About Us

Dr. and Mrs. Towsley with daughters

(left to right) Dr. and Mrs. Towsley with daughters Margaret Ann (Ranny), Susan, Janis, Judith and Lynn (1990).

The Foundation trustees seek to continue Dr. and Mrs. Towsley’s legacy of strengthening communities and improving lives through effective philanthropy. We hope to support those who offer creative and sustainable approaches to problems of the ever-changing world.

Current Trustees

  • Lynn T. White (Chairperson)
  • Wendell Dunbar (President)
  • Judith D. Rumelhart (Vice-President)
  • Margaret E. Thompson (Secretary)
  • Mary Ivers (Treasurer)
  • David Inglish (Trustee)
  • Douglas D. Inglish (Trustee)
  • Jennifer R. Poteat (Trustee)
  • Steven T. Riecker (Trustee)
  • Tina S. Van Dam (Trustee)

Financial Data

  • Grants Report, 2017 (View)
  • IRS Form 990, 2017 (View)
  • Audited Financial Statements, 2017 (View)

What Do We Fund?

Arts & Culture 9%
Civic & Community 12%
Education 52%
Environmental (since 2000) 6%
Health & Human Services 21%
Arts & Culture $ 7,930,670
Civic & Community 11,390,634
Education 47,582,159
Environmental 5,238,294
Health & Human Services 19,744,704
Total (1960-2017) $91,886,461

Where Do We Fund?

Southern Michigan 56%
Central Michigan 18%
Northern Michigan 6%
Upper Michigan 3%
National 17%

Since 1960, the Foundation has provided more than $91 million, primarily to charitable organizations within Michigan.