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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Registration for this event is now closed. 

     

    Monday, September 26, 2022

    5:30 p.m. - Cocktails (cash bar)
    6:15 p.m. - Dinner & Awards

    DoubleTree by Hilton - Bay City Riverfront
    1 Wenonah Park Place, Bay City, MI

     

     

  • 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.

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