The ROOTS Foundation was created by city ordinance to promote charitable contributions to the general public good and welfare of the citizens of and visitors to Royal Oak, and to provide a mechanism for review, reporting and control of those contributions.
There are nine members: one member of the city commission, five members of organizations that have historically been involved with public purpose projects in the city, three members of the community at-large and the City of Royal Oak Finance Director, or his/her designee. These members will serve as a non-voting ad hoc member. After initial staggered terms members will serve three-year terms. The committee will meet not less than four times a year. Membership amended by Royal Oak City Commission Resolution 1-26-04 to include representative from the parks and recreation advisory board. The committee was renamed to ROOTS on June 21, 2010.