What's New


meet sam!

Please help us extend a warm welcome to our new Administrative Assistant Sam Matz. Last month, you learned a little bit about Sam when she joined our staff. It's our pleasure to now share a bit more about her to our entire C3F community.


Most recently the Administrative Services Coordinator at the YMCA of Northern Michigan, Sam brings a broad range of knowledge and experiences to our staff of six. “We’re excited to welcome Sam to our team,” said Sara Ward, President of the Community Foundation.  “As C3F continues to grow, Sam brings with her the right blend of organizational, database and technology skills that we need to help make our expanded vision for the future possible.”

As a Charlevoix County native, Sam grew up in Boyne Falls and attended Petoskey High School. She went on to study at NCMC where she earned her Associate of Art degree, and it was there that she discovered her calling in the nonprofit industry. She joined the YMCA of Northern Michigan in 2019, where she excelled in her work, winning the “Above & Beyond Award” from the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA in 2022. Sam is currently completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Workplace Leadership at Northern Michigan University, through their online program, with plans to graduate in 2024.

“The Charlevoix County Community Foundation's mission to enhance the quality of life in our community deeply resonates with me.” Sam said, adding, “I am inspired by the Foundation's commitment to fostering positive change and creating opportunities for individuals and organizations to thrive. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this work.” Sam’s first day was August 7th, and she is off to a great start.

Stop by and say "Hi" to Sam the next time you're near our offices. We can't wait for her to meet all our wonderful supporters.




Legacy spotlight: Tim and amy wieland

When they created their estate plan, Tim and Amy included funds held at the Charlevoix County Community Foundation that support causes they care about, including the Ruth Schofield McKinney Memorial Fund. “Creating an estate plan is the exact opposite of upsetting. Planning ahead for when we’re going gave us tremendous peace-of-mind,” shared Amy. The Wieland’s legacy gift will enrich the special place that this local couple calls their hometown, forever.

Read their full story here. 








Apply now for a Geographic Enrichment grant

Now accepting Geographic Enrichment grant applications until 11:59pm on Wednesday, October 1, 2023. This cycle aims to support community needs on Beaver Island, in Boyne City, Charlevoix, and East Jordan, and the organizations who make this work possible. Review these grant guidelines for full details.  Schedule a grant call with Ashley Cousens to get starte











Now accepting Youth Needs grant applications until 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. This cycle aims to support top youth needs in Charlevoix County, and the organizations that make this work possible. Review these grant guidelines for full details.  Schedule a grant call with Megan Havrilla DeHoog to get started.









Legacy society 2023 EVENT PHOTO gallery

Thank you to all of the members of our Legacy Society who came out to our Legacy Society Event at The Historic Train Depot and Heritage Gardens in Charlevoix on August 24th . The Legacy Society is a group of supporters who have made a committemnt to making a difference in Charlevoix County long after they are gone, by including C3F in thier estate plan or will. Are you intersted in learning how to become a member? Or have you included C3F in your will and want to let us know? Contact Sara Ward for more information.



YAC Meeting PHoto gallery

"The energy and passion for change the YAC members bring to the table is contagious. You can’t help but feel inspired when you watch them lead and grow. We kicked off the YAC year with a day full of activities focused on teambuilding, communication, and belonging. They have a strong foundation so keep your eye on this group!"  --- Megan Havrilla DeHoog



Meet Your C3f event photo gallery

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Meet Your C3F event at Veterans Park Pavilion on August 3rd . A great time was had by all! Congratulations to the Boyne City Public School's Early Learners program who won our drawing for a $500 grant.
*Photos by Kim Mettler, Michigan Barefoot Memories Photography