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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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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
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.
For 50 years, relationships have been an integral part of the success of the GHACF and very much remain so today. We are grateful for the relationships that we have with community leaders because we are often more impactful when we work together.
Fifty years ago, a group of a dozen community leaders gathered together because they wanted to do something more for our community. Something bigger. They each gave $100 to start what would become the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Little did they know the impact they would have a half-century later.
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Learn more about the team and Board of Trustees behind the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.
We’ve created easy to use downloadable resources to help guide your charitable giving!