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  • Do you want to make a difference, but the problems seem too big or you don’t know where to start? Think about these questions to help you uncover what means the most to you.

  • Thanks to our generous donors, Bay Area Community Foundation awarded 64 grants during the first grant cycle to organizations in our community that support arts and culture, community initiatives, environment, education, health and wellness, human services, and recreation.

  • In a philanthropy circle, the donations of many come together for a big impact.

  • Amid rising concerns about COVID-19, a coalition of Bay County philanthropy, government, educational, and business partners have come together to provide a coordinated response to COVID-19.

  • 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. 

  • The partners who opened Drydock Beer Garden envisioned a more vibrant downtown and a way to support their nonprofit organizations. What they didn’t realize was just how important it would become to many nonprofits in 2020.

  • Bay Area Community Foundation is deeply saddened to lose one of our community's boldest leaders. Peggy Rowley passed away peacefully on New Year's Eve and will be missed by many. It is thanks to Peggy that the Bay Area Community Foundation exists. 

  • The Richmond Brothers are busy farmers, but each year they find time to volunteer to help feed our local community.

  • Shara took a bold step forward and decided that if something was going to change, she needed to start it. 

  • When it comes to the animals of Bay County, Stephanie Beiser’s heart—and arms—are open.

  • Bay County stands to lose approximately $1,800 in federal support per person every year for the next ten years for each person not counted in the census. This includes money for education, healthcare, roads, nutrition assistance, foster care, and more. Bay Area Community Foundation is offering grant funding for local organizations aimed at reaching hard-to-count populations.

  • We must be bold in facing these uncertainties, challenges, and social issues. As a community foundation, we are meeting these challenges head-on with community as our focus. These matters will not be solved overnight. Their impact will be long-term, and we must prepare for an extended response.

  • Community foundations play an important role in creating a vibrant community for future generations to enjoy. By working together with other community leaders, we help initiate new projects and programs that work toward those goals.

  • We are pleased to announce Darold Newton as the 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Community Service Award in Bay County. He will be honored alongside Waheed Akbar, M.D. (Saginaw County) and Erin Patrice (Midland County) during the Great Lakes Bay MLK Regional Celebration on Wednesday, January 19 at 7 p.m. Register for the virtual event at svsu.edu/mlk.

  • “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”- Coretta Scott King.

  • The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) tool assesses an individual’s mindset and skill set toward cultural difference and aims to facilitate cooperative conversations and actions directed toward growth and development rather than judgment and resistance.

  • Join us on September 23, 2019 as we celebrate our community's believers!

  • 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.

  • Garnett and Elmie Compeau were known as kind and giving individuals by those who knew them best. Inspired by travel, education, and learning, they cared about their community and the people in it.

  • Youth shelter provides haven in times of crisis.

    When 15-year-old Olivia* walked into the Samaritan Youth Shelter this past April, she was over 100 assignments behind in her schoolwork. She was also in need of a place to stay after tensions with her mother had reached a boiling point — again.

    What she found in this place was the encouragement and assistance to steadily tackle the backlog of homework while also keeping up with current assignments. She also experienced the clarity that comes from a “cooling off” period. After working with shelter staff and her family, 28 days later she was able to move back in with her mom.

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