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The beginning of the year often finds us reflecting on where we’ve been, but more importantly, where we still want to go. About what kind of mark we want to make on our community. Have you ever thought about what kind of legacy you would like to leave?



















If you would like to include charities and causes you care about most as your legacy, we’d be happy to send you a brief guide that shows how you can achieve this goal by designating a future gift to the Community Foundation in your will. In this guide, you will meet generous, forward-thinking donors who love our community.  You’ll learn why they - and dozens of your friends and neighbors in Charlevoix County - have included C3F in their wills, IRAs, or other plans.  Their meaningful choices will make a difference for generations to come. Some have set up a fund in their own name, some will memorialize a loved one, and some give anonymously. Whatever your preference, we can find a way to make sure your philanthropic goals are accomplished now and into the future.

To request a Legacy Guide, please contact Pam Decker at 231-536-2440 or pdecker@c3f.org. You can also download an electronic version of the guide HERE.















The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is kicking off 2024 by welcoming three new individuals to the Board of Trustees; Jim Lentz, Tom Teske, and Dr. Anna Young.

Tom Teske enjoyed an impressive career with EJ spanning 46 years. Starting in 1976 in sales near Chicago, Tom became Product Sales Manager in 1986 and relocated to East Jordan. In 2006, he was named Vice President and General Manager of the Americas, the position he held until his retirement in 2022. He is currently the principal owner of the business consulting firm Thomas M. Teske & Associates. Tom has served on the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, and held leading roles on the City of East Jordan Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Jordan River Arts Council. He has a passion for the natural beauty and outdoor recreation of this region and served as leadership for the Northern Michigan Ski Academy for 25 years. He currently sits on the Board of Camp Daggett and serves as Secretary for the East Jordan Rotary Club. “I’m excited to be a part of this amazing group of leaders,” said Tom, “and I’m ready to bring my experience to the C3F Board to make a difference in Charlevoix County.”




come join our team!

Come and work with the best team in Charlevoix County! We're hiring an Administrative Assistant. Watch our website for the full job description, and think about if joining our team could be the right move for you!











2024 scholarships - application DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING

Scholarships for 2024 graduating seniors are now open! Applications are due on March 1, 2024. Have questions? Contact Megan Havrilla DeHoog, C3F Youth Advancement at mdehoog@c3f.org or reach out to your High School Counselor for assistance.









Legacy spotlight: HENRY L. HILL

Our Legacy Society members are people who care about our community and included C3F in their Will, trust, or IRA in ore to leave a legacy that will benefit area nonprofits forever. Henry L. Hill is one of those amazing people.

Read his full story here. 









Arts & Culture grants closing soon

We are accepting Arts & Culture grant applications until 11:59pm on Friday, March 1, 2024. Schedule a grant call with Ashley Cousens to get started.











Environment & Land use GRANTS closing soon

We are accepting Environment & Land Use grant applications until 11:59pm on Friday, March 1, 2024. Schedule a grant call with Ashley Cousens to get started.











grant info session

Want to learn more about how to apply for a 2024 C3F Grant but weren't able to participate in our February 6th Zoom session? Follow the link below to watch the one-hour presentation that includes information about how to apply for grants and presents any changes or updates to the grantmaking program.












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Stay up-to-date with all the latest news and information about C3F and our programs by joining us on our Instagram Page! Just seach for us at CharlevoixC3F or follow this link.











grants in action - the honor star

Students from East Jordan and Boyne City designed and created a ten-foot stainless steel star in honor of local veterans through an artist in residence program hosted by the Jordan River Arts Council. With help from a Geographic Enrichment grant, JRAC hired Ann Gildner, an artist from the Industrial Arts Institute, to work with East Jordan High School welding students to design and build a sculpture for the Jordan Art Walk. Students brainstormed the words to be included on the star, which describe what it means to be a person in service to our country. A strong partnership emerged between JRAC, EJPS, Dave Muladore's welding class, and the American Legion through this work. The sculpture is now in a place of honor in the newly redesigned American Legion Veterans/ GAR Park on Main Street and is a permanent addition to the Jordan Art Walk.


GRANTS IN ACTION - Raven Hill discovery center - Smithsonian spark! Places of innovation exhibit

A recent Arts & Culture grant helped bring students out to Raven Hill Discovery Center for field trips to see the Smithsonian Spark! Places of Innovation exhibit while it was here, from August to early October 2023, showcasing innovations in rural areas. Cheri Leach also talked to students about some of the innovations at Raven Hill, like the magnet table, the energy bike, and the periodic table of elements. Connecting science, history, and art during a recent field trip, Cheri led 4th graders from Boyne City (pictured) through a couple of rooms and then everyone spent some time exploring the hands-on features of the Spark! exhibit. Students were connecting what they learned at Raven Hill with what they were learning in their science classes at school and had fun doing it! The Smithsonian exhibit may have moved on, but there's always lots to see and learn at Raven Hill any time of year. 




grants in action - seed to salad program at EJPS

Last year, an East Jordan Geographic Enrichment Grant to EJPS made a huge difference for the school's outdoor garden program "Seed to Salad". 

With the support of a C3F grant, lots of donors and the help of the Shoe Club and the community, the Seed to Salad program installed a new hoop house and revitalized an indoor growing area. They purchased growing racks and lights for the indoor space and renovated the windows to provide light for plants. Students’ lives are being enriched through these additions – they are able to continue their hands on learning by growing plants year-round.


Youth Needs Grant success story - Boyne District Library

The C3F Youth Advisory Committee supported the Boyne District Library with funding to host “Family Dinner Book Club Nights” every Tuesday in March 2023. Families could join Ms. Mary for a delicious meal, reading of a children’s book, casual discussion, and activities for kiddos - all free of charge. By listening to the book reader, the children learned about how they can cope with their "worries" and "whatifs". Then they created a friendly looking "worry friend" out of yarn during craft time to help share their feelings when they can't quit find their words. The YAC were excited to see this grant come to fruition and to highlight youth mental health for young people and their families. Worries don't seem so big when you are able to share them with others.


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