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The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Pam Decker as the organization’s new Communications and Development staff member.

Most recently the Business Services Representative at Northwest Michigan Works!, Decker brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences to the Community Foundation that will contribute to her success in her new role.

“We’re excited to welcome Pam to our team,” said Chip Hansen, President of the Community Foundation.  “She has the right blend of skills, experience, and personality to continue to grow our communications and development initiatives at the Community Foundation.” 

Decker earned two Bachelors Degrees in Media Communications and Spanish Communications from Grand Valley State University, plus she holds a professional certificate for Nonprofit Fundraising and Grants Management from the University of Washington. She has held various communications, fundraising, and development positions throughout her career, working for several nonprofit organizations locally and around the country. She also owned and operated her own business for many years. A native of East Jordan, Decker graduated from East Jordan High School before moving downstate for college, and then to North Carolina and Washington during her career. She recently returned to the area and is looking forward to making a difference close to home with the Community Foundation.

“I’m excited to get to work with the Community Foundation,” Pam said, adding, “I can’t wait to expand the organization’s communications strategies and dive into building relationships to connect donors with community needs.” Pam’s first day was February 20th and she is off to a great start.

Established in 1992 by a group of civic leaders, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to improving and enhancing life for all who live in the area. Local volunteers serve as trustees, and a youth advisory committee addresses issues related to youth in the community.







Legacy spotlight: Bill & Birute Fleck

Because of their deep respect for the power of education to change one’s situation, Bill and Birute have focused their future gift on supporting education for local young people. “We know the Community Foundation is well-managed – they make good decisions and know where and how to use dollars pragmatically. And for us, there’s a sense of satisfaction in doing some good without any expectation,” adds Bill. 

Read their full story here. 













GRANT IMPACT:  $78,263 in youth grants awarded

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation responded to requests from nonprofit partners in November. Thanks to donors who look to the Community Foundation to make a difference close to home, grants have been awarded primarily to nonprofits who will focus in the areas of youth mental health and school atmosphere. In all, $78,263 was awarded during the Youth Needs grant cycle.

For the full list of grants awarded, click here