Grand Haven Area Community Foundation COVID-19 Response

Updated Wednesday, May 20, 2020


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.

We will continue to offer the level of personalized service and customized solutions that individuals, organizations, and corporations have come to expect. We have long been committed to a flexible workplace, and we have the technological, cultural, and operational infrastructure for the organization to work virtually. Additionally, we have implemented the recommended preventative measures as directed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) including restricting certain non-essential business travel and encouraging virtual meetings when possible.

As this situation continues to rapidly evolve, we have been in close contact with local and county government officials, neighboring community foundations, the Council of Michigan Foundations, the Greater Ottawa County United Way (GOCUW), the Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance (LNA), and many of our local for-impact partners to learn more about the challenges and opportunities that are being created.

Emergency Human Needs Fund

A community coalition comprised of the GOCUW, the GHACF, LNA, Community Spoke, and the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ) was formalized by March 14 and has been monitoring ongoing developments surrounding COVID-19, as well as proactively working to assist with the increasing needs of our community.

The coalition has launched to keep the public informed of how they can help. This website lists ways to volunteer, as well as how to donate goods and/or monetary gifts. We have established an Emergency Human Needs Fund at the GHACF. The GHACF, the CFHZ, and the GOCUW are working together to provide funds to nonprofit organizations that are helping the most vulnerable in our community in this time of crisis.

Grants from the Emergency Human Needs Fund

In response to the immediate need facing nonprofit agencies in Ottawa County, the newly formed community coalition created to respond to the COVID-19 crises has awarded 104 grants totaling $873,310 from the Emergency Human Needs Fund to area nonprofit organizations that are helping our community in this time of crisis.

This is a time of great need, and the natural human impulse is to help our neighbors, so join us in helping in any way that you can.

Funding is provided on behalf of the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ), the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF), and the Greater Ottawa County United Way.

The following organizations have been granted funds to assist with food, housing (or shelter), and basic needs:

  • Arbor Circle – $20,000
  • ATLAS Ministries – $2,500
  • Barnabas Ministries – $1,500
  • Beacon of Hope – $12,500
  • Benjamin’s Hope – $2,500
  • Bethany Christian Services – $22,500
  • Bridge Youth Center (Zeeland)– $1,500
  • Children’s Advocacy Center – $8,500
  • City on a Hill – $2,700
  • Community Action House – $60,000
  • Coopersville Cares – $30,000
  • Emmanuel Hospice – $1,000
  • Evergreen Commons – $10,000
  • Extended Grace/Momentum Center – $10,500
  • Family LIFE Center – $1,000
  • Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging – $15,000
  • Good Samaritan Ministries – $120,000
  • Hand2Hand – $10,000
  • Harbor Hospice Foundation – $1,000
  • Harvest Stand Ministries – $27,500
  • Holland Free Health Clinic – $3,000
  • Holland Rescue Mission – $25,000
  • Kids’ Food Basket (Holland) – $20,000
  • Lakeshore Pregnancy Center – $2,500
  • Latin American United for Progress (LAUP) – $5,000
  • LifeCircles PACE (Holland) – $10,000
  • Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates – $10,000
  • Love in Action – $42,500
  • Love Inc Allendale – $32,500
  • Love Inc Hudsonville – $32,500
  • Midtown Counseling – $15,660
  • Migrant Resource Council – $7,500
  • Misíon Holland – $1,000
  • MOKA – $2,500
  • Mosaic Counseling – $45,000
  • Muskegon YMCA (Veggie Van: brought to Ottawa County in collaboration between the Grand Rapids YMCA, the Muskegon YMCA and the Tri-Cities YMCA) – $3,500
  • My House Ministry – $2,500
  • OAR – $25,000
  • ODC Network – $2,500
  • Ottawa Community Schools Network (Coopersville) – $1,500
  • The People Center – $15,000
  • Resilience: Advocates for Ending Violence – $35,000
  • Rest Haven – $5,000
  • Ripple Effect – $1,000
  • The Salvation Army (Holland) – $40,000
  • The Salvation Army (Grand Haven) – $65,000
  • Senior Resources of West Michigan – $5,000
  • The Emergency Needs Programming of  Francis de Sales – $5,000
  • The Immigrant Relief Fund of  John’s Episcopal – $20,000
  • Wedgwood Christian Services – $1,500
  • West Michigan Hispanic Center – $20,000
  • West Michigan Open Source Medical Supplies Group – $10,000


How to Help

If you would like to help, you can make an online donation to our Emergency Human Needs Fund on our Donation Page. While we do still accept donations by check, check processing may be delayed while we work remotely.

