The Worthington Family Foundation 2018 distribution was divided among the following organizations:

  • The Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in Mancelona, MI offers environmental education to K-12th grade students in the Grand Traverse Bay region for 40 years. The Environmental Education Program uses field courses to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character they need to be effective environmental stewards.
    They are awarded $21,680.00 to expand their environmental education program to Grand Traverse Bay region school children. They will enhance their Restoration Ecology for Young Students (REYS) program from five lessons to ten, doubling the contact time with students and increasing their program potential. The funds will cover program fees, transportation, and equipment costs for five schools to participate in the enhanced REYS program. As with the previous REYS pilot program, they will provide participating teachers with REYS curriculum allowing them to continue the program in succeeding years and helping to positively impact both future students and local environments.
  • The Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, MI is a nonprofit organization that produces environmental education programs and resources which are age−appropriate, engaging, and substantive. Throughout their 45−year history, they have been a state and regional leader in environmental education. The $32,000 awarded to the Ecology Center in 2018 will be used to support ongoing needs for educational materials and equipment as well as to support the development of a new multi-day curriculum unit and to allow them to market their programs more effectively throughout Michigan.
  • The Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay, MI mission is to inspire Great Lakes curiosity , stewardship, and passion in people of all ages. Through hands−on experimental learning activities aboard a traditionally rigged tall ship schooner, participants gain the knowledge to understand the commitment for the long−term stewardship for the Great Lakes. The $20,000 award to Inland Seas Education Assocication is to support their scholarship program so classrooms can attend this program.
  • Michigan Opera Theater in Detroit, MI provides students opportunities for exploring the arts through a variety of high quality and affordable education and outreach programs. Each year, thousands of elementary school students experience opera and the arts through programming that Michigan Opera Theater designs specifically for young children. Michigan Opera Theater was awarded $32,000 to:
    • Provide tickets and transportation for hundreds of low−income students to come see the MOTCC production of The Secret World of Og at the Detroit Opera House.
    • Provide touring children's operas and workshops to reach students in low−income schools and under−served communities.
    • Underwrite the cost of creating and updating educational materials and presentations in relation to these youth performances.
    • Underwrite the cost of marketing materials dedicated to reaching more teachers and schools with comprehensive information on MOT's children's opera programs.
  • The Michigan State University Opera Theater of Lansing, MI is an ensemble of the Michigan State University College of Music, designed to provide vocal music students with high−level educational training through varied performing experiences. MSU Opera Theater was awarded $30,500 to support costumes, musical support, marketing, and their outreach program for their three production’s: Die Fledermaus in the fall and a double bill including Rossini’s early one-act opera La Scala di Seta and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi in the spring.
  • The Old Town Playhouse Children's Theater in Traverse City, Michigan, is a volunteer based organization promoting quality community theatre experiences for the people of Northwest Michigan by providing educational opportunities and entertainment in the theatrical arts. They were awarded $43,949 which will be used to:
    • Continue their current program that includes
      • classes and camps
      • a ticket discount for families of students in their programs
      • scholarships
    • Continue to help schools bus students to specially planned daytime performances of youth shows
    • Continue their branding and marketing campaign
    • Purchase a replacement electronic keyboard
  • Pewabic Pottery was founded by Michigan artist Mary Chase Perry Stratton in 1903 during the arts and crafts movement. Pewabic is a National Historic Landmark, non−profit ceramic arts education organization, a historic working pottery and an American heritage site. Pewabic Pottery is dedicated to supporting and promoting ceramic art and artists, as well as preserving Pewabic Pottery's century−old heritage. Pewabic Pottery was awarded $50,000 to provide art and culture experiences to Detroit′s underserved children and youth through productive and long−term collaborations with Detroit Public Schools and community centers. These funds allow Pewabic to maintain the equipment, staff, and resources needed to successfully inspire children to see the world in new ways through the medium of clay.
  • Student Conservation Association of Arlington, VA builds the next generation of conservation leaders to inspire stewardship of the land through service to nature programs, activities, and training for young people. They have been awarded $15,000 to fund their national crew program in 2019. The program offers high school and young adults the opportunity to complete high−priority conservation on lands around the country.