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  • Why do people choose community foundations?
    Charitable Giving ​ Why do people choose community foundations? We build endowment funds that grow and benefit our community for good, for ever. We help donors create an individual or family legacy. We offer donor involvement in selecting charities. We are a local organization meeting a broad range of changing local needs. We provide a simple way to fulfill multiple charitable interests, with low-cost administration. We deliver personalized donor service; we are flexible and responsive to unique needs. We accept a wide variety of assets. We offer maximum tax advantage. We can preserve donor intent even when community needs and organizations change. We are known for prudent stewardship and investment practices.
  • So, what does my ticket price include?
    Ticket price includes a seated, plated dinner in the Great Hall of Hogwarts. It also includes a Marauder’s Map to ensure you don’t miss a single detail of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Tickets are $65 (generally every year on the 4th weekend in January) per person. This event is a fundraiser for DACF’s Community Impact Grant Fund, so a portion of your ticket purchase is tax deductible.
  • How do I buy tickets?
    Tickets may be purchased at or by mail. To purchase by mail, please print out the ticket order form on our website and mail with a check to DACF, 220A East Hughitt St., Iron Mountain, MI 49801. Tickets make GREAT Christmas and birthday presents!
  • I would love to attend with my children. Are they welcome?
    Yes, we love the little Muggles just as much as the big. Hogwarts is, after all, a school for children.
  • Is this event for children only?
    No. This is a fully immersive event for muggles, squibs, witches, and wizards of all ages. Special adult beverages will be available for purchase in The Leaky Cauldron pub or at Three Broomsticks.
  • I don't even understand this sorting business!
    When new students arrive at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, they are assigned to one of four houses within the school. The Sorting Hat is a sentient hat that magically determines which of the four school Houses each new Hogwarts student most belongs to. These four Houses are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. The Sorting Hat normally stays in the Headmaster's office until it is needed.
  • What are the four (4) houses?
    "Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw if you've a ready mind. Where those of wit and learning will always find their kind." "You might belong in Hufflepuff where they are just and loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil." "You might belong in Gryffindor, where dwell the brave of heart. Their daring, nerve and chivalry set Gryffindor's apart." "Or perhaps in Slytherin you'll make your real friends, those cunning folk use any means to achieve their ends."
  • What should I wear?
    If you like to come in costume, please do! If not, we suggest dressing in your house colors. This is Hogwarts’ biggest Christmas event, so feel free to wear your most beautiful dress or fanciest tie.
  • What are the house colors?
    Gryffindor: Scarlett/Gold Ravenclaw: Blue/Bronze Hufflepuff: Black/Yellow Slytherin: Silver/Green
  • Are there additional costs?
    There will be a cash bar with specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available. You will have opportunities to shop at Ollivander’s Wand Shop, Honeydukes Candy Shop, and purchase raffle tickets for some very special raffle prizes.
  • I am not a huge Harry Potter fan. Why should I attend?
    Even those who aren’t familiar with the Harry Potter books or movies won’t want to miss out on this amazing event. We promise a magical night for all attendees. Additionally, ALL proceeds benefit the Dickinson Area Community Foundation’s Community Impact Grant program (formerly known as the Mini-grant Program). The Community Impact Grant Fund provides grants of up to $500 year-round to area nonprofits, schools, food pantries, and all kinds of worthy causes in Dickinson County, Crystal Falls, MI, and surrounding Wisconsin communities. Please join us in supporting this powerful and important program. *This event is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films. No copyright infringement is intended. *
  • Are my gifts tax deductible?
    Your Gift The Dickinson Area Community Foundation and its affiliates are a vehicle through which individuals, organizations and businesses are able to make gifts and bequests to benefit Dickinson County (Michigan) and surrounding areas. Income from these gifts is used to address a broad spectrum of needs in the community. The gifts are tax deductible. When you donate to our endowment funds, your gift principal is not spent. It is invested and the earnings are used to benefit our community through annual grants. Every year we make grants to local agencies and programs serving our every-changing population. ​ Contributors may select an existing fund, create a new fund, or specify the Unrestricted Fund, which allows the foundation to allocate grants to the area of most need. ​ To make a contribution, contact the foundation at 906-774-3131, request information at or select a Donate button on the website. ​ Individual Retirement Account (IRA) The Dickinson Area Community Foundation can help turn your IRA into tax-saving charitable gifts. Donate to a field of interest fund, a designated fund, or create a new fund. Learn more about our endowment funds here. ​ You can give more for less. Thanks to new legislation, American seniors can make the gift of a lifetime by giving their IRAs to charity without federal tax penalty. ​ You can make a difference. Your community foundation can help you connect to the causes you care most about. You can set up a charitable fund in your name or make an unrestricted gift. Giving is one of life's pleasures and we can help you enjoy it today! ​ Dickinson Area Community Foundation's Gift Acceptance Policy is available upon request. Please call us at 906-774-3131 or email us at for more information. ​ Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Gift Taxes
  • What are National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations?
    The Dickinson Area Community Foundation (DACF) and its affiliates meet the National Standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector. ​ The National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Council on Foundations that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grant-making includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. The National Standards Seal confirms our history of honoring donors' wishes - to support the arts, cultivate gardens, save endangered species, cure illness, expand literacy, feed children and support countless other important causes. ​ The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Programs was established in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations (founded in 1949). National Standards guide community foundations in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that serve as blueprints for internal development and benchmarks for external assessment.. ​ The 26 National Standards require the Dickinson Area Community Foundation to document its policies in donor services, investment management, grant-making and administration. To receive confirmation of National Standards compliance, we submit our organizational and financial policies and procedures to a rigorous peer review. To learn more about National Standards click here.
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