About the Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation

The Sterling Heights Area 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 $1.3 million to organizations and activities that support its mission.

Examples of the Foundation’s contributions include: support for the 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, contributions totaling more than $200,000 to dozens of organizations addressing smoking cessation programs and programs helping area seniors, providing scholarships totaling nearly $500,000 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, and more.

The Foundation also manages 32 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.
  • 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

Contact us
Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation
PO Box 393
Sterling Heights, MI 48311-0393

Recent Happenings at SHACF


The Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation proudly presents Turning Point with a $2,000 check from earnings from the Lil Adams Turning Point Endowment. From left to right; Melanie Davis, President and CEO, Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce; Sharman Davenport, Phd, President and CEO, Turning Point, Inc.; Karl G. Oskoian, Executive Director,  Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation; Karan Bates-Gasior, Chief Development Officer, TurningPoint, Inc

City of Sterling Heights Mayor, Michael C. Taylor, addresses Veterans and community members at the 2018 City of Sterling Heights Veterans Day Ceremony remarking, "We will never forget you and your selfless service to America".

"The annual Sterling Heights Veterans Day ceremony is a joint effort between the City, the Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation and the local Veterans of Foreign War Posts to annually recognize all of the men and women who have selflessly served America to secure and maintain the many freedoms citizens enjoy and must never take for granted," said Karl G. Oskoian, executive director, Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation.