Celebrating National Community Foundation Week, Nov. 12-18


"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." – Coretta Scott King

Community provides a foundation for our daily lives connecting us to friends and neighbors, to work and play, and to a shared experience of living in this corner of northern Michigan. In the early 1990s, members of our northern Michigan communities planted the seed for a local resource for the greater good. Thanks to the actions of these forward-thinking community members, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation exist to serve our respective communities. Thirty years later, we remain deeply rooted in our communities.

Over the past year, your two Community Foundations have celebrated our anniversaries and reflected on what it means to be a part of a community. Thanks to the generous support of donors, we pool gifts to meet local needs. In the last thirty years, that has meant over $60 million in grant dollars returning to our communities. These dollars support innovative nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and local municipalities providing a broad range of needs and making our communities stronger. We work alongside other community leaders to tackle issues that impact each of us: clean air and water, homes, public transportation, health and wellness.

The myriad ways we connect with and work in community are made possible by friends like you. We celebrate three decades of leadership and engagement in Emmet and Charlevoix counties with sincere gratitude to you: our communities. And we look forward to the next thirty years, and beyond, as we continue to grow and serve our communities both deeper and more broadly. Together we can do more.

Chip Hansen                                                               
Charlevoix County Community Foundation         

David L. Jones (DJ)
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation are public charities dedicated to improving and enriching the lives of people in their respective counties. The organizations hold various funds, all established by local donors. Some funds are earmarked for specific causes; others are open-ended to meet changing needs. Many funds are held in permanent endowments so they can continue to grow and generate income to enhance the quality of life in our counties now and for generations to come.

To learn more, please contact the Charlevoix County Community Foundation at (231) 536-2440, www.c3f.org; or the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation at (231) 348-5820, www.phsacf.org.