YAC is Looking for a Few Good Students

If you’re a high school student interested in giving back to your community, our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year! 

Pinnacle of Partnership

We are thrilled to have been jointly awarded the Pinnacle of Partnership Award with the Community Foundation of Holland Zeeland (CFHZ) from the Greater Ottawa County United Way. The recipient of the award “exemplifies a commitment to improve the quality of life for Ottawa County residents through leadership in service and education, as well as a year-round partnership with Greater Ottawa County United Way.”

Fund Feature: Karen & Robert Lemmen Children’s Fund

The Lemmen family chose to give back to Coopersville by contributing their distribution to a designated organization fund at the Coopersville Area Community Foundation. The whole family sat down together at the dining room table and talked about their options.

Guest Post: Lack of Affordable Housing – Part 1, The Issue

The mission of Housing Next is to unlock market-driven, community-based solutions to make workforce housing affordable for all in the greater Ottawa County region. This is a long-term strategy designed to allow all those who work within the area to also have the choice to live in the area and maintain a high quality of life.

Grant to Help Grow Small Businesses on the Lakeshore

We are pleased to announce eight first-round grant awards totaling $191,572 to support the northern Ottawa County community, including a $10,000 grant to Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) for their Lakeshore expansion. GROW is focused on supporting women and men at various stages of business ownership. With this grant, they plan to increase services and support for minority-owned lakeshore small businesses through the offering of additional classes, one-on-one business counseling opportunities, and micro-lending.

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?

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.