, passed away during a boating accident on Aug. 20, 2021, in Brimley, Mich. He was born during the historic snowstorm that brought five feet of snow to Sault Ste. Marie on Dec. 11, 1995.

Growing up, he loved sports, as did his family, who spent many days watching him and his brother Garrett compete with their teams. An excellent student, Aaron was part of the Sault Area High School team at the 2014 national competition for Business Professionals of America; a member of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association’s Academic All-State Football Team in 2014; and the recipient of the Sault High Hockey Coach’s GPA Award in 2013 and 2014. He graduated from Sault High in 2014.

In 2017, Aaron graduated with honor from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business with a bachelor of arts in finance and joined his uncle, Randy, at Madigan/Pingatore Insurance Services, where he was a commercial insurance producer. His co-workers appreciated his uplifting presence in the office.

Loved by family and friends, Aaron was a quiet person, who would quickly open up with his sense of humor and big smile. He and his mother, Ann, enjoyed taking long walks on the beach with their dog Rocky and a few beverages tucked in their pockets. As one of his many friends noted, Aaron was a figure of strength and respect, and he offered much love and advice to them. He loved the community in which he was raised, and he was looking forward to help it thrive as he became settled in his career. He recently joined the board of directors at the Chippewa County Credit Union, and he said one of his reasons for volunteering was to give back to the community which had given him so much.

Aaron is survived by his mother, Ann, and his brother Garrett, as well an extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins with whom he shared many happy days at their Brimley cabins, his mother’s home, and in hockey rinks, and football fields.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dale, in 2016, and his grandparents, Perry and Beverly Pingatore, of Sault Ste. Marie, and Leonard and Regina Lasecki, of Krakow, Wisc. A funeral mass will be held at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, at St. Francis Xavier Church, 6769 M-221, Brimley, with Fr. Timothy Hruska. Friends and family will gather for two hours before the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Aaron’s name to the Chippewa County Community Foundation for a fund established to help high school football and hockey athletes with equipment costs. Please address donations to:

Chippewa County Community Foundation
Aaron Lasecki Memorial Scholarship
PO Box 1979
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

 Infertility Awareness and Support Fund 

The Chippewa County Community Foundation is excited to add our newest charitable caused to our family of funds that make an impact in our community.  The purposes of the Infertility Awareness and Support fund will be to support families struggling with infertility issues.  Grants can be used for the cost of adoption, surrogacy, infertility testing, IVF, IUI, travel expenses to doctors’ appointments or any other medical needs associated with infertility.

Shelli Bishop and friends will be hosting the Unchained II Fashion Show on Saturday, October 23rd at the Sault Country Club.  All proceeds will benefit the Infertility Awareness and Support Fund.

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).

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
Francene Barbro-Meiners

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

2019 Audit Report

Also available, our yearly
990 IRS Tax Returns:
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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.


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