Miller Foundation Timeline
Then & Now
A.L. Miller Hired to Manage Enquirer
A. L. Miller was hired by CW Post to manage the Enquirer, thus beginning the long association of the Miller Family with the newspaper and Battle Creek.
Miller Buys the Enquirer
George Awards Are Founded
Bob Miller founds the George Awards because he wanted to recognize people who took personal initiative to address a need in their community, and didn’t wait to “let George do it.” He asked newspaper readers to nominate people who had stepped forward for the betterment of Battle Creek. The newspaper has..Read More
First Grant to Kellogg Community College
Newton D. Baker II Award presented to Bob Miller Sr.
1965: Bob Miller Sr. is presented the Newton D. Baker II Award of the United Community Funds and Councils of America.
Consolidation of the YMCA & YWCA Kicks Off
Downtown Improvements, Binder Park Petting Zoo Funding & the “Tales of Battle Creek”
Miller Foundation awards first of almost $2 million in grants for downtown improvement. Bob Miller Sr. named to the Civic Improvement Corp. Miller Foundation was among the first to provide funding the for petting zoo at Binder Park. Miller Foundation pays for Berenice Bryant Lowe to write and publish “Tales..Read More
Bob Miller Sr. receives the first “Super George” award.
Fundraiser to expand Y Center, Vision for Downtown & Starting a Sesquicentennial Book
Bob Miller Sr. co-chairs fund-raiser to expand Y Center. Seeing the need for a quality downtown hotel, Bob Miller Sr. takes steps to make it happen, including his personal funds, foundation grants, and community support. Miller Foundation leads the effort to publish Battle Creek Sesquicentennial book.
Miller Bridge Ribbon Cutting
Honaray Doctorateof Humane Letters
Olivet College presents Bob Miller Sr. with an honorary doctorate of humane letters.
1980s – 1990s Creating a National Model for Revitalization
Renovations of Bailey Park. Construction of C.O. Brown Stadium and other major developments take place
Miller Foundation gives $400,000 for the renovation of Bailey Park, including construction of C.O. Brown Stadium. Miller Foundation initiates and leads a meeting to establish NorthPointe Woods. 20,000 citizens participate in The Miller Foundation’s ABC Survey asking the community what they want and need to help guide their grant making...Read More
$75,000 give toward Burnham Brook Center
The Miller Foundation gives $75,000 toward startup of Burnham Brook Center.
1995-2010: United Way Grants
Foundation Funds Publication of the Book “Empires”
Miller Foundation pays for publication of the book “Empires” by Robert E. Hencey.
Binder Park Zoo receives $409,700 in grants.
1995-2010: Grants to Neighborhoods Inc.
1998-2004: Grants to B.C. Family Y Center
Robert B. Miller Sr Passes Away
Leila Arboretum Society Grants
Family Health Center Grants for Enhancements
2001: Family Health Center receives $160,000 for health enhancement and dental equipment.
2000-04: Grants to Haven of Rest Ministries
2000-04: Haven of Rest Ministries receives $200,000 in grants over the years.
Initial Operating Grant to Miller College
1995-2010: KCC receives $635,935 in grants.
Robert B. Miller Jr., son of The Miller Foundation founder, dies.
Robert Branson Miller, Jr., 71, of Battle Creek, retired publisher of the Battle Creek ENQUIRER, died Monday, March 5, 2007 at Battle Creek Health System. Bob was born August 10, 1935 in Battle Creek to Robert B. and Jean (Leonard) Miller, Sr. He attended Fremont Elementary and later The Hotchkiss..Read More