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Gather Gifts. Grow Funds. Give Back.
This community is the heart of our foundation. Its why we’re here. We gather gifts from community members, families, and corporations, and invest those gifts so they continue to grow and benefit our community now and for years to come. It takes all of us working together to make a powerful impact.
We work with community members, families, and corporations to help them achieve their philanthropic goals.
We partner with the public and nonprofit sectors to philanthropically help the community.
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We continue to raise community dollars, invest those gifts wisely, and provide funding for projects that improve and enhance our community.
Annually, we award more than $400,000 to youth in our community to support their post-secondary education.
Our foundation supports over 650 funds, each dedicated to improving the quality of life for all in our community.
Our annual charitable grantmaking impact exceeds $5 million.
Community Foundation Stories
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.
“Our role as a community foundation is to support our students and continue to explore ways to lift them up,” said Lauren Grevel, Education and Youth Initiatives Officer at the GHACF. “There is a growing, nationwide conversation among scholarship providers on how to best support and engage first-generation college students, and our scholarship committee and team are no different.”
Randy Hansen first joined the GHACF board in 2013 and took over as Chair in 2018. He’s served on the Investment and Executive Committees, putting his financial skills to work for the foundation. Most recently, he adeptly guided the foundation through the search for our new president. His presence during the interim, both in the boardroom and the office, and his unwavering support for the team were invaluable.
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Learn more about the team and Board of Trustees behind the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.
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