Charlevoix Enrichment Fund

The Charlevoix Enrichment Fund has the flexibility to support organizations, programs, and projects that have a county-wide scope, such as the Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital renovation or Leadership Charlevoix County, but focuses on initiatives and needs in Charlevoix. 

Projects like the Depot Beach Historic Garden and the film documentary on Earl Young, the “Wizard of Boulder Park”, are uniquely connected to Charlevoix, as are summer camp and skiing experiences at Mt. McSauba. The Charlevoix Enrichment Fund has provided funding for these and other programs and projects. Other examples of the impact of the Community Foundation’s support include swimming lessons and facilities improvements at the Charlevoix Area Pool, Senior Project FRESH coupons for seniors-in-need to purchase produce at farmers’ markets, and children’s programs at the Charlevoix Public Library. The Charlevoix Circle of Arts received a grant to expand the summer camp and the City of Charlevoix placed art in public spaces with grant support.

Because the Charlevoix Enrichment Fund is endowed, it will continue to grow and provide grant dollars for these kinds of programs and projects and more, both now and into the future.  Contributions to the Charlevoix Enrichment Fund join together, resulting in greater impact for this community we love.

Photo: The renovated Depot

 

Barbara G. MacArthur Fund for Charlevoix

Barbara lived with her husband Bruce and four daughters, Laurie, Karen, Marjorie, and Nancy, in Flint before moving north to Charlevoix.  Throughout her life, Barbara observed that natural resources often created conflict, which led to her lifelong effort to encourage environmental stewardship and peace. She was engaged in several environmental efforts in the area, like Idle-Free Charlevoix, as well as beautification projects through the Charlevoix Area Garden Club, Keep Charlevoix Beautiful, and the Charlevoix Shade Tree Commission. “She was really ahead of her time in understanding the value of preserving the environment, especially in a beautiful community like Charlevoix,” says daughter Laurie MacArthur. 

When Barbara became ill with a very rare form of leukemia, she and her family decided to establish the Barbara G. MacArthur Peace Fund at the Community Foundation to serve as a catalyst to promote peace and cultural understanding.  The Fund made grants as often as possible for ten years, often supporting the Model United Nations program in Charlevoix Public Schools. “The Community Foundation reached out to me when it became clear that the purpose of my mother’s fund was too narrow to have the impact we initially imagined,” explained Laurie.  “We worked with the Community Foundation to determine several options for the Fund, which became the topic of conversation for several conference calls between my sisters and me.”

Barbara’s daughters ultimately decided to honor their mother’s deep affection for her community by modifying the Peace Fund to establish the Barbara G. MacArthur Fund for Charlevoix.  “She loved this area dearly,” says Laurie, “and we’re so pleased that her legacy can live on through the Fund”.

 

More funds that support Charlevoix

Andrew Lonyo Fund
   Provides support for the Charlevoix Historical Society and Harsha House Museum

Barbara G. MacArthur Fund for Charlevoix
    Annually provides grant-making support for the Charlevoix area

Brookside Cemetery Improvement Fund
   Supports historically-significant improvements at Charlevoix's Brookside Cemetery

Charlevoix Alano Club Fund
   Dedicated to supporting the general operations of the Charlevoix Alano Club

Charlevoix Area Community Pool Endowment
   Benefits the general operations of the Charelvoix Area Community Pool

Charlevoix Area Garden Club Funds
   Supports the operations and programs of the Charlevoix Area Garden Club

Charlevoix Canopy Fund
   Provides funding to plant new trees in the City of Charlevoix

Charlevoix Fund
   Provides broad support for initiatives and programs that benefit the Charlevoix area

Charlevoix Historical Society Fund
   Supports the operations and programs of the Charlevoix Historical Society

Charlevoix Historical Society Preservation Fund
   Supports the long-term care and protection of the Society's facilities and collections

Charlevoix Public Library Endowment
   Supports the long-term general operations of the Charlevoix Public Library

Charlevoix Public Library Organizational Fund
   Supports the general operations of the Charlevoix Public Library

Howard Haselschwardt Memorial Fund
   Dedicated to helping with the urgent needs of children in the Charlevoix Public Schools

Joan R. & Charles M. Taylor II Endowment Fund - Christ Episcopal Church of Charlevoix
   Supports program services at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlevoix

Keep Charlevoix Beautiful Funds
   Supports the general operations of Keep Charlevoix Beautiful

Luke Pace Memorial Music Fund
   Supports the music education program at Charlevoix Public Schools

Marina LaBlance Music Education Fund
   Supports the music education program at Charlevoix Public Schools  

Mt. McSauba Recreational Area Fund
   Supports the Mt. McSauba Recreational Area

Rayder Enrichment Foundation Funds for Charlevoix Schools
   Provides supplemental funding to support programs at Charlevoix Public Schools

Ruth Schofield McKinney Memorial Fund
   Supports the music education program at Charlevoix Public Schools