|"Dedicated to providing
timely assistance to those who have been victimized by crime and have
nowhere else to turn, the Crime Victim Foundation is a very deserving
charitable organization that continues to be a resource for those
|- John Engler, Governor
Foundation History & Mission
The Crime Victim Foundation was established in 1992 to provide a
last resort safety net to assist victims of crime in Michigan. While
Michigan victims enjoy the nation's most comprehensive constitutionally
guaranteed rights, the foundation discovered that some victims were
facing critical, life altering financial needs for which no resource
was available. The mission of The Crime Victim Foundation is to
help victims meet those needs after all other methods of assistance
have been exhausted.
To ensure that the most critical needs are met, all grant requests must
be approved and submitted by the victim
advocate in the local county prosecutor's office once they have determined
that all other avenues of financial assistance have been exhausted.
This assistance is intended as a one-time grant and must act to prevent,
not simply delay an inevitable loss. In order to allow the foundation
to continue its mission to assist others, the recipients of a grant from
The Crime Victim Foundation are asked to reimburse the foundation if they
receive a related civil judgment, insurance, or restitution award in the
The foundation is operated by volunteers and is funded entirely by charitable
contributions. One hundred percent of foundation funds are used to serve
victims and the cause of victims' rights. The Crime Victim Foundation
was founded by State Senator William Van Regenmorter, author of Michigan's
Crime Victims' Rights Act and Constitutional Amendment.
Below is a list of the members of The Crime Victim Foundation's Advisory
- The Honorable
Supreme Court Justice
Michigan Supreme Court
Parents of Murdered Children Parents of Murdered Children
Silent Observer of Kent County Board Member
Kent CountyVictim/Witness Director
Michigan Sheriffs Association
- Tom Hendrickson
Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police
- Tom Robertson
Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council
For additional information about The Crime Victim Foundation or if you
would like to make a contribution, please write to the address below or
The Crime Victim Foundation
P.O. Box 441
Jenison, MI 49429
Memory and Honor
Senator William Van Regenmorter
January 29, 1939 - June 18, 2012
"The Michigan Crime Victim
Foundation was established to take care of victims who fell through
all the cracks, who needed some desperation help, last resort, in
order to keep going. We've helped a lot of people and it's
a most rewarding thing."
- Senator William Van Regenmorter, Ronald Wilson Reagan
Public Policy Award Video
View the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award Video
The view the full video, click on the link below. On the following page:
- Under Award Category, select "Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award."
- Under Award Year, select "2009."
- Click on Senator Van Regenmorter's picture.
View Full Video
U.S. Department of Justice Oral History Project on Victims Rights
The following is transcript from the interview with Senator Van Regenmorter
as part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Oral History Project on Victim Rights.