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 […]

Family Spreads Love and Finds Joy in Giving Back Through New Fund

Brian and Lindsay Eggers have long, though different, histories of giving back to their community. Raised with extremely hands-on givers as parents, philanthropy was embedded in the way Lindsay was raised. Even her high school valedictory speech highlighted the importance of helping others. Brian’s upbringing was different from Lindsay’s but no less outwardly focused. As […]

Al and Joy McFadyen left a piece of their hearts in Bay City

Even though their permanent address is in New Hampshire, Al and Joy McFadyen say they’ll never stop supporting the community where they built careers and raised a family. “We lived in the Bay City area for 50 years and that’s pretty much in our blood,” says Al, who retired after working more than 30 years […]

Arenac County historian shapes the future

When Mary Eileen (Wyatt) Burns’ friends talk about her, the joy in their voices is contagious. They tell you about her beauty, adventurous spirit and generosity. They explain that she loved her family, community and church. Eileen, as her friends called her, has left a lasting legacy for her community by establishing a college scholarship […]

Jerome Yantz, a champion for the underdog

It started with a conversation over a cup of coffee. In 2008, a group of business and education leaders in Bay County met to discuss how our community could better prepare our youth for the future. Among these leaders sat Jerome Yantz. Jerome, a native of Standish-Sterling later moving to Bay County, spent his entire […]