FFH Foundation

FFH Foundation

Spring Gala – Tickets Now Available!!

Tickets for our 2018 Spring Gala – A Night of Hollywood Glamour are now available for purchase! Take advantage of our early-bird special of $175 per person if purchased before March 5th, $200 per person thereafter. Call our office at 248-426-1190 or email admin@ffhfoundation.org

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Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families Trustee Lynn Halton presented a grant award check for $1,000 to Roz Keith of Stand with Trans on December 17th, 2017.
When Roz Keith’s son Hunter came out as transgender in 2013, there were no resources available for youth and their families. Roz founded Stand with Trans in the spring of 2015 to fill a critical need as youth and their loved ones sought to make sense of an unexpected and often challenging life transition. Stand with Trans is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide the tools needed by transgender youth so they will be empowered, supported and validated as they transition to their authentic life.

Since 2015 Stand with Trans has established regular support groups and has organized community education events and trans youth empowerment workshops. The grant from the Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families will support a forthcoming community education event “Supporting the Young Gender Expansive Child” in early spring 2018. This free event will be open to the community and will explore what it means as a family to have a gender expansive child. Parent support is a key determinant in quality of life outcomes for transgender youth and understanding helps prevent mental health crises, reduces homelessness, and makes our communities stronger. For more information about Stand with Trans and their support groups and events please visit www.standwithtrans.org.

Lynn Halton, Trustee of FFHFYF presents a grant award check to Roz Keith, President of Stand with Trans


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Save the Date! 2018 Spring Gala!

FFHFYF Presents Grant to The Farmington Musicale

FFHFYF Trustee Matt Friedrich presented a grant award check for $500 to Anne Greenstein of the Farmington Musicale on December 4th, 2017.

The Farmington Musicale was formed in 1965 and is a local chapter of both the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs.  The club has a diverse group of members; professional performers, music teachers, amateur performers as well as people who are not musical but enjoy attending concerts.

The Farmington Musicale offers several different types of musical programs for adults including free monthly programs.  For the 2017/18 season the Farmington Musicale is presenting 7 free concerts to the community consisting of piano, winds, strings or vocal music at the Farmington Community Library and St. John Lutheran Church.  The grant award from FFHFYF will assist with the rental fees for the concert venues.  The Farmington Musicale also has a community outreach program where they perform for various senior clubs or Assisted Living Homes in the area.

Programs for young music students are also very important to the Farmington Musicale and include the annual “Awards for Musical Excellence” competition where the club invites music students in the community to compete for cash prizes in vocal, piano, strings or other instrumental categories.  The Farmington Musicale also offers scholarship assistance to local music students and has awarded over $40,000 since 2007.

Details of upcoming performances, membership and scholarship award programs can be found on the Farmington Musicale website: www.farmingtonmusicale.org

Matt Friedrich, Trustee of FFHFYF presents a grant award check to Anne Greenstein of the Farmington Musicale

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FFHFYF Presents Grant to the Antioch Lutheran Free Reading Tutors Program

FFHFYF Treasurer, Andrew Haller, recently presented a grant award to volunteers and participants from the Antioch Lutheran Church Free Reading Tutors program.  The program was started in January 2017 by retired teacher Shirley George who identified a need to provide assistance to children in the community who require additional help with reading skills.  Shirley was inspired by the third-grade reading bill which could potentially lead to the retention in third grade of children identified as being below-grade readers.

The program is open to children in grades 2-4 from Farmington and Farmington Hills, runs six days a week (after school Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings) and is staffed by trained volunteers from both Antioch Lutheran Church and the local community.  There are currently 23 children enrolled in the program and they receive one hour a week one-on one tuition free of charge.  Initially the program was solely to assist with reading skills, but there are now a couple of volunteers able to help with math tuition as well.  The program collaborates with Farmington Public Schools wherever possible to set individual targets and goals for each child.

Some books have already been donated to the program and the grant from FFHFYF will help with the purchase of more reading material that aligns with that currently used in Farmington Public Schools.  The grant will also assist with publicity materials for the program.

