Donors

Supporting Your Community

We’re Here For You

As your partner in philanthropy, we understand that every donor has individual needs and wishes. It’s our honor to work with you individually and personalize our service to ensure your philanthropy is effective, personal, meaningful, and fulfilling. We’re here to help you benefit the charitable community causes you’re most passionate about.

Become A Philanthropist

As your partner in philanthropy, we understand that each donor has individual needs. We will work with you individually to ensure your philanthropy is effective, personal, meaningful, and fulfilling. From simple to complex, we’re able to facilitate the gift that makes the most sense for you.

  • Contribute to an Existing Fund
    We’ll work with you to ensure that your gift benefits the charitable priorities you’re passionate about.
  • Start a Fund
    Our goal is to help you establish the fund that will enable you to fulfill your philanthropic purpose.
  • Leave a Legacy
    Including the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation in your estate plan is an easy way to make a long-lasting, meaningful, and significant impact on the community around you.

There are numerous ways to donate today or include Grand Haven Area Community Foundation in your estate plan, including but not limited to:

  • Annuities
  • Appreciated Stock
  • Bequests
  • Cash
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Charitable Remainder
  • Life Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Retained Life Estates
  • Retirement Portfolios
  • Trusts

For more complex giving strategies, we encourage you to contact your financial advisor to see if these options are right for you.

Start a Fund

Establishing a fund at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is an easy and effective way to invest in your community. Listed below are the types of funds available to our donors:

  • Greatest Needs Funds – most flexible fund to meet the changing needs of our community.
  • Field of Interest Funds – flexibility to meet the changing needs of our community within a particular area of interest. 
  • Donor Advised Funds allows the donor to recommend grants to causes that they care about. 
  • Scholarship Fundssupports our local students with grants to pursue post-secondary education. 
  • Designated Funds –  provides annual grants for one or more organizations in perpetuity. 
  • Organization Funds – created by charitable organizations to perpetually benefit the mission of the organization. 
  • Community Service Funds – helps a local initiative raise dollars for immediate use. 

Interested in learning more? Please contact Chris Riker, Vice President of Advancement & Donor Services.

Each Grand Haven Area Community Foundation donor has access to their personal Donor Portal. Follow the link below to access all the information you need about your established fund.

When you access your Donor Portal, you’ll be able to:

  • View and download your quarterly fund statements
  • Access your gift and grant histories
  • Make grant suggestions from your Donor Advised Fund
  • Request grant distributions from your organization’s fund

Memorials & Tributes

Making a donation in honor of a living person or in memory of someone who has passed is a wonderful way to personalize your gift. Click to view a list of these gifts from the past year.

From all of us at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, thank you! It’s our donors who ensure the community gets the care it needs. We appreciate each and every one of you!

From all of us at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, thank you! It’s our donors who ensure the community gets the care it needs. We appreciate each and every one of you!

Donor Impact Stories

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.

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.

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.

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