Chairman of the Board
M. Ryan Jarnagin
The Foundation seeks to be the "Charity of Choice" for giving in the Auburn Hills community. Our goal is to assist in funding deserving community endeavors not typically supported by the local government -- activities by community groups and service organizations that strengthen the entire community and that align with the goals and objectives of the Foundation. The Board of Directors, comprised of leaders in our community, is entrusted with this responsibility.
In 2010, the Auburn Hills Community Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Its first Board of Directors, consisting of community and business leaders, were appointed at that time and serve voluntarily. New members have joined the Board since its founding and the Board continues to grow in order to serve this City which represents more than 23,000 residents and hundreds of businesses, including international businesses from more than thirty countries.
All of the work of the Foundation continues today by volunteers. There are no paid staff at the Foundation, which means that at least 95% of all contributions received are utilized for grants.
In 2018, the AHCF completed its fundraising activities for what is now the Knight Amphitheater. This new outdoor venue opened for public use in June, 2019 and has already served thousands of citizens by way of arts performances and has already been host to its first wedding ceremony.
In 2020, the foundation will focus its fundraising efforts on its Legacy Leaders program which is designed to raise funds for the long-term sustainability of the foundation and to financially support its core activities. Individual and corporate donations are sought with recognition given to anyone who makes a minimum commitment to the foundation of at least $5,000. This can be accomplished with a one-time donation of at least $5,000, two annual donations of at least $2,500 each, or five annually donations of at least $1,000.