2023 Bay County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report Released

Today, the Bay Area Community Foundation (BACF) released the 2023 Bay County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Report. This report provides insight into the unique, lived experiences of Bay County residents. The intention of this report is to assess experiences with DEI in our community. The report analyzes Bay County demographics, racial and ethnic relations, […]

Supporting The Spartan Community

As we seek to continue supporting our Lansing neighbors and colleagues following the tragic shooting on Michigan State University’s (MSU) campus. We will continue to update this list of resources and responses as more emerge from the field based on recommendations from the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF). MSU created the Spartan Strong Fund, which has […]

Staff Recommendations for Black History Month

As we seek to advance diversity, equity and inclusion practices both within our community and our organization, we will be highlighting a number of important cultural observances throughout the year. It begins with Black History Month. While the story of Black History Month dates back to more than a century ago, it was not until […]

A Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Bay Area continues to grow more racially and ethnically diverse, and with this, our community grapples with issues of racial justice and social equity. The Bay Area Community Foundation (BACF) is committed to creating an environment where all feel a sense of belonging and have the opportunity to thrive. Through BACF’s strategic plan, Moving […]

John Murray pays it forward

“…Pay it forward.” John “Johann” Murray shares this piece of advice to all willing to listen, “If you have the means, pay it forward.” When getting to know John “Johann” Murray, you’re sure to discover his commitment to education and paying it forward.  “…Pay it forward.” John “Johann” Murray shares this piece of advice to all […]

The Monastieres give of their time, talent and treasure

When Dom and Pam Monastiere were Grosse Pointe High School students in the Class of 1965, college seemed out of reach. Tuition, books, room and board and other expenses were more than their families could afford. When Dom and Pam Monastiere were Grosse Pointe High School students in the Class of 1965, college seemed out […]

Martin D. Jaffe’s Legacy Continues for Community

Only a month ago, we launched the Garnett and Elmie Compeau Challenge to grow our unrestricted dollars, and already we are amazed at the generosity of those who have stepped forward. One such donor, Ruth Jaffe, believes in our message that generosity can change everything. “It’s a matter of the community being connected,” she said. […]

Local Couple Establishes Fund for Love of Community

Have fun. Do no harm. Help others. These are the principles that guide Bonnie Marsh and George Shaw’s family. It is what drives their generosity. Longtime Bay County residents, Bonnie and George have been advocates for our community through the years. Serving as board members and staff for area nonprofits, volunteering their time, and sharing […]

Generous Couple’s Decades of Support Lead to New Fund

Back in the late 1980s, when Mike Kasperski agreed to attend a meeting of Dow Corning employees who lived in Bay County, he wasn’t sure what to expect. What he most likely didn’t expect was that it would lead to nearly 30 years of volunteer involvement with the Bay Area Community Foundation. That initial meeting […]