mission & vision

No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to heal, educate, advocate and feed.

volunteering

Work with members in your community and make a difference today.

​"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention".  ~Oscar Wilde

Steven Bearden
Vice President

Board of Directors

Peter Bown
Treasurer

Giving

Even a small amount to a charitable cause will help make a difference.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give".  

~Winston Churchill

Our beginnings

After decades of personal philanthropic endeavors by Ted & Jane, the Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation was officially established by Jane in 2006.

Gwen Haggerty-Bearden

Casey Haggerty
Board of Directors

Mary Cole
Secretary

“...that in order to reach a Mountain Top Experience, we’ve got to find a cause greater than ourselves.”

Ted & Jane

Von Voigtlander Foundation

Jeff Von Voigtlander
Board of Directors

Our President:

The Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation was founded by my mom, Jane Von Voigtlander, after the passing of her husband, Ted Von Voigtlander.
 
The word “helpmate” describes in a warmly precise way the wonderful relationship that my parents, Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander, enjoyed for nearly 25 years of married life. I was seven-years-old when my mom first met Ted – she was a single, working mother raising me on her own.  She was a waitress at Weber’s Restaurant in Ann Arbor and he was a patron (I remember my mother saying “how handsome he was”) — she soon became as indispensable a part of Ted’s life as he became of hers and mine.
 
At the time they met, Ted, co-owner of Discount Tire Company, was in the early stages of building the young company and now Discount Tire Company has grown to become the world's largest independent tire and wheel retailer with more than 900 stores in 28 states.  My mother soon found her role as Ted’s travel companion and informal aide de camp, flying out of Ann Arbor Airport with him on the company’s Lear 55 jet and visiting as many as eight cities in one day. “When Ted died in 1999, Discount Tire had already become the largest independent dealership in the world,”… “It was a big, big accomplishment.”
 
I am honored to continue the philanthropic pursuits started by both of my parents.  Even before the foundation, they gave to many different organizations.  Mom taught me that it is important to help others and to do our part to leave some part of the world better than we found it...

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