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Who We Are

Bay Area Community Foundation exists to help our area thrive. We help donors achieve their charitable wishes throughout Bay and Arenac counties by building permanent endowment funds and serving as a leader for community improvement through effective grantmaking and collaboration. Because of you, we are able to help make this community a great place to live, work, and play.

About Bay Area
Community Foundation

Bay Area Community Foundation connects you with the causes you care about most. Because of your generosity, we are able to award more than $1.5 million each year in grants and scholarships to local organizations and students.

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What is a Community Foundation?

Community Foundations are the area's leaders in philanthropy. We look to the long-term growth in Bay and Arenac counties to ensure there are always funds available to respond to pressing needs and take initiative for new opportunities.

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Arenac Community Funds

As part of Bay Area Community Foundation, the Arenac Community Funds committee focuses on the needs and opportunities available in Arenac County by managing four funds that benefit the area directly.

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Pere Marquette Depot

We are proud to have this historical landmark as the Bay Area Community Foundation's permanent home. With Great Lakes Center Foundation leadership, the Depot underwent a $6.2 million renovation to restore it to its historic beauty.

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Our Recent Stories

Avram Golden is being bold

Being BOLD: Avram Golden

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When Avram Golden sees an idea to better his community, he goes for it. Because he took actions to make his visions become a reality, Bay City now proudly flies American Flags downtown each summer, and residents and visitors enjoy what is fondly known as the Third Street Star Bridge.