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

Patty MacDonald

Vice President of Finance & Administration

Holly Cole

Vice President of Grants & Program

Melanie Swiftney

Director of Marketing & Communications

Kari Fuller

Director, Coopersville Area Community Foundation

Lauren Grevel

Education & Youth Initiatives Officer

Adrienne Whisman

Philanthropic Services Associate

Crystal Weersing

Administrative Assistant

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

Centennial Securities Company

Chad Bush

Vice Chair
US Retail, Inc.

Nelson Jacobson

JSJ Corporation

Barb VanHeest

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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Making a Positive Impact in Our Community

Making a Positive Impact in Our Community

Every contribution to the Greatest Needs Fund—whether it’s $5 or $5,000—means one more program can increase self-esteem in young girls, or combat invasive species that threaten our trees, or help update zoning ordinances to allow more affordable housing to be built in our community.

–> Your contributions make a difference – right here in Northwest Ottawa County <-- As our community’s needs evolve, we remain committed to improving the quality of life for all, because we all benefit from a healthy and vibrant community. Your gift to the Greatest Needs Fund makes this possible.

How Will You Give Back?

How Will You Give Back?

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Recent Grants Support Teen Center, Books for Students

Recent Grants Support Teen Center, Books for Students

We are pleased to announce thirteen third-round grant awards, totaling $450,085, in support of Northwest Ottawa County and our surrounding communities. This includes a $75,000 grant to Momentum Center for their Teen/Pre-Teen program, which provides community and support to area youth and focuses on positive relationships, mental health, and wellbeing, with the goal of reducing mental health crises in the youth population.

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