Contribution Opportunities

Premiere Partners are individuals and businesses whose support is crucial to the success and longevity of The Mendel Center. The Premiere Partners Endowment is a permanent, self-sustaining source of funding that allow The Mendel Center to:

  • be a place of Lifelong Discovery for everyone from small children to the business leaders in our community

  • increase Access for All by promoting understanding, diversity, and greater empathy through the arts

  • foster Connections Across the Community at performances, social gatherings, and corporate events of all kinds

Premiere Partners receive a variety of benefits based on the level of their contribution. These range from recognition opportunities, to exclusive backstage experiences. For more information, download the Premiere Partners brochure and pledge form or contact Grace Kelmer at or (269) 927-8193.

Arts Factor is a new initiative designed to increase access to live performances on The Mendel Center Mainstage among underserved members of our community. We work with local service organizations to identify young people, families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities who would benefit from educationally and socially enriching activities.

Your tax-deductible contribution will underwrite tickets that unlock new avenues of creative thinking and social engagement for these individuals in need.

Do you work for a social service organization that could benefit from subsidized tickets? Click here to download the ticket request form.


Across the country, organizations managing speakers series such as ours have awakened to the realization that membership dues and ticket sales alone cannot support the caliber of speakers needed to maintain attendees’ interest.  The quality of speakers The Economic Club is able to attract to southwestern Michigan depends on the financial support and generosity of individuals, like you, who value the long-standing tradition and stature of the Club.


​Please consider supporting The Economic Club with a gift made payable to the Lake Michigan College Foundation. Your tax-deductible contribution* will help ensure the speakers series continues to flourish and attract the caliber of thought leaders and newsmakers who have meant so much to our community through the years.

*Consult with your tax advisor about the specific tax deductibility of this donation as it applies to your situation.