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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

We stand together with communities of color and remain committed
to empowering the inherent worth and dignity of all

Join Us as We Celebrate 50 Years

“Small acts, when multiplied, can change the world.”

The vision and actions of our friends allow us to make a difference for so many. We are so grateful to everyone in this video who speak on behalf of all our donors, partners, leaders, and volunteers.

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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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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Changes to the Board

Changes to the Board

As a community foundation, we rely on the wisdom and guidance of our Board of Trustees as we work to carry out the mission of our organization. This year our board members donated their time, energy, and expertise to help us best respond to our community’s needs during a particularly unprecedented time. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing board member and to welcome our new member. This year, Chad Bush has reached the end of his term and we welcome Natalia Kovicak to the board.

Grant Benefits Community Space in Spring Lake

Grant Benefits Community Space in Spring Lake

We recently awarded five second-round Community Impact grant awards, totaling $308,000, in support of Northwest Ottawa County and our surrounding communities. This includes a $125,000 grant to the Village of Spring Lake for the redevelopment of Tanglefoot Park. This...

A Celebration of History

A Celebration of History

Pioneered by a group of civic-minded individuals with a heart for this community and led by E.V. “Vin” Erickson, our foundation started in 1971 with just $1,200 and a vision to deliver a positive impact through dedicated service. Despite doubt from skeptics questioning whether a community foundation could be successful in a community the size of the Grand Haven area, our committed leaders relied on their desire to equip our community with the resources needed to endure any and every future challenge.