About the Community Foundation

About the Sterling Heights Community Foundation

The Sterling Heights Community Foundation, established in 1991, is a certified 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization established to improve the quality of life of area residents through cultural, educational and recreational activities. The Foundation sponsors programs and projects that reach every member of the Sterling Heights community and has contributed more than $1.1 million to organizations and activities that support its mission.

 Examples of the Foundation’s contributions include: public library support, senior activity center contributions, art sculptures, city park picnic shelters, the city trolley, city park playscapes, sponsorship of Sterlingfest, the annual Dodge Park run, Teenfest, contributions totaling more than $200,000 to dozens of organizations addressing smoking cessation programs and programs helping area seniors, more than 325 scholarships totaling over $275,000 to area students pursuing a college education, restoration of the historic Upton House, the city center brick paver program, construction of rotary park, Nature Center enhancements, Dodge Park concerts, and hosting a series of City Summits to discuss the future of the city with residents.

The Foundation also manages 22 donor advised permanent endowment funds which may receive charitable donations. Contributions may also be made to the foundation’s general endowment fund to support the Foundation

The goals of the Community Foundation are:

  • Initiate and coordinate functions and activities within Sterling Heights to enhance the quality of life of its citizens.
  • Award grants and support projects that are in accordance with the foundation's purpose.
  • Acquire, improve, preserve historical areas, public facilities, and parks and recreational areas of Sterling Heights
  • Develop civic leadership and initiate civic action.

For information on the Community Foundation, contact Executive Director, Karl G. Oskoian at foundation@sterling-heights.net.


Sterling Heights Community Foundation
PO Box 7023
Sterling Heights, MI  48311-7023