Join Us as We Celebrate 50 Years
The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation and you have worked together for 50 years to make our community a wonderful place to live, work, and play. All year-long we will celebrate the generosity of many, the hope their gifts have given to our entire community, and the bright future that lies ahead.
We invite each and every one of you to get involved in the next phase of caring about our neighbors and our home. Show your community spirit and share this monumental year with us. Your engagement truly is the anchor of our work.
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Join the celebration by following us on social media and bookmarking our anniversary page: ghacf.org/50th.
We’re Here for Our Community
The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is our community’s charitable foundation. We connect people, support programs, and lead change to help our community thrive, and we help improve and enhance the quality of life by promoting a healthy, inclusive, and diverse community.
Responding in a Time of Crisis
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to increase in severity, we want you to know that we are taking steps to maintain everyone’s health and safety, while also maintaining full and uninterrupted service to our fund holders, our partners, and our communities. At the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF), the Allendale Community Foundation, and the Coopersville Area Community Foundation, our fund holders, donors, partners, teammates, along with their families, and the communities that we serve remain our top priorities.
What can giving just 5% do for the community you love?
It could result in $1.1 billion in charitable gifts! We could change the future of Northwest Ottawa County together.
For good. For ever. For our community.
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Fifty years ago, a group of a dozen community leaders gathered together because they wanted to do something more for our community. Something bigger. They each gave $100 to start what would become the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Little did they know the impact they would have a half-century later.
Over the course of the past 50 years, with careful investing, continued contributions from our community, and the dedication of our trustees and staff, that $1,200 has grown to more than $150 million in assets. The grants we’ve awarded have touched more lives than our founders could have ever imagined. Looking at the next 50 years—and beyond—we are confident the foundation and our partners will continue to impact our community for generations to come.
“Winter always brings a higher level of need in our community, and the pandemic has only amplified that. Many of our partners are striving to simply maintain operations, while others have been required to greatly expand their capacity, all while complying with critical health and safety standards that have unfortunately limited their opportunities to generate revenue and fundraise.” – Holly Cole, Vice President of Grants and Program
With the first half of our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) year underway, the committee has adapted to a virtual meeting format while still working towards empowering and supporting youth in Northwest Ottawa County. We’ve used this time to pause and pivot our work, leaning into the data that shows what our youth need.