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Celebrating Community Foundation Week, November 12-18, 2019

Recreation is the spirit of life. Challenge Mountain’s SPIRIT Day Camp, a long-running recreation program for children and adults living with developmental disabilities, embodies that simple phrase.  For 35 years, SPIRIT Day Camp has provided experiences for its participants ranging from miniature golf to boating, concerts in the park to museum visits.

“Our community foundations are vital partners in offering Challenge Mountain’s Spirit Day Camp each summer,” said Elizabeth Gertz Looze, Executive Director of Challenge Mountain. “For many campers, this may be the only opportunity he or she may have to enjoy summertime activities with life-long friends.”

The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation and the Charlevoix County Community Foundation are proud to partner with Challenge Mountain, one of many nonprofit organizations supported by our grants. Since your community foundations were established in 1992, grant dollars returning to our communities have totaled more than $50 million.

Providing grant dollars to area nonprofits, schools and municipalities is just one part of the work of your community foundations. We also have a seat at the table when our communities tackle bigger challenges like workforce housing, clean energy and economic development. Our staff members work alongside individuals, businesses, agencies, and nonprofits in exploring these community challenges, and we connect these conversations with the people, partners, and resources necessary to solve these often complex issues.

This year marks the 30th 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, in perpetuity.

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 L. Jones                                                    Chip Hansen

Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area                    Charlevoix County Community Foundation

Community Foundation


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August 6, 2019

Charlevoix County Community Foundation Welcomes Grant Proposals


June 24, 2019

Nearly $192,000 Awarded in Scholarships


May 20, 2019

Jack Laucher Remembered for Dedication to Young People


May 10, 2019

Grandvue Groundbreaking: Terrace and Recreation Park


April 30, 2019

Spring Grant Awards Announced


March 1, 2019

Administrative Endowment Turns 25


February 11, 2019

Designated Funds Make a Difference


January 10, 2019

Community Foundation Welcomes New Trustees


December 14, 2018

Charlevoix Enrichment Fund Celebrates Milestone


November 16, 2018

Community Foundation Awards Grants to Make A Difference in Charlevoix County