FAFSA: More Than Just Financial Aid

FAFSA is the federal form that college students complete to determine their eligibility for federal grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and loans. Living in Northwest Ottawa County, when I talk with families about completing the FAFSA, I often hear, “We won’t get any assistance so we aren’t completing the FAFSA.”

It doesn’t matter what your income is—completing the FAFSA is imperative for many reasons.

Board Feature: Sandy Huber

Sandy Huber has served on the GHACF board since 2013, during which time she has chaired the Grants Committee and served on the Scholarship Committee.

Our Annual Report is Now Available

Our annual report is now available! Download a PDF from our website or view the digital version online. Inside we highlight six grants from the past year, our YAC’s youth empowerment mission, countless new funds, and we even share how each team member at the GHACF gives back to the community. 

Introducing Our New President

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Hadley Baas Streng as the next President of the GHACF, effective October 29, 2018.

“I’m excited that the Foundation’s next chapter will be in Hadley’s very capable hands,” said Randy Hansen, GHACF Board of Trustees Chair. “There is no doubt she will lead our new strategy and outstanding team in service to impact our communities.”

Our Grant Priorities

We give back by investing in programs in six priority areas that help our community thrive. By partnering with regional nonprofit organizations, our resources—YOUR resources—enable us to do good things in Northwest Ottawa County.

Introducing Our Philanthropic Services Associate

Please join us in welcoming Adrienne Whisman to the GHACF team. As our Philanthropic Services Associate, she will provide administrative support with donor and grant requests, help process grants, organize information, and provide research assistance.

Youth Empowerment

Our YAC is taking some time to reflect on their purpose, as well as how they’ve adapted and shifted their programming to meet the current needs of youth.

Introducing the New TCAN Advisor

Figuring out what you want to for the rest of your life isn’t easy, but having someone walk with you through the process can open doors and make all the difference. That’s where the Tri-Cities College Access Network (TCAN) comes in. It was created to increase the number of Tri-Cities residents with high-quality credentials or college degrees.

Allendale Summer Picnic

Board members of the Allendale Community Foundation — one of our two affiliate community foundations — hosted a summer picnic at the Grand Ravines park in Allendale in July.

Facebook Mini-Grant Winners

Last month, seven area nonprofit organizations participated in our latest Facebook Mini-Grant round. After 708 total votes, three were declared the winners. Congratulations to our winners: Hope House, LifeWorks, and R.E.A.D.

A Note from Holly Johnson, Outgoing President

Goodbyes are never easy, and this one comes with mixed emotions for sure. It has been my highest privilege to lead the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. I have sounded like a broken record since I announced my transition, but I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to help support our amazing community.

2018 Youth Summer Leadership Conference

This summer, three returning YAC members (Habeeb El-amir, Ben Garretson, and Jackson Schulte) attended the 2018 Youth Summer Leadership Conference hosted by the Council of Michigan Foundation and the Michigan Community Foundations YOUTH Project.

Pursuing Post-Secondary Education

Last Wednesday, we celebrated this year's scholarship recipients and the donors who made the scholarships possible. Madison Miller, who received the Erickson Scholarship, and Lacey Lemke, a two-time recipient (undergrad in 2008 and now for her master's...

Is the Legacy Society Right for You?

The Legacy Society is our way to recognize the people who are planning today for gifts that will provide significant benefits to our community in the future. Because of the generosity of people like you, the lakeshore region of West Michigan will continue to be a wonderful place to call home now and for generations to come!

The Legacy Society provides a wonderful opportunity for you to leave your lasting mark on our community. If you are ready to join or if you would just like more information, please contact Chris Riker at criker@ghacf.org or call 616-842-6378.

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