Fund Feature: The North Ottawa Wellness Foundation

The North Ottawa Wellness Foundation (NOW), a donor-advised fund of the GHACF, is dedicated to connecting our community members with research-based tools, tips, and strategies to minimize the unhealthy effects of stress on their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Thank You

Valentine's Day is typically a day for showing appreciation with chocolate and flowers, but we want to take a moment to thank YOU. Whether you are a generous donor, an important partner—or both—we couldn't do the good work that we do in our community...

Applying for a Scholarship? The Deadline is Almost Here!

The final deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 1 at 5PM. We strongly encourage you to submit your application by Thursday, February 15. All applicants who submit by this date have a chance to win a $250 gift card!

What is a Professional Advisor?

We strive to intentionally establish and maintain genuine relationships with local professional advisors, and we aim to serve as a trusted resource that helps tailor giving plans ideally suited for current and prospective donors who have charitable intent.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Donor Portal

On our website, we have a donor portal where fund holders can access their accounts and do everything from check their balance to grant money to nonprofit organizations. From time to time, we get calls or emails from people who need assistance with the portal, and we thought it’d be helpful to share the most commonly asked questions.

Thank You, and Looking Ahead to the New Year

It’s the holiday season and that makes me think of the busyness of year-end giving, but it’s also when we pause to thank our many partners who work with us to care for our community.

Is a Charitable Gift Annuity Right for Me?

Are you charitably inclined, and would you like to have a fixed income stream for life, be able to take advantage of certain tax benefits, and continue to care for your community during your lifetime and beyond?

Then a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) may be right for you.

Support the Community You Love

As our community’s needs evolve, we remain committed to improving the quality of life for all because we all benefit from a healthy and vibrant community.

Our Greatest Needs Fund makes this possible.

With your gifts, we can continue to impact critical programs that support health and human services, culture and diversity, economic and community betterment, education, the arts, and the environment.

Every contribution makes a difference—right here in northwest Ottawa County.

Giving Area Students the Literacy Boost They Need

The State of Michigan passed a new law that beginning in the 2019- 2020 school year, all students must be reading and writing at or above grade level expectations by third grade or potentially face mandatory retention. This grant is a proactive step by GHACF and the Grants Committee to help our students in the districts of Spring Lake and Grand Haven meet this educational mandate.

Support the Greatest Needs Fund on Giving Tuesday

Will you give to the Greatest Needs Fund today? Every contribution makes a difference – right here in Northwest Ottawa County.

Your generous contribution to the Greatest Needs Fund today allows us to invest in our community in a flexible and impactful way that addresses a broad range of critical needs, including future needs that cannot be anticipated.

A Time for Thanks

During this week of Thanksgiving, we especially want to thank YOU. Whether you are a generous donor, an important partner—or both—we couldn’t do the good work that we do in our community without you. It is through our collective generosity and compassionate spirit that we continue to build a strong future for this place that we call home.

Community Foundation Week

Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues. They build and strengthen communities in a multitude of ways, including providing the means for a wide range of donors to create permanent funds to positively impact lives.

Why Do People Donate to Charities at the End of the Year?

Giving Tuesday, an international day created in response to the consumerism that’s taken over the holidays, aims to raise awareness of this need. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are focused on buying material things — Giving Tuesday emphasizes giving back. It kicks off the holiday giving season and inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.