Celebrating Academic Success

Scholarship fund holders and the students who received their scholarships gathered at the Spring Lake High School for conversation, refreshments, and reflection. In a change from previous years, we invited all 2017 scholarship recipients so they could meet their donors.

Facebook Mini-Grants for Local Nonprofits

We're giving away three $500 Facebook Mini-Grants! Who Can Enter? Nonprofits and government entities who serve the Tri-Cities community. What Do I Need to Do? Send an email to info@ghacf.org by Wednesday, July 12, 2017, telling us in 200 words or less why your...

What is the Legacy Society?

The Legacy Society is how we recognize the people who are planning today for gifts that will provide significant benefits to our community in the future.

Fund Focus: Debra & Robert Mann Family Fund 

Donor Advised Funds are charitable accounts that enable families and individuals to philanthropically invest in the causes that they care about most. Debra and Robert Mann had a desire to help the community they love – that's why they opened the Debra and Robert Mann...

Welcome to the New GHACF.org!

Come on in… welcome to our new home. As a local charitable organization, our physical office is a place where hundreds of donors, grantees, and volunteers gather every year. Our website is an important role in maintaining those relationships, and we’re excited to make...

TIP: How 3 Letters Helped Me Go to College

Michigan’s Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is a need-based federal government plan administered through the state of Michigan that could be one of the most valuable financial aid resources for students. To qualify, students have to have qualified for Medicaid for 24...

Carol and Winfield Hall Fund for Music

Carol and Winfield Hall were friends of the Foundation who supported many great community causes. One of the Hall’s passions was music, and another was their church. When Carol passed away, a portion of her estate was left to support the music department at the First...

Community Foundation Grant Bridges Gap in Trail System

The Board of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) is pleased to announce seven second-round grant awards totaling $285,000 to support the northern Ottawa County community, including a $125,000 grant to the Ottawa County Parks Foundation for their Grand...

Helping Students Achieve Post-Secondary Success

Each fall, hundreds of local students begin their senior year of high school, and with this comes much stress about determining what their future will hold for them. Sadly, in Michigan the student-to-counselor ratio exceeds 700:1. Our high school students desperately...

FAFSA: More Than Just Financial Aid

If you read articles or follow the news about postsecondary education, you’ve surely been inundated with the message that college costs are still on the rise. In the state of Michigan, the average cost of a public 4-year university is almost $18,000 per year. How do...

Guest Blog: Andrew Ingall on Mindfulness

The reality with mindfulness is that it’s a simple exercise. It doesn’t take an hour a day, you don’t have to do yoga, and you need not change your beliefs.

Grant Brings Diversity Project to Tri-Cities

On March 2nd, a $7000 grant to St. John’s Episcopal Church to bring Project Ñ to west Michigan became a reality. Denise Soler Cox presented her documentary “Being ñ,” which documents her personal journey of self-discovery as an “ñ”, and led a panel discussion by three...

Scholarship Season: Mary Wilsberg Scholarship

In our office, spring means one thing: Scholarship Season. Sure, there’s also high school graduation and end-of-school-year events, as well as grant applications and regular office work, but May is when we award our scholarships. One of our most prestigious is the...

How an Application Becomes a Grant

You have this great idea—if only you had funding to make it a reality. Where do you start? What's the process? Is it hard? How many grant rounds are there? First things first, are you eligible to receive a grant from the Community Foundation? Your organization will...

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