Flushing Area Community Fund

Give today to the Flushing Area Community Fund and support homegrown philanthropy in the areas of education, community development, health and human services, and recreation. A local advisory committee meets throughout the year to review grant applications and advise funding to nonprofits exclusively benefiting the Flushing area.

In 1997, the Flushing Area Community Fund was established under the leadership of Tim Purman and his fellow Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Flushing. A fundraising campaign was held to create a permanent endowment that would benefit the Flushing area. The campaign raised the seed money to establish the Flushing Area Community Fund.

Flushing Advisory Committee

  • John Zintsmaster, Chair
  • Kim Strnad, Vice Chair
  • Dawn Hiller, Past Chair, Trustee Liaison
  • Marty Barta
  • John Boerger
  • Elgie Bright
  • Kari Hartley
  • Ed Henneke
  • Justin Ham
  • Janna Jones
  • Joe Karlichek
  • Joel LaGore
  • Jane O’Dell

Volunteer Recognition

Dawn Hiller, Past Chair of the Flushing Area Community Fund, was recognized for her service to the committee at the 2021 Art of Philanthropy Awards. 

Recent Grants

We Are Proud to Support These Great Nonprofits

Flushing Christian Outreach Center Getting Ahead Workshops $1,600
Flushing Senior Citizens Exercise Equipment $2,000
Charter Township of Flushing ADA Picnic Tables and Benches $2,390
Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation Handheld ECHO Machines $1,000


Flushing Urgent Relief Fund Application 

Endowed Funds associated with the Flushing Area Community Fund

  • Cornwell Park Fund
  • Edgar L. Cornwell Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Joe Daily Fund
  • Flushing Christian Outreach Center Fund
  • Flushing High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund
  • Flushing Historical Society Endowment Fund
  • Raymond J. Kelly, III and Kathleen B. Kelly Fund
  • Roberta Reed McWilliams Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Moms Who Care of Flushing High School Endowment Fund
  • Don Rock Fund
  • Rotary Club of Flushing Fund
  • Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship Fund
  • Mary J. Turcke Endowment Fund for the Flushing Area Historical Society

Flushing Urgent Relief Fund

Give now.

Sitting in the comfort of her Flushing home, Dawn Hiller felt the isolation of COVID-19. At the same time, she desired to do something. She could not go out and volunteer. Conversing with friends, Dawn realized she was not the only person in Flushing looking to do something. Plus, she had a stimulus check waiting to do some good.

“I felt like if I could do something, it would make me feel better about the situation we are in,” Dawn said. “My affiliation with the Flushing Area Community Fund got me thinking about establishing a fund where the money would be directed to community now.”

With that in mind, Dawn established the Flushing Urgent Relief Fund to support nonprofit organizations serving people in Flushing. The Fund is advised by members of the Flushing Area Community Fund Advisory Committee, where Dawn serves as the committee chair.

“I’ve lived here since 1978 and one thing I know is that our community really works well together in times of need,” Dawn said. “I remember when we worked in shifts to build the playground at Riverfront Park. It is the same way today. Many nonprofits here do tireless work, providing benefits to our community that we would not otherwise have. I know that spirit exists, that there are others who feel the same way.”

Addressing today’s COVID-19 pandemic is important now, Dawn says, with hopes that the Fund will continue to grow for future needs.

“I know we’re going to make an impact in people’s lives with the crisis right now. There are so many unique situations to address right now. We can’t do it all, but we sure can make a dent,” she said.

Dawn encourages people who are not financially challenged at this time to consider making a gift.

“The stimulus money we get is great, but for me that money wasn’t going to do the same thing as it would for someone who has lost their job or has no income. I have received so much love from being part of this community and look forward to passing along that same love (through the establishment of this Fund) to those in need in our community.”