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In recent days, a community coalition comprised of the Greater Ottawa County United Way, The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF), Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance, Community Spoke, The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ), and others has been monitoring ongoing developments surrounding Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As our community prepares for an uncertain next few weeks and months, we know the steps we can take to reduce infection and prevent spread: wash your hands often, avoid/reduce close contact with others, & clean/disinfect your home frequently.
But what about the vulnerable populations in our community who will need ongoing care and support? Nonprofit agencies in Ottawa County will continue to serve seniors, provide access to food, and assist with basic needs. But they’ll face challenges as they balance their missions with the additional workload of managing the threat of COVID-19. This is a time of great need, and these organizations need our support.
Learn more about how you can help keep people fed, housed and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our coalition’s website at www.careottawacounty.com. Here, you’ll be connected to opportunities for you to make an impact – volunteering, donating goods or making a financial gift. The need is now so don’t hesitate to jump in and help out however you can.
CFHZ is remaining in close and constant communication with other members of the coalition and our nonprofit partners. Together, we’ve identified areas of greatest need over the coming weeks: access to food, services for seniors & ensuring short term income losses don’t compound into bigger financial challenges. We anticipate these needs may evolve or grow over the coming weeks, and we’re committed to being flexible and responsive.
CFHZ has dedicated up to $30,000 to provide emergency grants in the next month to support agencies providing vital services. The outbreak of COVID-19 creates both a logistical and financial strain on our local service providers, and it’s our duty to respond accordingly.
For any additional questions, please contact Mike Goorhouse at email@example.com.
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The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area is pleased to announce the awarding of 17 grants totaling $568,604 from the Community’s Endowment in 2019.
We are pleased to share some exciting news about our Community Stabilization Fund. Recently, a select group of Herman Miller retirees approached CFHZ about providing a match to donations made to the fund up to $4,100. They also approached Herman Miller Cares who agreed to match another $5,000 in donations to the fund! Together, they will match any donations made by August 31 up to $9,100!
The idea was developed by Herman Miller retiree Joanie Reid, who said “I look at the very difficult current realities with eyes wide open, but want to avoid being immobilized by them, as I have sometimes been. We can act. We can make a difference. I know I can, and want, to do more to practice gratitude.”
Several of her fellow Herman Miller retirees joined her in matching gifts to the Community Stabilization Fund at CFHZ, including Tony Cortese, Deborah Exo, Deb Huizenga, Linda Milanowski, Jane Rohlck, Marty Ryan, Prescott Slee, Mike Swistak and Nelva Vogel. Inspired by the reaction of her peers, Joanie approached Herman Miller Cares and they enthusiastically offered to join in with another $5,000 toward the match.
Launched in May 2020, the Community Stabilization Fund is designed to set the stage for recovery from the far-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal for the Community Stabilization Fund is to provide a vehicle for coordinated investments in our community on behalf of our Community’s Endowment resources and the resources of local individuals, families, and companies. The fund is designed to act swiftly, be flexible as new information emerges, and be targeted in its use across the various areas of need, taking into account the range of other supports that have come from public and private sources into our community. The fund focuses on three priority areas: financial stability, health, and education.
To date, $950,000 has been raised, including $200,000 of seed funding from our Community’s Endowment. The generous matching gift offer from the select group of Herman Miller retirees and Herman Miller Cares allows us to extend our reach as we work to help our community bounce forward from the challenges of recent months. We are so grateful for their investment in this work. Thank you, Herman Miller retirees and Herman Miller Cares!
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Learn more about the Community Stabilization Fund
Learn about our first and second ground grant distributions from the Community Stabilization Fund
Two years ago, at our 2015 fall celebration event, we launched Today. Tomorrow. Forever. A Campaign for our Community's Endowment, with a three-year completion goal. We were thrilled to announce its completion one year early at this year's fall celebration. The campaign was a success well beyond our expectations and has generated $5 million in "today" gifts and a pipeline of $30 million via 100 "tomorrow" future estate gifts for our Community's Endowment. Our collective efforts promise to more than TRIPLE the size of our Community's Endowment over time!
Why this campaign? We can't predict the future, but we can prepare for it. When we pool our resources together, we can do amazing things. We truly believe that these gifts are a gift back to the entire community and an investment in Holland/Zeeland's future. These gifts will provide significant, community-wide benefit for generations to come, and we are delighted that so many were a part of this effort. With this campaign, we hoped to broaden our base of support. We're excited to share that we have estate gift commitments from every decade age group from 20's to 80's, and we had almost 350 "Today" gifts that ranged from $20 to $150,000. Holland/Zeeland has proven that all ages and income levels care about planning for our future!
Interested in how the campaign worked? Check out this brief video our friends at Boileau Communications created with us that overviews the campaign.
Our community's generosity has ensured our Community's Endowment grows both now and in the future, and it will always be here to address needs and opportunities as they arise. Thank you to all who made this possible. Holland/Zeeland will be grateful for generations to come.
Because of our community's generosity and the growth of our Community's Endowment, we're able to respond to an issue that the Foundation Board sees as both a critical need for local families and an opportunity for creative, innovative solutions. At the fall celebration, we announced that we are making a $500,000 commitment to spur a significant, community-wide effort to address our affordable housing shortage. We hope to rally the entire community to prioritize decreasing the number of people spending more than 35% of their income on housing, as that is one of the biggest contributors to financial instability, which leads to so many other challenges.
650 supporters joined us on Thursday at our fall celebration - the largest event in our history. We were thrilled to have so many of our closest partners in the room to share in the excitement! Stay tuned for the event photos from deVries photography, which we'll share via email and on our facebook page when they're available.
We are so excited to continue to partner with our generous community to make a difference today, tomorrow, and forever. Thanks to all who made this event possible and to all who attended. It was truly a bright night for us!
Check out the event recap featured in the Holland Sentinel News or watch/listen to Mike's live-recorded event remarks.
If you want to learn more about CFHZ, don't hesitate to contact Mike at your convenience at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-396-6590.
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