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The organizations of the Local Impact Alliance are working hard for all of the communities of Western Wayne County. Below is just a sampling of the latest news from the nonprofits and groups under the LIA umbrella.

Giving Hope in the Community

Giving Hope in the Community

Women's History Month in Canton

Giving Hope was Invited by Canton Township to host a table at their Women's History event on March 14. Five Board members, Sharon Filips, Raeann Neil, Karen Hanchett, Noel Bittinger and Donna Clack were on hand to tell ladies attending the event about Giving Hope and all of the good work we do in the community.

Fleece and Thank You Event

In 2023, Giving Hope granted money to the Fleece and Thank You organization to provide blanket kits to be made and then given to children who are in the hospital. On Saturday, May 11, at 9 am the public is invited to come to the Summit in Canton to make blankets. No skills or materials are necessary. Bring a freind! Contact Janet Brady This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP or if you have any questions.

Got Crayons?

Starting on March 30 and continuing for two weeks, bring your old crayons to the Canton Library and put them in collecton box. They will be melting them down and creating a giant Canton Community Crayon!

Giving Hope Grant Applications are now open for 2024

Giving Hope Grant Applications are now open for 2024

We’re happy to announce that the Giving Hope Grant Applications are now open for 2024! 

We will be awarding $12,800 among various charities benefitting women and children mostly in the Plymouth, Canton and Northville areas. If you have friends or associates that are involved in these organizations, please let them know. The deadline for submission is April 19th.

Your generous donations since 2008 have allowed us to award over $218,000 to over 58 organizations.  We appreciate your support through all the yearly donation opportunities both online and in-person for granting, Pass the Purse and 100 Women. Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle truly has made an important impact on our local community in need, and we can all be very proud of our efforts.

Below is the link to access the grant application.


Save the Dates for Giving Hope Annual Events

Save the Dates for Giving Hope Annual Events


Traditionally, Giving Hope holds four events throughout the year.  Giving Hope members and patrons are invited to attend annual events

Please mark the dates on your calendar. More information to come!

Pizza Party and Game Night - Wed., March 20th

Summer Event (TBD) - Wed., June 5th

Giving Hope Business Meeting/Dinner - Wed., Oct. 16th

Dixboro Shopping Event - Wed., Dec. 4th

Local Impact Alliance Annual Report 2023

Local Impact Alliance Annual Report 2023

Working with you to Make an Impact Locally
Please take a moment and read our Annual Report, we are happy to report that the state of our Alliance (LIA), with our family of foundations and funds is very strong and we are energized and moving forward with new initiatives, helping our local communities thrive.
We continue to be an important pillar for our regional communities and have been able to grow in our purpose and capacity over the years.
Because of your generosity and support the Local Impact Alliance and it's affiliates celebrated a historic year of giving and grantmaking. 
Gifts to Alliance during the 2023 totaled in over 2 million dollars!!
The Alliance awarded nearly $1.65 million in grants and $157,000 in scholarships.
Thank you to each and every one of you and let's continue to  make an impact in 2024.
Please click on the link to read the 2023_LIA_Annual_Report-.pdf
Scholarship Application 2024

Scholarship Application 2024

Attention Students!

2024 Scholarship Applications are now OPEN

The 2024 Scholarship Applications for all scholarship funds managed through the Local Impact Alliance are now open. The applications will remain open until March 15, 2024.

We're proud to support our community's students and their educational endeavors by offering numerous scholarships. Our program includes financial aid opportunities for students of all ages who are at different stages in their educational pursuits, as well as a number of different areas of study.

Scholarships recipients will be notified in late April; and funds will be sent directly to schools for the fall semester.

To read the description of scholarships please click on the link below.



Click on the link below to be transferred to our scholarship applications.

