Almost thirty years ago, citizens in Charlevoix and Emmet counties explored a vision of a permanent, local charitable resource to make a difference here in the communities they held dear. These efforts established the Charlevoix County Community Foundation in Charlevoix County and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation in Emmet County. In that time, grant dollars returning to nonprofits, educational institutions and local governments in our communities have totaled nearly $60 million.
The resources your community foundations provide are not only dollars but also the relationships and connections within our community. As community foundations, we work in the space between businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, elected officials and community volunteers. We bring people together, not only to provide grant dollars, but also to tackle tough community issues like housing, public transit, child care and so many more. When we can bring people together and build broad coalitions, we can tackle these issues and improve the quality of life for all in our communities.
This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the establishment of National Community Foundation Week by former President George H. W. Bush. This week was created to recognize the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.
Our impact and involvement is made possible by friends like you. When you give to your community foundations, you make a difference today and, thanks to the power of endowment, for generations to come. We invite you to learn more about the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation and the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. Together we can do more.
David “DJ” Jones, Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation
Chip Hansen, Charlevoix County 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.