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We've made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Annual Luncheon, previously scheduled for Thursday, May 21. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, and it's our responsibility to keep public health at the forefront of our decisions. Until we can gather together again, we'll be sharing digital updates on our work in the community.
For any additional questions about this event cancellation, please contact Jessica Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Join us to hear from President/CEO Mike Goorhouse and Vice President of Community Impact Elizabeth Kidd. This event features highlights of our recent grant impact and other community improvement efforts happening in the local nonprofit sector.
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You will hear from President/CEO, Mike Goorhouse, and Vice President of Community Impact, Elizabeth Kidd, with highlights of our recent grant impact.
Patrick Cisler, Executive Director of the Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance, will also join us to talk about our efforts to strengthen the local nonprofit sector.
Please RSVP by May 15!
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Dear Friends of the Foundation,
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to a great year ahead.
I write to you today filled with gratitude and excitement. Over the last few years, you have heard me talk extensively about how the Community Foundation’s work is divided into two parts: building our Community’s Endowment and providing Donor Services.
From 2015–2017, we prioritized the Community’s Endowment side of our work as we engaged in our Today. Tomorrow. Forever. Campaign for our Community’s Endowment. With the momentum of some very generous matching donations, we spent a significant amount of time and energy elevating the important role that our Community’s Endowment plays in the long-term vitality of the Holland/Zeeland area. You all responded in amazingly generous ways that grew our Community’s Endowment by $5 million “Today” and our pipeline of “Tomorrow” estate gift commitments by more than $30 million.
With the campaign wrapped up and with the new Federal income tax law changes taking effect, in 2018 we prioritized the Donor Service side of our work. We spent time with companies, families and professional advisors highlighting the various tools we have to make giving as efficient and effective as possible. We were astounded and humbled by the deep generosity of many in our community as we received close to $20 million in contributions to Donor Service funds here at CFHZ. These gifts ranged in size from $25 to $7 million, and combined with nearly $1 million in gifts to our Community’s Endowment, led to CFHZ’s 2018 contributions totaling close to $21 million. That is more than double our previous high of $9.7 million!
These resources will impact many individuals and nonprofits in the Holland/Zeeland area, and we are honored that many of you chose to partner with CFHZ to help you best achieve your charitable goals.
For me, this record year says two things:
1. Our community is deeply generous and is committed to making a difference in the lives of others and
2. The hard work of so many staff and board members over the last 65 years has made the Community Foundation a trusted partner for many local families and companies.
Nothing inspires me more than having witnessed and felt these two things in profound ways over the last few months. It is a privilege to serve this organization and work with you all!
There was much more that happened during the year, but the above list aggregates some of the highlights from my perspective.
It was an inspiring year here at CFHZ and I want to thank each of you for all that you have done, and continue to do, to partner with the Community Foundation to ensure that the Holland/Zeeland area thrives Today, Tomorrow and Forever.
With deep gratitude,
The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area’s Board of Trustees recently elected three new members. Lucia Rios, Tom DenHerder, and Ryan Lindberg were all elected during the Board’s annual meeting held on May 28.
Lucia Rios is the Resource Navigator for The SOURCE stationed at Herman Miller and is a freelance writer. A West Michigan native, she has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years and is an advocate for disability inclusion. Lucia also serves on the Community Foundation’s distribution committee.
Tom DenHerder is the President/CEO of Yacht Basin Marina. He currently also serves on the Zeeland Public School Board of Education, the Zeeland Education Foundation Board, Chemical Bank Holland Community Board, and the Community Foundation’s investment committee. State-wide he serves on the Michigan Boating Industries Association Board.
Ryan Lindberg is a senior at Holland Christian High School and serves as the Board's youth trustee. He has been a member of Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) since 2016 and will serve as Chair of YAC for the 2019–2020 school year. In addition to YAC, Ryan participates in soccer, is a member of the Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project, the Holland Youth Advisory Council, and currently holds an internship at Lakeshore Advantage.
The Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area elected a new slate of officers during its annual meeting held on May 28, 2019. Elected as Board Chair is Leslie Brown, Chairman of the Board at Metal Flow Corporation, Brown succeeds Bret Docter, who held the position of Chair in 2018. Brown served as Chair-Elect to Docter for the past year and Jim Bishop will be the new Chair-Elect.
Leslie Brown joined the Board in spring of 2015 and is owner and Chairman of the Board of Metal Flow Corporation in Holland. She has served as the past Chair of the Board of Holland Hospital as well as serving on the boards of Talent 2025, West Coast Chamber of Commerce, Holland Historical Trust, West Michigan Community Bank and Harbor House Ministries.
Jim joined the Board in spring of 2014. A 37-year veteran of banking, in 2015, Jim joined West Michigan Community Bank and is Senior Vice President / Lakeshore Market Manager. Jim currently serves on the City of Holland Downtown Development Authority. Jim is a past board member of the Holland Area Arts Council, Holland Area Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, Lakeshore 504, and a former trustee of the Muskegon Public Schools Board of Education. He also served as a charter member of the executive committee for the Ready for School Council.
Deborah Sterken will continue to serve as Secretary and Mark Harder will serve as Treasurer, and Bret Docter will become Past-Chair.
After a detailed application review process, area students were awarded scholarships in varying amounts from 94 different scholarship funds, for a total investment of over $600,000.
Students and their families came to the Yacht Basin Marina to meet the generous donors who made it possible for the students to receive these scholarships.
Mike Goorhouse, Community Foundation President and CEO, congratulated the scholars who he hopes will become future leaders in our community. “We’re honored to partner with your scholarship donors to support your educational journey,” he said.
Stacy Timmerman, Director of Scholarships, thanked the donors for their “continued support of the inspiring and deserving students.” She also addressed the students about the scholarship process. Stacy has spent many hours over the last few months reading through applications and meeting with review committees to determine recipients. “Students, please know that in our extremely competitive scholarship process, you were selected as the right person for your scholarship. We couldn’t be happier for you!” Stacy told them.
Jim Bishop from West Michigan Community Bank, who sponsored the event, shared his story on the many reasons he supports the Community Foundation. He spoke about how he received community foundation scholarships as a student and how that generosity changed his life for the better. It later inspired him to contribute financially and to get involved in board service at the community foundation as an adult. He encouraged each of the students to pay it forward to the next generation with time, talent, and/or treasure whenever they’re able.
The event also featured a student panel where four college students spoke about life in college and how different it can be from high school, some difficulties that come with college, and advice for incoming college freshman.
Stephanie Arndt from Hope College talked about how difficult it was for her to change her major and that she had to overcome her fear of claiming an English major, but it was” the most rewarding thing” she has ever done.
On advice for the scholarship recipients, student Kiannah Vandenberg from Grand Valley State University reminded the student scholars not to be upset or quit if they get a B or C on an assignment or in a course for the first time, as college classes can be very challenging and difficult even for the best students. She also talks about the opportunities of college internships which can give students college credit and experience doing something that they love.
After the panel, the reception lasted another hour with students and donors talking over cupcakes and lemonade and getting pictures taken together.
The Community Foundation is so happy to host this event that allows the students to meet and talk with their scholarship donors. We are so thankful to all of the donors for making such a big impact in the lives of these students. We congratulate these exemplary 2017 scholarship recipients and wish them every success in higher education and beyond.
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