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
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Holly Cole

Director of Grants & Program
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Patty MacDonald

Director of Finance & Administration
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Kari Fuller

Director, Coopersville Area Community Foundation
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Melanie Swiftney

Director of Marketing & Communications
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Lauren Grevel

Education & Youth Initiatives Officer
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Rebecca Nash

Administrative Assistant
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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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Giving & Living in Northwest Ottawa County

Each fall, we publish our report to the community, and our latest edition is now available! Since our last report to the community, we’ve launched a new website, added three new team members and two board members, and our assets passed the $100 million mark!

Honoring Our Past and Present Trustees

As a nonprofit organization, our Board of Trustees serves as our governing body and provides invaluable guidance and vision for all areas of our work. When they complete their commitment, they are given the title Trustee Emeritus, defined as a past board member. While no longer voting members, our Trustees Emeritus continue to act as ambassadors for the community foundation throughout the region.

Grant Focus: The Salvation Army of Grand Haven

In the spring of 2017, the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation awarded The Salvation Army of Grand Haven a $125,000 grant to go towards their Campaign for Area Families & Children capital campaign and building expansion project.