Albion College Congratulates Albion Community Foundation on Historic Gift

September 18, 2021

Albion College is pleased to be one of the first to offer congratulations to the Albion Community Foundation for their receipt of an historic gift.

The Albion Community Foundation, in partnership with the Mayor of Albion, Victoria Garcia-Snyder, announced that the Christie and Tony de Nicola family have made the largest gift in the history of the Community Foundation. Albion College recognizes the philanthropic leadership of the Tony and Christie de Nicola family and appreciates their investment in the future of the City of Albion.

The gift comes in two waves. The first portion has been made up-front so that work can begin in early 2022 on projects in the agreement. The second installment will come as matching dollars as the foundation and city leaders actively work to gain more support for this work. Mandy Dubiel, Chair of the Albion Community Foundation Board of Trustees said, “The de Nicola family’s gift is the perfect opportunity to bring our community together around so many positive projects in Albion. This extraordinary investment will inspire all of our Albion friends, Albion College Alumnae, residents, and key partners to match this gift and increase its impact.”

Mayor Vicky Garcia Snyder and Shane Williamson were instrumental in securing this funding, and the College shares in the City’s gratitude for the tremendous work in making this gift possible. Albion College is committed to providing any assistance to aid both the city and the community foundation with the implementation of the critical projects and initiatives funded by the gift.

Dr. Mathew Johnson, 17th president of Albion College, shares congratulations on behalf of the College, “We are excited for the City and inspired by the generosity of the de Nicola family. Albion College stands ready to assist the City and the Community Foundation in any way we might. The success of the City and the College are one and the same.”

About The Albion Community Foundation

Founded in 1968, the Albion Community Foundation is committed to strengthening the greater Albion area.  The Foundation distributes grants annually to local nonprofits for community programming and supports special projects within the community that enhance the quality of life.  Since its founding, the Foundation has provided over $7 million to support the community of Albion.