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)
  • Heather Koch (Trustee)

Financial Data

  • Grants Report, 2020 (View)
  • Grants Report, 2019 (View)
  • Grants Report, 2018 (View)
  • Grants Report, 2017 (View)
  • IRS Form 990, 2019 (View)
  • IRS Form 990, 2018 (View)
  • IRS Form 990, 2017 (View)
  • Audited Financial Statements, 2019 (View)
  • Audited Financial Statements, 2018 (View)
  • Audited Financial Statements, 2017 (View)

What Do We Fund?

Arts & Culture 8%
Civic & Community 12%
Education 49%
Environmental (since 2000) 8%
Health & Human Services 23%
Arts & Culture $ 8,565,170
Civic & Community 12,289,792
Education 50,475,159
Environmental 7,976,249
Health & Human Services 23,499,179
Total (1960-2020) $102,805,549

Where Do We Fund?

Southern Michigan 56%
Central Michigan 19%
Northern Michigan 7%
Upper Michigan 3%
National 15%

Since 1960, the Foundation has provided more than $102 million, primarily to charitable organizations within Michigan.