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Grateful in a Time of Challenge

Because of caring and generous donors, the Community Foundation responds when our communities need support. Many people responded to the COVID-19 crisis with genuine concern for others.  Those who gave through the Community Foundation made it possible to provide over $150,000 for organizations serving families and friends in need in just a few months. We know that many people also gave directly to organizations they care about most during this time and made a difference for our struggling neighbors.

Because of donors who care, the Community Foundation has resources that to help sustain those valuable nonprofit partners with operating grants, too. You might be surprised to learn that nonprofit organizations employ 1 in 10 Michiganders – we expect that this figure is true locally as well. Nonprofits have stepped up to care for more friends and neighbors in need during the COVID-19 crisis.  For decades, these nonprofits have cared for those who are vulnerable or less fortunate.  Nonprofits like schools and cities provide so much for each of our communities.  Nonprofits protect, restore, and provide safe access to our beloved lakes, rivers, beaches, forests, and fields. Nonprofits have inspired generations with music, dance, art, stories, and shared experiences. Dedicated nonprofits help to make this place so much more than just a place. 

As consequences of the pandemic are felt throughout the community, we have had even more opportunity to see the generosity and kindness that exists here, close to home. We are grateful for the people of this community and rain or shine there is no place we’d rather be.


Our response to Covid-19


The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is fortunate to be part of a caring, generous, and resilient community. The health and safety of our partners, staff, and neighbors is always our top priority. We know that many friends and neighbors will experience increased hardship as schools are temporarily closed, hours are reduced, or people stick closer to home.

We encourage you to support local nonprofit organizations that work with the people and families who are most vulnerable in our communities. You can also make a contribution to the Community Foundation's Urgent Needs Fund, which will be put to use in the coming days and weeks to help keep lights on and food on the tables in our community.

The Community Foundation is not able to help individuals directly, but supports partners who can. To learn more about organizations in your community that can offer help, call 211 or text your zip code to 898211.

In times like these, philanthropy can make a big difference close to home.






Jon & LIsa Gandelot: caring for community

“We can’t anticipate the future – there will be different needs after we’re gone than there are now.  We trust the Community Foundation to address those changing needs with our gift,” says Jon.  With their future gift, the Gandelots will provide for generations to come and build on their connection to generations past.

The Gandelots have included a charitable gift to the Community Foundation in their future plans. They have chosen to support the Charlevoix Historical Society which they care deeply about in addition to an unrestricted gift for grant-making, which will establish the Jon B. and Lisa Mower Gandelot Fund for the Community.  








GRANT IMPACT:  preserving beaver island history

Recent grants to the Beaver Island Historical Society have allowed for a major building renovation, which is underway now. With support from Henry L. Hill's estate gift through the Community Foundation, the building addition is progressing quickly. 

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