Mission Statement:

"The Kantzler Foundation provides financial support for charitable projects and programs that directly benefit the residents of Bay County, Michigan, in areas such as education, science, arts, culture, human services, conservation, beautification and recreation."

While the Foundation has supported requests for equipment, programming, planning, scholarships, and specific operating expenses on a case by case basis, the primary focus has been directed toward the development or acquisition of tangible community assets, attractions and facilities. (See our Grant History for details.)

The Foundation seeks opportunities to support projects which benefit large population segments and contribute to a master plan for a safe, healthy, and vibrant community. Kantzler Foundation resources are used to encourage and reward coordination and collaboration between and among organizations.

All projects and proposals are judged for their feasibility, quality, and potential long-term benefit to the community. Priority is given to projects that will have a multiplier effect: addressing several needs or population segments, creating resources and momentum for additional projects, involving more people and organizations in the cause of community betterment. The board favors proposals and projects with realistic long-term sustainability.

Applicants are expected to explore all other possible sources of funding while submitting a proposal to the Foundation. The Foundation will not typically provide the entire support for a project and will give those projects with broad financial support a higher priority in review.

The financial assets of the Kantzler Foundation are invested for growth and income. Since the trust was established to exist in perpetuity for the benefit of future generations, the two-fold investment objective is: (1) to grow the principal portfolio over time to keep pace with inflation, and (2) to generate sufficient current income to support the needs of a growing community.

 

Community Impact

testimonial author Elizabeth C. Martin - Bay City Garden Club

"It is with deep gratitude and appreciation the Bay City Garden Club thanks the Kantzler Foundation for its generous support over many years. In 1975, the Bay City Garden Club visualized an arboretum along the Saginaw River as a gift to the city of Bay City for environmental, educational and ornamental purposes. The initial Kantzler donation in 1977 helped fund the arboretum's master design plan and to later install sidewalks and extensive landscape plantings. Further donations from the Kantzler Foundation helped create the Kantzler Memorial Arboretum and it was proudly dedicated to the community in 1981. A substantial Kantzler grant in 2011 helped complete the southwest section, and the 2014 dedication of the Kantzler Memorial Arboretum's Interpretive Center was made possible by another remarkable Kantzler grant. This Kantzler legacy is appreciated by Bay City residents and visitors now and will be there for future generations.

The Kantzler Memorial Arboretum is a beautiful contribution to all ages in our community, giving us a place to explore nature and spend time outside, helping create a necessary balance in our lives. This 21 acre jewel along the west bank of Bay City's Saginaw River has improved the quality of life in Bay County and the Arboretum will benefit the public for many years to come."

Do you have questions about our Grant Application Process? Contact Us

The Kantzler Foundation provides financial support for charitable projects and programs that directly benefit the residents of Bay County in areas such as: education, science, arts, culture, human services, conservation, beautification and recreation.

Office Location

Pere Marquette Depot

1000 Adams St., Suite 200
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: (989) 893-4438
Email: kathy@kantzler.org