2017-18 Youth Advisory Council

The school year’s just begun, but the 2017-18 Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is already in full swing. Six new members joined 14 returning members, and they represent Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and West Michigan Christian High Schools. YAC members meet during the school year to discuss and assess youth issues prevalent in the community, as well as to review grant proposals made to benefit youth in the community.

What is YAC

by Christina Byrne, YAC member The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of twenty high school students from Northwest Ottawa County who are passionate about learning about our community and investing in programs that will impact and improve the lives of...

Save the Catwalk Challenge Match

Starting August 21, the Save the Catwalk Fund has a challenge grant from an anonymous donor who has pledged to match donations to the Save the Catwalk Fund August 21-27, 2017, up to $5,000.

Facebook Mini-Grant Winners

Last month we announced that we were giving away three $500 mini-grants on Facebook, and 2400 likes later, we have the winners! While there were fewer entrants this time around, the online participation was higher than in the previous two rounds, with several photos getting over 500 likes.

To Endow or Not to Endow, That is the Question

When you give a gift to the GHACF, your gift is invested. The principal gift is never spent — only the investment earnings are used to care for your community. Over time, your gift continues to grow, generating an increasing stream of funding that can support your charitable interest areas. Your gift to the GHACF becomes a permanent source of funding and can create your legacy for giving.

GHACF Ranks Among Top Community Foundations in the Nation

The GHACF has once again been ranked among the top community foundations in the nation, according to the 2016 CF Insights survey. The survey compiled data from participating community foundations across the nation and acts as “the annual census of the community foundation field.”

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 [email protected] 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...