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November 16, 2018

Community Foundation Awards Grants to Make A Difference in Charlevoix County

Across Charlevoix County, the Community Foundation’s grant-making will provide for what matters most now while taking care to also move our communities forward for the future. This fall, our hospitals and hospice received grants to offer high quality care for residents.  Children facing serious illness, trauma, or physical disabilities will benefit from services and support.  Two homes in Boyne City that were funded by the Community Foundation at ground-breaking also received funding to be completed.  Collaboration and grant dollars will offer a new fitness center to Beaver Islanders. Charlevoix expects to see an increase in recycling thanks to the convenience of Big Belly Waste Disposal units.  Fans visiting East Jordan’s Murphy Field will appreciate new bleachers to enjoy a game. The next stage of the Boyne City to Boyne Falls Non-Motorized Trail received a big boost, as did planning for a trail to be constructed from Charlevoix to Traverse City.  “The Community Foundation provided funding for initiatives and projects from urgent needs to the arts and in every community across the County,” notes Community Foundation President Chip Hansen.

The Community Foundation was able to respond to these requests and more with $288,000 this fall because of donors who wish to make a difference in Charlevoix County.  When individuals, couples, families, and businesses give back to this place they love, the Community Foundation can connect their support with deserving organizations. “To some extent, we rely on our nonprofit partners, local schools, and cities to help us understand current needs in each of their areas of expertise,” shares John Doskoch, grant-making committee member and Community Foundation trustee.  “The impacts of this cycle’s funding will be felt throughout the County thanks to those partnerships.”  Click here for a complete list of grants made through the fall cycle.

A charitable organization dedicated to improving and enriching life in the area, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation accepts gifts from individuals, families, businesses and civic groups and manages them as permanent endowments.  While a portion of the funds are utilized to support grantmaking, the principal of the endowment continues to grow, providing ongoing charitable capital to benefit Charlevoix County’s residents—now and in the future.

Since it was founded in 1992, the Community Foundation’s net assets have grown to more than $40 million. Grants and scholarships totaling more than $25 million have been distributed to enhance and enrich the quality of life for everyone in Charlevoix County—and for generations to come.

The next deadline for submitting a grant request is Friday, March 1, 2019.  Give Maureen or Mishelle a call with inquiries about applying for grants at 231-536-2440.


November 9, 2018


We think it is pretty remarkable that in a community of our size in northern Michigan, we now have $80 million in charitable resources to improve the quality of life in our corner of the world. The Charlevoix County Community Foundation and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation exist to do just that – apply those charitable resources to make a positive difference in Charlevoix and Emmet counties along with our nonprofit partners, local schools, and area cities.  Since the community foundations were established in 1992, grants have totaled more than $50 million.

That kind of charitable investment was possible because of early leaders who believed that local philanthropy wasn’t just for Grand Rapids or Ann Arbor or Kalamazoo, but for Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, East Jordan, and Petoskey, too.  These leaders and the board members who followed them deserve our community’s thanks.

We would also like to recognize donors who believe that giving together is more powerful than giving alone, and that with the power of endowment, those gifts can keep giving in greater amounts over time.  Those donors are your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and acquaintances.  They all share a love of this place.

Individuals and couples who wish to leave a lasting legacy right here in northern Michigan have included their community foundation in their estate plans.  This meaningful type of gift will provide for our communities in the future and will make a difference for generations to come.

As we celebrate National Community Foundation Week, we thank the thousands of individuals, couples, families, businesses, and organizations who have made the good work of your local community foundations possible.  We encourage you to learn more about how you can enhance the quality of life in Charlevoix and Emmet counties through the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.   Becoming involved is simple; the results are remarkable.



Chip Hansen                                                       David Jones                                                                

Charlevoix County                                             Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area

Community Foundation                                     Community Foundation


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Ashley Cousens to Join Community Foundation Staff


October 12, 2018

We Celebrate National Estate Planning Awareness Week in October


September 10, 2018

Charlevoix Circle of Arts Welcomes You with Outdoor Seating


August 13, 2018

Manna Provides Produce and More to Neighbors in Need


July 17, 2018
Camp McSauba Receives Chicago Club Support


June 15, 2018

May 18, 2018

Youth Fund Passes $1 Million Dollar Milestone


May 2, 2018
Community Foundation Announces $188,000 in Grants

See the full list of grants here.


April 13, 2018

Improvements to the Susan Creek Nature Preserve 


March 20, 2018

Giving with Qualified Charitable Distributions from Your IRA


February 13, 2018

Designated Funds Make Significant Grants


January 26, 2018

Ethel Coeling Environmental Fund Celebrates 15 Years