Uniting Our Community to Positively Impact Lives

Gather Gifts. Grow Funds. Give Back.
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How We Work Together

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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Our Impact

Serving the Northern Ottawa County Region

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 $650,000 to youth in our community to support their post-secondary education.

Our foundation supports over 700 funds, each dedicated to improving the quality of life for all in our community.

Our annual charitable grantmaking impact exceeds $8 million.


Community Foundation Stories

Leaving a legacy, one student at a time

Leaving a legacy, one student at a time

Education affordability is a significant issue for our local graduates. Improving the accessibility of post-secondary opportunities is a priority for the foundation. This year, we awarded scholarships to 224 students in the Northwest Ottawa County area, providing a total of $655,095 worth of assistance.

A Celebration of History

A Celebration of History

Pioneered by a group of civic-minded individuals with a heart for this community and led by E.V. “Vin” Erickson, our foundation started in 1971 with just $1,200 and a vision to deliver a positive impact through dedicated service. Despite doubt from skeptics questioning whether a community foundation could be successful in a community the size of the Grand Haven area, our committed leaders relied on their desire to equip our community with the resources needed to endure any and every future challenge.

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Learn more about the team and Board of Trustees behind the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.


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