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 Shirley Roberts - BaySail

"In the year 2000, trustees of the Kantzler Foundation took a chance on a brand new organization that promised to educate children about our environment and to build character in at-risk youth from the deck of a tall ship. The Foundation’s initial grant helped BaySail purchase a new set of sails for Bay City’s tall ship Appledore IV and an additional pool of funds allowed local teachers to bring their students aboard for a SCIENCE UNDER SAIL learning experience.

The Foundation later provided a grant for the purchase of a second vessel to support the growing demand for BaySail’s programs. Today, images of Appledore IV and Appledore V adorn the sides of buildings and have come to represent Bay City. BaySail programs have reached more than 43,000 students and introduced thousands more to our waterfront community, thanks to the vision and investment of the Kantzler Foundation. We think Mr. Kantzler would be proud!"

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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