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 […]

Grants Available for Youth in Bay and Arenac Counties

Thanks to funding from Dow, Bay Area Community Foundation is able to offer $1,000 grants to youth groups in Bay and Arenac counties as a reward for volunteering and giving back to the community. Eligible groups are ages K-12 associated with a school, government entity, or 501(c)(3) organization. (Minimum of 10 youth volunteers; please note […]

Seeking Input on Securing Long-Term Health of Lake Huron

Bay Area Community Foundation has partnered with shoreline community foundations and conservation partners from the United States and Canada to create a regional plan of action to help Lake Huron communities ensure the long-term health of the Great Lakes. Facilitated by conservation nonprofit Huron Pines, the Lake Huron partners are creating a plan of action […]

$658,824 Awarded in 1st Grant Cycle

$658,824 Awarded in 1st Grant Cycle at Bay Area Community Foundation This year, Bay Area Community Foundation received record amounts of dollars requested during the first cycle of granting season. In response, we awarded more than $650k in grant funding. It is thanks to you, our generous donors, that we are able to provide this support […]

Census 2020 Grant Funding Available

Census 2020 – “Get out the Count” Numbers matter, and every single person counts. This has never been more apparent than now as Census 2020 is on the horizon. 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 […]

“Believe You Can and You’re Halfway There”

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. What problem causes you to raise your eyebrows when you read about it in the news? What pieces need to come […]

Leveraging Our Water Resource to Benefit Bay County

Bay Area Community Foundation (BACF) is pleased to announce grant awards for three Bay County projects that will make a lasting impression on our community by utilizing our unique natural water resources to attract and retain residents and business. Through the Foundation’s Community Impact Initiative and Healthy Living funds, $300,000 will be awarded to Saginaw […]

Give Local Bay Social Media Mavens

Share our poll far and wide and gather the most votes for your agency to win this one! Contest runs April 29th at 9 a.m. through May 3rd at 3 p.m.  Vote Now > View the results >

Bay County COVID-19 Coalition

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. A COVID-19 Response Fund has been established for both Bay and Arenac counties. The purpose of this fund is to gather contributions for rapid deployment to community-based organizations who […]