U.S. Department of Education

The United States Department of Education’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

The Department of Education was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. ED’s 4,400 employees and $68 billion budget are dedicated to:

  • Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds.
  • Collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research.
  • Focusing national attention on key educational issues.
  • Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

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Marshalls is an off-price retailer. For them, value is a combination of fashion, brand, quality and price. Unlike traditional retailers, they generally don’t do promotions, sales, coupons or other gimmicks – just brand name and designer fashions that are 20%-60% less than department and specialty store regular prices on comparable merchandise, every single day! They’re also not an outlet store. An outlet store typically sells merchandise from a single manufacturer. They are different — offering brands from thousands of vendors around the world!

Marshalls and their parent company, TJX, support charitable organizations. Staying true to their roots, their corporate responsibility mission is focused on delivering real value to our many important stakeholders – Associates, Customers, Communities, Vendors and Shareholders.

“We believe that the real value we bring to the world is as important as what we sell, a belief TJX has held since day one.”

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Meijer is a family-owned company that is committed to the families of our customers and team members by providing positive solutions to everyday problems and strengthening the communities we serve. When Hendrik Meijer and Fred Meijer opened the first store in Greenville, Mich., more than 80 years ago, they became part of that community.

Their customers were their neighbors, friends and community members. Meijer was a thread in that community, and therefore, they understood the importance of helping those communities thrive and grow.

With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through our Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives.That fundamental philosophy has remained at the heart of Meijer as we’ve grown through the years. As a result, we proudly donate more than 6 percent of our net profit each year to charitable organizations throughout the Midwest.

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Comerica Bank

Comerica Incorporated is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, strategically aligned into three major business segments: the Business Bank, the Retail Bank, and Wealth Management.

Comerica’s success is dependent upon helping people succeed. This vision shapes our approach to community investment and guides the framework of our charitable support and community partnerships. The Comerica Corporate Contributions program and Comerica Charitable Foundation work to support Comerica’s objectives to have a strong and positive image in the communities where we do business.

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Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

A vibrant arts and cultural scene is important to strong communities and Michigan’s excellent quality-of-life, and ultimately, to Michigan’s economy.

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art; and broadening cultural understanding. A key conduit for arts and cultural information, MCACA is also a source of arts and culture grant funding.

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National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through 2016. Go to arts.gov/50th to enjoy art stories from around the nation, peruse Facts & Figures, and check out the anniversary timeline.

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PNC Foundation

For more than 160 years, PNC has been committed to providing clients with great service and powerful financial expertise to help them meet their financial goals. The company is proud of their longstanding history of supporting not only our customers but also their communities, employees and shareholders.

The PNC Foundation grants awarded to worthy nonprofit organizations in the PNC footprint that primarily focus on:

    • Education programs, particularly early education initiatives serving low-and moderate-income children (Grow Up Great initiative)
    • Economic development
    • Arts and culture

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Horizon Bank

As a corporate citizen, Horizon Bank has a responsibility to assist in the growth and prosperity of our communities — not only through economic development, but also as a leader in corporate citizenship, volunteerism and fulfilling unmet needs of the community.

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Family Foundations

Cook Foundation

Wege Foundation

Doug & Maria DeVos

Sebastian Foundation

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