American Youth Foundation (Shelby, MI)


  • Name:Melissa Moore
  • Title:Grant writer

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:American Youth Foundation
  • Address:8845 West Garfield Rd
    Shelby, MI 49455
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:2318612262
  • Main fax:2318615244

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the American Youth Foundation is to inspire people to discover and develop their personal best, to seek balance in mental, physical, social, and spiritual living, and to make a positive difference in their communities and in the wider world.

    We believe AYF participants will:
    •Acquire the skills to be leaders in a diverse world;
    •Understand and value racial, cultural, economic, and religious differences;
    •Learn to solve problems as a group, and appreciate how team interaction reflects the challenges facing a global society;
    •Appreciate that individuals can make a difference through leadership opportunities in schools and service in their communities;
    •Learn facilitation skills for use in large and small groups;
    •Develop a positive philosophy of life that will enable them to develop their potential and contribute productively to society;
    •Leave with newly gained confidence in themselves;
    •Be able to talk about who they are and what they are capable of achieving;
    •Discover and develop their personal best;
    •Act in ways consistent with their values;
    •Help to create a community where trust, cooperation and respect are the foundation.

  • History:
  • The American Youth Foundation (AYF) is a national, not-for-profit youth development organization with regional centers in Michigan (Miniwanca) and New Hampshire (Merrowvista). The AYF was established in 1925 when William H. Danforth, the entrepreneur and founder of the Ralston Purina Company, joined with other progressive leaders of organizations including YMCA and the Boys Scouts of America. These early leaders were inspired by a common vision: to develop character in our youth and give them the tools to live a balanced life. To accomplish this, they believed it was essential for young people to come together in places set apart from their daily lives. As leaders in youth development for over 80 years, AYF has kept pace with changing times, updating our curriculum while opening our doors to more and more people. During the 1920s, in stride with the women’s suffrage movement, the American Youth Foundation saw its first female camp directors. In the 1960s, as the Civil Rights movement confronted racial inequality, the camp actively worked to expand ethnic diversity within their programs. As society has evolved, we have continued to embrace change: while early founders spoke from a distinctively Christian perspective, we are now a multi-faith organization welcoming people from all religious traditions and backgrounds. It is our goal as an organization to provide high quality programs where all youth are welcomed to the challenge of becoming their best selves.

    AYF conducts residential camps for youth ages 9-17, leadership development programs for middle school, high school, and college age youth, and an innovative menu of programs for schools, youth groups, colleges, universities, and professional organizations. A University of New Hampshire study of 8-13 year-olds who participated in AYF camps showed significant improvement in critical leadership and life skills. Researchers at Dartmouth College conducted a four-year study of the outcomes of AYF’s high school and college leadership programs. The study involved more than 3,000 young people and several comparison groups. According to the report, “The impact [of the Leadership Conference] is clear and unambiguous. It is a powerful program that produces a consistent and positive impact on its participants. We found no program in the published literature that produced greater and broader impact on the personal development of participants.”

  • Year established:1925
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:7
  • Staff size:35

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • David Danforth, Chair
    Patrick Mulcahy, Co-Vice Chair
    Neil Sweeney, Co-Vice Chair
    Kay Bell, Treasurer
    Pam Evans, Secretary
    Jean Booker
    William Comfort
    Christopher Danforth
    DD Burlin
    David Danforth
    Donald Danforth
    William Danforth
    Glenn Davis
    Kevin Hunt
    James McLeod

    Jefferson Miller
    Ann Compton Stevens
    Virginia Sweeney
    John Drew
    Barbara Kerr
    nancy Koglmeier
    Rebecca Walsh

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Anna Kay Vorsteg, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Tom Moore, Director of Miniwanca
    Heather Kiley, Director of Merrowvista
    Elizabeth Mulcahy, Director of Advancement
    Dan Cassidy, Director of Sustainability


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:43-0652614

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:430652614
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  • Organization Address:147 CANAAN RD
  • Organization City:CTR TUFTNBORO
  • Organization State:NH
  • Organization Zip:03816-5064
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 1998
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):325, 059, 349
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Camp, Other school related activities, Other youth organization or activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:N20Z
  • Asset Amount:$40,923,037
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$7,237,302
  • Income Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$6,157,389
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 9:50:22 am

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