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 or call 616-842-6378.

Call for Entries for Facebook Mini-Grants

We’re hosting another round of Facebook mini-grants! We’re giving away three mini-grants — completely on Facebook. Nonprofits submit a photo and 200-word description of how they’d use the money, we post an album of all the entrants on Facebook, then the public votes. The three organizations with the most ‘likes’ win!

Recent Grant to Aid Adult Literacy

We’re pleased to announce six second-round grant awards totaling $382,958 to support the Northwest Ottawa County community, including a $10,000 grant to R.E.A.D. (Reading Enables Adult Development) to provide training and resources for their English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

Welcome New Board Members

This past Thursday, we welcomed to new members to the Board of Trustees. Please join us in welcoming Pat VerDuin and Cindy Anderson!

You’re Invited to Our Open House

You are cordially invited to join us for an Open House, Thursday, June 21 from 4:30-6pm. Enjoy light refreshments, tour our renovated office space, and spend time with your community foundation team. Free gift for the first 30 people.

1 South Harbor Drive, Suite 2
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Excellence in Education 2018

Each May, we honor the top 10% of local graduating high school seniors, as well as the educator who contributed significantly to the student’s academic achievement. Sixty-six students were recognized from Grand Haven High School, Spring Lake High School, and Western Michigan Christian High School.

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