To make volunteering and giving easy, our community coalition has created a website: Here, you’ll be connected to a wide variety of opportunities for you to make an impact – volunteering, donating goods, or making a financial gift.

How to Get Help

If you are looking for food, housing, transportation, or financial assistance, please call 2-1-1, or access resources on their website.

Working Remotely

As of Monday, March 23, our office is closed and staff is working remotely. Our office hours have not changed — we’re still open for business from 8:30am to 5pm Monday through Friday — and we’re as committed to serving our donors, fund holders, partners, and community as always.

Our team can all be reached via phone or email during normal business hours. Email addresses can be found on our Meet the Team page.

We have instructed staff who may be experiencing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus to contact their health care provider. GHACF will continue to monitor and follow best practices published by the Ottawa County Department of Public HealthMichigan Department of Health & Human Services, and the CDC.

We will be hosting committee and group meetings via phone and/or Zoom. One-on-one meetings with external guests that can be conducted by phone and/or Zoom are encouraged to do so. We will be reaching out regarding any meetings currently planned at our office, or please feel free to contact the person with whom you are scheduled to meet.

Investment Strategy

This global health pandemic has led to increased financial market volatility in the past month. Coronavirus uncertainty will continue to impact the financial market outlook. Our staff has been in touch with Northern Trust Foundation and Institutional Advisors, our Investment Committee, and our Board of Trustees. We are monitoring the situation but remain invested for long-term growth and currently plan to maintain our passively managed approach.

Ongoing Communication

The GHACF will continue to communicate as needed related to COVID-19’s impact on our fund holders, our for-impact partners, our community, and our investment performance. We appreciate your confidence and flexibility during this challenging time. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact any member of our team.

Media Coverage

Community coalition supports area nonprofits
Grand Haven Tribune – May 20, 2020

Where is the America we used to see in times of disaster?
Grand Haven Tribune – May 13, 2020

Community Foundation Holland/Zeeland assists Ottawa Co. residents during COVID-19
Fox 17 – May 12, 2020

Living Sustainably: Local campaign asks to #ShareTheStimulus
Holland Sentinel – April 27, 2020

Ottawa County leaders: #ShareTheStimulus if you don’t need it yourself
Holland Sentinel – April 17, 2020

Emergency grants, community donations provide thousands of meals
Rapid Growth | The Lakeshore – April 15, 2020

Emergency grant funding keeps mental health services going
Rapid Growth | The Lakeshore – April 9, 2020

Community coalition grants funds to local organizations (update)
Grand Rapids Business Journal – April 7, 2020

Community coalition grants support to Resilience, others
Grand Haven Tribune – March 31, 2020

Living Sustainable: highlights hope, positivity – March 30, 2020

Change-Ups: Websites
GRBJ – March 27, 2020

Can’t hug, but can reach out
Grand Haven Tribune – March 27, 2020

A call to action: philanthropy’s commitment during COVID-19
Council of Foundations – March 24, 2020

Emergency grants help nonprofits get more food, services to those in need
Rapid Growth | Lakeshore – March 24, 2020

Lakeshore nonprofits make it safe and easy to help from home
Rapid Growth | Lakeshore – March 23, 2020

COVID-19: 5 Things Funders Can Do to Support Grant Partners
Council of Michigan Foundations – March 23, 2020

Coalition grants immediate funds to local organizations
Grand Haven Tribune – March 23, 2020

Greater Holland community rallies to provide support during COVID-19 outbreak
Holland Sentinel – March 22, 2020

United Way offers opportunities to help during coronavirus crisis
Rapid Growth | Lakeshore – March 19, 2020

Community coalition grants funds to local organizations
Grand Rapids Business Journal – March 18, 2020

Resource website offers help, outlet for support
Grand Haven Tribune – March 18, 2020

Ottawa County asking for helpers amid coronavirus shutdowns
Holland Sentinel – March 15, 2020

Community coalition develops online resource hub for those looking to help
Grand Haven Tribune – March 14, 2020