Welcome New Board Members - Canton Community Foundation

Welcome New Board Members - Canton Community Foundation

Local Impact Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of two new board members, Nidhi Puri and Bryan Regner.
They started their new terms from new year.
The Local Impact Alliance comprises three Community Foundations, Canton Community Foundation, Community Foundation Of Plymouth, Westland Community Foundation, a Women’s Giving Circle, Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle, Community programs PORCH which addresses the issues of social isolation and loneliness and Future Fit a talent pipeline for local students and business in community, nonprofit Eagles for Children which raises funds to support local children's charities which benefits disadvantaged children.
The Local Impact Alliance was formed to strengthen and promote organized philanthropy in the Western Wayne area, particularly through the promotion and development of local community foundations and nonprofits.
Nidhi Puri web 
 Nidhi Puri - A Canton resident and is President and CEO of Arbor Corporation. She serves as a member of the Michigan chapters of the Association of the United States Army and Society of American Military Engineers and a founding member of the Northern USA-India Business Council, which is part of the Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Her experience and qualifications are in the fields of Marketing, Development, Business, and Event Planning. She wants to use her skills to make a positive impact in the community.
 Bryan Regner – Resides and owns a successful Edward Jones investment firm in Canton. Bryan has couple of funds Canton Community Foundation. His fund makes multiple grants to the local nonprofits, and he is very involved in the community. His expertise is marketing and finance. His motto – Going from Successful to Significant.
 We look forward to working closely with our new Board of Directors and make it a year of impact in our local community.
New Board Member joins Community Foundation of Plymouth

New Board Member joins Community Foundation of Plymouth

“The mission of Community Foundation of Plymouth is to empower local community programs to improve quality of life of it residents. We are excited to welcome our new board of director who will help us accomplish our goals”.
We are honored to announce a new member of Plymouth Foundation board, Delbert Redfield. A Plymouth resident, he brings experience in marketing, event planning to the board, and will bring local visibility to the organization.
Currently working at Hylant Group, Delbert has expressed excitement to work with other board members and staff of Local Impact Alliance. We very much look forward to the insights and new ideas he will provide in this new role.
Please join us in welcoming Del to the Local Impact Alliance family!
Community Foundation of Plymouth is an affiliate of Local Impact Alliance.
Margaret Dunning Foundation Supports Local Impact Alliance

Margaret Dunning Foundation Supports Local Impact Alliance

Mararet Dunning Foundation supports Local Impact Alliance, awards grant to upgrade technology.

Local Impact Alliance is set to upgrade it's software Pearl to more modern state of the art system from Bromellkamp, AkoyaGO.

This transiton would greatly increase data processing and analysing capabilities of staff members. 

It will also give us the tools needed to continue to engage with other nonprofits, grantees, as well as current and potential donors in an efficient and impactful ways.

The Local Impact Alliance supports the community foundations of Canton, Plymouth and Westland; as well at the Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle and Eagles for Children and more than 120 individual funds. With nearly $6 million in assets, the mission is simple: Build trusted partnerships to connect resources with community needs.

The Margaret Dunning Foundation was founded by Ms. Dunning in 1997. She was born in 1910 in Redford Township, Michigan, and moved with her mother to Plymouth, Michigan in the 1920s.


Happy Holidays - Karen Hanchett, Giving Hope Chairwoman

Happy Holidays - Karen Hanchett, Giving Hope Chairwoman

Hello everyone! 

I am excited and honored to begin my term as Advisory Chair of Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle.  Linda Demmer has done a fabulous job of leading this group over the last few years and I know she will continue tol be involved as an active member and advisor to our organization.  I would also like to welcome Jackie Jossey as our new Treasurer and thank Denise Murray for doing such a great job as treasurer over the past few years.  We have a wonderful group of ladies serving on the various committees that make Giving Hope a valuable asset to our local community. 

Are you looking to become more actively involved in helping women, children and families in 2024?  Please consider joining a committee or becoming a board member at large.  The commitment is not too taxing and the rewards are great!

The Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle board would like to wish our members and their families a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year.  We look forward to seeing you at our 2024 events!

Karen Hanchett
Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle
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