The Worthington Family Foundation 2023 distribution was divided among the following organizations:

  • The Arching Oaks Japanese Art and Culture Center in Eustis, FL is dedicated to providing youth with opportunities to learn about the artistic traditions of another culture in the hopes that, as they grow into adolescents and young adults, they will embrace the ideas of empathy and cross-cultural understanding and help to create a more tolerant society. They were awarded $10,000 to provide opportunities for local youth to engage in traditional, Japanese art-making practices; allow new opportunities for students to further develop their 3D artistic skills; promote awareness and appreciation of Japanese artistic and cultural traditions in an effort to increase cultural understanding and empathy within the community and thus, create a more tolerant society in general
  • The Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in Mancelona, MI was awarded $20,000 for their environmental education program named Restoration Ecology for Young Students (REYS). This program is offered to K-12th grade students in the Grand Traverse Bay region. The REYS program uses field courses to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character they need to be effective environmental stewards.
  • The Camp Westminster in Roscommon, MI was awarded $10,100 to expand their fleet of spherical programmable robots from one to sixteen.
  • Detroit Opera Theater in Detroit, MI was awarded $35,500 to invest in young audiences and support stronger educational outcomes through multiple paths. Their in-school engagements, summer programs, and field trips are critical for the public they are serving.
  • 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. The Ecology Center was awarded $13,000 to visit classrooms to teach zero-waste and green chemistry programs, go on field trips so students have a zero-waste experience, and have youth experience their summer camp.
  • The Grass River Natural Area in Bellaire, MI is a nonprofit organization that is charged with protecting the extremely fragile and important Grass River watershed. The $10,898.50 awarded to the Grass River Natural Area in 2022 will be used to support improvements to your virtual program, support scholarships and support summer interns.
  • The Heart Strings and Valves in Norfolk, VA is one of the programs at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center. The Worthington Family Foundation has awarded $5,000 to support your after-school strings and brass music program for students in Grades 1 through 6.
  • The Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) based in Suttons Bay, MI mission is to inspire Great Lakes curiosity, stewardship, and passion in people of all ages. We have awarded the Inland Seas Education Association $25,000 towards their efforts to protect the Great Lakes through education. These funds are to be used within various parts of the program so schools have the opportunity to attend Inland Seas Education Association programs at a greatly reduced price.
  • 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 $33,500 for support for costume and wig and makeup costs, a guest coach, and Publicity and Marketing.
  • The Old Town Playhouse Children's Theater in Traverse City, Michigan, is a volunteer based organization promoting quality community theatre experiences forthe people of Northwest Michigan by providing educational opportunities and entertainment in the theatrical arts. They were awarded $38,772.50. These monies are for many summer camp expenses, Spring Break expenses, Showstoppers, Children's House Project, the Worthington Punch Card and lastly Scholarships.
  • 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 $29,000 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.