A Partnership Approach

Don and Cookie (Florence-etta) Cook

The Cook Family Foundation was created by Donald and Florence-etta Cook out of their desire to do good. This philanthropy continues as a testament to their values of hospitality, investment in the future, and loyalty to people and place.

Incorporated in 1979, the Cook Family Foundation received its IRS 501(c)(3) status as a private foundation in 1980. The Cook Family Foundation serves as both a resource for the Shiawassee County community and as a catalyst for positive change. We seek to establish partnerships with nonprofits and other institutions, and through communication with the leaders of those organizations identify mutual objectives and grant opportunities.

The video below presents a more complete history of the Cook Family Foundation and its primary benefactor, Don Cook. His son, Bruce Cook, reflects on his growing up in Owosso and the legacy of his work as embodied in the Foundation.
This video is 13 minutes long:

Bruce Cook has been leading the work at the Cook Family Foundation for more than 40 years. His contributions of time, effort, and wisdom have shaped the philanthropy of the Cook Family. In 2020, Bruce Cook sat down and reflected on his legacy in this 8 minute video:




Thomas B. Cook, Executive Director   Email Tom

Yvette Collard, Associate Director   Email Yvette

Kerry Dutcher, Office Manager   Email Kerry

Board of Directors:

Bruce Cook President

Thomas CookSecretary and Treasurer

Bailey Cook – Trustee

Jacqueline CookTrustee

Paul CookTrustee

Anna OwensTrustee

Susie Phillips – Trustee

Matthew Van Epps – Trustee

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