Celebrating Robert Sarow’s Legacy

In Memoriam: Robert (Bob) Sarow Honoring Robert (Bob) Sarow, we remember a man who dedicated his life to our community’s betterment. Bob’s journey with the Bay Area Community Foundation (BACF) began in 1982, serving on the BACF Board from 1983 to 1985, providing invaluable insights for our growth. In 1998, Bob’s contributions earned him the […]

MLK Celebration Featuring Keynote Speaker Melissa Harris-Perry

Courage, perseverance, unity, and sacrifice. These are the values Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. espoused in pursuit of democracy for all. Values that remain critically important in today’s world. On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, students, business and civic leaders, and community supporters will gather to remember this visionary leader through the 15th Annual Great Lakes Bay Regional Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration […]

Illuminating Pathways to a Brighter Future: Ocean-Lea Schrader

Growing up in an environment where hard work was valued, Ocean-Lea Schrader learned the importance of perseverance. She shares, “If I wanted something, I had to work for it.” Her upbringing instilled in her a relentless pursuit of excellence that extended to her academic endeavors. “… Success is possible even if you don’t go the […]

Elevating Early Childhood Care in Bay County: Bay County ARPA Childcare Grant Program

At the Bay Area Community Foundation (BACF), we believe in the power of community, collaboration and change. Today, we’re sharing an exciting update that reflects our commitment to enhancing the lives of our littlest community members. In collaboration with the Bay Arenac Intermediate School District (BAISD), BACF sought to address the childcare challenges that emerged […]

Impact in Focus: 10 Questions with Our New Trustees – Matt Travis

I’m interested in helping others – this is what gets me out of bed in the morning. I’m eager to work with BACF to improve the lives of those around us. 2. What unique skills or experiences do you bring to the board? I love thinking deeply about big, sometimes unanswerable questions. I hope to […]

Impact in Focus: 10 Questions with Our New Trustees – Brandon Hofmeister

When I heard about the opportunity to bring a youth to the board I was overjoyed at the chance. I was inspired after sitting through a couple meetings and seeing the passion for change and the want to hear the youth perspective. 2. What unique skills or experiences do you bring to the board? I […]

Creating Worth and Empowerment: The Impact of Foster Families NRC’s Resource Boutique

Foster Families Navigation & Resource Center (NRC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting foster families with the resources and education they need, received a grant from the Bay Area Community Foundation to fund their Resource Boutique. The Resource Boutique aims to provide foster children with a unique shopping experience where they feel valued and empowered. […]