Traditionally our May board meeting includes an annual dinner with the board, full team, and significant others. While this year’s was held via Zoom, our board chair still “passed the gavel,” we bid farewell to our outgoing board members, and welcomed two new members. This year, Randy Hansen and Tammy Bailey have reached the end of their terms, and we welcome Mary Carole Cotter and David Swain to the board.
The Excellence In Education event is a long-standing tradition at the community foundation where we recognize and honor the area’s top high school students who are graduating at the top of their classes. Each honored student is asked to select an educator who has had a significant impact on the student’s academic achievements and accomplishments. The educator may be any teacher from the student’s educational experiences, all the way from kindergarten to the present.
The entire community is invited to support the Restoring Hope Challenge Match. Every gift makes an impact, and because the foundation is matching all donations, $50 becomes $100, $100 becomes $200, and so on. We’re extremely grateful for the generosity this community has continued to demonstrate and ask that they don’t stop now
Over the course of ten weeks, the community coalition that we formed together with the Greater Ottawa County United Way, the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area, and other organizations has raised $872,679 for the Emergency Human Needs Fund, and awarded over 100 grants to area nonprofit organizations that are continuing to address the increase in basic human needs throughout the county. Here are a few stats:
As we continue to navigate this rapidly evolving pandemic and the challenges that it is creating, we wanted to share with you the steps that the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has taken so far to care for our community:
The Board of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) is pleased to announce four first-round grant awards, totaling $142,760, in support of Northwest Ottawa County and our surrounding communities. This includes a $30,000 grant to Crockery Township to develop Nunica Junction, a trailhead for the North Bank Trail.
LNA’s primary focus is to listen to the needs, challenges, and frustrations of local nonprofit organizations and work to provide high-quality, low-cost benefits and services in response. They believe that collaboration is such a key part of the solution that they include “by working together” as part of their Mission Statement. “We work together with our nonprofit partners to do good work,” said Patrick Cisler, Executive Director of LNA. “None of us can succeed in isolation.”
The Reinecke family has made a tradition of giving back. “Our grandmother, Frances Reinecke, gave back to the community in countless ways, but there was always one consistent theme,” said Jason Reinecke. “Frances had an enormous heart for children and families that were disadvantaged. Her compassion for others has instilled a sense of pride within our family but also the motivation to follow in her footsteps.”
Anil Mandala joined the GHACF board in 2015, is the current chair of the Grants Committee, and has served on the Executive, Governance, and Impact Investing committees. His discerning approach, in partnership with his insight on community needs, makes him a valuable member of the board.
As we reflect on 2019 and look forward to 2020, we here at the foundation are filled with an overwhelming amount of gratitude. Whether it was coming together around critically important community issues or generously donating time, talent, treasure, and ties, we thank each of you. We thank you for your continued trust, for partnering with us, and for continuing to support our mission to enhance the quality of life for all in our community.