Youth fund for Ishpeming was established in 1996 with a $25,000 match grant from the Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project. A $50,000 challenge grant was sent to the Kellogg Foundation in September of 1995. The challenge was to raise the full $50,000 by April 1 to receive the $25,000 match. “Reaching this goal is really a testament to the people of our community. This is a brand new organization and community funds are still new concept of our area” said Bob Marietti, fund co chair in March, 1996. Today this fund totals close to $100,000.