The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Team

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is made up of a team of dedicated individuals who are committed to our mission of overall community betterment. No matter what you’re here for, the Community Foundation team is here for you.

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Chris Riker

Vice President of Advancement & Donor Services
criker@ghacf.org

Holly Cole

Director of Grants & Program
hcole@ghacf.org

Patty MacDonald

Director of Finance & Administration
pmacdonald@ghacf.org

Kari Fuller

Director, Coopersville Area Community Foundation
kfuller@ghacf.org

Melanie Swiftney

Director of Marketing & Communications
mswiftney@ghacf.org

Lauren Grevel

Education & Youth Initiatives Officer
lgrevel@ghacf.org

Rebecca Nash

Administrative Assistant
rnash@ghacf.org

In 1971, twelve visionary community leaders each gave $100 to launch the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Their dream was to create a permanent community endowment––one that would be built over time by gifts and bequests from individuals, families and organizations. Now, almost 50 years later, that dream is still being realized.

Today, it is our continuing mission to provide funding to programs that support every corner of the Tri-Cities area, and make life in our community better for all. Our priorities are threefold: to help our donors realize their philanthropic goals; to better our community with grants for meaningful, necessary projects; to collaborate with other regional partners to create overall community good and expand our philanthropic reach.

Board of Trustees

The Governing Board of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is made up of local leaders from diverse backgrounds. Our trustees provide invaluable guidance and vision for all areas of our work. These individuals donate their time, energy, and expertise to help us identify opportunities for long-term community impact, respond swiftly and appropriately when unforeseen challenges arise, and address our community’s ever-changing social, cultural, educational, and greatest needs.

Tammy Bailey

Chair
Buy Right Packaging Supply

Randy Hansen

Vice Chair
Centennial Securities Company

Chad Bush

Secretary
US Retail, Inc.

Nelson Jacobson

Treasurer
JSJ Corporation

Mark Kleist

Scholten Fant

Sandy Huber

Retired Educator

Anil Mandala

V Solutions Global

Monica Verplank

Education Consultant

Kim Zevalkink

Retired Educator

Barb VanHeest

Chase Bank

Mark Pereira

Brilliance Publishing/Amazon

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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.