Who We Are

LCEF ChalkboardThe Lenawee County Education Foundation (LCEF) utilizes community donations to provide financial support for innovative educational programs that are not ordinarily provided through a school’s general operating budget.

The LCEF was incorporated in 1985. Since that time, the LCEF has awarded over $3,562,000 in scholarships to 3,398 students scholarships, provided over $268,000 in mini-grants to Lenawee County teachers, raised over $100,000 to enrich special education programs and raised $1,100,000 to aid in the construction of the William J. Ross Education Services Center and the Stubnitz Environmental Education Center.

The LCEF focuses its resources and fund development efforts on the following areas:

  • Provision of scholarships to students;
  • Provision of innovative educational opportunities;
  • Building and developing strong community/school partnerships;
  • Supporting creative instruction methods and materials; and
  • Promoting professional development opportunities for teachers

LCEF and the Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD)

The LCEF enhances the work of the Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD) by serving as the primary fund development arm of the school district. The LISD is a regional education service provider, providing educational support services to Lenawee County’s 12 local public school districts and 8 local private schools. Specific services include: special education services, career technical education and numerous general education services such as professional development for school personnel, data processing and management services, cooperative academic programs, instructional materials center and much more. To learn more about the LISD, please visit their website at www.lisd.us. To learn how to direct your gift to an LISD provided program, please visit the Giving Options page.

To view a recent interview with Frank Dick, LCEF Chairman, and Jim Philp, LISD Superintendent, click on this link: Frank Dick/Jim Philp Interview

Lenawee County Education Foundation names new Executive Director

New LCEF Executive Director

John Wanke has been appointed Executive Director of the Lenawee County Education  Foundation (LCEF).  John comes to the Foundation having recently retired from a 27-year career at United Bank & Trust.

During John’s career he has been involved with many non-profit organizations and community activities, holding leadership positions in many.  These skills, as well as John’s knowledge of the Lenawee community, will serve the LCEF well.   John and his wife Sue live in Onsted.