The Allen Park Citizens Civic Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization created by a group of Allen Park citizens to provide support to new and existing community organizations to address unmet community needs.
We accomplish our mission by:
Systematically identifying community needs and communicating them to the community through its diverse community organizations;
Identifying opportunities for collaboration among community organizations and for community-business partnerships;
Identifying volunteers and linking them with community organizations;
Providing support to existing and new community organizations through seed funding and technical assistance in grant writing, marketing, and recruiting and managing volunteers.
As a result of our efforts, Allen Park has a vibrant community life with an engaged citizenry and a rich diversity of community organizations supporting a wide range of civic, educational, athletic and cultural activities.
Many citizens participated in the City of Allen Park sponsored Our Vision/Our Future sessions that were held in 2014. A lot of great ideas came out of that process – and many led back to the fact that Allen Park did not have a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting community efforts. Our efforts to secure funding to pay for the visioning session reinforced that harsh reality – donors want to give to a nonprofit so they can benefit from a tax deduction and some of the larger companies require nonprofit status in order to give.
Out of the Visioning Process came the Vision Plan which was ultimately accepted by the City Council in 2014. Understanding that the city, alone, could not implement many of the Vision Plan proposals, a group of Allen Park residents (many of whom participated in the Vision Plan Work Sessions) began meeting. Their goal was to create a nonprofit charitable organization, independent of any government entities, to support new and existing community organizations to address unmet community needs.
In November, 2015 a Board of Directors was established to formally create the APCCF. Said Board contributed the funds necessary to obtain the state and federal filing fees. As a result the APCCF was incorporated as a nonprofit in the state of Michigan on November 23, 2015. On December 23, 2015 the APCCF was recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit charitable organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).