Johnston H. (“Jack”) Wilcox established a Charitable Trust in 1980 for the benefit of his hometown, Plymouth, Michigan, and the greater Plymouth Community.
The Trust today has become The Wilcox Foundation, a non-profit corporation.
Jack wanted his assets to be invested wisely in the community:
> To make community based grants with impact.
> To connect grant making and community betterment.
> To capitalize on co-funding and partnering opportunities.
> To promote good works and projects that create lasting benefits or provide an ongoing return to the Plymouth community.
Jack’s wish was that his assets should play a meaningful part in making the Plymouth Community a better place.
Celebrating 20 Years
In 2020 the Wilcox Foundation celebrates 20 years of providing benefits to the Plymouth Community as envisioned by its founder, Jack Wilcox, totaling over $3,200,000 to date.
Jack wanted to make Plymouth a better place and his Foundation has generously focused on Plymouth youth, making youth related grants in excess of $1,200,000.
$506,000 for awards for the Wilcox Essay Contest $181,000 for a Middle School Learning Program $ 34,000 in scholarships to Rotary’s student recipients $ 87,000 for various school programs and Educational Excellence Foundation programs $ 45,000 for various other tuition scholarships for low income students to participate in several programs $286,000 for numerous youth related programs through other organizations such as the YMCA, Salvation Army, the Kiwanis Club $121,000 to the Plymouth Community Arts Council for the Music in the Park program and other youth art programs
Next year the Foundation is planning to donate to the City of Plymouth a new $1,000,000 Fountain for Kellogg Park in memory of the Wilcox family.
Last year a $1,000,000 grant was also made to the Plymouth PARC for the construction of the Jack Wilcox Theater at the PARC.
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