The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Team

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is made up of a team of dedicated individuals who are committed to our mission of overall community betterment. No matter what you’re here for, the community foundation team is here for you.

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Chris Riker

Vice President of Advancement & Donor Services
criker@ghacf.org

Patty MacDonald

Vice President of Finance & Administration
pmacdonald@ghacf.org

Holly Cole

Vice President of Grants & Program
hcole@ghacf.org

Melanie Swiftney

Director of Marketing & Communications
mswiftney@ghacf.org

Kari Fuller

Director, Coopersville Area Community Foundation
kfuller@ghacf.org

Lauren Grevel

Education & Youth Initiatives Officer
lgrevel@ghacf.org

Adrienne Whisman

Philanthropic Services Associate
awhisman@ghacf.org

Crystal Weersing

Administrative Assistant
cweersing@ghacf.org

The GHACF is where it is today because of the men and women who’ve served on our board. We’re thankful for their passion, dedication, and service. Click to learn more and see the list of all those who have served on the GHACF board.

Board of Trustees

The Governing Board of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is made up of local leaders from diverse backgrounds. Our trustees provide invaluable guidance and vision for all areas of our work. These individuals donate their time, energy, and expertise to help us identify opportunities for long-term community impact, respond swiftly and appropriately when unforeseen challenges arise, and address our community’s ever-changing social, cultural, educational, and greatest needs.

Randy Hansen

Chair
Centennial Securities Company

Chad Bush

Vice Chair
US Retail, Inc.

Nelson Jacobson

Secretary
JSJ Corporation

Barb VanHeest

Treasurer
Chase Bank

Cindy Anderson

Retired Educator

Tammy Bailey

Buy Right Packaging Supply

Keith Konarska

Retired Superintendent

Anil Mandala

V Solutions Global

Mark Pereira

Brilliance Publishing/Amazon

Shirley Woodruff

Heritage Property Management

Pat VerDuin

Workforce development

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Emergency Grants During COVID-19

Emergency Grants During COVID-19

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:

Our Response to COVID-19

Our Response to COVID-19

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:

Recent Grant Supports Crockery Township Park

Recent Grant Supports Crockery Township Park

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.

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