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Congratulations, Sam and Jean Martin!

On November 19, 2020, local community leaders and longtime CFHZ supporters Sam and Jean Martin were presented with the Distinguished Philanthropists award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan (AFP WM). Click here to watch their acceptance video.
 The Martins are dedicated community leaders, who invest their time, resources, and talents to ensure the Holland/Zeeland area (and beyond) thrives today, tomorrow and forever. Sam is a former trustee and board chair of CFHZ and his leadership contributed to the groundwork of our continued success. The Martins are generous donors to our Community’s Endowment and the Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship. In 2000, they established the Chris Martin Memorial Art Scholarship to support students from Black River in memory of their son. Sam and Jean are Bridge Builders who have made the commitment to support the future of our community through a planned gift to the Community Foundation. Their commitment to community has blessed and inspired many and will continue to for generations.
This year, when several crises converged on our community, Sam and Jean were among the first to step forward with financial resources to the Emergency Human Needs Fund and Community Stabilization Fund. In addition to their generous gifts, their advice and leadership helped guide our work to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
In addition to their involvement with CFHZ, Sam and Jean are involved in several other area nonprofits and initiatives. Either Sam or Jean have served on the boards of the Holland Community Health Center, Holland Hospital, Black River Public School, Hope Church Consistory, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Resilience: Advocates for Ending Violence, Resthaven, and a non-profit that supports primary education in the Punjab region of Pakistan, where Sam's great-grandparents were involved as missionaries. Jean is currently a board member of the Grand Valley University Foundation and Resilience. Sam is a board member of Resthaven. During her time on the board at Resilience, Jean supported the organization through their multi-million-dollar Forward Together endowment campaign. During his time on the board of Resthaven, Sam supported the organization through a multi-million-dollar capital campaign. At GVSU, they established the Jean E. Martin Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarship to support students seeking a degree in nursing. They also support Ready for School, Hospice of Holland, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland, Holland Hospital, Hope College, and others.
We are grateful to the Martins for their incredible contributions to our community, and delighted by this recognition of their work. Congratulations, Sam and Jean!

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