The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Team

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is made up of a team of dedicated individuals who are committed to our mission of overall community betterment. No matter what you’re here for, the community foundation team is here for you.

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Chris Riker

Vice President of Advancement & Donor Services

Patty MacDonald

Vice President of Finance & Administration

Holly Cole

Vice President of Grants & Program

Melanie Swiftney

Director of Marketing & Communications

Kari Fuller

Director, Coopersville Area Community Foundation

Lauren Grevel

Senior Program Officer

Elizabeth Huisman

Grants & Program Associate

Adrienne Whisman

Philanthropic Services Associate

Heather Delimata

Administrative Specialist

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Changes to the Board

Changes to the Board

As a community foundation, we rely on the wisdom and guidance of our Board of Trustees as we work to carry out the mission of our organization. This year our board members donated their time, energy, and expertise to help us best respond to our community’s needs during a particularly unprecedented time. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing board member and to welcome our new member. This year, Chad Bush has reached the end of his term and we welcome Natalia Kovicak to the board.

Grant Benefits Community Space in Spring Lake

Grant Benefits Community Space in Spring Lake

We recently awarded five second-round Community Impact grant awards, totaling $308,000, in support of Northwest Ottawa County and our surrounding communities. This includes a $125,000 grant to the Village of Spring Lake for the redevelopment of Tanglefoot Park. This...

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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