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  • 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.

  • Bay Area Community Foundation granted $10,000 from the Community Initiative Fund and $15,000 from the Herzog Family Donor Advised Fund toward a $100,000 kitchen renovation project.

  • Resources are available to improve health and wellness—it will take early intervention.

  • 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. 

  • Bay Area Community Foundation awarded $11,500 to the Lions of Michigan Foundation for their KIDsight Mobile Vision Screening Unit.

  • 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.

  • “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.

  • During the 2018 fall semiannual grant season, Bay Area Community Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant the CAN Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region to throw a holiday party for the kids they service. This grant from the Elizabeth J. Husband Fund will provide new clothing, toys, and a nice meal for children who are in and out of their homes during the holiday season.

  • Over $385,000 awarded during the first cycle of the 2022 Community Partnership Grants.  

    Did you notice the name change? BACF Semiannual Grants will now be referred to as Community Partnership Grants to reflect the nature of our work with area nonprofits.

  • 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.

  • As life returns to normal post-pandemic, there are many reasons to celebrate...and Give Local Bay is one of those reasons. Join us on Tuesday, May 3, as Bay Area Community Foundation hosts a 24-hour online giving day at www.givelocalbay.org to raise funds for nonprofits in Bay and Arenac counties who have weathered the storm. With $25,000 in matching funds and an additional $3,000 in incentive prizes for nonprofits, it’s a celebration where your gift goes further. .

  • From closed offices and cancelled fundraising events to adaptive programming for the digital landscape, we know that our local nonprofits are feeling the effects of COVID-19 in varying ways, both big and small. Perhaps operations have already shifted, or perhaps you're only starting to experience the longer-term implications. Here at the Community Foundation, we are listening and working through ways to best serve you. Know that the work you do is important and that together, we will see our community through this.

  • From closed offices and canceled fundraising events to adaptive programming for the digital landscape, we know that our local nonprofits are feeling the effects of COVID-19 in varying ways, both big and small. Perhaps operations have already shifted, or perhaps you're only starting to experience the longer-term implications. Here at the Community Foundation, we are listening and working through ways to best serve you. Know that the work you do is important and that together, we will see our community through this.

  • Rosemary Pope's generosity will open more doors for first-generation college students and families who have suffered from abuse.

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    When a call for help is heard, our community answers. The generosity of those within our community stretches far beyond our Bay and Arenac County borders. Daily news headlines continue to share the atrocities occurring in Ukraine due to Russian invasion on February 24. Ukrainians are being forced to flee their homes and the land they love to seek refuge and safety. The United Nations estimates that 12 million people inside Ukraine need relief and protection, while more than 4 million Ukrainian refugees may need protection and assistance in neighboring countries in the coming months.

    We know many Bay Area Community Foundation donors and community partners want to help the people of Ukraine during this critical time. The Council of Michigan Foundations has compiled a list of resources and ways you can support and help the people of Ukraine.

    • The Ukraine Coalition has created a GoFundMe to support vulnerable communities impacted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Every dollar donated will be sent to nonprofit organizations working rapidly on the ground to provide relief through medical services, food, shelter, education and more.
    • The U.S State Department in partnership with GoFundMe has created a Ukraine Humanitarian Fund. All donations raised will be distributed to verified nonprofit organizations supporting vulnerable communities to obtain access to shelter, food, medical services, education and psychosocial support, as well as other people impacted.
    • The Razom Emergency Response was created to provide urgent help and support in face of extreme and unforeseen situations in Ukraine. They are purchasing medical supplies for critical situations like blood loss.
    • Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF) is committed to supporting women, trans and nonbinary activists on the ground in and surrounding Ukraine by providing flexible funding and security support. UAF has created an Urgent Response Fund for Ukraine.
    • Global Fund for Children is accepting emergency support for children in Ukraine facing trauma, hunger and freezing temperatures. Their local partners are mobilizing to provide food, warm clothing, fuel and safe shelter to children and families under attack in Ukraine and to refugees fleeing the country.
    • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) has created the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Recovery Fund which will focus on addressing humanitarian needs that arise, particularly among the most vulnerable and at-risk displaced people and refugees.
    • CARE has established a Ukraine Crisis Fund to support immediate aid and recovery, food, water, hygiene kits, mental health support and cash assistance - prioritizing women and girls, families and seniors.
    • Amnesty International works to protect the human rights of Ukrainians and protect Ukrainians at risk.
    • USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information is sharing a list of relief organizations responding in Ukraine.
    • The Ukrainian American Crisis Response Committee of Michigan is sharing several organizations that support the people of Ukraine.
    • The International Committee of the Red Cross is helping people affected by the conflict and is supporting the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.

     

  • Twenty-Two Nonprofits Awarded Funding Through Bay County Nonprofit ARPA Grant Program 

     

    The Bay Area Community Foundation (BACF) announces 22 nonprofit organizations will be receiving grant awards through the Bay County Nonprofit ARPA Grant Program.

  • The Women's Philanthropy Circle at Bay Area Community Foundation awarded a grant to Great Lakes Bay Health Centers to provide new mothers with portable cribs and car seats.

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