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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Patty MacDonald

Interim Executive Director and Director of Finance & Administration
pmacdonald@ghacf.org

Chris Riker

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

Holly Cole

Director of Grants & Program
hcole@ghacf.org

Kari Fuller

Director, Coopersville Area Community Foundation
kfuller@ghacf.org

Rebecca Nash

Administrative Assistant
rnash@ghacf.org

Melanie Swiftney

Director of Marketing & Communications
mswiftney@ghacf.org

Lauren Grevel

Education & Youth Initiatives Officer
lgrevel@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.

Randy Hansen

Chair
Centennial Securities Company

Chad Bush

Vice Chair
US Retail, Inc.

Nelson Jacobson

Secretary
JSJ Corporation

Tammy Bailey

Treasurer
Buy Right Packaging Supply

Mark Kleist

Scholten Fant

Cindy Anderson

Retired Educator

Sandy Huber

Retired Educator

Anil Mandala

V Solutions Global

Mark Pereira

Brilliance Publishing/Amazon

Barb VanHeest

Chase Bank

Pat VerDuin

Workforce development

Recent Blog Posts

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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.