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

US Retail, Inc.

Barb VanHeest

Vice Chair
Chase Bank

Anil Mandala

V Solutions Global

Mark Pereira

Brilliance Publishing/Amazon

Cindy Anderson

Retired Educator

Mary Carole Cotter

Attorney/NOCH VolunteerServices Dept.

Nelson Jacobson

JSJ Corporation

Keith Konarska

Retired Superintendent

David Swain


Pat VerDuin

Workforce development

Shirley Woodruff

Heritage Property Management

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Youth Philanthropy & Empowerment in 2020

Youth Philanthropy & Empowerment in 2020

At the foundation, we’ve adapted and adjusted, and are remaining flexible not only in how we deliver programming to our YAC, but in how we plan to spread philanthropy and our work to the youth in our community. We continue to focus on youth empowerment—specifically through mental & emotional, physical, and community & cultural wellbeing.

Over $620,000 Awarded in Scholarships

Over $620,000 Awarded in Scholarships

This spring, we awarded $621,140 in scholarships to 220 area students. The GHACF holds over 125 scholarship funds with varying criteria, such as financial need, academic achievements, and field of study. Another factor our scholarship committee considers is if a student would be among the first in their family in their generation to continue their education after high school. This year, we were able to award scholarships to 32 first generation students.

Recent Grant Helps Digitize Local History

Recent Grant Helps Digitize Local History

We are pleased to announce fifteen second-round grant awards, totaling $225,923, in support of Northwest Ottawa County and our surrounding communities. This includes $40,000 to the Tri-Cities Historical Museum for their three-part capital improvement project at the Community Archive and Research Center (CARC), located at 14100 172nd Avenue in Grand Haven.

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