Community Foundation Holland/Zeeland

Mike Goorhouse


Mike’s involvement with the Foundation goes back 20 years, as he was a member of the Youth Advisory Council, Development Committee and 60th Anniversary Task Force before joining the staff as Vice President of Donor Development in January 2012 and becoming President/CEO in April 2014. In this role, he works closely with the Board of Trustees and leads the staff to steward the organization’s resources to best meet our mission. He oversees the Foundation’s grant making/community leadership efforts, fundraising, endowment investment policies and internal operations. Highlights of his time leading CFHZ in the role of President/CEO include:

  • A successful Today, Tomorrow, Forever Campaign for our Community’s Endowment raising $5 million now and securing a pipeline of 100 future estate gifts worth more than $30 million in future gifts to our Community’s Endowment
  • Growth and development of CFHZ’s Strengthening the Nonprofit Sector efforts
  • Co-founding/leading Housing Next, Ottawa County’s affordable housing collaborative, including the founding of the Holland/Zeeland Housing Pre-Development Fund
  • Largest incoming gift year of $20 million in 2018
  • Largest outgoing grants year of $12.5 million in 2019
  • Strategic partnership with the Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship to increase the number of low-income students achieving their educational dreams
  • Significant COVID-19 response efforts including the Emergency Human Needs Fund ($900,000), Line of Credit Guarantees ($1.7 million) and Community Stabilization Fund ($1 million)

Born and raised in Holland, Mike graduated from Holland Christian High School in 2004, Calvin College with a degree in Secondary Education in 2008, and Grand Valley State University’s Graduate School for Public and Nonprofit Administration in 2011. Mike has spent his entire career in philanthropy including working with private foundations, community foundations and youth grant makers while at the Council of Michigan Foundations. Mike is also a Certified Gift Planning Associate and a Certified Fund Raising Manager.

Over the years, Mike has been recognized for his commitment to philanthropy. In 2009 he was named the Community Foundation’s first ever Young Philanthropist of the Year. In 2011 he was named one of the top 30 Civic Leaders under the age of 30 in the nation by Splashlife and the National Conference on Citizenship. In 2013 he was given the Catalyst Award by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. He has been recognized as one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Business Leaders six times and has been named one of the top 200 most influential business leaders in West Michigan by GRBJ twice. In 2016, Mike was given the inaugural Young Executive Award by MiBiz at their Best Managed Nonprofit Awards.  

In addition to many community collaboratives and committees, Mike serves on numerous nonprofit boards including:

  • Association for a More Just Society - Board of Directors
  • Bread for the World - Board of Directors
  • Grand Valley University Foundation – Board of Directors
  • Holland Christian Foundation - Board of Trustees
  • Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance – CEO Advisory Council
  • Learning to Give – Board of Trustees
  • Movement West Michigan – Board of Directors
  • Project Clarity - Advisory Board

Mike is deeply grateful for the opportunity to work at the Foundation and make a significant impact on his hometown community

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