We believe initiatives that truly build a better community will last beyond a single grant cycle. We want to ensure they can be sustained. This means our work often goes beyond that of a grant making foundation — serving as an advisor to help organizations build their own layers of operational strength.

MIDLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Five separate grant payments totaling $1,775,000 were made by The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to Midland Center for the Arts in 2013. In addition to grants awarded for operations, the financial support has played a significant role in two other recent projects.

The renovation of Midland County Historical Society's Doan History Center to accommodate the relocation of Northwood's Admissions and Recruitment Offices creates a unique connection between our past, our present and our future. The Doan Center will remain the home of the Midland County Historical Society. Additionally, Northwood University gains a convenient welcome center for prospective and new students and their families.

The Discovery Square organizations: Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, Midland Center for the Arts, Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest, Michigan Molecular Institute, Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, and Northwood University, have worked cooperatively to promote quality offerings for visitors and residents alike. Funding from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation brought a consulting firm to guide them through the process of transferring their vision into a workable plan for growth. The development of Discovery Square as a comprehensive source of artistic, scientific and historical knowledge, programming and education is invaluable to Midland and the region, serving as a strong attractor for economic development and a regional hub for education in various disciplines.

COLEMAN REGIONAL AGRISCIENCE CENTER

The fall of 2013 brought the opening of the Coleman Regional Agriscience Center at Coleman Public Schools. This program was a collaborative effort made possible by a $375,000 donation from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. Also contributing to the effort was The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation, The Midland Area Community Foundation, 21 local clubs and businesses and 24 individual donors. The Agriscience Center program has provided students the opportunity to explore and prepare for careers and college programs in agriculture, food and natural resources, as well as gaining both technical and mechanical knowledge and skills.

Future Farmers of America (FFA) also returned to the region with the implementation of the Agriscience Center program. Students have the opportunity to compete in local, regional and state competitions in addition to learning real-world skills through field trips to local agribusinesses and partnering with local companies to bring their years of expertise to the classroom. Due to the support and cooperation of local Midland foundations, businesses and individuals in our community, the Coleman Regional Agriscience Center is well positioned for success in the upcoming years.