Barbara C. Van Dusen receives 2012 Community Foundation Philanthropy Award

Award recognizes her more than 25 years of service

Barbara Van Dusen, far right, attends an event at Max M. Fisher Music Center March 17, with Kathleen Straus, Walter Shapero and Lisa VanDusen.

The Council of Michigan Foundations has named Barbara C. Van Dusen the 2012 Community Foundation Philanthropy Award recipient.

Van Dusen, who currently lives in Birminghan, Mich., has been a trustee of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan for 25 years. She has been involved with nearly every program offered by the community foundation, including the efforts to raise endowment funds through the Van Dusen Challenge. This program resulted in more than $48 million of endowment gifts and matching funds for 38 new agency endowment funds.

“Barbara has committed her life to important and often challenging issues in southeast Michigan, leveraging her philanthropic giving with her considerable intellect and formidable energy,” says Mariam C. Noland, Community Foundation president. “An example of this is the Wayne State University speaker series she endowed to bring national experts to Detroit to discuss how to make positive change in the region.

“In addition to funding the series in perpetuity, Barbara actively works to ensure that the series reflects the highest quality programming. Her service for more than 25 years on the board of trustees of the Community Foundation, and to many other organizations too numerous to count, has been invaluable to our region. Barbara’s lifelong commitment of time, talent and treasure is well-deserving of this recognition,” Noland says.

The Community Foundation Philanthropy Award was established by the Council of Michigan Foundations in 2005 to honor a living individual or couple for service as both volunteer trustees and donors to help grow community foundations in Michigan.


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