Look at what we’ve done.

Imagine what we can do, together.

 

Fifty years ago, a group of a dozen community leaders gathered together because they wanted to do something more for their 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.

We’re proud of our history and the partnerships that brought us to this point, and we look forward to honoring that history throughout the year. We have a lot planned for 2021, and it’s all focused on the people in this community. We look forward to sharing their stories—and we invite you to share your stories as well. Watch for a variety of events and activities throughout the year, all of which are being created to thank you, our community, for your continued support.

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Celebrating 50 Years

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JOIN US FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY ACTIVITIES

Shop Local

June through the end of 2021

Local businesses throughout Northwest Ottawa County are selling GHACF-themed items in their stores! From sandwiches and chocolate, to ice cream and coffee, to items for the home, shop local to support our small businesses and help celebrate our 50th anniversary.

View the complete list of participating businesses

Community Book Read

Summer 2021

Every second grader in our community will receive a copy of Have You Filled Your Bucket? Don’t have a second grader in your family? You can read along with a copy purchased at the Bookman.

Details about a virtual celebration coming soon.

Healthy Food Programming

through October 2021

Join us for healthy food programming at the Grand Haven & Spring Lake Farmers Markets. We’re proud to sponsor The Power of Produce (POP!) Kids Club, which begins June 12, as well as the Food Navigator. Stop by the Market Information table to sign up for $2 worth of tokens for your child to spend on produce. Let’s encourage healthy eating together!

Learn more on the Chamber of Commerce’s website (click View 2021 Special Events).

Sidewalk Chalk Celebration

June 22-July 21

Draw what makes our community special — in chalk! Post a photo of your chalk art to social media, tag us, and we’ll share our favorite pics.

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Limited supplies of chalk will be available at  June 22-July 21.

Details about where to get a free box of chalk

Foundational Art Exhibit

June 22-July 21

Foundational is an art exhibit at the Grand Haven Community Center! Enjoy work by local artists that celebrates places that have benefited from GHACF grants. Co-sponsored by the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective and the Muskegon Museum of Art.

Art will be available for purchase.

More information, including artist details

LEARN ABOUT YOUR GRAND HAVEN AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

A Celebration of History

June 23, 2021 — This is a monumental year for the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, as we celebrate fifty years of partnering with community members like yourself, who make the Grand Haven area a wonderful place to live, work, and play. In celebrating this milestone, join us in taking a step back to remember our origins and the leaders who provided a gateway for supporting every corner of Northwest Ottawa County. READ MORE >

Supporting Our Local Environmental Organizations

May 26, 2021 — A significant part of our mission and commitment to enhancing the quality of life in Northwest Ottawa County includes prioritizing, protecting, and preserving the environment through thoughtful stewardship, advocacy, and education. With climate change and environmental degradation presenting major challenges both locally and globally, we believe it is important for us to do everything we can within our community to reduce our ecological footprint and protect our shared environment that will serve future generations. READ MORE >

COVID Relief Grant Recipients Highlight the Impact of Your Contributions

April 27, 2021 — A few of our COVID relief grant recipients—Mosaic Counseling, Love in Action, Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging, Good Samaritan Ministries, and St. John’s Episcopal Church—took a moment to discuss the impact of these contributions and explained just how much this support has helped the important causes they lead throughout the Northwest Ottawa County area. READ MORE >

Community Leaders Extend Appreciation as Foundation Celebrates 50th Anniversary

March 30, 2021 — Recently, the leaders of our local governments shared the progress made possible through the foundation. Community leaders across the board extended their gratitude and appreciation, including Craig Bessinger of the City of Ferrysburg, Pat McGinnis of the City of Grand Haven, Bill Cargo of Grand Haven Charter TownshipGordon Gallagher of Spring Lake Township, and Chris Burns of the Village of Spring Lake. READ MORE>

A Conversation with Our First Four Grant Recipients

March 5, 2021 — Recently, we had a moment to reflect on the foundation’s first four grant recipients and how they have evolved since 1971. The Grand Haven Salvation ArmyGreater Ottawa County United WayTri-Cities Family YMCA, and the Tri-Cities Historical Museum were among our inaugural grant recipients. Each received a $200 grant. READ MORE >

50 Years of Making an Impact in our Community

January 26, 2021 — 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. READ MORE >

GIVE A GIFT FOR GOOD. FOR EVER.

From all of us at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, thank you for your continued support! We couldn’t do this without you.