Grant from Battle Creek Family Foundation Boosts Starr

BC office1A $5000 grant from the Santo, Maria, Frank and John Zanetti Foundation will support Starr Commonwealth’s behavioral health program in Battle Creek.

The need for quality behavioral and mental health services for low-income children and families persists in Calhoun County, and Starr has been meeting these important needs for over eight years, in addition to its extensive work in youth development. Continue reading

Albion and Marshall Students Unite at Symposium

Over 100 middle school students from Albion and Marshall participated in a symposium hosted by Albion College and led by Starr Commonwealth.

The event, held on January 17th, aimed to help students from the middle schools of both cities to build new and stronger relationships in support of their ongoing education in Marshall. Continue reading

Flinn Foundation invests in Starr-PsychSystems Autism Center


One of the many rooms where ABA therapy takes place at the PsychSystems Autism Center.

A $50,000 grant from the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation will improve the technology in Starr’s PsychSystems Autism Center, which provides center-based and home-based services to young people up to the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with autism. Continue reading

Special tax-Free IRA Gifts

Grandparents with grandchildFor those aged 70½ or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts.

On December 18, Congress passed legislation retroactively extending the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and which makes this provision permanent for future years.

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Employee Donor Spotlight: Derek Allen

Derek Allen

Derek Allen, Director of the Starr Global Learning Network.

Derek Allen’s history with Starr Commonwealth goes back ten years when he started as a Youth Specialist on the Albion campus fresh out of college.  After leaving to serve as a Special Education Teacher, he returned four years ago to serve as a Senior Clinician, then Associate Director, and now as the Director of the Starr Global Learning Network. Derek says he has made giving to Starr a priority over the past few years.

“For me, working at Starr is not a job; it’s a mission and I want to support our efforts in every way I can, including financially,” he says. Continue reading