Pontiac Community Foundation Inc

Building a Brighter Future for Pontiac

aka Pontiac Community Foundation   |   Pontiac, MI   |  www.pontiaccommunityfoundation.org

Mission

Pontiac Community Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 organization dedicated to building a brighter future for Pontiac by engaging philanthropy, leadership, and collaboration to tackle Pontiac’s most pressing issues. PCF’s most effective work accomplishes neighborhood investment, economic vitality, civic engagement, and racial equity initiatives, that help improve the quality of life for Pontiac residents and make the city of Pontiac the premier place to live, work, and play.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder/CEO

Dustin McClellan

Main address

PO Box 481362

Pontiac, MI 48343 USA

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EIN

82-5321502

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The city of Pontiac has long been told as a forgotten city of Southeastern Michigan. Major improvement and investment has occurred in other cities like Detroit and Flint. The Pontiac Community Foundation seeks to inspire hope, lead change, and guide investment in the city.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Neighborhood Investment

Community is at the center of our work to improve quality of life for Pontiac residents. We support the development of projects in Pontiac that align with our vision to see Pontiac as the premier place to live, work and play. With a focus on Pontiac neighborhoods, we support inclusive projects that mobilize communities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

A healthy economy is important to improving the quality of life for Pontiac residents. Studies indicate that financial status is directly linked to life expectancy for poor adults. We also believe that a strong business community supports the revitalization of Pontiac and that business owners in communities like Pontiac are often excluded from funding opportunities. In response, the Pontiac Community Foundation provides financial support and educational resources to help bolster the small business community in Pontiac. At Pontiac Community Foundation, we believe that investing in capacity building for nonprofits strengthens program delivery and positions them for more impactful collaboration.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

We are dedicated to growing the leadership and leadership culture of our community. Developing leaders for the future of Pontiac is critical to what we do. We also support an informed decision making process of members of our community by providing access to political candidate platform details for elections that impact Pontiac residents. With your support, we will increase awareness and engagement in the City of Pontiac regarding civic initiatives, including municipal elections, elements of the charter and leadership.

Population(s) Served

At the Pontiac Community Foundation, we believe that health disparities, lifespan and the ability to live a healthy, productive life should not be dependent upon your zip code. We also believe that Pontiac residents should have access to the same recreational, entrepreneurial and health support systems as their neighbors.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

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Number of new donors

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Number of donor-advised funds

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Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

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Number of volunteers

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Increasing

Number of leadership positions held by organization staff in community initiatives

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Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Pontiac Community Foundation (PCF) seeks to make the City of Pontiac, Michigan, a premier place to live, work and play. The largest focus of our work is dedicated to building leaders and leadership capacity in the city. Additionally, the advancement of education and quality of life initiatives are important to us.

The Pontiac Community Foundation (PCF) is dedicated to engaging thought leadership, strategic collaboration, and the spirit of ingenuity and innovation, to tackle Pontiac’s most pressing issues. The Pontiac Community Foundation actuates this mission connecting: Government & Elected Officials, Schools & Universities, Religious Institutions, Non-Profits & Foundations, Business & Industry, Residents, Employees, Visitors, Donors, and Volunteers to advance the city through Community Development and Strategic Giving.

Several program areas further support the work. They include: Community Projects, Strategic Partnerships, Endowment Funds, and Grant-making.

The Pontiac Community Foundation has secured additional streams of funding (including a number of local, State, and Federal grants), established a board of 12 local business and community advisors, and host of community partners, funders and advisors to help accomplish its goals.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve the children and families of Pontiac Michigan. We also have programs designed to assist small business owners, who live and operate their businesses in Pontiac, MI.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    As we developed a plan for the redevelopment of Mattie McKinney Hatchett park, we surveyed the Pontiac community to get their thoughts about amenities and features of the park. Their feedback informed the budget and plans for the project.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our vision is to see Pontiac as the premier place to live, work and play. We cannot achieve this vision without the input and collaboration of people that live in this community. Quality of life is based on individual perception; what matters to one person may not have the same impact on another person. It is our goal to build a brighter future for all Pontiac residents.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Pontiac Community Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Curt Powers

Pontiac Community Foundation

Term: 2019 -

Curt Powers

LMP Industries & POWAR LLC

Kyle Westberg

West Investment Group LLC

Adam Smart

Ralco Industries

Kathalee James

Friends of the Pontiac Parks

Gill Garrett

Oakland County Sheriff's Office

Patrick Zaremba

Zaremba and Co.

Frederick Livingston

Novara Tesija & Catenacci PLLC

Cheryl Boodram

Chief Financial Credit Union

Andre Poplar

Oakland County Community College

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/29/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/19/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.