In late 2020, for the first time in its history, CFHZ crossed $100 million in total assets. Goorhouse and past CFHZ President, Janet DeYoung, made the announcement at the Celebration of Philanthropy event, giving thanks to donors, early founders, and visionaries who realized the power of a strong Community Foundation and a robust Community’s Endowment.
“I am in awe of the early founders and visionaries of the Community Foundation,” said DeYoung. “They saw something when there was nothing. But it wasn’t just a vision. It took action. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Matching grant helped. It was a key moment to spur the early growth of both the Holland and Zeeland Community Foundations.” Goorhouse and DeYoung also took a moment to honor another past CFHZ President, Bill VanderBilt, who oversaw the merger of the Holland and Zeeland Community Foundations. The merger of the two Foundations catalyzed additional growth in assets and allowed there to be a full-time Executive Director for the first time.
“This milestone in asset growth is not about the money, it is about the growth in impact that we are able to have with these resources,” said Goorhouse. “And what truly makes this growth special is the growth in relationships, trust, and leadership role in the community that has come with our growth in assets.”
“The reality is that CFHZ would not have been able to respond in such a significant way to the challenges of the past eighteen months if it weren’t for all of our Community’s Endowment donors. We are deeply grateful to the donors, partners, and supporters who trust in our ability to help this community thrive today, tomorrow, and forever.”