The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation 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.

Chad Bush

Chair
US Retail, Inc.

Barb VanHeest

Vice Chair
Chase Bank

Anil Mandala

Secretary
V Solutions Global

Mark Pereira

Treasurer
Brilliance Publishing/Amazon

Cindy Anderson

Retired Educator

Mary Carole Cotter

Attorney/NOCH VolunteerServices Dept.

Nelson Jacobson

JSJ Corporation

Keith Konarska

Retired Superintendent

David Swain

Dentist

Pat VerDuin

Workforce development

Shirley Woodruff

Heritage Property Management

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Foundation Grants Additional $223,927 for COVID-19 Relief

Foundation Grants Additional $223,927 for COVID-19 Relief

“Winter always brings a higher level of need in our community, and the pandemic has only amplified that. Many of our partners are striving to simply maintain operations, while others have been required to greatly expand their capacity, all while complying with critical health and safety standards that have unfortunately limited their opportunities to generate revenue and fundraise.” – Holly Cole, Vice President of Grants and Program

YAC Continues to Support Area Youth

YAC Continues to Support Area Youth

With the first half of our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) year underway, the committee has adapted to a virtual meeting format while still working towards empowering and supporting youth in Northwest Ottawa County. We’ve used this time to pause and pivot our work, leaning into the data that shows what our youth need.

Grant Helps Support Innovative Food Industry

Grant Helps Support Innovative Food Industry

The Board of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) is pleased to announce eight third-round Community Impact grant awards, totaling $204,720, in support of Northwest Ottawa County and our surrounding communities. This includes a $75,000 grant to Muskegon Area First for the West Michigan Food Processing Association’s (WMFPA) FutureFood21 program: “Healthy Food & Sustainability through Increased Education.”

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