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FFHFYF Presents Grant Award to Neighborhood House

Ken Paulson, FFHFYF Trustee, presented a grant award for $2,650 to Alan Maxey, President of Neighborhood House, on September 21st.   Also in attendance from Neighborhood House were Loretta Zahn, Client Support Specialist and Terri Hanson, Assistant Client Support Specialist.

Neighborhood House is a local charity supported totally by the local community that provides help to local needy families, children and individuals in Farmington and Farmington Hills.  It is an affiliated organization with the Farmington Area Goodfellows and is in its 28th year of making a difference in our community.  Over the last two years, Neighborhood House has provided financial assistance to nearly 475 local families in need to help with the payment of rent, temporary housing, and heating, electric and water bills.  The grant received from FFHFYF will help this vital support of those who are in need in our community to continue.

Photograph Left to Right:  Alan Maxey, Ken Paulson, Loretta Zahn, Terri Hanson,

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Fall 2017 Grant Allocation


The Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families (FFHFYF) is now accepting grant applications for the Fall 2017 allocation.

FFHFYF supports programs and provide funds to improve the quality of life for children, youth and families, particularly those in need, within the communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills. During our spring allocation we made grant awards to the following organizations and programs:

Antioch Lutheran Free Reading Tutors

City of Farmington Hills Youth & Family Services After School Program

Farmington Family YMCA

Farmington Public Schools Homeless Program

Heartfelt Harvest

Neighborhood House

West Oaks Civitan

If you are looking for funding for a project or organization that benefits youth and families in the Farmington and Farmington Hills area, then please visit our website at http://ffhfoundation.org/home/grant-info/ for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

All applications for the fall allocation must be received at FFHFYF by October 15th.  Our next allocation will be spring 2018, the deadline for which is April 15th, 2018.

If you have any questions about FFHFYF or our grant application and allocation process, please email us at info@ffhfoundation.org, or call our office at 248-426-1190.


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Farmington Community Library

The Farmington Community Library was one of our Fall 2016 grant award recipients.  We recently received an update from the Children’s Librarian, Jill Webb.  Jill reports that the 1000 Books before Kindergarten program is continuing to grow and succeed and that they currently have over 950 children registered for this program!  128,100 books have been read and 30 children have read 1000 books and completed the program.  They are very excited about the number of families who are sharing the joy of reading.

The $1000.00 grant award has been used to purchase 108 high quality hardcover books which will be awarded to the children who complete their 1000th book.  These purchases will provide some exceptional choices for them to add to their home libraries.


The sticker that was specially designed for the program and is placed on the inside front cover of each book

Some of the books that have been purchased with the FFHFYF grant award

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2017 Spring Gala


Our 2017 Spring Gala was held on Saturday, April 22nd at the Glen Oaks Country Club in Farmington Hills.  This was our main fundraising event this year and the evening raised over $45K for the foundation to continue their support of programs in the Farmington and Farmington Hills area that improve the quality of life for children, youth and families in the community.

The gala was a fun-filled evening expertly emceed by meteorologist and Farmington Hills resident Chris Edwards.  Guests were entertained by dueling piano act “Piano Wars!” with Dave Caruso and Paul Bickle.  A raffle, live auction and silent auction helped to boost funds raised on the evening and FFHFYF would like to thank all the individuals and businesses that generously donated items.  We would also like to thank all our event sponsors for their support.


At the event FFHFYF presented Todd Lipa with the 2017 Riley Award for Altruism.  This award is made each year by the foundation to an individual from the community who has made a significant contribution to the communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills.  Todd was born and raised in Farmington Hills and was one of the co-founders of the After-School Youth Center program in 1996.  He is currently the Program Director for the City of Farmington Hills After-School Youth Center Program and is also involved in numerous other community projects.  Todd has been instrumental in raising significant funds for both the After-School Program and other community causes and programs, and consistently gives a considerable amount of his time and energy to groups that help families in need and support children and youth.  Todd’s work and involvement in the community continues to make a significant and lasting difference in the lives of many families in Farmington and Farmington Hills, making him a very worthy recipient of this award.


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